A Feature Length Interview in Inspired Eye Magazine – Issue 15 . . .

Once again, many thanks and huge appreciation to Don Springer and Olivier Duong of Inspired Eye Magazine for the wonderful 18-page interview and photographs in Issue 15 of their exceptional publication. This issue features interviews and photography from 9 photographers, Essays, Readers Gallery and Travel Writing.

Click Here (not a pay-per-click, just a link) to buy the bumper 165-page Issue 15 now for just $4.95 (£3.10 approximately) in PDF format . . .

. . . and click the picture below for a sample of the first page of my featured article.

Inspired Eye Magazine - Street Photographer from the UK, Kevin Shelley

An Audio Interview and Article with Myself in Street Photography Magazine . . .

. . . Huge appreciation and thank you to Street Photography Magazine’s Bob Patterson for publishing an Audio Interview and Article, with myself. Cheers Bob.

What’s more, Bob has generously created a private screening area so that visitors to the Street Photography Blog can read and listen to the interview for FREE. Just Click Here to be taken to the private screening area and enjoy.

Don’t forget that you can subscribe to Street Photography Magazine for just $1.99 (£1.20) per month, by Clicking Here.

My Street Photography ‘Kit’ Featured on Japan Camera Hunter’s “What’s in Your Bag” . . .

. . . A big thank you indeed to Bellamy Hunt – A.K.A. Japan Camera Hunter, for featuring my Street Photography Kit Kevin Shelley – In Your Bag No:979.

Japan Camera Hunter is a ‘treasure trove’ of reviews and “geekery” for camera lovers. Find the camera of your dreams.

Kingston Mobilelite G2 Wireless Reader – A Street Photographers ‘Swiss Army Knife’ . . .

. . . This was supposed to be a fun to write and informative review (which I suppose it still is) of a fantastic little gadget, but it has been marred somewhat by an event which I will detail at the end of this article. You have been warned 😦 . . .

. . . Take a look at the specifications of any camera released over the past year or so, and it’s a fair bet that almost all of them will offer one genuinely useful feature – Wireless File Transfer.

Nowadays it’s possible to take a picture with your ‘real’ camera and within minutes, have it shared across the internet or (would be nice), spread across BBC News 24 or a national newspaper.

But where does that leave us owners of ‘older’ cameras, such as the Fuji X-E1, X-Pro1 or X100?

Fret no more and say goodbye to that bulky laptop. Say hello instead to the Kingston Mobilelite G2 Wireless Media Reader, for this device is truly the ‘Swiss Army Knife’ of photography gadgets.

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Street Photography – Edinburgh Fringe Festival (Part One) – Fuji X-E1 . . .

. . . During my two days of photographing at The Fringe 2014, I used two cameras and lenses – the Fuji X-E1 with XF35 f/1.4 and a new to me (but used) film camera and lens. Consequently, I came back with a large number of photographs and so it happens, too many for one article. Therefore, this post is (for want of a better phrase) Part One, itself being made up of a chunk of the Fuji pictures, with the remainder for another article. My review of the ‘mystery’ camera and lens can be found here Leica M6 & Voigtlander 50mm f/1.5 LTM Review – A Tale of Two Classics The images taken with the M6 and this lens can be found here Street Photography – Edinburgh Fringe Festival (Part Two) – Leica M6

. . . Imagine for one moment a place and time devoted solely to art in all its various forms – music, theater, dance, mime, painting, photography and even protest.

Now consider also that besides the countless thousands of acts performing throughout the event’s duration, there’s the added bonus of hundreds of thousands of spectators, many of whom also have a strong interest in the arts.

There’s more. Factor in that the whole area is swarming with amateur and professional photographers, wielding hefty DSLR’s and even more lengthy lenses. Who then is going to give a second glance to another lens pointing in their approximate direction (except the Ugandan Handbag Saleswoman of course 😮 ) ?

As a final nod to perfection, attendance of the 3 week ‘production’ is (by and large), totally free of charge.

