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Middle East Street Photography

It’s been a while since I’ve been out with my camera. This time I went out with the DSLR for a photo walk with some friends (some pictures below). I thought I was at a point where I wanted to get rid of it and go strictly film. I have been taking pictures on film with a range finder for about 8 months, along with some medium format. As much as I love the look of film, I think feel more comfortable with an SLR body than a range finder. I read so many philosophies on street photography on what style of camera is better fit for it, the range finder always comes out ahead in that argument. I don’t think that’s the case for me. While I feel a little bad about spending the time and money shooting rangefinders it helped me to find what I’m comfortable with. I guess you never know unless you try it out.

Nowhere man

Nowhere man by Conrado Orcajo
Nowhere man, a photo by Conrado Orcajo on Flickr.

Let’s dance

Let's dance by Conrado Orcajo
Let’s dance, a photo by Conrado Orcajo on Flickr.

Caught in a mirror

Caught in a mirror by Conrado Orcajo
Caught in a mirror, a photo by Conrado Orcajo on Flickr.

Falling light

Falling light by Conrado Orcajo
Falling light, a photo by Conrado Orcajo on Flickr.

Hasselblad Portraits, Ethiopia trip 9.2012

So far I have scanned 5 rolls of film back from the lab, and I never want to scan anything again. It took time away from me being out and shooting some more. But the main problem is with the Epson V700 scanning 120mm negatives, they don’t appear to be as sharp as they should be. I did read about there being a problem with that, but I blew it off thinking there is no way I’m paying this much for a high quality scanner that is not going to scan 120mm negs clearly. Now I have to drop about another $90.00 on a 120mm film tray from Betterscanning.com. The guys on Photo.net know what they’re talking about.

Here are a couple shots from the Hasselblad. I put more up on my sites medium format gallery, link is on the ride hand side. The pictures were taken with a Hasselblad 500CM w/80mm lens, and expired Kodak Portra 160NC 120mm film.

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On Being a Photographer by David Hurn

 

I just finished reading On Being a Photographer by David Hurn on my last trip, and I liked it very much. It is basically a conversation between David Hurn and Bill Jay put on paper. They bounce stuff off each other discussing topics like contact sheets, and how exactly to photograph to make your shots stand out from the rest of the crowd. Really insightful book without the fluff, extra pages of useless rhetoric that just make the book really long, just what you need straight to the point. Personally, I feel like this book covered some questions I have been having about my own work like, what direction am I going, is there a method to my madness, etc. The conversation on researching your subject is the difference between “exploitation and exploration” really woke me up to realize that some of my shots were just random, even though I may have had a project in mind when shooting them. It didn’t change me over night, but it definitely changed my course for the better. I picked up my copy at lulu.com, no one else could beat their price. 

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