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Film multi-exposure fun by scott stockwell

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I have quite a few shoots I still need to write blogs about, although I thought it was about time I did a blog post about what photography I do in my spare time. To those of you that know me you probably know I have a bit of a fascination with shooting film on older cameras. When I was younger I remember my dad buying me my first point and shoot film camera and taking shots of anything in front of me like film was infinite when really your only limited to 36 shots. Then having my film developed at boots to find half the pictures either blurry, underexposed or the flash has made your whole family look like red eye demons, which I think was quite a common family photo look back in the day. But this was all part of the fun of shooting film!

Any way back to what I have been up to with shooting film. I recently have been experimenting with multi-exposure photography. A lot of people some times do this by accident where they haven't wound on their film properly and have two images overlapping to give a ghostly double exposure frame. Most digital cameras now have this multi-exposure feature built in, this is not as fun as the film method. You can also quite easily do this in photoshop using two different images you find off google (cheating).

I wont go into explaining the technique but heres a wikipedia article on how it works https://goo.gl/m1iO7v, to put it in basic terms its shooting two shots on one frame so they overlap. The fun with shooting this on film is that you can't see how the two images are going to meet together, you really have to use your head to remember what part of the frame you took your previous shot. This is because the shadows and highlights of your first images will also effect how your second overlapping shot will show up on the next negative. Shadows will show more of your second shot while highlights will not show as well on the second images as this part of the negative is already exposed.

I have posted some images below (they are not photoshopped)

First image Agfa vista colour 200

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Next 5 images Kodak Tri-x 400

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last 5 images Ilford sfx 200

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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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Weekend in London, Street Photography by scott stockwell

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Here are a few photos from a recent trip to London. If you didn't know already Im a big fan of street photography. Which literally means taking photos of people in urban environments without the chosen subject knowing. Really great fun when your walking around a city :) Photos below.

Critique / Comments welcome

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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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