It’s always an exciting day when a roll of e6 film comes back from the developers. Last month I’d gone walkabouts with the Leica 35mm film camera loaded with Fujifilm Velvia 50. It was a bright winters day and being on the northside of the River Thames I decided to shoot towards the sun creating a moody silhouette of Tate Modern and Millennium Bridge with just a hint of shimmer from the river. What I love about using Velvia 50 film is the certainty of getting nice rich satuated colour. This is a straight forward scan – no ’photoshopping’ as that was already done when I made the picture!
This image is definitely going forward to my ‘fine art photos’ to print folder. It will look amazing as a large format acrylic print, or even printed onto aluminium. If you are interested in this photograph for your home, office or elsewhere drop me a line.
A WORD OF WARNING – If you are thinking of taking photographs into the sun, watch out for your eyes & digital camera sensors! Especially if you are in a country that actually has sun!
I’m a firm believer in “it’s not what you’ve got; its how you use it!” Nevertheless, I know some people are interested in what gear I use so I’m happy to share.
My workhorses are Canon 5d’s. I love the full frame and relatively compact feel for a pro-spec SLR. Lenses of choice are: 24-105L, 70-200L, and the 50mm 1.4f prime which is an amazing lens for the price. I’ve got a couple of Canon flash guns and a sturdy tripod.
I also use a Leica MP with 35mm & 90mm lenses. Much of my travel and street photography is shot with this and my film of choice is Kodak’s TriX & Tmax for black and white and Fuji Velvia for colour.
Occasionally, I’ll dig out my Bronica SQAI, which is a 6×6 medium format camera. It’s a brick to carry around and it slows the shooting down somewhat so I don’t get to use it as much as I would like.
I’ve got various accessories – reflectors, filters, light stands etc. etc. and my Christmas list is always as long as your arm for stuff I’d love to have! I can’t understand why no-one has bought me a Hasselblad yet. Truth be told I like to keep things simple, using natural light where possible and not getting too caught up in the latest fangled gadgets.
Oh other things in the bag…business cards, iphone, note book, Oyster Card and painkillers for when I’ve walked my feet off!
Happy New Year! Like everyone else, I’ve been reflecting on 2012 and looking forward to the year ahead.
Here are my top resolutions for 2013:
1. Stay inspired
It’s easy to get caught up with the everyday routine of life. Sometimes staying inspired takes a bit of effort so I’m planning to:
2. Learn something new
In a similar vein it’s just as important to keep learning and stay up-to-date as technology and products constantly change. I’ll be investing in training, taking some time out to learn new post production techniques, experimenting with different lighting set ups and trying to push myself to keep evolving my photography! One of my favourite online learning sites is creativelive.com. Brilliant, check it out!
3. Develop Personal Projects
Over the years I’ve had a number of personal projects. Some have been short and sweet (like Woolworths) others are still ongoing (Pennsylvania) and just as soon as I can get back out there it will continue.
My aim this year is to work up something new, shoot something different, something that pushes me out of my comfort zone. Not sure what it will be yet! That’s the next thing on the to-do list…
4. Take more photographs!
A funny resolution to have for a photographer! But honestly, running a photography business at times can feel anything but photography what with all the office work! This year I’m aiming to shoot a greater variety of photographs for myself every day, even if it’s with the crappy camera on my phone.
I want to strive to continually improve as a photographer and this will only happen by practicing the art.
5. Shoot like its film (even if it’s not)!
So the prospect of shooting more fills my hard drive with dread! That’s why I’m also going to remind myself to slow down and shoot like I’m using film! When I do I’m more disciplined about the settings I select, the composition of the shot and the exact timing I press the shutter. I want to capture the perfect moment, in camera with one click.
It doesn’t take long coming round and trying to find something unique and personal is getting harder! Why not consider a fine art photographic print. It’s a great Christmas gift and you can’t go far wrong with something from the London collection. Maybe someone has a connection to a particular place or they are drawn to a certain colour or mood or maybe it’s one of my more quirky photos…
Prices start at £20. Here are some of the popular photographs…
Last dates for posting at Christmas:
UK: 19th December
International: 10th December (5th Dec for Asia, Australia, Far East (including Japan), New Zealand)
But the sooner the better – you know what the post office is like!
Open edition prints are offered in 2 sizes 5×7 and 12×8 and are designed to fit a 20 x 25cm frame (or 8x10in) and a 30 x 40 cm frame. Limited edition prints are offered in a range of sizes from 16x12inches and up depending on the image.
Each print is signed by me and produced using the highest quality printing and finishing processes. Photographs are digitally printed using fine art archival photographic paper. The print is then mounted to an extra thick conservation grade white mount using acid-free backing board and adhesive tapes. Quality is important to me and my prints are built to last!
Online orders are processed online using PayPal payment system ensuring a safe and secure transaction. Paula Smith Photography does not store your details. You do not need to have a PayPal account to use your credit or debit card.
Mounted prints can be posted worldwide. Cost depends on location. I can sometimes hand deliver if you are local to E17 or a central London location. Email me to find out more.
‘Tis the season again and I’ll be selling my fine art prints directly at the Leytonstone Christmas Arts & Crafts market on
Saturday 1st December from 10.30am – 5pm.
St John’s Church Hall (entrance opposite Matalan’s)
823 High Road Leytonstone
2 mins from Leytonstone tube station (on Central Line).
You can also order prints online any time. Deadline for Christmas (for UK orders) is 19th December, international orders order asap!
This past weekend was bathed in glorious hot sun as it shone down on the E17 Art Trail. I’m No. 175 on the trail - ‘Photographs of Japan’ and a big thanks to all those who visited so far. I look forward to meeting many more trail goers this coming weekend.
We’ll be open 11.30am – 6pm on Sat 15th & 11.30am – 5pm on Sun 16th.
Here’s what visitors are saying….
“Japan photos capture humour & quirkiness”
“Really liked Japanese series…”
“Wonderful pictures & touching!”
“Lovely to see such beautiful pictures of a place I love! And the London shots are amazing – such a great eye!”
“Great Photos. Very Interesting”
So, my exhibition at the E17 Art Trail (I’m no.175) is just around the corner. There are so many decisions to make…like which paper to choose? Here are some test prints for my monochrome shots. Three different kinds of paper – Hahnemuhle’s Photo Rag Baryta, Hahnemuhle’s Fine Art Baryta and Ilford’s Gold Fibre Silk. Not sure if you can see in this image, but there are some subtle differences. The Fine Art Baryta (at the top) is cooler has a slight blueish tone. The Photo Rag Baryta (middle) feels somehow ‘creamier’, it has a very slight sepia tone making it warmer and Ilford’s Gold Fibre Silk (bottom) seems the most neutral giving that traditional straight out of the tray silver halide feel.
I’d happily print on all three. They are all great quality photo papers, with a lovely fine stipple print finish and the archival qualities I want to display and sell my work. Which am I going to choose? Well, you’ll have to come to the show to find out!
Test Prints for my Japan Exhibition at the E17 Art Trail 2012
More information about the E17 Art Trail visit: www.e17arttrail.co.uk
And here’s my listing: http://www.e17arttrail.co.uk/index.php?page=101&passed_index=85
The ‘Taking Part’ exhibition has had a change over in the work on show. So, if you have seen it already – come again because NEW work is now on show. The exhibition runs until 16 September, it’s free and depicts borough residents and the many sporting activities they take part in.
Exhibition is now at: Walthamstow Library, High Street, London E17 7JN
Check here for opening hours: http://www.walthamforest.gov.uk/pages/servicechild/walthamstow-library.aspx
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Forget wearing your heart on your sleeve – wear your nationality on your head! A continuation of Olympic fever in London…
Well it felt so long in the making didn’t it? Finally the Olympics are here in London and the atmosphere is great. I grabbed a couple of hours wandering with the camera…here are a few favourites.