It came to me when I was talking to the salesman in my local camera shop; we were talking about film cameras and how some photography students need to use a film camera in their courses. Admittedly, I never went to such a school and am self taught so in this digital age I have never been restricted to 24 frames and a single iso. I decided to do an experiment and started a facebook group to see where it could go.
The idea was to take my camera (Canon EOS 6D) and lock in an iso that I felt would be ideal for a overcast Kelowna, BC winter day and go for a walk downtown. I chose iso 200 as it was mid-morning and partly cloudy.
Now as I started my walk I realized just how much I rely on the tech in my hand to capture the exposure. It really forced me to think about my aperture and shutter speed. More so, also made me think "is this an interesting photo?" When you only have 24 frames you are limited.
I also turned off my rear screen's review function. What I got is what I got until I get home and get into the "Digital Darkroom," for me this is Lightroom.
As I walked I really did find it hard not to instinctively chimp the screen and had to trust my exposure that I spent time getting right.
I started off by the frigid water of Okanagan Lake. I normally would take a few test shots but instead I really focused on the sky and clouds. I exposed to ensure that the clouds would not get blown out. The only part that i didn't mind getting blown out was the sparkles in the water.
The Frozen Marina felt kinda cool but I was unable to get out on the docks for the shot I really wanted. So, instead I got this more "Snapshot" without much feeling.
This piece of machinery just looked cool being so orange against all the blue. Found my composition a little off but was still getting the hang of this PhotoWalk. Getting a little frustrated with inanimate objects I decided to go looking for interesting humans...
I came across a bunch of construction worker looking musicians rocking out in front of the coffee shop. They started to form a bit of a crowd and I got the following photos. Playing their instruments with passion got some people moving and tapping their feet including myself. An older man that received a sandwich from a kind passerby got in on this street performance and started in dancing to the music.
Continuing on I came across the outdoor skating rink. So much white made it difficult to get a great exposure but with some post processing I came up with this yesteryear look.
Dog walking group caught my attention just due to the sheer volume of fur! ended up being kind of a snapshot but the post processing made it pop a little more for me.
The old Paramount Theater is being transformed into a pub. Cool little piece of Kelowna history being reinvented.
Couldn't help snapping a shot of the firetruck.
Spring is almost here!
Getting low for a different story.
Back alley with these cool lights hanging across. A little work in post and it all comes together.
I guess that is the great thing about the digital darkroom. Even though I pretend I'm on a "film" Photowalk, I can still make the images my own when I get home.