Aperture-Blade Runner

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This is a cross post with my blog for photographers at Derek Clark Photography where you can see the colour version of the above photo.

I was out today, having coffee and talking shop with a couple of photographer friends John McPake and John Summers. After a few cups of tea and coffee and covering all things from sensors to lenses, books to editing, Santa Claus to Filipino Xmas parties and everything in between, we decided that we should be shooting pictures instead of talking about them. We made plans to go out for a days photography to a derelict building that’s been on our photographic horizons for a while. But we made the arrangement that we would go out and shoot as long as the weather was ok, but if it was raining we would probably just get together indoors and talk or play around with radio triggers or light modifiers.

When I left the two John’s, I headed into town to have a look at the photography books in Waterstones. It was raining pretty hard and it was dark, but I pulled the Fuji X-E1 out of my bag and kept it up high, under my umbrella. I shot a few photos on the way to the bookstore and then a few afterwards on the way back to the car (with a really nice Time Life book having been purchased :o). I’m showing a few shots from my walk and I hope you all like them. But the main point of this blog post is just to point out that we shouldn’t just go out in ideal conditions, or even fair weather. Sometimes it’s the things you think you should avoid that give you something a little bit different or a little bit special. So although the golden hour is desirable, don’t avoid the rain or the midday sun. Instead, we need to embrace them and use the qualities they have. The rain provides fantastic reflections and the midday sun gives us harsh contrasts shadows that can be amazing in black and white!35mmStreet.com.DSCF8510-Edit

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5 responses

  1. Pingback: Aperture Blade Runner | Derek Clark Photography

  2. junkstuffrichard

    I love your black and white work. You have a great eye for capturing interesting moments. I recently bought an XE-1 and I know it can shoot B&W with different filters simulated in the camera. I was wondering if you’re basically using shots from the camera or do you do quite a bit of post processing?

    December 14, 2012 at 07:02

    • You can get a really nice B&W from the X-E1 (& X-Pro1). I have a custom setting that has the black and white filter without any colour filters. It also has sharpness, shadows and highlights all set to +1. I find this gives a nice contrasty B&W.

      Having said that, everything on 35 Street is shot in colour and then converted to B&W using Nik Software’s Silver Efex Pro2. The out of camera B&W is very smooth, but I can get more detail on textures using SEP2.

      The other drawback with in camera B&W is that you’re stuck with it. You can’t covert to colour (unless you’re shooting in RAW). So I just shoot in colour and convert to B&W.

      December 14, 2012 at 10:53

  3. Nice work, Derek, and a family connection for me – Hayday Road near there is named after my grandfather :)

    December 21, 2012 at 21:08

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