Frames of existence

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Time for a little aside, back to some personal work that used to be the norm around here. Time to take a breath or two and just let the world be seen a different way, a visual essay of a day of peace and solitude (with maybe a slight dream-like overtone).

ImageEducation from the street, life lessons served upon the bricks and mortar of our city.

ImageThe world old battle of light Vs dark, the subversive intrigue of the darkness and the signs that lure us in.

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I see the way now, just a little further and the light can be found, everything seemed so clear then.

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I start to feel the walls closing in around me, the nature of my organic self struggling to break free.ImageAs I stop for coffee all of a sudden the world takes on a twisted reality. . . . .

ImageMy vision begins to blur, I wonder what new trickery is a foot.

ImageDaylight and Darkness combine to confuse my senses further, perhaps I’m in a dream but I see no way out.

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See it’s not all good looking people and fabulous clothing on my blog, every now and then I break out a more personal piece of photographic creativity. After all that’s the whole point of it all, creating stuff, just plain old having an idea and creating something. No agenda, no wanting payment, just creating and sharing, such is the beauty of the internet the ease with which it can be done.

Fuji X100 wandering the streets of York. Treated to my own little VSCO Film cooking.

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Triptych Series – Mr Evans I Presume

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Just when you thought the series was over, I bring you a fresh triptych.
Mr Evans a fellow photographer and man who knows how to ensure he has all the angles covered when it comes to camera use. A fan of Calzone and a sucker for punishment as demonstrated by his devotion to a certain Leicester based football team.
Still he did ask for a triptych and for that I gladly add him to the series.

Go send his some love – www.garyevansphotography.co.uk/

The full series – www.flickr.com/photos/bangphoto/sets/72157626960169758/

Leica M8.2
CV 50mm f/1.1

New Kid On The Block



Teaser, originally uploaded by bang*.

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Molly @ Nemesis
Hair & Make up Stylist – Nicki D

New Kid On The Block
Always nice to throw a hair flick in now and then. Even more so after naming a light set up after her. “The Mol” is now a bit of a favourite in my bag of tricks and it’s all thanks to a Bowens light going up in smoke . . . . . . . .
New Kid On The Block
New Kid On The Block

Alternate Effects



Alternate Effects, originally uploaded by bang*.

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Yeah my studio playlist really is a little bit of a rollercoaster.
We have Rock ‘n’ Roll Ray Charles on the left and somber, emotive classical with Max Richter on the right.
Got to keep them guessing.

Kris D @ Nemesis Manchester

Mark Ivkovic.

Leica M8.2
40mm f2 Summicron (left f/5.6, right f/2)

LR3, VSCO

Just going to check if folk want to know the tech details of shots or not, If I leave them out I always end up getting email asking how I light stuff but I’m not really sure it helps too much.

All American Boy



All American Boy, originally uploaded by bang*.

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Sorry it’s double post Saturday . . . . . .

Quick teaser from another of the latest shoots, it’s been a busy week (and it isn’t over yet . . . .)

I also have a bunch of persoanl shots that I keep meaning to stick up in a post, just some of the kind of work you may have got used to last year (and I know the odd couple of readers like to see some of that too now and then).

Scott L @ Nemesis – Mr SoCal looking local lad. (www.nemesisagency.co.uk/models/new-faces/men-new-faces/sc…)

Manchester.

Techy stuff –

Canon 1Diii
Sigma 50mm f/1.4
LR3 / VSCO / PS

Triptych series | Chloe



Triptych series | Chloe, originally uploaded by bang*.

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It’s only fair that someone facing the camera all day gets a triptych.

Thanks Chloe, I kinda had to pick this one with the hair.

Leica M8.2Voigtlander 50mm f/1.1 nokton

The crazy thing is I swear I didn’t do anything in post to her eyes other than a general B&W conversion (a la Mark). Great light & Blue / green eyes given an Orthochromatic style B&W conversion makes for some captivating peepers.

Plus a little peek of the shots from the Leica which got itself a good workout alongside the Canon today –
Chloe | Leeds
Leica M8.2
Voigtlander 50mm f/1.1 nokton

LR3, VSCO (TriX edit)

Lawson | Nemesis



Lawson | Nemesis, originally uploaded by bang*.

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Super simple, super relaxed portfolio shoot with Lawson of Nemesis Agency Manchester.

Canon 1Diii
Sigma 50mm f1.4
LR3, VSCO (Portra 400+ (edit) | TriX + (edit))

Not sure why but the 1Diii is my Canon of choice at the moment. I’ve always preferred it to the 5Dii but that full frame pixel count is always alluring. The files from the 1D just seem better to me, I can get them looking exactly how I want in very (two clicks and I’m done) little time. Plus there’s always a focus point where I need one.
Take the shot on the right above for example. Super clean, super bright, skin tone bang on but everything with that soft pastel vibe I seem to dig.
So I guess the 5 can stay sat in the Peli case ready as a willing back-up.

For the folk who like to know what gear is used for photos my go to gear is currently;

Canon 1Diii
Sigma 50mm f1.4
Canon EF 35mm f2

Plus a big reflector.

Sure the bag also holds my precious but that isn’t really the money camera.

A little on VSCO at the end but now for some more photographs.

Lawson | Nemesis

Lawson | Nemesis

Lawson | Nemesis

So a quick note on post production. I’m coming around to the VSCO film kit. I’m not totally happy with the preset looks but after a little reworking I’ve got them looking how I like. I think the main thing to remember is that these are subtle presets and not those make a rubbish shot look like it’s some kind of art work trash. If you have a well exposed, well lit, colour balanced shot and you want to give it a little eek towards film stock colours then VSCO is your ticket.
So thankfully the old adage still remains, get it right in camera.
I’ve tried Nik Color Efex, which for what I want it to do is large a plug in. It has “filmy” looks but to me they’re a little over done (one reader may well be nodding at this with a little smirk on his face after he stated that very same thing to me a while back). Plus I also use Silver Efex, which is real nice and if I want to go to town with a B&W conversion this is still my weapon of choice.