Early spring street photography in Helsinki
Oh yes, it’s spring finally and photographer’s best friend — the sun — is back among us. The past winter was really tough in every possible way. The darkness really got under my skin too, because I had so much shooting enthusiasm left over from last year. Last summer went way too fast and I’ve been struggling to get past over the winter. During the past few weeks there has been some really pretty natural light available. I’ve especially been enjoying the setting suns of the short early spring days.
I haven’t made a picture post in ages, since my keeper rate has been really low. But now that the conditions are starting to favour street photographers, I’ve managed to gather a small body of work, containing some photographs I’m actually quite pleased with.
Gears of choice
I’ve been mostly shooting in Helsinki (one shot is from Tampere) with a bunch of different cameras. I’ve used my new Olympus OM-2n a lot. After a while I returned to OM-1 too. I’m having a hard time deciding which one I like more. They are both such amazing little cameras. I’ve been shooting a lot of course with my Leica. As I mentioned in a previous post, I switched from Leica M4-2 to M6 some time ago. I’ve only put four rolls though the M6 so far but I managed to shoot a huge amount of film with the M4-2 during the winter.
Oh right, I’ve been also shooting some medium format films with a Rolleicord, that I’m borrowing. I’m still a 35mm guy, but sometimes medium format feels very refreshing.
As for the films, I can’t remember which images were shot on which films, because I’ve been actually testing a plethora of different films during the past months.
Still going mostly full manuél with Sunny 16
This seems like such a precious time of the year. If it happens to be a sunny day, the sun sets rather early, which means there’s beautiful long shadows and hard contrasts. High contrast scenes has been pretty challenging from time to time, but I’ve been able to pull of pretty accurate exposures most of the time. When I miscalculate, I always tend to underexpose, because I’m so optimistic about the amount of light. Or then I try to hold on to fast shutter speeds too tight and refuse to admit I’d need a slower shutter speed. All in all the intuitive manual exposures seem to work out pretty fluently and most of the time I don’t have to stop to think about the settings. I think it’s pretty good progress considering that I started sunny sixteening last summer. Back then it seemed like a hard core skill, but now I can say from experience, that an accurate skill can be acquired in less than one year. Or it depends… in a way I felt I got the hang of it really fast, but now I can say it feels like second nature already.
But okay, before I babble more randomly about everything, lemme shot you a random collection of the works I’ve gathered trough-out the spring.