In an effort to stimulate some sort of creativity, I decided to shoot a few rolls of film through longer lenses. I had no real expectations, but I figured that changing my view might at least produce something that looked a bit different than the sort of things I usually end up with. I used a few different focal lengths – 85, 100, and 135 – more or less randomly. I think I had a 50 on there for a few shots as well.
Additionally, I pushed the film (HP5+) to 1600 to make it easier for me to shoot at higher shutter speeds and/or use filters if I was so inclined. Naturally, it’s a bit grainy, but I’m fine with that. I knew what I was getting into.
This will be the last “Part Deux” posting, as it represents the last batch of photos from this particular trip.
We’re back to the Leica & Summitar combination here. All together I selected eighteen photos out of somewhere around 180. This was not a predetermined ratio, but rather the result of a fairly lengthy culling process that pared it down first to somewhere around 30-35 photos, then into successively smaller groups until I felt it was as tight as I could make it and still preserve the integrity of the group.
I confess I am a bit curious about how this selection comes across to other viewers. Recognizing that, without seeing the photos that didn’t make the final cut, it’s hard to make an informed judgement, I nonetheless would be interested to hear your impressions. Do the photos work together as a group? In other words, do they help you to form an overall impression of the places and times depicted? Do they produce an emotional response as a group? Are there any photos that you feel could be removed from the final selection?
I didn’t think the title of this through as carefully as I should have.
In any case, this is the second batch of photos that I set up in the previous post. The remainder will be up in coming days.