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Céu in Oslo on a Small Rangefinder Camera – By Hugo Vasconcelos

August 10, 2022

I am an enthusiastic Brazilian photographer, people and music lover. Since I moved to Ireland in 2015 my passion about photography went to that level when you can’t stop documenting the experiences of living in a foreign country, shooting friends, local people, festivals and many small gigs around Dublin.

A few years ago I decided to go into the magic of film photography and get my first analog camera, I did a good research online and found the Olympus 35RC in a very good condition, a beautiful and manual rangefinder of a similar size/weight to the digital Fuji X100T I used to carry with me. The Olympus is beautiful and easy to use, an incredibly sharp 42mm lens quality, just perfect for travelling and documenting anything  without being noticed, so I learned many things about film photography on that one, a lot of mistakes but I always carried it with me.

Olympus 35RC with an small flash

The images I’m sharing here are special to me because it was the first time after a long break due covid restrictions that I felt comfortable to get my camera and travel to another country to check out one of my favourite Brazilian singer, Céu. when I heard about the Europe tour, Um Gosto de Sol (a taste of sunshine) I got so excited and didn’t think twice, got the tickets and everything else to make it happen.

Céu in Oslo

Céu in Oslo – Lomochrome Metropolis by Hugo Vasconcelos

Jumping to Oslo at the venue, I was there at the right-front stage spot, ready to dance and capture every moment with intention, The Olympus was inside my jacket pocket and luckly I got no questions at the door, I loaded it up with  two films, the Kentmere 400 black & white and the LomoChrome Metropolis 100-400, also I got a National PE-170 flash, I dont feel so confortable using flash in concerts but I wanted to try one or two images with that small one.

Céu in Oslo

Céu in Oslo, Kentmere 400 by Hugo Vasconcelos

Céu in Oslo

Céu in Oslo – Lomochrome Metropolis by Hugo Vasconcelos

This small rangefinder makes me slow-down in taking pictures and be present.

I love the resulting images, all scanned by me on the Epson v600 and dev at John Gunn Camera Shop, John and his family are just the friendliest shop owners you can find in Ireland. A must visit shop if you are around, trust me.

Thank you all for reading this, I had a really good time bringing back those memories here and I hope you enjoyed it too.

Hugo Vasconcelos

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  • Reply
    Molly Kate
    August 10, 2022 at 12:10 pm

    Hi Hugo, really love the images and the story. What a great thing to be able to experience that joy again for live music. I have the same camera and it is the perfect travel and gig camera when they won’t let you take bigger cameras in the door. Thank you for sharing!

  • Reply
    Khürt Williams
    August 10, 2022 at 12:32 pm

    I think photographing indoor concerts can be challenging. You did a great job with that camera.

    • Reply
      Hugo Vasconcelos
      August 11, 2022 at 11:24 am

      Hey Khürt, thanks for that!
      Thats true, sometimes photographing indoor concerts are not easy at all.

  • Reply
    August 10, 2022 at 2:52 pm

    For sure, concerts are difficult to take photos because of different lights and you did an amazing job

    • Reply
      Hugo Vasconcelos
      August 11, 2022 at 11:24 am

      Thank you Eli, happy to hear that you like it 🙂

  • Reply
    Louis A. Sousa
    August 11, 2022 at 1:56 am

    You did a fabulous job in a challenging situation. Love the images!

  • Reply
    Hugo Vasconcelos
    August 11, 2022 at 11:26 am

    Thank you Louis!

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