Strip of Light

Strip of Light

Candid street portrait using a beautiful strip of afternoon light in Nottingham. 

I shot this using the fantastic Fuji X-T1 with the amazing 56mm 1.2 lens. There was a beautiful strip of afternoon light in Nottingham, so I parked myself with the strip of light in front of me and waited for people to walk through it. 

I wanted to really emphasise the light so I dialled in -3 stops of exposure. With the X-T1 you can see the results instantly through the huge EVF. After several attempts I managed to grab this shot.


Standing Tall

Standing Tall

Man I love black and white photography!!!

I love the how monochrome images are stripped back to 3 core things:

  • Shape
  • Form
  • Tone

Colour gets right out of the way. Colour can sometimes be a distraction, your subject might be in be the foreground where you want the viewer to focus, but you've got this bright red object in the background. Guess where the viewers eye goes, well its not on your intended subject, its on the bright red object in the background!

This image isn't quite as extreme as my example above, but colour would definitely distract from the subject. The bright green grass in the foreground, or the lovely blue sky would draw your eyes attention away from the grey columns in my image. 

So why did I take this image?

It's simple - the light!

The low light is casting these columns with beautiful evening sun light on one side and deep shadows on the other. The light gives these columns there shape and form. The fact that they are darker than the sky highlights the columns their tone. It's a simple but beautiful image.

So what's the story:

There are at least a couple of these structures on the beach front in Blackpool! Who would have thought it?!?! Blackpool! I could have taken this in the middle of the day and it would have looked dull, as I've already said, it's the lighting that makes the image. 

I love black and white photography, but it's been one of the few times that I just knew this would be perfect for black and white. I switch the X100s into it's mono setting and just snapped a few frames, I didn't even consider a colour shot, the scene was black and white through and through. 

Of course, I shoot in RAW, so I always have all the pixel information I need, whether that's black and white or colour.  

Enjoy the weekend!