Archive for January, 2012

Waiting For Toilets

This was originally part of the set from the Dresden Dolls but when I saw itΒ  I decided it fit more with the street stuff I have been shooting and decided to post it today by itself.

I really like this shot…and I don’t really say that about my images πŸ™‚

Rolleiflex 2.8 E, Ilford HP5+ 400 ISO Film, CanoScan 9000F Scanner.


Dresden Dolls Wellington Opera House 2012 With A Rolleiflex

So if you have been following this blog or Twitter you will know that I got to go to the Dresden Dolls show in Wellington after winning a ticket from Amanda Palmer off of Twitter (and I never win anything!). I got my entry in slightly late butΒ  mentioned that I had a 1957 Rolleiflex that wanted to meet her, she ended up giving me a ticket but saying that I owed her a photo… Sweet!

This post is pretty much for Amanda Palmer and Brian Viglione to say thanks for a Super Wicked Show! (hopefully they get to see it)

All the shots are taken with said Rolleiflex, who I have to say outdid itself especially the ones of the show at 3200 ISO… Film is not dead! πŸ™‚

At one point Amanda had to go for a piss so this guy came up from the audience to play… He did a pretty good job too πŸ™‚

Just been told that his name is Ash Shields… You rock!

Drinks break while on the drums

Rolleiflex 2.8 E, Delta 3200, Hp5 400 and HP5 400 pushed to 3200 ISO Films


Burnt Out Building Half Frame And A Dresden Dolls Story

This image is a bit of a filler for today (sorry)… Why you ask? Well…

Yesterday when I got home from work and was checking stuff on the net I came across Amanda Palmer who was giving some tickets to her Dresden Dolls away if you tweeted your name and reason you wanted to go. Being slightly cheeky I tweeted that I had a 57 Rolleiflex that wanted to meet her and even though I just missed the cutoff I got a ticket but told I owed her a photo πŸ™‚

Well I took Rollei along and even though there were some signs saying the usual don’t take photos or recordings I busted it out and took about 3 films worth (Amanda Palmer told me to)

Im currently developing those films and they will make up a post either later tonight or early tomorrow.

So if you like the Dresden Dolls come back and have a look shortly πŸ™‚

By the way the show was freaking AMAZING! Thank you Amanda Palmer for the ticket!

Canon Demi S Half Frame Camera, Ilford HP5+ 400 ISO Film, CanoScan 9000F Scanner.


Walker

Another shot from Lower Hutt, this time behind the big Westfield Mall…

Rolleiflex 2.8 E, Ilford HP5+ 400 ISO Film, CanoScan 9000F Scanner.


Waiting

Coming out of Kathmandu after stocking up for a camping trip…

Rolleiflex 2.8 E, Ilford HP5+ 400 ISO Film, CanoScan 9000F Scanner.


Tunnels

A couple of vaguely problematic shots from some new places in Wellington… I have been wandering a bit further a field looking for good places to sit and wait for stuff to come to me… The first one has potential but I think the second one is a bit busy, I might have to try it from a different angle… Both shots from The Terrace.

Rolleiflex 2.8E, Ilford HP5+ 400 ISO Film, CanoScan 9000F Scanner.


Pomare: The First Time

These shots are mostly from when I went to Pomare the first time. I have only managed to develop and scan the film these were on recently and things have change quite a bit since this.

The shots after this are from when I went back the third time. The big piles of rubble are no longer there and more houses have fences around them that are destined to be demolished. I will probably end up going back a few more times to see how things are progressing.

Rolleiflex 2.8 E, Ilford HP5+ 400 ISO Film, CanoScan 9000F Scanner.


Why Manakins Should Wear Underwear

Wellingtons wind at work again…

Rolleiflex 2.8 E, Ilford HP5+ 400 ISO Film, CanoScan 9000F Scanner.


RIP Blanket Man Ben Hana

Last Sunday Blanket Man (Ben Hana) died in the Wellington Hospital. Blanket Man spent the last 10 years living on the street in Wellington wearing nothing but a loincloth and an old blanket. If you have ever been to Wellington and walked along Courtenay Place you would have seen him. The memorial that has sprung up where he used to sit is nothing short of amazing, unfortunatley it is getting taken down/cleaned up on Tuesday as the city gets ready to host the Rugby 7’s in a couple of weeks.

As a street photographer I walked past him more times than I could count and always got a nod of acknowledgment… I tended to not take his photo and respect what he was doing (Wellington is too small a place to piss off anyone living on the street by shoving a camera in their face) so the only images I have of him are from a long way away or when he was asleep πŸ™‚

Walking along Courtenay place will seem empty without him…

Rest In Peace

Here is one of the shots I did have of him…

 

Rolleiflex 2.8 E, Ilford HP5+ 400 ISO Film, CanoScan 9000F Scanner.

 


Electric Busker

I usually don’t take images of buskers unless I give them money but this one was too good to miss πŸ™‚ Will have to track them down and give them a copy…

Rolleiflex 2.8 E, Ilford HP5+ 400 ISO Film, CanoScan 9000F Scanner.


Abandoned Service Station

Spotted this while driving round Upper Hutt a week or so ago. The amusing thing with this shot for me was that when we pulled up I parked directly oppositeΒ  with the plan of using the car for a tripod. Unfortunately the car was too close and since I only wanted to move it a couple of metres I got Fergus (Cunningvision)to take the handbrake off and pushed it back. Just as I was doing this a kid walked past and gave me a WTF kind of look πŸ™‚ I guess i was pushing the car away form the petrol station πŸ™‚

Rolleiflex 2.8 E, Ilford HP5+ 400 ISO Film, CanoScan 9000F Scanner.


