Thursday, January 28, 2010


Different Statue, Same Problem. Too much clutter. I'm sure a pro could work with the background and make it blend, but I'm not that good yet. I had to settle for a tightly cropped shot.
Still, not too bad in my opinion. The wide open nature of the 50mm is a real help in situations like these, allowing me to lose what clutter there is into a formless and non-distracting blur.


Most of the Angels at the cemetery have been female so this one, male, caught my eye. Again, a too cluttered background prevented a wider angle shot, but you can see one of his wings to the right of his chin.
Looks a little like the Archangel Micheal in the just released film "Legion" (I'll save you 10$, don't bother seeing it) so that was still fresh in my mind when I went Angel hunting in the cemetery.


Most of the statues at the cemetery have space around them, giving me flexibility to compose the shot. Not this one, it was crowded in tight and behind the plinth were trees and other clutter, so I had to get in tight and stand rather awkwardly for the shot.
Ah the things I do for my audience! Kidding of course, I don't have an audience.


This statue wasn't at the best position to photograph, it's way too high but with the sun behind me and reflecting off the statue, the background fades away and (I think) really brings out the contrast between man-made and Nature.
Ok, that came off as too pretentious, I just like the colour contrast between statue and tree :)


Although it may seem like I'm obsessed with the local cemetery and B/W film, I'm not (really!) it is just that B/W seems to work rather well for the sombre subject at hand.
More from a sunny day exploring there. Morning sun gave strong shadows on this and the following (although to be contextually correct, preceding) statues.
Kodak BW400CN film, Nikon F4s and the 'nifty fifty' 50mm lens

Monday, January 18, 2010


Was at a smoky jazz lounge the other day. Okay not really, but they had a band playing jazz. Here is the sax player at rest. It's funny how good our eyes can be, in the dim of the lounge, I could see perfectly, but the camera had difficulty. Shooting 400 speed film, with a wide open aperture (1.8) I couldn't get anything less than 1/6 second, which makes handholding neigh impossible.
I'm not happy with the sharpness of the image, but in such a dimly lit place, this was the best I could do.

Friday, January 1, 2010


Another statue from the local cemetery. It's interesting the depth of colours and decay on those I have seen. I presumed they were all made from marble and possibly copper, but who knows? In any case the weathering had a dimension and an age to the statue, as seen here.


A re-visit of one of the Angels with the lford film. The grain effect is less obvious here than in some of the other images I took. I wonder where on the East Coast is the oldest cemetery? I would suspect that the older the place, the more ornate the monuments. That would be a good place to go for photography. Maybe even visit New Orleans as everyone is buried above ground.


Was using the new 50mm lens I got for Christmas, wide open at f/1.8 and as you can see, the hand is not in focus. What she was holding was a bit of a mystery to me even in person, so for the shot I wanted to convey that, so I focused on her head and made sure the hand out be fuzzy. The Ilford grain helped there too.


Same large cemetery, same Ilford roll, same day. I want to photograph every angel/cherub/non-standard headstone there, and I think I'm making good progress. Although the place is huge, it's well laid out and easy to follow.


Yes, you are seeing double. As mentioned earlier, I wanted to do a side by side comparison between the 400CN BW Kodak film and the XP2 Super 400 Ilford film. This shot, as identical as I could make it, comes from the Ilford.
The grain is much more noticeable with the Ilford, and perhaps the shadows more clearly defined. I had them processed at the same one-hour place, but who knows how consistant they are. Other than price, and perhaps the heavier grain, I couldn't see much of a difference, and given the Ilford is three times as expensive, I will stick with the Kodak for now.