I was shooting like crazy, like I usually do at these events. With two cameras around my neck, I would shoot telephoto and close up, quickly switching between the two, as the opportunities presented. Quite by accident, I discovered a series of photographs, up close, which are different from what I’ve shot before.
It might sound odd that I discovered these images. After all, I did make them. But sometimes, things become a blur and as I get in the zone — I don’t always remember what I’ve done. All I see are scenes and I try enthusiastically to capture them in interesting ways.
I shot yesterday’s photos with a telephoto, a 150mm equivalent which produces a comparably shallow depth of field. Today’s are with a 50mm equivalent, one of the classic street photography focal lengths. Shooting a lot closer, they have an entirely different feel.
I would love to claim that I instinctively positioned myself in the optimal place to take these closeups, but I can’t. I ended up here as I moved around during the parade. What I realized in hindsight is the location allowed me to get close, without blocking the route of the parade.
Also, a note about the image processing. I’ve shot more and more black and whites but most are often highly contrasty with deep blacks. Sometimes I add extra grain, either through the built in Olympus PEN-F processing or in post production. Today’s monochromes are processed very differently.
My typical contrasty and grainy pictures didn’t worked for me here. They looked heavy-handed, confusing and overwhelmed the details. I’m no monochrome expert, but they just didn’t feel right. Instead, these photos are post processed from RAWs with Capture One. I used a preset that “claims” to mimic Fujifilm Neopan 100 ACROS, which I tweaked slightly. I have no idea if this looks like ACROS, but it works for me.
Between the closeups, framing and black and white processing, I ended up creating a different look, for me. It’s always fun when I end up with something new, even though there was a healthy dose of serendipity involved.
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