[WPC] The Immediate Vicinity & Beyond

picks from the neighborhood photos. taken in 2016

shot on film. taken in 2017

Beyond.

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Picks from July 11th 2017

I was on my way to the beach around 5am and I took these photos. I kept their white balance as is because I like them that way except for the last two which I tweaked a bit.

I also shot a Tri-X400 roll at the same time but it’s not developed yet. It was just a test. I’m not sure that that film is suitable for sunrise photos. I tried to avoid direct light so I hope I’ll get a few good ones.

First Roll!

Today I finally got the prints of my first film roll.

I have way too many things to say about it and I feel much more! Let’s start with how happy I am that I didn’t “entirely” over/underexpose the photos. Since I shot without depending on a light meter (which was broken in the camera). That means, I’m on the right track in understanding exposure and light. I lost a lot of details, that’s for sure but for a first time shooting film and using a camera I haven’t used before; I’ll give myself a break!

I’m not happy with the print quality though (you’ll see, my ancient scanner didn’t help either!). They even scratched the negative! This is the only lab left in the city and they’re going to close in about a month. I knew they’re not going to give a hoot if I complained so I didn’t.

Another issue was the film. The only film available was Agfa Vista 200. I wanted a black and white film preferrably tri-x 400. Anyways, I was happy enough to shoot film so it’s fine. For next time, I already ordered Tri-x from Europe and I’ll also send my negative to be developed there. no more labs here.

Okay, now to show you what I’m talking about.

Here’s my first disaster of a photo! I had serious problems with manual focusing. I think I got only 2 or 3 sharp photos, the rest are so-so or comletely off.

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I wanted to get closer to the cats but I was afraid they’d run away.

Next few photos still shaky but I was getting the hang of it.

The dull colors made me decide to turn all of them to monochrome later on. Well, this is good red… I think.

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I can certainly enhance the overal quality of the photos on photoshop but then again, if I wanted vivid colors and clinical look, I’d just shoot digital. It’s exactly why I wanted a black & white film. In my opinion, that’s where film photography shines as opposed to digital black and white and color films. Well that’s just what I get from seeing all kinds of film photos but maybe after I shoot all kinds of films myself my impression will change.

Back to the photos. there’s the decent ones in which I got the closest to a correct exposure.

The few exposures left in the rool I shot indoors and they turned out okay.

I haven’t scanned all the photos yet so I’ll post more once I do.

I’m certain about one thing now, I definitely have to learn to develop films and get me a scanner that scans negative! All that after I get a SLR though! The one I used I simply borrowed.

I chose the worst time possible to start shooting film since almost all the labs are shutting down in my country. It’ll be difficult but I’ll manage.

 

The Pest of Plastic Bags

Yesterday, I went for a shoot outside and I couldn’t walk 10 steps without seeing plastic bags on the ground or floating around.

Once I reached the area in the photos, I had to take some photos in support of the recent ban of plastic bags in Tunisia (my country).

Even if you take the bags away, the photos are not as beautiful as most landscapes and that’s not the point of this collection. Wherever the place is, it is still a patch of our Earth and it doesn’t feel right seeing it polluted.

I took these on one location so imagine how many photos I can take if I go looking for plastic bags in the entire town and then maybe someone else will do the same in their hometown and so on… We’d definitely see the true horror of plastic bags.

On Earth Day, I want to show you the Earth I don’t want to see.

Picks from April, 5th 2017

I wanted to shoot this same landscape at sunset hoping that it’d make the sky more interesting. I couldn’t get what I wanted. The problem was my position (the only position from where I can get the same shot) is too low to get me a colorful sunset sky.

That didn’t stop me from shooting a few. I picked this one to share.

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I didn’t shoot HDR. I tried it before and I didn’t like it. I prefer nature/landscape photos to be accurate or slightly enhanced. but I digress. What I want to say is that this photo doesn’t look top quality because I processed it out of the RAW image below. I do think it’s still a decent shot, just not good for print.

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After the sun sunk behind that hill, I went up again and looked for interesting silhouette subjects and found none. Luckily, my friend was with me and I took a few shots. I picked this one (it’s a cliché but still). Usually, sun flares are no good and I avoid them as much as possible but this one sort of made the shot.

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We went on a little further. I looked for more subjects, still nothing except this fence post of a fence that isn’t there! anyway, I grabbed a few shots here.

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On my way back home, I found this unfinished building (don’t know if it’s a house or not) with some grass in the front and the toppled barrel. I thought it’s a great chunk of imperfection.

When shooting in my hometown, I close the door on shooting perfect-looking photographs and be ready to look around and capture the things that make my town what it is, a faithful portrayal.

Anyone else in town wouldn’t shoot this unfinished house because it looks plain and if they did, they wouldn’t put the barrel in the frame. I truly believe that barrel made the shot! This is my town and this is how it looks like. Period.

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Here’s another patch of my town.

It’s not the most beautiful photo, that’s for sure. But the fact that I put bits of my town into a frame is a statement in itself. I’m making it beautiful and interesting.

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The next two are my favorites of the day! I found an old and abandoned house. I called it Frankenstein’s House and you’ll see why.

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This turned out to be a longer post than I thought. sorry about that. I hope you enjoyed the photos. no worries if you didn’t though. You can lay it on me on a comment. I appreciate feedback. 🙂

Green is Easy on the Eyes

Weekly Photo Challenge: It IS easy Being Green

Green is generally associated with nature. Although I make it a point in life to challenge popular belief and common sense, I’ll have to go with the flow in order to share these photos that I took two days ago. It is spring after all.

I hope you like them.

Picks From Feb. 9th 2017

I took a walk looking for ineresting shadows (for WPC) even though I knew I wouldn’t find any; it was too cloudy. Anyways, I took some nice pictures regardless.

Tree. Branches. Dark Paths Across the Sky.

Lush Green in Winter

Kings of the Trash

The Oldest Door in Town (perhaps)

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