This is one of my favourite live photos I have ever taken.
Its really nice to be shooting in squares for once, no need for deciding between shooting something portrait or landscape. I am borrowing a Yashica-Mat LM TLR from a friend and so far have only loaded one roll through it, Ilford XP2 black and white. Most of the shots I ended up with were slightly out of focus as I am not really used to the dark top down viewfinder.
For those unfamiliar with TLR’s (Twin Lens Reflex) they are a essentially a box with two lenses on the front, the top lens goes through a mirror and is viewable from above when you open the pop up viewfinder, the bottom lens exposes the image on to the film and as you adjust the focus both lenses work in unison.
So far I am finding the camera really nice to walk around with, its not too heavy (well it’s lighter than my Mamiya RZ67) from a neckstrap it comfortably hangs at waist level with a top down viewfinder so as I am just walking around all I have to do is look down, no missing the shot as I lift an SLR to my eye.
TLR’s shoot on 120mm film and produce 6x6cm negatives, 12 shots on a roll. Being limited to 12 shots its great as it actually has two shots more than when shooting 6×7, and I am still a lot less careless with my shots compared to using a roll of 35mm that has 36 exposures. With so many photos on a roll I tend to get impatient near the end of the roll and end up wasting shots on nothing photos just to finish the film.
It really is quite a different thing shooting square images instead of rectangles, I tend to have my main focal point in the center of my frames and this style works particularly well in a square. Once I get the hang of focusing with this dark viewfinder I think I am really going to enjoy this style of camera, and I am sure that will come over the next few rolls.
A few weeks back we had a couple of amazing sunny days in Wellington. Four of us decided to walk out to Red Rocks and see if we could spot any Seals.
(Click to see bigger)
On Friday I went along to the show at San Fran Bath House. I arrived part way into Von Thundersvolt and took a few photos before going and finding some beer, by the time I sorted that they were packing up their gear. I caught all of Arc of Ascent‘s set and it was great to see them again, they have improved since the last time I saw them, they were so heavy, great stoner rock. The main bar was crowded for Beast Wars so I only managed to get a few shots of the singer through the crowd before I decided to just go down the back.
A big thank you to John Lake and everyone else behind the organising of Up The Punks 2012, I have really enjoyed the exhibition and the accompanying shows. Punks Still Angry was great and The DILFs were on excellent form however I only managed to take photos at the No Wave Spacktackular show last night.
Head along to the festivities associated with up The Punks 2012 this week. A week long exhibition celebrating punk rock in our capital for 30 odd years. I have a fair few photos in the exhibition covering the more recent years of Wellington punk rock.
Here’s what the organiser had to say on their facebook event
Thistle Hall Gallery
OPENING, Tuesday, November 6, 2012, 6-8PM
From crust-punks to straight edge, pop punk to boot boys, anarchy and apathy. Up The Punks charts the diverse influence of punk culture in New Zealand’s capital city. You’ll laugh, you’ll cry, you’ll feel awkward about that photo of you from 1985/1995/2005!
<<<<<<<<<<< ALSO CHECK OUT >>>>>>>>>>>>>
UP THE PUNKS 2012 presents
GETTIN’ WORSE: PUNX STILL ANGRY
Wednesday, November 7
@ SAN FRAN BATH HOUSE
The JO HOs
<<<<<<<<<< BUT WAIT THERE’S MORE >>>>>>>>>
NO WAVE SPACKTACKULAR 2012
Exhibition closing gig
Saturday, November 10
SO SO MODERN
JOHNNY AND THE FELCHERS
MR STERILE ASSEMBLY
THE ALL SEEING HAND