Black and White Photowalks [Street]

Shot this with my Mother-in-law's old Ricoh SLR, Kodak Tri-X film.  I LOVE this grain.

This summer was a lot of fun.  I know that we're winding up the actual "Summer Vacation" for anyone still in school, so I wanted to host a photowalk that would be focused on black and white photography. I created a facebook event, invited some people from the Sackville Photo Club and got a great response.  I had a bunch of people sign up to go!  Then, the rain came.  Several of us trekked out and got soaked, holding our umbrellas, seeking shelter from the downpour under building canopies but ultimately sticking it out.

The photos have a really neat "dark" quality to them, and I processed them to look like Kodak Tri-X.  I had originally intended to shoot film for this walk, but the rain was a big discouragement, since I really wasn't able to change film on the fly.  

This guy doesn't look like he's very happy with me, but I smiled and waved after snapping this shot and he smiled back.  It's amazing how people will react sometimes.

Of course, there were only about six of us shooting that evening, so it was worth rescheduling and shooting again.  Again, there were about 7 of us at a time, with a few coming and going throughout the evening, which, by the way, was beautiful. No rain at all.

Contrary to the previous walk, I was able to shoot a lot more film, and used my Elan 7e as my primary camera for most of the night.  All of these shots were made on Kodak Tri-X.

I think I will probably host a few more of these before the year is out.  They're a fantastic chance to get out, stretch your compositional muscles and really think about light, tones, textures and shapes, all without the distraction of colour!  I will have to find some interesting parts of town to explore as well, hit me with suggestions, and feel free to come along to the next one!