Back to the Street. ‘Lunchtime in Bristol’

Food market scene.

All of the following images were taken with my X100f Fuji camera in Bristol. I’d just come back from a trip to Glasgow and had a fantastic time there. I’d taken my X100f with me but to be honest I was quite disappointed with the results i.e I’d got too many failures. I was with my wife, brother and sister in law so perhaps I hadn’t considered accurately what I was trying to achieve photographically. I’m not saying that you can’t use the X100f as a point and shoot camera but at the end of the day a camera is just a machine and not intelligent. So spurred on by my dismal results I headed out to Bristol from my home in South Wales for a few hours of more careful shooting.

Market vendor (Bristol)

I’d decided to change a few things, firstly to shoot primarily in B&W (Acros Red) with RAW for Back up and more importantly to take much more care with my exposures, focusing and composition. I think that I see things differently when shooting in B&W significantly in terms of shapes/patterns and contrast. I also made the decision to shoot mostly in manual mode. In Glasgow I’d used various types of auto or semi-auto modes. I think this last decision has proved to be the most important.

market visitor

The lighting in both cities was similar, very bright and high contrast. In Bristol I took much more care with highlights. I find that exposing for highlights is preferable mostly. I find that shadow detail is often much easier to recover in most circumstances.

Time for grub!

99% of the time I never ask permission to take a photograph but for the photograph above I did ask, mainly because I received such a terrible frown from this lady I thought it only polite to ask. She was lovely and agreed straight away. I felt obliged to try her Goat Curry which was delicious.

Bright light

Outside of the market I choose not to fight the contrasty light but rather to exaggerate its effect. You just have to think in simple terms of light and shadow.

It’s about dead space.
The Colston Tower

More food , please.

ICM (Intentional Camera Movement)

Camera, Lights, Action

Here’s a fun idea to try with any camera that allows you access to slow shutter speeds. The idea is simple and that is to choose a slow shutter speed, typically slower than 1/4 second and to deliberately move the camera whist firing the shutter. Bright light sources usually work well as they really show the movement. The results are only partly predictable but that can make it fun. If your camera allows it, also try a double exposure as in the image above. The middle part of this image had no movement and was the first in the double exposure sequence. For the secondary or double exposure the camera was moved.

All the images in this post featured the same set of small LED type Christmas lights. The difference in colour tone and feel was due to under or over exposure as well as post production in Lightoom. Typically contrast, saturation , black point and highlight values were changed to get the required result…… basically just messing around. They can make for interesting and abstract type images and can be great to print or simply use as a PC screensaver.