Sleeper On Cuba

With the weather being occasionally nice the sleepers come out of the woodwork… Its amazing what they can sleep through since there was a busker not more than 50 metres away getting the crowd to clap along and generally being noisy.

Rolleiflex 2.8 E, Ilford HP5+ 400 ISO Film, CanoScan 9000F Scanner.


Occupy Wellington Again

I walked past the Occupy Wellington camp last weekend while on my normal photo wanderings. They are back on the verge of being evicted again with the council trying to clean up the city for the up coming rugby 7’s at the start of February.

The protest has changed a bit from when it started as most of the original activists having left only to be replaced with predominantly homeless people. There has even been accusations of verbal abuse to female passerbys late at night.

It seems that this protest has lost its way a little… But at least it still makes for interesting images πŸ™‚

Just after I took these a massive gust of wind nearly blew them away…Literally.

Rolleiflex 2.8 E, Ilford HP5+ 400 ISO Film, CanoScan 9000F Scanner.


A Couple Of Long Exposures

I have been away camping with the family for the last couple of days (hence no new photos). Did a bit of playing with long exposure shots and the D90 to see how it would handle… The first one is a 20 minute exposure which has been a bit over tweaked in Photoshop (sorry not quite back in the real world yet) and the second one is a 30 second exposure.

The files look good but I have to say that the camera processing time was crazy! On the first shot the exposure was 20 minutes and it nearly took that long to process the image after the initial exposure so 40 minutes all up. I am hoping I just left a setting on which would increase the processing time so will have to look and see what other people have said…

Nikon D90, 50mm f1.8 Lens, ISO 200


Airport Waiting

I went to the airport the other day to catch up with a friend who was passing through. I didn’t check their flight before I went and it ended up being delayed something like 8 hours so I missed meeting them but got to hang around the airport for an hour to take photos πŸ™‚

Rolleiflex 2.85 E, Ilford HP5+ 400 ISO Film, CanoScan 9000F Scanner.


Cunningvision and Yashica 124G

A shot of Fergus (Cunningvision) and his Yashica 124G TLR at an abandoned lawn bowling place by where he lives in Petone.

Rolleiflex 2.8 E, Ilford HP5+ 400 ISO Film, CanoScan 9000F Scanner.


In And Out Of Shadows

Cut down the middle…

Rolleiflex 2.8 E, Ilford HP5+ 400 ISO Film, CanoScan 9000F Scanner.


London Festival Of Photography Entry

I finally managed to get round to entering the London Festival of Photography street competition yesterday.

I’m not sure these are my strongest images but I just needed to get something in since the deadline was 6am this morning…

I thought I would put this up today since there isn’t any new material in it πŸ™‚

Rolleiflex 2.8 E, Ilford HP5+ 400 ISO Film, CanoScan 9000F Scanner.


Shooting The Street

I dont see this very often… I should bust my 4×5 camera out again… Never seem to have the time these days…

Rolleiflex 2.8 E, Ilford HP5+ 400 ISO Film, CanoScan 9000F Scanner.


Half Frame Urbex

A couple of half frame panos… The first one is the abandoned Central Institute of Technology and the second one is an abandoned company that used toΒ  go by the name Universal Trading Company which reminded me of Universal Exports from James Bond πŸ™‚

Canon Demi S Half Frame Camera, Ilford HP5+ 400 ISO Film, CanoScan 9000F Scanner.


Picture Of Self

I haven’t put up one of these for a while… Rolleiflex 2.8 E, Ilford HP5+ 400 ISO Film, CanoScan 9000F Scanner.


A Year Of Photography With A Rolleiflex

Well 2011 is finally over, its been a pretty good year, Ive had the usual ups and downs but have managed to take quite a few images.

Here are some highlights from Rollei and I in 2011… Enjoy πŸ™‚

We walked the streets when no one else was around…

…and went to some events.

We traveled to Auckland…

…and did some assisting.

Sometimes we walked for hours and only took a single shot…

… and sometimes we shot a whole roll of film in under 30 minutes.

We went shooting in the rain…

…and when it was too dark to see the numbers on the dials.

Sometimes we were a little too slow…

…but sometimes our timing was bang on.

We self published a book on street photography…

…and even sold a few copies…You can see itΒ  HERE

We took photos of people taking photos, but never photos of people taking photos of people taking photos.

We finally broke through the mental barrier of going up to people in the street and asking to take their photo, not one person said no.

Sometimes we went to different places to shoot…

…and sometimes things happened right outside our door.

We went urban exploring with friends…

…and found some pretty cool places…

…which led to some more assisting.

Sometimes we waited to get the shot…

…but mostly we just wandered around aimlessly and watched for stuff to happen…

…and happen it did…

…sometimes it was pretty random…

…sometimes it was really random…

…but it was all good…

Yup… all in all its been a pretty good year.

Bring on 2012!

All images shot on Rolleiflex 2.8 E


Occupy Wellington Board

For the new year I have been trying different styles of street photography. Usually I use the aimless wandering style of street photography which means that you don’t really stop moving and capture whatever happens in front of you, this method is great for when I have Samantha in the backpack because she gets bored if I stand still too long. Over Christmas I have had a few opportunities to go out by myself and have been doing a bit of camping in one spot and waiting for something to happen… These shots were basically done by standing in the middle of the footpath without moving for about 5 minutes πŸ™‚

These are of the Occupy Wellington board which stated that the city council was evicting them from where they are located on the 4th on January… As far as I know they are still there

Rolleiflex 2.8 E, Ilford HP5+ 400 ISO Film, CanoScan 9000F Scanner.


Zoo Half Frame

I love how seamless this shot is even though the two girls are in it twice… Look at it big πŸ™‚

Canon Demi S Half Frame, Ilford HP5+ 400 ISO Film, CanoScan 9000F Scanner.