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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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Spring Light by scott stockwell

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The blossom was out, the rapeseed fields were turning a bright yellow & we had some beautiful weather on our side. Perfect time for a portrait shoot and Ali was kind enough let me take a few portrait shots of her around Malvern :) I took a mix of digital and film on the day.

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Mamiya 645 / 150mm 3.5 / Kodak Portra 160 film  (1 stop Push):

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Finally Ali's shot of me on film :p

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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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Engagement Shoot Hatton Court Gloucester by scott stockwell

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Aaron recently popped the question to Ine-Sophie along the great wall of China about a month ago. They both booked me for an engagement shoot at Hatton Court Gloucester about a week ago where they are due to get married in 2016.

Despite the heavy rain to start with, I think we managed to get some really nice shots once the light broke out from the clouds :)

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Autumn Lifestyle Shoot by scott stockwell

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Another lifestyle style shoot in the Autumn leaves. The Millward family originally travelled from Droitwich for a shoot at the Malvern Rose Banks, although due to unexpected bad weather we had to push it back a week. On a positive note we got a few nice photos at Malvern rose banks and  lots more at our second location at Vines park Droitwich.

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Father & Son Lifestyle Shoot by scott stockwell

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I haven't blogged much of my work in a while so here is a lifestyle shoot I did recently at Malvern Winter Gardens.

I took photos of Tom & Jack nearly 2 years ago, Tom contacted me again for another shoot. Their both full of energy and help make the shoot really fun & easy :)

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One light, Black & White Headshot Project (part 1) by scott stockwell

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I recently haven’t had a lot of work on the photography side of things :( so thought of putting together a photo project. I don’t know where the Idea of photographing head shots of humans heads came from but it certainly sounded like a good idea at the time.

The theme of the headshot’s would be black and white, lots of shadows and only one light source. I also want to just stick to one particular style of photograph.

I don’t have a studio or own expensive lighting etc, although I do rent a flat with a living room which has a white painted wall and two Nikon SB700 flashguns, with a soft box I bought off amazon a year ago for £20, which to be honest I have only used once until now.

To start with to get the style I wanted I played around with the flash and camera settings andshot a few selfies :) (see Below) I don’t usually take topless pics of myself (I promise) but this particular day was hot.

This photo^(selfie)^ was shot @ 1/200sec f/4.5 ISO 100 with a 105mm 2.8 nikon lens. The flash gun was giving off 1/32 power with 105mm zoom. I positioned the flash gun with soft box about 45 degrees to my selfie right and just very slightly above my eye level. I was also around about a metre away from the wall so the background would go grey.

I love the shadows created with the one light and adds a real dramatic effect to the head shot. Its not really a style I would use on a shoot for a client because of the heavy shadows. But because this project is just for my own enjoyment and fun ( I <3 photography) I decided to invite family and friends around to get some similar type of shots. I would also like to add that asking family and friends for head shots was the hardest part of this project as they all seem to hate having photos taken of themselves. 

To start with I just wanted to use the same type of settings and maybe try get some more light on the face and some shadows on the jaw. All shots below are shot at exactly the same camera settings as the selfie above although just with me asking the subject to move their head slightly and me moving the flash/soft box around so the light would hit in different places on their face. I have uploaded some images below.

In order of heads: Alice, Anton, Dad, Oliver(bro), Richard, Colton

As you can see most of the shadows on the face are easy to change and I think It adds a unique look. After these few head shots I wanted to try something new for my next subject Emma. I asked her to stand closer to my white painted wall and closer to my other wall. In other words I asked her to stand in the corner of my living room. This was so the flash would now bounce off the side of the wall back on to her face but still add a few shadows. Result below \/

As you can see the left (Emma’s Left) side of her face is now in a really light shadow. Emma is very photogenic and believe it or not this was the first snap I took of her. Her eyes in this shot are very glaring and she also has (I hope she doesn’t mind me saying this) a now very fashionable gap in her teeth.

These are all my shots so far but I am hoping to have around 50 head shots of different human heads. I was also of thinking of making a book just for myself of the 50 head shots. 

I have posted most of the head shots to my facebook page asking for more human heads for photos and so far I have had a positive response. So I am hoping to share with you more head shots in the near future :)

Also if you would like a headshot your self for free just message me :)

All the best

Scott

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