Still waiting for the Metal lens hood and weather sealant filter...I reckon it's on it's way from China not Austria....we live and learn. Still having a hoot of a time trying to get to grips with everything that is possible with the FujiX100V
Why wouldn't you want to shoot Jpeg ISO bracketed exposures in low light conditions... with a bit of time you can get crazy multi images if you move about during the 3 exposures...see, I can't help myself- shoot high speed flash against the Sun and then realise that having the camera in Acros Black and White film simulation mode with inbuilt Red filter and a nice 'S' shape in curves.( yes, you can alter curves in camera) dial down the exposure compensation to hook up with the highlights and blacken the shadows could transport you back to the days of Ilford FP3 and Pan F, ...I think I've drifted off into Photo bollocks there but hey, why not chuck some Photoshop Bollocks into the mix as well.
The image above is a in camera multi exposure with 2 layers of Acros film simulation images blobbed on, wafted about with in blend modes then fired out of the Photoshop canon onto here.
Regular viewers will realise it's belting down with rain outside and that I am amusing myself if not anyone else in Adobes world of wafty wonder. So I probably need to show you my workings sans paper and pencil...here are the 3 images.
First image is an in camera multi image of a wall hanging and some dried honesty leaves...next up some of the mighty branches from the back garden and third, straight into the sun through my yet to be cleaned greenhouse...all you need is 2 layers of Exposure/contrast in the mix , knowledge of blend modes and the ability to edit with 2 of your fingers crossed.
With all these type of images I produce there is an element of the unknown, sort of like your SatNav telling you 'Well, it's around here somewhere' and at that point you have to lick your finger, hold it into the wind, check what side of the trees moss is growing on and strike out. Photography is not just about Photos, it's about finding images that no one else has yet seen, and in a lot of cases,being able to fail gracefully without fear.
....begin again. This is now home to all my images, acrylics, monoprints and photography.
Mankymaxblack, maxblack and maxblackphotos are now things of the past, 15 years in total and in these digital times...well that's a very long. I had become increasingly distraught at my efforts in Stock imagery, the switch from Rights managed to Royalty Free and the subsequent law of diminishing returns, the disappearance of one site altogether and video clips having to conform to specific container types that meant another investment in software which lets face it, at my age was a bit of a non starter. So after some head scratching and a lot of 'Hmmmmmmms' I decided that hoicking bagfuls of camera bodies and lenses about should really come to an end and be replaced with something far simpler if not, more creative.
So I got a very impressive quote from MPB , boxed up all the gear and with some of the credit plumped for the newish FujiX100V .
It's man bagged size portability, endless list of useful menu configurations and point and shoot ability with the heft of a Depleted Uranium shell in a very compact body. The fact that it is silent (if you want it to be) will shoot HDR Jpegs in any film profile off Fuji's list of all time greats, multi exposure with editing in camera, 120 FPS video and flash sync beyond 1/3200...well these are just some of it's attributes.
The image above was taken on a quick wander around the house, yes , it's raining...mind you, the front filter turns up today which will render this camera weatherproof...in Scotland that is a bonus. So no blithering that it's raining so we can't go out...
...Then I forgot to mention Panorama mode which can be shot in different sizes/quality portrait or landscape add to that a touch screen that you can customize on the fly. I am still learning, which is good, setting Aperture, ISO and shutter to 'A' then looking at what the menus offer has been a good way of finding out it's capabilities, here are some shot in Toy Camera mode in a 1:1 ratio...yes you can change the image ratios, well these are in camera 1;1 ratio, Toy camera in Eterna film mode straight out of the camera
...and to finish off some in camera multi image shots given a tweak in Camera Raw..I will have a chat about software in the next posting...So thanks for popping in and having a look
Just a few images that I've worked on in May, I know how lockdown can have a draining effect and it all can seem a bit groundhoggish (not sure if that is a real word) but aims and targets are a good thing to have and sometimes just some bullheadedness (not sure about that one either)! So back trying linocuts, these are the things that started me on this Art Journey way back when in....October 2018..ha, it really does seem like yesterday, yes it nearly was. Anyway stay safe and stay indoors.
Well you may have read the last blog post and followed the links and realised that if you switch off the inner critic, well it will allow your creativity to blossom. Creating art doesn't need canvases, oils, big studio spaces and lots of kit...as you are about to see...
So this is really a self explanatory tutorial, have some empty crisp packets, butter wrappers or wax wrap, some bubble wrap, acrylic or kids paint ,crayons or oil pastels...a cocktail stick and your hands...and off we go.
So why not give it a try ????? If you do manage to drag yourself away from your boxed set bingeing why not send me the image on messenger and we can have a gallery Take Hart' style...beats staring out of the window. So, if you organise yourself you quite possibly will have created your very own work of art.
The images I'm producing now are made by 'unconventional' methods. With old silvered crisp packet interiors, waxed cheese wrapping paper, very thin disposable vegetable bags and cocktail sticks. I know......but it works for me at the moment. I cut and tear stencils, pieces of card, and use them to limit the amount of paint reaching the paper. I use a mixture of Acrylic, oil pastels and charcoal, the acrylic and oil pastel being applied to the wax paper and silvered inners before the creative process takes hold.
Now here is the thing....the most important thing that I've worked out about the creation of these pieces, and you could transfer it to other parts of your creative life and that is...TURN OFF YOUR INNER CRITIC
Each piece is a learning exercise, experiment with a stack of cheap paper, I had tonnes of wrap' used when we moved house, try with any paint, crayon or medium you have at hand but the most important thing is to treat the whole thing as a learning experience. I've lit many a fire with the ones that aren't quite right but each piece was invaluable on this upward curve. Make mental notes of how each piece worked for you and keep putting those into practice, you may only have an audience of yourself to view your work but give yourself a pat on the back, you're involved in a creative process.........
For those who don't know me I'm a European, heart still in France, body in Scotland and head in the clouds and more famous as being behind maxblackphotos.com that repository of the outer reaches of photographic normality that has been home for a lot of the ways in which I look at things through a camera. Hey I used a camera because I considered my stabs at art to be more murderous than equable...but after a start at linocutting, then Gel printing passing through using old disposable shopping bags and torn paper with added slapping sploshing and despair I started to get somewhere. And so in this moment in time, C-19 on the cusp of bad deal Brexit, the stockpiling of toilet rolls?? political maps rewritten the climate saying' I for one have had enough...' well here is something that wont change anything but it is the next stage of how I see things...not giving up on the photography as a lot is planned for the coming year
So after wasting reams of paper I'm now closer to getting on paper what is rattling around in my head, as with the photography, it may scare the horses, make grown women cry and cause men say 'WHAT'?????? But it's all mine.....