Last week I realized it has been about 4 years since I started shooting with a more serious frame of mind. I noticed how my approach to photography had evolved and I think some of it is noticeable in my work. I hate being satisfied with what I do, I’m afraid I’ll become lazy and not push harder but at least I’m trying to appreciate some of my work. It is incredible how shooting b&w film on a manual camera, in this case my Nikon F3, forces one to think about the conditions one is shooting in and of course composition… you can’t review and try again, you get one chance.
I wanted to share with you some of these frames I took on a fishing weekend last June. It was a beautiful weekend, the lake and the calmness were a blessing in contrast to the chaotic beat of the city. Also, it was great to shoot with Kodak Tri-X film and Ilford Pan F 50 which turned out quite good… I think.
The lake was just what I needed and a nice steady breeze that seemed to make everything better.
John seemed to think so also.
Ian getting ready for action… which never came. But then again its like they say : “It’s not the destination that is important but rather the journey”. It made me happier to think that way since we caught not fish :)
I’m sure he was luckier than we were. I swear he must have been under water at least five minutes before popping out again.
It was a pretty big lake ;)
Plenty of time to reflect on other things.
And make sure the world was still there…
… or not.
John was our designated cook. He actually is a chef and I can tell you we ate like kings!!! Not catching any fish was almost a blessing!
We sure did play a lot of poker, listened to some great music, drank some great wines and ate like kings. Not a bad way to spend the weekend!
One more optimistic trial before the sun goes down…
… but no fish.
Just high hopes and good times. Well not really, one of us did manage to catch a trout. I guess experience does count for something.
Meditation for the soul… with the occasional yank if needed.