Just Busking

Please tell us a little about yourself. What kind of photographer do you consider yourself? Enthusiast? Professional? Amateur? Weekend Warrior?

I am a commercial photographer who adores street photography. I have lived all over the states, but my love of capturing images began with wandering around with a camera in Portland and Seattle. My education came from working at Pro Photo Supply from 1999 – 2002. The whole crew encouraged us to learn the gear, not just sell it. So, in essence I am a professional, enthusiastic, self-taught photographer, who rolls on the ground to get the right shot on weekends and holidays.

Tell us a little about the image and how you shot it: time of day, location, your plan, technique, gear used, etc.

It was a rainy Seattle day, so the light was very moody. I wanted to capture everything I saw to document the trip and test the new film I was using.  It was Agfa Scala, which is the most beautiful black and white slide film. And I knew the best camera to use was my Minolta Hi-Matic 11 rangefinder; you get more natural street photos when you do not have a flash popping off and it shoots b&w like a dream.  I shot 3 rolls of Scala that day. This shot was taken just outside of a coffee shop near the waterfront and Pikes Place. Busking is the practice of performing in public places, and this street performer was doing his bit for a small group near me on that grey day. This is the only image I took of him.

Tell us about the post production process for this image. What software did you use, what adjustments did you make (if any)?

This black and white slide film was processed at dr5 in Colorado and scanned on a Nikon Super Coolscan 4000. I did minimal leveling in LR3, that film is just so deep and rich.

Where can people go to see more of your work?

My Etsy page:
www.etsy.com/shop/brandMOJOimages

My website:
www.brandmojoimages.com

My Facebook page:
www.facebook.com/brandMOJOimages

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