Ruined Shots #2

I love photographing children. I love their smiles and how unabashed they seem, particularly the ones in Asia.  Most of them pretend to be shy until they see your camera (in my case anyway).  They find it curious that you’re interested in what they’re doing.  One of the things I also love about photographing children in Asia is that they seem to be happy playing anywhere, no matter what.

As much as I love photographing children, it’s a bit hard at times when they’re running about and you have a manual focus camera.  If I have my TLR, they normally stop and stare at it, which makes it easier on my part. Unfortunately, with my rangefinder, kids barely notice that I’m there and I can’t seem to focus fast enough. I sometimes get confused between the focusing ring and the ring where I adjust my aperture (they’re literally beside each other). It’s even harder sometimes with my TLR, and worse if I actually get a shot in focus but fail to take the photo like my last ruined shot.

I still like the photo below, but I kind of wish I was faster with my focusing.  I’ll just have to practice more.

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Yashica D TLR

Finally scanned the rest of my film from China, and I must say, looking through shots taken with my Yashica D, I am more and more in love with it. I’m still working around focusing in lower light conditions, and have unfortunately ruined many shots because the focusing screen is not as light as my last TLR, which oddly isn’t built as well as this one. I find I have to be a LOT slower when focusing, and am trying to find other ways of keeping still when holding for shots slower than 1/60.
Shot taken at The Kitchen Futian. I was lucky enough to go inside the tiny cooking quarters of the place and snap some shots. If you happen to reside in Shenzhen, some of my photos might still be hanging up there.

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My Old Neighborhood

I’m currently on the hunt for new places to photograph for a possible magazine gig, so for now I’m not doing much personal photography. I will blog at some point about the Lumix LX3, but I’ve been a bit lazy (and on vacation mode!) to play around with it.

There are a lot of things I do NOT miss about Shenzhen, but I did like the interesting subjects around my neighborhood. I took a couple of shots before I left, and will post more once my scanner is actually out of the box (have no space in our temporary living quarters, literally!) and I can plug it in.

Photos below:

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Portrait series #3

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My lovely coworker was one of the first (adult) to volunteer when I initially talked about doing portraits. Got lots of decent shots but film lab messed up trying to hurry up my film. For some reason they’re usually on time with getting my film back to me but because it wasn’t done when they said it would (sometimes nap times take precedence over work in these neck of the woods!) they probably just shoved the roll in. blargh.  If only they weren’t the ONLY place I know in Shenzhen that develops 120 film.

I turned this into b & w and messed with the contrast to save what’s left.  How does it look?

*This is part of an ongoing portrait series: