Snow is my absolute favourite weather, even when it inconveniences me it’s worth it in so many ways, and I’ve never once not been happy to be out in it. However, I haven’t had many opportunities to photograph using it as an element, as London rarely sees a decent fall. Snow in New York is something I’ve greatly anticipated, and it was only a matter of time before one of my visits aligned with the season. Storm Olena hit towards the end of my last visit, and after having to wait in during the first day due to train cancellations I made it into the city two days after the blizzard hit. The street photography potential was rather quiet, but I enjoyed how different everything was to what I was used to. Not just the visual changes but the behaviour change in the people I did see out, all dealing with the cold and difficult walking conditions in their own ways.
7Artisans 35mm f/2
Thinking about which bulk roll of film to buy, I thought it would been nice to give a film that I had not shoot a lot a go. Yes, the ubiquitous Ilford HP5. The photos here below are from the third roll I shot since my film journey began. The first time I tried it, …
I help as a guide in running members’ tours around the East Lancashire Railway, a large heritage railway based in Bury, near Manchester. These monthly tours are well attended. On the last tour this year I was able to take the Leica M6 and 7Artisans 35mm f2 lens along with me in an attempt to get some monochrome pictures, whilst also keeping an eye on the tour members, who have a tendency to wander ‘off piste’.
The last piece I wrote featuring images made with this lens was on the topic of its strength when applied to fast paced, from-the-hip shooting situations. This is certainly not news to anyone already adept with the ways of a 35mm, and I doubt anything I mention here will be really groundbreaking either. I had hoped that within a few rolls of continuous use with this lens that something would click, and I would attain some higher level of understanding in the same way that 90 and 50 just make sense to me.
Shooting from the hip is a great technique to apply to fast paced situations where bringing the camera to your eye and precisely framing could mean missing the moment. Combined with something like zone focusing, and lots of practice, this can really enhance someone’s shooting style, and implies an emphasis on spontaneity, and fast reactions. Most people starting out with shooting from the hip may end up with tilted frames and seemingly badly composed results.