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Trip to Morocco by scott stockwell

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I had a bit of a gap in my work diary and found some cheap flights and accommodation so decided to book a 10 day solo trip to morocco. I flew to Marrakech where I stayed for 3 nights and also travelled to Fes where I stayed for a few nights with one night where I slept out in the desert.

The main reason I wanted to do this trip was to take photos of the people of Morocco not so much the beautiful buildings and landscape. I like to take photos of people with out them knowing, this seems a bit weird but there is something about taking a photo with out the subject knowing the photographer is present, it makes the subject look so much more natural.

Although this all back fired a little with the fact Im quite tall with pale white skin so I stood out from the crowd quite a lot, so was spotted as soon as I pulled my camera out. Also the people of Morocco are quite strict muslims and really really do not like having their photo taken (especially by a tourist). I was shouted at least five times by different people before I had even taken a photo, with two people running over to me demanding money because I pointed a camera at them and someone actually came up to me asking to delete the photo even though this was not possible as I was shooting with film.

In the end I just totally lost the confidence to take photos of people and felt like I had to be a bit more respectful of their culture. I did try ask people for a portrait but they either said no or wanted a stupid amount of money. Overall though was a great trip with so much to see and do :)

I have posted a few of the photos I did mange to take of people below. All photos are shot on Kodak Portra 400 film.

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Weekend in Pairs with Film by scott stockwell

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Sophie (girlfriend) kindly took me away to Paris for my birthday back in March and have been wanting to share a few photos with you all :) I have been growing to love film a lot more recently & decided not to take my digital camera to paris. First off let me just say that the weight difference carrying a small Nikon FE2 film camera compared to my beefy looking Nikon D800 when walking around Paris was a lot more comfortable & also I wasn't as paranoid about someone trying to steal my film camera as its not worth much.

Why the hell are you shooting film? its 2015. Loads of people still shoot film and I think film can discipline any photographer. With digital you can take hundreds of bad shots and then download them to your computers hard drive and forget about them within 10 seconds. Each roll costs you around £5 and to develop can can cost you another £5-7 per roll. So given the price of the 36 frame roll in your camera now costs you 36p per shot there is no way your going to want to take 100 shit photos as this will cost you £36. With digital you can also look at the back of your screen and say to yourself "wow what a bad shot" DELETE. Film however you are going to have that negative/print come back to you from the lab, you will look at that one frame and realise the mistakes you have made.

I like to shoot street photography when ever I get a chance and Paris is full of good shot opportunities. As I haven't been using Film very long Im still adapting to the manual focus and using "zone focusing" where usually with my Dslr I would normally shoot wide open to add a bit of depth of field. I have posted a few of the photos below All are taken with Kodak Portra 400 film :)

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Me & Soph :)

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Why I love the Nikon FE2 by scott stockwell

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Nikon FE2

I don't really write reviews (maybe I should), but the Nikon FE2 is probably one of my favourite 35mm film cameras I have shot with so far, why? Heres why.

Firstly its just so easy to use, simply pull out the film wind handle slightly & push the shutter button half way and your camera is already telling you what your recommended shutter speed is. The view finder is also really bright when your looking through the eye piece, almost crystal clear so its really easy to frame your shots. Want to push your exposure up by 1 stop? Easy, there is a small button which you hold down and clearly labelled -2 up to +2 on the ASA/ISO wheel which you simply just spin round. I also found the film really easy load with this camera less fiddly than other 35mm's I have used in the past and always seemed to hold on the spindle.

Most of all this camera just looks good, its covered in a somewhat faux leather materiel, almost as though the designers back in the 1983 were trying to impress a pimp. Its size is also nice, fits in the hand well and not to heavy, a bonus for any street photographers. Its construction feels really solid also, I bet I could drop this camera several times and not have many problems after.

Mostly what I love abut this camera is that the shutter speed goes up to 1/4000. Particularly useful if you wish to shoot wide open and take advantage of the shallow depth of field in the outdoors on a sunny day. When using a 400 speed film, most of the time I find with my other 35mm cameras like my Olympus OM10 it only shoots up to a speed of 1/1000 sec, you will have to use apertures of up to f/8 to stop any over exposure. With the Fe2 I would be able to safely shoot at f/4 as it shoots 2 stops faster. Only disadvantage to this of course is that it uses the batteries a lot faster.

I purchased the camera for just £33 (camera only) from Ebay and so far Im so happy I bought it. I develop black and white film myself and have put some of the results below. These were the two first rolls of film I shot with the FE2. They are shot with a mix of Kodak Tmax 100 & Tri-X 400 on a Nikon 50mm 1.8D lens. A few Images Below :)

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