Well, that was fun! I must admit though, it’s also a huge relief, as my first attempt at capturing three worthy images ended in total disaster. Read below to find out why, but first I will introduce myself a little.
I’m an ASIC design engineer living and working in Switzerland with a passion for photography. Growing up in an increasingly digital world, my only exposure to photography has thus been purely digital. My first camera was a Canon 7D, so the idea of taking a £1 camera out for a spin was daunting to say the least. What if I discover that I am only capable of taking a ‘good’ photograph with multiple attempts? What if I fail?. With this camera, I had nothing to bench mark against and the only things I had control of were composition, focus and when the shutter was released. A good image then, is almost purely about the photographer. Gulp.
Our journey started in Asia, where I endeavoured to capture the beautiful scenery and more importantly, the wonderfully vibrant colours that are so synonymous of this stunning part of the world. Well, erm, turned out I was shooting in B&W all along, which I only discovered after the images were developed. But that really didn’t matter anyway, as I knew already that it was unlikely I would have a single image to submit.
After shooting just a couple of images per day for the three and a half weeks we were there, my film and our time in Asia was almost spent. I was saving a few shots on the film for the last day, where we’d planned to take a walk through the thousands of red Japanese gates marking the path to the Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine in Kyoto. The sun was high, and there were tons of people making their way up to the shrine. I wanted a single shot of the gates, without hundreds of tourists blocking the view, and I got lucky. Despite the numbers, I somehow spotted a break in the crowds up ahead, just enough for me to grab my shot. With the camera hanging around my neck, I ran. Literally ran, and to my horror, mid sprint, the camera back flew wide open exposing my film to the bright sunlight. I quickly closed it but it was too late. I thought perhaps I’d get away with a few images still intact, but alas, all images in the set were either completely or partially exposed. Here are two images in the set which show the extent of the damage.
The thing that caught my eye with these images was colour. The bike was vibrant orange
and the trees a whole range of beautiful autumn colours. Not to easy to tell in monotone,