Here is the story …
I moved to Northern Sweden in July and have been busy with house renovations. I have been out shooting landscapes and sunsets from time to time as well as the Aurora and some star trails. But I was getting the bug to shoot large format film and decided to go to the local town, Skelleftea to shoot some street portraits. So I loaded up the 10×8 dark slides with X-Ray film which I rate at 80 ASA and headed for the main square in Skeleftea with my mate Phil who was going to be helping me out.
The idea was …
to stop people who were passing by and who looked interesting and ask if we could shoot their portrait. Of course we got a lot of noes, but since I only had eight shots with me we didn’t need that many yeses. Whilst shooting the first of these street portraits I had two blunders … first was I forgot to check the shutter speed, but noticed immediately, one film ruined! The next frame I didn’t realize that the shutter released cable was in its latched position, another film ruined (if it can go wrong it will!) Finally I got in to the swing of it and captured the first of these street portraits.
Of course there was a problem …
no light, well not much light, it is after all winter here. I wanted to shoot at f11 to have some vestige of depth of field so that the posing wasn’t too difficult for people. This meant a shutter speed of an eighth of a second and I did mess up one guys image by tripping the shutter just too early and there was a lot of movement. However, I think that it is an atmospheric image which I have given a particular treatment that I think suits the image and his character … I hope that he agrees, though if he doesn’t like it I will of course re-shoot it for him. I had originally intended to make the images in the panoramic format but two of them really demanded a different crop in the end (judge for yourself below!)
I stand develop my negatives …
so it took two evenings just to process the images then there was the scanning, spotting and processing of the images which all told has taken five days. I will definitely be doing more of this, it was great fun and everyone who took the time to stop for us were great sports. Of course, big thanks to Phil for his help, shooting in large format is a lot of work so help is always gratefully received!
Here are the images …
Thomas & Frida
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