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Sharing My Contact Sheets
I shot my first roll of black & white at the Caribbean Carnival Parade. It was a photography meet-up. My first one of those ever. So this is roll/file number 0001 – Ilford FP4 shot at 125asa/iso and processed normal in D76.
Part of the art of DarkRoom Photography is perfecting the making of contact sheets. But it all really starts in the camera. Consistent exposures, accurate framing, and capturing that decisive moment all come out in our contact sheets. So I have decided to publish my contact sheets so we can all see the dirty truth of how we evolve as photographers rather than only publishing the selected prints. I think it will become an incredible opportunity to journal about the experiences of each shoot. So, with that in mind, let’s get back to the Parade.
I signed up on a Boston Photographer’s Meet-Up and get this invite to gather and shoot the Cambridge Carnival. And since my biggest ambition is to photograph Carnival in Rio, I signed up. Sunday, September 25, 2015 – I loaded a roll of black and white film into my camera and off I went. And wouldn’t you know it that on my first day out it’s cold and cloudy. And there I am having committed to 125asa/iso. I don’t like shooting wide open.
I had never photographed a parade before. Not like a “Parade Photographer” might do it. I have always wanted to though. I learned by the end of my one roll of film that you simply cannot capture the entire parade in one shoot. I am also very excited because, as you will soon see in future blog posts, Boston is a great place to practice parade photography.