Boxing

A couple of my friends were due to have their first fight in a fundraising boxing match and I have recently purchased a Hasselblad 500cm so thought I would try my hand at shooting the fight. ImageTrouble with shooting a boxing match are its dark and fast. Not great combos to try and shoot but I thought I’d give it a go.

I wanted to shoot black and white as I wanted to make it look old school and having not been to the venue before it could be more flattering.

ImageI didn’t make it to the shop in time to buy some Delta 3200 but after tweeting a couple of people (thanks guys) I was confident that Delta 400 could be pushed. This would produce lots of grain but would at least allow me to shoot.

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Shooting medium format was both a joy and a pain. Looking at the fight through the viewfinder was just beautiful, trying to track two fast moving fighters and focus was ridiculously hard.

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It seemed any time I had a nicely framed shot, the leg of the referee would step into view!

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Fairly happy with the shots I got, was a good challenging experience and I’m confident I could do better next time. I was suprised how nice the judges were when I asked to crouch by them so I could get close to the ring. The official photographer for the night was a really nice guy (who got some great shots) and was loving my Hasselblad!

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All in all a good night, both my friends won and the shots were at least exposed correctly.

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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.