The altogether inspiring result of this heady ‘gumbo’ is a Street Photographers Paradise, otherwise known as the Edinburgh Fringe Festival – 2014.

As far as I was concerned – and whilst the greatest majority of cameras were pointing towards the colorful, impressive and noisy acts that seemed to appear every few meters – my Fuji X-E1 with XF35 f/1.4 lens was firmly aimed in the opposite direction. I was here to photograph the ‘real’ people.

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Look Out, It’s The Ugandan Handbag Saleswoman !!! . . .

. . . There can’t be a devoted Street Photographer either past or present, that hasn’t experienced a sudden sinking feeling when faced with the likes of the Ugandan Handbag Saleswoman that I was (ahem), privileged to meet at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival.

Somewhat refreshingly though, I was on this occasion able to turn the experience around (in my mind), and come away from it feeling both rejuvenated and somewhat jollied.

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Looking back on events, I believe there were three key ‘ingredients’ that made this possible.

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My Fuji XF35 & XF60 Review Published In Street Photography Magazine . . .

. . . Many thanks to Bob Patterson of Street Photography Magazine for publishing my Fuji XF35 & XF60 lens review in the latest issue.

For the latest and past issues of the magazine, click here Street Photography Magazine and also available via Apple’s Newstand from the App Store here Street Photography Magazine

Also to come in a following issue, an interview (photographs, words AND audio) with myself. 😮

What’s In My Camera Bag . . ?

. . . A little over 3 years ago I did a short video for Youtube of what was in my camera bag at that time (video at the bottom of this post and somewhat embarrasingly shot in portrait and don’t get me started on the hairstyle. 😀 ).

Back then, my ‘weapon’ of choice was a silver-chromed Leica M8 with a 50mm f/1.8 Canon Serenar and a Voigtlander 35mm f/2.5 Color Skopar. My bag of choice was the ‘M-Classics’ messenger style bag.

Today, the bag remains but the kit has changed beyond all recognition.

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Why Is Street Photography So Predominantly Black & White . . ?

. . . This article came about as the result of a question set by Stephan Handuwala, a visitor to the Street Photography Blog and posted on Chester – Street Photography Escape From The City. Thank you Stephan . . .

. . . As Stephan had asked, why are street photographs generally black & white? His question got me thinking and to tell you the truth, I was stumped for a simple answer..

Even a swift ‘Image’ search on Google for the term ‘Street Photography’ will bring up a raft of black & white photographs, garnered from the works of photographers from all corners of the globe, both professional and amateur. A quick count of the images reveals that of each group of ten pictures, approximately one of them will be in color.

So why is this?

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An Interview With ‘Yours Truly’ On Inspired Eye Magazine’s Blog . . .

. . . An enormous and humbled thank you to Don Springer and Olivier Duong of Inspired Eye magazine for posting an interview with myself and a selection of my favourite photographs, on the magazine’s website.

Interview here http://www.theinspiredeye.net/do-what-you-like/

Inspired Eye is a magazine published every 4 weeks and is primarily focused on all things Street Photography. Read all about it and subscribe here http://www.theinspiredeye.net/street-photography-magazine/

The Case For Side Profiles In Street Photography (or Who Wrote the Rule Book?) . . .

. . . There’s a craze currently doing the rounds of many photography websites and forums. You know, the one concerning the ‘holy book’ of Street Photography Rules?

Usually served up in groups of 10, they often contain a wide ranging array of stifling and dumbfounding restrictions. Don’t show color and black & white in the same set. Don’t show different angles of the same subject. Don’t use a focal length longer than 50mm. Don’t post photos without consulting someone else. Above all else, only show shots with people in and more importantly, make sure they’re facing the camera. The list goes on . . .

When were these rules written, by whom and what fate awaits those stupid enough to ignore them?

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Hey Street Photographers, It’s Time To Get Your Cards Out . . .

