One of the first thing people ask is where is a good place to go shoot. There are so many options and I keep looking for new places to shoot. To be honest a good photographer can create cool portraits and photographs almost anywhere. A subject, light, camera, and creativity are all we need. If that isn’t an oversimplification then I don’t know what is.
But location can matter. If you put someone in the mountains, it gives a totally different vibe than if you photograph downtown. I personally love downtown. There are so many locations and with some creativity they can be unique for you.
When I have a free morning I like to go scouting for locations. This was part of a film photowalk. About 4 photographers took our film cameras as we explored some streets and alleyways downtown. Some of these have since been removed due to construction. One street was totally ripped out! I loved that street, it had a water tower. So there is no time like the present to take photos, who knows what will change tomorrow.
These were photographed on Fuji Velvia with my big Mamiya RB67. That camera is a monster. It is huge and I haven’t used it for portraits yet. I did the scanning of this film myself. The film came out a little bit on the magenta side. When it comes to portraits, I’ll be sending that film to a professional lab so they get the color perfect. They can also scan and correct faster than I can. And then I don’t have to worry about dust and scratches, all taken care of. Woo hoo!
These photographs are from last spring. This is what it looks like as I write this blog post. No green in the trees yet 🙁 it’ll happen, I have some faith.