Recently when working through the backlog of film in the fridge, i managed to develop a roll that had obviously been nowhere near a camera. Oops. So professional.
Perhaps to balance that out there was also a roll that had been through the XPan at least twice, and perhaps three times, in London (once in August 2016, again in August 2017), Hamburg, and Nagano. The results are, to say the least, chaotic.
Also in this batch of films was a roll of Ilford SFX 200 shots of my neighbours water damaged ceiling. Obviously under-exposed and consequently rather “moody”. It’s all so much water under the bridge, etc.
Been spending a lot of time working through old pictures for the next I Wrote This For You book. The image above (from the entry ‘The Untouchable City’), taken from top of Roppongi Hills, with 黄砂 (こうさ) on the glass, has really stayed with me!
Now i want to get it printed A2 and on a wall… maybe with the oddness in th bottom left cropped out.
I have a problem… yes, yes, i know. This is different.
One of my photography projects (lets call it IWTFY) is quite popular. This means that periodically there are requests for sets of images. When this happens i end up trolling through Lightroom libraries on several machines looking for images, exporting them at an appropriate size / dpi, gathering them into one place, packaging them for distribution, uploading them to be downloaded. Bleugh!
What i need is a place that i can:
archive / upload a full-sized processed image
tag / label all images
search / select subsets
define an export size
have everything processed into a download bundle
Does such a thing exist? Is it worth paying for? Should i just get my shit together and import everything into a new Lightroom library on one machine?
No idea why these advertising light boxes are the way that they are, but they are each end of the S-Bahn platforms at Hamburg Airport. Having walked past them, and occasionally taken the odd digicrap of them, here they are on film. In this case Kodak Portra 800 in the Natura Black.
It turns out that blue lights in a dimly lit underground station are about at close to a torture test as you can get for fast colour negative film. The obviously different light levels really didn’t help with a point and shoot. All of which made them an adventure to process – the white balance still isn’t consistent, but i give up!
Mystery why there are they and never contain any advertising… all other slots are always occupied, with these left open. Maybe they are a token gesture towards making the airport more relaxing / less commercial… or art? Ha!
That’s Iain’s latest book (or maybe it isn’t – a few months have passed…) The cover is a crop of the following photograph of mine, taken with the previously maligned Natura Black 1.9:
Not sure it’s the crop that i’d have made, but i’m notoriously bad at cropping my shots.
It strikes me as somewhat unusual to have covers that are “full bleed” photographs at the moment. Maybe it was never a thing… but certainly the current trend is to more designed and graphical covers. The IWTFY books have eschewed that direction and, to my eye, look all the more distinctive for it.
Both IWTFY covers have also been fairly abstract portraits of M., taken in the bath with a digital P&S… that is a trend which seems difficult to continue.