An analog, medium format TLR camera can be a great tool for street photography as Vivian Maier and many others have shown us. This picture is shot with the Yashica Mat 124 G and Kodak Portra 400 converted to black and white.
I took this picture a while back with the Yashica medium format, at the Oostvaardersplassen. You see me standing at a beautiful, serene place in the Dutch polder where the nature is let alone in the sense that it is not being cultivated and nature management is kept minimal. On this picture you see the result of a fiery natural fire that destroyed the majority of trees. By letting nature off the hook, they hope it will harmonizes itself while standing tall.
Browsing through some analog medium format pictures today and found this one. Just recently I read about taking selfies being associated with narcissism and mental disorder. Being a) an avid photographer b) taking the hassle of analog and c) use the internet to fulfill my need for attention sums it all up then 😉
This picture is taken at the Boymans Museum with the analog Yashica medium format camera. As you might know, composing with this twin reflex camera is quite demanding as the image in the viewfinder is mirrored. Add to this that I was standing in a public space with the danger of someone walking straight into the composition. I know, one the tricks street photographers use, is waiting for this very thing to happen. They expect someone to complete the picture they have in their head, but that was not the outcome I was pursuing. I was simply struck by the play of all the lines and light on the stairs and tried to capture that. As I have stated before on this site, this museum in Rotterdam is one of my favorites because of its stunning architecture and collection. You can see it in all of its glory in this video. It is narrated in Dutch, but the images speak for themselves! You can see the stairs at the 7:50 mark.
I was thrilled to have my pictures published on one of the biggest photo blog sites: Steve Huff Photo (see this blog post). To have them published for a second time is just plain awesome! Funny fact is that I totally missed Steve’s notice for my pictures on his Facebook page so after I noticed an increase in likes, followers and traffic on this site and even got a message from a French photo gallery on my LightOnLight site, the idea that maybe Steve got my new submitted pictures published on his site got on my mind. This picture of two ships in the Scheveningen harbor is taken at the Scheveningen harbour with the Yashica Mat 124 G. Loaded with Porta 400 film and converted to black and white for this post. You can check the original here.
Shooting with an old medium format film camera enables you to take pictures of children without being creepy. With a Yashica Mat 124 G, you have to look at the top instead of the back of the camera. Truly a whole other experience and very Zen-like. I caught these boys in one of the parks in Rome, totally emerged in their play with a smartphone.