Football Analogue Experiment

I have managed to blag myself a temporary press pass to shoot a football game at Brighton & Hove Albion’s ground, The Amex. It has taken quite a few emails, proof of work, a friend who works for the club and £2m professional indemnity insurance to allow them to let me shoot a game. That’s not the end of the hoops as the club have had to apply for a temporary license for me as the image rights are all owned by presumably sky and the club.

I am really excited for this opportunity. I am an amateur photographer so money is not something that drives me. Its projects like this that keeps me interested.

The game I am shooting will be a Tuesday night game so I will be shooting using artificial lights. I am limited by a number of factors. Sports these days are shot entirely on digital with massive fast lenses.

The equipment I will be using will be my Olympus OM1, I have a 50mm lens on it which won’t be suitable for this so I have purchased a 135mm F3.5 zuiko lens from ebay. Ideally I would be using a F2.8 but the price rise is drastic. I will also be using a Lubitel 166 and a Zenit E.

This was taken on my Olympus OM1 using expired 200 kodal gold film. You can see the lights worked well and the position of a photographer. No problem for a digital long lens but still a hefty range for my 135mm lens.

As the distances my cameras can reach are minimal a lot of this will come down to luck, right place right time. All I can do is make sure I have done my homework and selected the right equipment to use.

I will have the Olympus mounted on a tripod , the zenit E for a hopeful goal celebration right in front of me and the lubitel for crowd reactions.

What I am struggling with is what film to use. This is really important. I do not want to match or replicate digital photos. It has to have that analogue feel to it. It needs to be a fast speed for film. Maybe I should use black and white rather than colour? I am considering using Portra 800 as this should be fast enough to cope with the artificial lighting.

I tweeted Ilford and they said “The HP5+ left at 400 will give you the most leeway with your exposure, push to 800 if floodlit”

I also tweeted my UK analogue crew. Check these guys out, they regularly produce work I can only hope to achieve one day

@IainKendall “B&W. delta 400 would have fine grain…but I love the Delta range.”

@sibokku hp5plus 400 pushed to 800/1600. When dev’d properly it should look nice but a wee bit grainy

@AdamBronkhorst something fast. If your shooting black and white, go for a fuji 1600, if your shooting colour go for as fast as you can get,

@RobOrchard   or there’s Kodak portra 800, too. I’ve still got some FujiPro 800 in the fridge that I’m saving for a rainy day.

So anyone want to recommend anything? Any tips before I go? I have not shot sports before and have read various websites. I am limited in the equipment I have, the quickness of the camera, the amount of shots I can take before reloading, my skill and knowledge and to cap all that it may be a dull game and nothing of interest happens!

There is a lot that could go wrong but likewise this could be a great experiment.


Analogue Brighton Exhibition

I have been tweeting about it a lot recently so hopefully you will all be aware of the awesomeness coming your way! Some of my photo have been in a few exhibitions before but thats been part of winning competitions and I’ve not been able to see them as they have been too far away.

This one is my first proper one and I’m really excited by it. There will be some great photos on show and 4 other analogue photographers.

Collate presents and Artists Residence have been great in helping us display our work. I have had a sneek peak at some of the other exhibits and they are incredible. The private view is Wednesday night and the exhibition run until the 27th April.

If you can come down at any point I would appreciate it, all art work is for sale but its not really a money making exercise (although I would like a yacht) so come on down and show your support.

Lubitel Light Painting

I have recently become more involved on flickr and its introduced me to some local analogue enthusiasts.There is a good group called Analogue Brighton where you can share tips/hints/pictures and advice.

They have been meeting up every month or so for a while. I finally took the plunge and decided I would meet these internet people! Would I be abused, murdered, sold time share? I did not know but if it was all under the guise of analogue I was up for trying.

I have to say that I have now been for two meets, the first of which only one person (25ThC) turned up. It went swimmingly and we had a good geek out with beers followed by a light painting shoot in the graveyard.

Last week we re arranged another and this time it was serious 4 of us turned up. 25ThC, Captainbonobo and Rivermonkey. Again we had some beers and discussed the really geeky things that go along with analogue. Things like expired and hard to find film, different cameras were shown. It was like an analogue antiques roadshow, we were the only people in the pub, thank you to the barman who didn’t just laugh.

So we decided to head up to St Anns Wells gardens as it would be away from street light and had enough space for us to run about with lights.

The Kit

1. Tripod

2.   Lubitel 166

3. Shutter release cable, a must for light painting shots.

4. Loads of torches, lights and flashing things.

I decided upon my lubitel which uses 120 film. This may be a really bad choice for light painting as 120 film can only do 12 shots a roll and is expensive to develop. I like it as I really think about the frame of my shot when I stare down the barrel. How cool does that look?

The results

This one is a long exposure of 25ThC. I got him to use a yellow coloursplash flash to highlight his face and legs in different positions. I love the glare and half-moon it created.

This is me and ive used a different filter on each one of the flashes. I wanted to see what would happen when the flats light were behind me.

The guys I went with were a joy to shoot with. Captain Bonobo actually lives on the edge of the park and in his dedication even rang his girlfriend to tell her to turn off the lights as it was ruining his shot. Hero.

Captain Bonobo walking on a light leak. Love this one. 25ThC drew round him with a flashy keyring and when I scanned the neg a light leak showed up in the perfect position.

More of the shots can be viewed here. Most of these shots were being exposed for about 4-5 minutes. At one point we were interrupted by some drunk tramps who were very interested and shouted various comments at us whilst they played on the swings.

This is one of the shots from the previous shoot

My new lubitel

Im an avid user of twitter (@TomWelland) and follow many lomographers. One particular Lomog called @achocolatemoose recently tweeted that she had a spare Lubitel 166b and did anyone want to do a camera swap. I really like the look of these cameras and desperately wanted it. Luckily I had a few piggies (money off vouchers) for lomography and after a mini bidding war she tweeted me saying she will take me up on my offer. I cashed in my piggie points and bought her a Mini Diana and she posted me her Lubitel 166b.  
How cool does this camera look!
Shooting with the Lubitel+ is different than anything you have shot before. The combination of its glass lenses, the flexible 120 or 35mm format, fully manual everything, fully automatic nothing, peering into a waist-level finder, slowing things down with focusing and dialing in the correct exposure settings, and a myriad of other analog factors make it a full-bodied experience that activates all of your senses and brings you into a special and very intimate place.
I had never used 120 before so was excited to get cracking but there is a lot to learn with this camera. There is no automatic light meter or focus points or shutter speeds. You have to completely compose the image yourself. It makes it tricky but the feel of the camera and its results are well worth it.
I took a drive out to a seaside town called Shoreham with my lovely lady wife and took some shots of the houseboats they have there. There are some really incredible boats, all made out of strange materials and incorporate coaches, cars, planes loads of stange additions!
As you can see its not a typical boat.
I just got my shots back and after the initial excitement I was devastated to learn I had all of the settings wrong and the film was mostly underexposed! All but one shot was rubbish!
As is the way with lomography you can shoot a whole roll and it be terrible but one shot makes it all worth while. This is the shot I love.
You will hopefully notice that its a triple exposure of the boat in the previous picture. I hope you like it as I do. I have a lot to learn with this camera but I’m looking forward to the journey. 
One point to mention is that during this photoshoot I got a parking ticket so this one photo cost me £25.