. . . Regular visitors to the Street Photography Blog may recall my little encounter a year ago with an overprotective mother and her child I’m A Street Photographer, Not A Pervert.

. . . The experience at the time was both upsetting and soul destroying. In fact I seriously considered ditching Street and taking up Landscape Photography full-time (no offence).

I received many comments offering support both here and on photography forums which helped immeasurably, including in particular one suggestion which kept popping up. Carry a Business Card.

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Why I Won’t Be Upgrading To The Fuji X-E2 Anytime Soon . . .

. . . Please note the title of this post is “Why I Won’t Be Upgrading” and not “Why You shouldn’t upgrade”.

To quote a much used though oh-so-relevant phrase, we do indeed `live in a throwaway society`. Whether it be a car, a TV, or a camera, there is an underlying (almost genetic) predisposition to commit oneself to a lifelong search for the holy grail of perfection. That indefinable something, that x-factor which (once found) will bring skills you never knew you had and an (as yet) undiscovered nirvana.

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I’m Moving Back To Digital . . .

. . . Yes it’s true.

As much as I love shooting film, the simple truth is that I just don’t have the time (for the foreseeable future) to process film.

With the VW Camper Van now up and running, I’ve been visiting more places and taking more photographs than ever before. On some trips, I can come back with 4 rolls of 36 exposure 35mm film (144 exposures).

Let’s put that into context . . .

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The (Possible) Future Of Street Photography ? . . .

. . . Following my recent experience whilst taking pictures, I decided to borrow my friends Time Machine and take a look 20 years into the future to see the state of Street Photography in the year 2033.

Good news, it’s alive and well, sort of.

The picture below won the prestigious Eric Kim Award for Street Photography 2033.

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It complies with all sections of the Photography In Public Act, but not for long.

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I’m a Street Photographer, Not a Pervert . . .

. . . This just happened to me literally 30 minutes ago.

I was sat on a bench in Preston city centre, enjoying a well earned break from a days Street. Even when having a rest, the old Street Photographers eye is still working. Whilst munching on a Greggs Chili Beef pasty, there was an elderly couple on the bench opposite and showing that they were still very much in love with each other. I took a picture of them. Then an old man came along wearing a trilby hat, looking distinguished. I took a shot of him.

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Why a 400 ISO (Fast Film) Is Good for Street Photography . . .

. . . When I made the change to using film exclusively for Street, I used the film I had in my bulk loader at the time – Ilford FP4 Plus, an ISO 125 Fine Grain Film. However, with our typical British climate (cloudy) and my preference for Zone Focussing, I ran into problems with achieving a workable DOF.

With Street, most of the subject matter exhibits an annoying tendency to move unpredictably. Further, it has a nasty habit of not keeping a consistant distance from the lens from subject to subject. Continue reading “Why a 400 ISO (Fast Film) Is Good for Street Photography . . .”

Ilford HP5 Plus and Rodinal with Salt – An Experiment to Minimize Grain and Improve Contrast . . .

. . . A video to accompany this test is on my YouTube Channel and you will find the link at the bottom of this post. Also, quite a long thread has grown from this experiment over at APUG.ORG and a point has been raised about the 4th set of images below (1:100 with Salt). I have added the revision below.

In an attempt to find the best method for reducing the appearance of grain to a minimum when shooting Ilford HP5 Plus and processing in Rodinal (Adox Adonal), I conducted the following experiment.

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A Suprise Present . . .

. . . The wife comes home today from a shopping trip and says the magic words “I got you a present”.

When ever she says that, I always reply with something like “Is it a Leica M6 with 3 Summicrons all contained in an original Leica bag? And you found it in a junk shop, hidden in a dust covered box, inside an old wardrobe? The guy didn’t know what it was and charged you £30?”

“No” she says, “It’s not a camera.”

I’m told to close my eyes and I’ve got to guess (her favourite game).

With eyes shut, she hands me the mystery item. I can tell instantly it’s a camera, the little fibber.

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