My favorite kind of photograph, though, is one that tells a story. A single image can encompass what would otherwise require a long written narrative — the characters, the setting, even the plot. — Jen H.
I’m quoting our moderator here because telling stories with your photo IS what photography is all about. Portrait photographers certainly do. Wedding photographers would go broke if they couldn’t tell stories. Even landscape photographers should strive to tell a story with their work.
So for me the highest complement someone can say about one of my photos is: “That’s a nice story.”
Can’t get any better than that.
The photo was taken during the Christmas at the Sawdust Art Festival in Laguna Beach. I think Christmas season is told by the Poinsettias. You have a group looking at art. You have the group photo in the sleigh. And the stranger passing through. And it’s all from ONE photo. No montage. No Photoshop tricks. I was walking past and took the picture with the woman taking the group photo as my target not realizing what else was in the photo.
It doesn’t matter to me if it is a film camera or digital camera. It’s a certain style of camera that makes the difference.
I do a lot of street photography and the big SLRs, no matter film or digital, tend to intimidate people. They’re also too heavy and big for this photographer. At my age small and light-weight hit the sweet spot.
So it is rangefinder style cameras for me.
What you see is my Contax G1 with a roll of Kodak Tri-X black & White film. The camera bag is a Domke F-803 which I purchased soon after buying the camera online at eBay. It works perfectly with the Contax G1.
So what we have here is my perfect film setup for street photography.
The 3 combined hit my SWEET spot for film photography.
I should add that I took the photo with my Fujifilm XPro-1 with the 23mm f2 lens. My sweet spot for digital photography.
The steel being erected at the Laguna Beach Festival of Arts is part of a complete transformation of the festival grounds. The previous grounds had been in place for decades and was showing it’s age.
What you can’t see is the graceful arch of the horizontal beam the steel worker standing on. I just couldn’t get into a position to show it. Though if you show up some summer during the festival you can view the finished product.
PS: One big, and I mean big, improvement was the expansion of the Women’s restroom. It’s now larger in many ways than the Men’s restroom. No more line extending from the entrance of the Women’s restroom for the entire length of one side of the festival grounds.
Since when I first picked up a camera (1958) I’ve done very little night photography. Why you ask? Because I shoot with 35mm cameras and enlarging a 35mm negative was tricky. Crop too much or just enlarge too far and all that grain in B&W Tri-X film shows up very quickly and detail is lost. Also you needed to go well beyond the rated ASA of 400 to get anything at night. I know, there were, and probably still are, developers that can push the film past it’s rated ASA. I just didn’t like that idea. Stick to the rated ASA was my mantra.
Digital is an entirely different animal.
With better and better sensors and the processors that convert the data from the sensor to something we can use, RAW, night prography is a real possibility. So out at night I go with my current camera a Fujifilm XPro-1. Every trip to the universe of Night is an experiment. I haven’t figured it all out yet but I keep experimenting and someday it will be second nature.
Now if I can only stay awake long enough to get those night shots.