I promise you I am not in any way sponsored by them, but I have been on another StreetSnappers workshop. This time The Delightful Mr F came with me. The workshop was specifically for shooting at night. I was armed with my trusty Fuji X100F, and the Delightful Mr F was shooting on his Fujica STX1n, pushing the heck out of an ISO 3200 Ilford film.
We were due to meet the group at a cafe near Trafalgar Square in London at about 6pm. We travelled up a little earlier and The Delightful Mr F took advantage of a marvellous Black Friday deal to buy some new shirts. We then went to check into our hotel, which turned out to be more difficult than one would expect, partly due to an unrelated fruit basket crisis…
Seeing Brian again was lovely, he really is a good egg. I have done some low light work, but not much, so after a cuppa and a lesson in night street photography from Brian, we headed out. Brian had planned a route for us, as we headed along the strand to Covent Garden, then on to China Town and finally to Soho. I have to be honest when I say the StreetSnappers workshops are probably the best I have been on, which is why I keep going back for more. I like Brian’s gentle, non gear-orientated approach. He’s helpful and supportive, which makes learning so much easier.
I wasn’t sure how well I was hitting the focus, as I was down at f2 and 1/30s for most of the evening, but I got a few shots I was pleased with. The scene at the top of the post caught my eye as I thought someone had been locked in a shop.
I have often seen this sign for the Kinky Boots show in daylight, but at night, it really comes alive.
I always find China Town a difficult area to shoot in. There is always so much going on I find it overwhelming. Brian encouraged to look for details, to make sense of the chaos.
The caged mask, I have to be honest, gives me the heebie-jeebies, but I like it as a shot. It is very “Soho”.
I throughly enjoyed myself, and the way that everything looks so different in the dark in that mundane things are bathed in interesting light, has made me want to do more of this work. The Delightful Mr F and I have already planned some more trips out, as soon as he has finished developing his negatives in the kitchen…