Tuesday, 24 January 2012

Philippolis Portraits

Still at 1030km...

Before we leave Philippolis (I think you might have had enough by now! ) i will show my last few portraits I made here...



With my big camera slung over my shoulder I took a very early morning walk through town. I also had my small little X1 with me for quick portraits. As I walked and photographed the buildings I would come across early risers and ask them if I could take their photograph. All said yes, these small towns have very friendly people!


              Johan Louw, 30 year resident in Philippolis, fixes old trucks and drills water boreholes...




































I like to call these portraits, 'simple portraits', because that's what they are...no posing, straight from the front usually against a plain wall or background and  natural or available light. In fact most of the time I just photograph them were I find them, like Clair in the previous post. I usually only take about 6 images on average, I figure if I am not going to get it right with 6 images I am never going to get it right. I normally ask them not to smile, some insist and then I just let them, ...and that's it.


 The X1 camera has a few memory settings so that one can set up ones preferences before the time and as the situation arises choose the best option. With portraits I normally use 'face recognition' setting and an aperture of f5.6 which should render most of the face and body in focus. I have a little viewfinder on top of the camera that I look through and frame with. There are no focus indicators in this optical viewfinder so I need the face recognition to focus with because I can't see where the camera is focusing if I use other modes to focus with....a bit complicated,  but the camera has a few flaws and this is one way of working around them. My other problem is that the flash on the camera broke and is now always on. I don't like to use flash and not wanting to send it in to be fixed  ( and wait the 8weeks for repairs !) I just use the 'drive' setting which means the camera will take up to 6 images in 2 or 3 seconds. On 'drive' the flash is disabled.  This actually works fine and I have gotten used to my 6 images at a time mode of working.....!



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Irene, on her way to the bus stop, she's going to visit relatives...



Irene's daughter Paleso... 


Kent Forster owner of the Foodzone supermarket...


Diana Rose on her way to work...


Lisa, a policemans wife and son Tumelo on the stoep...



For my 'simple portraits' I have one more step and that is to crop the image square....I find that it enhances the 'simplistic' nature of my portraits... I mean what is more uncomplicated than a square...? It must be a hangover from my film days where I often used  Hasselblad and Mamiya square format cameras. Of course with digital chips so very expensive to make I don't think we will be seeing many square formats soon...



Irene's other daughter Lebo..








regards, Ivan...