Last week a few of the local photo club members and I decided to all go hang out together, do a photo walk in downtown Halifax and shoot a lot of pictures on film. The weird part was, I got a lot of interest when I proposed the idea of a Film Photo Walk, and even had a few digital cameras rigged up to act as film cameras. The club members seemed to really enjoy themselves, and the challenges inherent in ripping through a roll.
As with these walks, I spent a lot of time shooting candid stuff, but I also focused on working through some of my fears of talking to people and got a few photos of some strangers. Pictured below is Scott, a proud owner of a Triumph motorcycle (I'm not a bike guy, I'm sad to say I didn't remember the model). Scott told me about his bike, a wicked story about nearly missing a turtle on the highway, and how he served the Canadian Forces in Afghanistan.
I met quite a few awesome people to be a part of my "Strangers" project. The odd thing was everyone seemed to think I was part of the buskers festival and would charge them for a portrait. This of course made them somewhat hesitant, but when I clarified that I wanted to shoot their portrait for free they were pleased with that.
The other photo club members (there were almost a dozen that went with me) spread out among the festival, snapping all kinds of awesome photos.
I basically followed along, floating between the groups, interacting with the interesting people that I found and finding interesting candid shots to take. I had a blast.
I used a Hasselblad 503cx for all of these images. The black and white photos were taken on Kodak TMax 400 film, and the color shots are Kodak Portra 400.
The camera was initially quite challenging for me to use, but the make it or break it mentality of shooting street helped me to learn it quickly. I still need to work on my framing, I've been leaving too much space above the subject for some reason, and it's likely to do with the way I'm focusing. In my defense there is a lot to keep my attention with this camera. If you don't nail focus, it's very obvious. If you aren't paying close enough attention to the light you can get burned by over/under exposures. and if you're not watching the frame edges, well, you don't get a good shot.
The film photo walk was a great success, I expect to get people out on one more before the summer is out.