Acros film simulation
The month of October is a time when I host an eclectic mix of workshops including landscapes on the Jurassic coast, the autumn colours of north Dorset and the National Trust’s beautiful gardens at Stourhead. I also had a couple of street photography sessions in the city of Bath. So quite ironically, in what is probably the most colourful month of the year for an outdoor photographer, I decided that instead of shooting in colour I would challenge myself by setting a a small personal project to use the black & white mode of my X series cameras. In particular, the Fujifilm X-T2 and X-T20 models and their Acros film simulation which offers a monochrome jpeg image straight out of camera (SOOC). I also utilised the Classic Chrome film simulation on the Fuji X-70 – converting it to monochrome in Lightroom afterwards.
Fuji X-T2, 23mm lens, f/4, ISO 800, 1/250, Acros
This was captured from the high street in Bath. It was getting towards the end of the day and I noticed the two students enjoying a drink. Apart from the students, I was drawn to the graphics and geometry within the shop. I also liked the window light fittings and the light they cast.
Shadow, form & contrast
Fuji X-70, 18.5mm, f/8,ISO 200, 1/340s, Classic Chrome
Shadows are the staple diet for street photographers and especially suited to black and white photography. I often mention how I like dynamic and geometric shapes, so add a heavy contrast to a simple scene like this and we have a keeper.
Curves & texture
Fuji X-T2, 16-55mm lens @ 28mm, f/11, ISO 400, 1/100s, Acros
I chose the black & white Acros film simulation to emphasise the textures and natural form of these trees. This image was made during a landscape photography workshop at Stourhead in Wiltshire. An interesting fact is that Stourhead boasts the tallest oak tree in the UK- standing at over 132ft high.
Fuji X-T2, 16-55mm lens @ 16mm, f/8, ISO 400, 1/200s, Acros
Another from the same day at Stourhead. There is a strong tension between the imposing natural form of the tree and the man-made bench beneath it.
Fuji X-T2, 16-55mm lens @ 24mm, f/5.6, ISO 800, 1/30s, Acros
Two walkers strolling through the cave at Stourhead – or were they really there?
Light, shadow & rhythm
Fuji X-70, 18.5mm lens, f/11, ISO 200, 1/250, Classic Chrome
Back on the streets of Bath and an image created solely using light, contrast and shadows. Rhythm can be a useful tool to aid composition. I often challenge photographers to capture a series of images, including topics using light, shadow and rhythm. This one has them all!
Fuji X-70, 18.5mm, f/8, ISO 200, 1/250s, Classic Chrome
A busy high street in Bath and yet an insular and fleeting time of reflection, caught in a fraction of a second – the joys of photography!
Get your fix
Fuji X-T20, 23mm, f/8, ISO 200, 1/250s, Acros
A funny moment as three workshop photographers were all getting their fix from this image.
Fuji X-T20, 23mm, f/2, ISO 400, 1/100s, Acros
The creative possibilities are endless when shooting in black and white. So by learning from past masters is a sure fire way of improving us as photographers. This still life image and quote is to encourage us to keep learning and to continue to be inspired by them.
” The first 70 years of being a photographer can be difficult, after that it becomes easier”. Robert Doisneau