I wanted to experiment with some high speed black and white film, so I got my hands on a roll of Ilford Delta 3200. Unfortunately the highest ISO my Mamia registers is 1600. So I set it at that and exposed down a full stop, then had the developers push process it. That's all kind of technical and boring.
The more interesting stuff is being able to shoot in really low lighting conditions. I mostly shot landscapes in the early evening around Wellington. The results are pretty contrasty. I don't mind the look, it's great for making everything gritty and noirish, but my portraits turned out a bit soft and blurry, so I probably should have used a tripod. It seems a single small light source is not quite enough light. But low ambient levels work well enough. I have one more roll, I'll need to think on a better strategy.
There's no doubt that Wellington is one one of the most scenic cities around. Over time however, I find myself becoming immune to its charms. Oh another great sunset. Unsullied beaches? That's nice. I haven't spent very much time shooting black and film so I thought I'd experiment with this Ilford Delta 400. It's a bit fast for bright light, but works quite nicely on the overcast days. It's also allowed me to stop and smell the salt water as I drive around the bays.
in the spirit of continuing to look closely at my own backyard [the backyard being wellington as a whole], i took these photos on the miramar mountain bike path one afternoon. perhaps because of the limited resolution, lytro seems to have issues with shooting into a source of light. but i felt here, this particular technical flaw evokes a sense of intrigue and mystery. maybe this really is just a flawed photo, but i think the notion of an actual low-fi aesthetic is an interesting and useful one for telling certain kinds of stories. district 9 comes to mind as a really well-crafted example. and of course we have blair witch to thank for popularizing the whole concept.
in continuing to experiment with the lytro, i've been playing around with it's built-in filters. the line art filter converts everything to a sort of rotoscoped look. i admit there is hip disposable instagram potential here. loads of it. but there is also a way in which the thing being photographed becomes distanced, and through a quality of constructedness, observed freshly as if for the first time. in this case perhaps a tree is a tree is not a tree...