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Good Friday traditions #13

Posted by
Curly (South Shields, United Kingdom) on 12 May 2011 in Lifestyle & Culture and Portfolio.

This is part of a fairly long series of pictures taken on Good Friday (22.04.2011) in South Shields. I wanted to document some of our traditions which we have followed for over a century, and I wanted to depict them in the colours and styles that I remembered as a child in the 1960s, and for that reason I have attempted to replicate the slightly faded colours of old Agfa or Kodak prints using cross processing.

To try and retain some of that authenticity you will find pictures which are not particularly straight, perhaps not well focussed, or at an unusual angle, I wanted these to look like very amateurish "snaps" which might be found in any family album.

Rather than bore you all completely, I will break up the series with some other shots from time to time

Yep, this is about as amateurish as 1960s family album could get, but it does relay the frenetic dash to get to the next ride. Taken in the Ocean Beach Pleasure Park, South Shields.

PENTAX K100D 1/20 second F/22.0 ISO 200 27 mm (35mm equiv.)

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J.R. from Ginowan, Japan

Oooooops, perhaps you hit the accelerator slider by mistake?

12 May 2011 5:59am

@J.R.: Just wanted this to fit with the amateurish theme of the series

Stephen from Canberra, Australia

I love the painterly effect - the result is a vibrant looking abstract!

12 May 2011 7:17am

Roman from Thiersee, Austria

I think, when look into my childhood album, I will find some shots similar to yours.
Nice effect you captured here.

12 May 2011 7:38am

@Roman: Every house will have a picture like this lying around in a drawer.

Shaahin Bahremand from Tehran, Iran

great capture !

12 May 2011 7:42am

PATRICK from miramas, France


12 May 2011 7:54am

Tede from Aubenas 07, France

This effect is superb, magnificent achievement. Good day.

12 May 2011 8:25am

Anthony Morgan Lambert from Bielefeld(old West Wales boy), Germany

More abstract than amateur I reckon.My fuji S100fs has settings to allow you to simulate several types of old Fuji film (velvia,provia and chrome)

12 May 2011 9:09am

@Anthony Morgan Lambert: I used a lot of Velvia, had really great warm skin tones with it.

guillaume from Paris, France

Troubling !!

12 May 2011 9:13am

Tomix from landerneau, France

i really like your project and this shot is fantastic!! it let a place for immagination and dream...

12 May 2011 9:14am

Marleen from Doesburg, Netherlands

Before I read your explanation I thought it was a perhaps a tradition to drink a lot and then shoot pictures...but I was wrong;-)))
Your processing works really well!

12 May 2011 9:22am

Adela Fonts from Barcelona, Spain

Curly!!! excellent friend! I love these pictures evanescent ... they invent to be completed by the imagination of those who observe them! A creative pleasure ...! A hug, Adela

12 May 2011 9:23am

grouser from Ludlow, United Kingdom

Very impressionist Curly. Having rid myself of the fish and chips I am now ready for the hot cross buns:)

12 May 2011 9:25am

@grouser: Prunes and custard to finish the day with?

Judy aka L@dybug from Brooksville, Florida, United States

A wonderful documentation of an expensive film failure, and support for the digital age. ;D

12 May 2011 10:56am

Gérard Beullac from Paris, France

The two girls impressed you so much!

12 May 2011 11:09am

@Gérard Beullac: I don't think they even noticed me to be honest.

Lougris from Toulouse, France

celle ci est d'une belle qualité !! j'aime la suggestion discrète de ce flou de mouvement !!:)

12 May 2011 11:34am

Hiro from Kyoto, Japan

Wow, wow ! Another wonderful blur !!

12 May 2011 12:37pm

CElliottUK from Reading, United Kingdom

Hey Curly, for true autghenticity, you need an out-of-focus finger in the top right hand corner! Really enjoying this series

12 May 2011 12:53pm

@CElliottUK: Not the same with a big lens is it? Not like an old instamatic.

Aboololo from Govashir, Iran

interesting composition !

12 May 2011 1:34pm

Melocoton from Salamanca, Spain

very nice curly

12 May 2011 1:37pm

marci from in, Morocco

wonderful movement!

12 May 2011 1:59pm

Sam from Chennai, India

Wonderful bur effect. Nice series ... Like it. :)

12 May 2011 2:10pm

Sam from Chennai, India

sorry ... blur effect.

12 May 2011 2:11pm

Ansie from Paarl, South Africa

Love these photo's, they certainly evoke a 1960's feeling.

12 May 2011 3:11pm

Kenny from Eastsound, United States

I guess I get it, I just don't enjoy this style as much as most of your work. That's the fun of this am3 thing, you get to see and share all kinds of work.

12 May 2011 3:12pm

@Kenny: Not to worry, things look a bit better tomorrow, but you have to try these little projects to keep your mind active Kenny.

Oleg from Podolsk, Russian Federation

I quite understand you. I remember well my first old camera "Smena", but I think such retro-photographs will be look better and more realistic in B&W. At least we had no coloured film in the 1960s... Maybe I am wrong?

12 May 2011 5:17pm

@Oleg: We had a choice here in the 60s and 70s Kodak, Agfa, Fuji, and the awful Gaf!

Tim from Ft. Worth, United States

i think you depicted the scene wonderfully!

12 May 2011 5:29pm

❀ Yvonne Simons ❀ from Tilburg, Netherlands

One moment, I just put my glasses on ....

12 May 2011 5:46pm

dean musgrove from Simi Valley, United States

How many pints?

12 May 2011 5:47pm

@dean musgrove: Don't worry, we are almost back to normal tomorrow!

Williams from East LaHave, Nova Scotia, Canada

I like the composition & colour but I'm not sure that the blur achieves your objective.

12 May 2011 7:29pm

@Williams: You don't think it looks amateurish enough Paul?

Calusarus from St Sorlin en Valloire, France

A very interesting use of blur

12 May 2011 7:41pm

Thierry Pouleur from anseremme, Belgium

superbe flou, bien vu

12 May 2011 8:25pm

clodagh smith from Sacramento, United States

blur is good!

12 May 2011 8:52pm

Steven from Chicagoland, United States

An interesting capture that has a neat "smear" look to it rather than a blurred look. I like it.

12 May 2011 9:32pm

dideban from mashhad, Iran

This is art shot, nice colours

12 May 2011 9:38pm

Xavi Dom Buendia from Lewes, United Kingdom

nice one, processing and colours are superb, very good concept!!

12 May 2011 11:21pm

Dokmateo from madird, Spain

A beautiful experiment...great shot and composition! cheers!

13 May 2011 12:32am

Williams from East LaHave, Nova Scotia, Canada

Curly it certainly looks amateurish enough. I understand what you're going for but for me it's not working. Maybe I'm over intellectualizing here but I think if most amateurs pulled this out of their pictures envelope they'd take one look at it being out of focus & discard it or lose it in some shoe box never to be seen again. Another approach to get "amateur" might have been to take a very stiff & poorly composed shot however that would probably not have worked here since I assume you didn't have control over your subjects.
You know that I have great respect for your work & admire your willingness to experiment. I just thought more "accident" than "amateur" here.

13 May 2011 12:35am

@Williams: You are right that they would end up in a box, drawer, or even be destroyed years ago, we didn't want anyone to see the results of our "accidents" or poor work, every house has some hidden away. But for this project I wanted at least one that fitted this category and this was the "best" one out of three that I tried at 1/20 shooting from chest level. To try and retain some of that authenticity you will find pictures which are not particularly straight, perhaps not well focussed, or at an unusual angle, I wanted these to look like very amateurish "snaps" which might be found in any family album. The series is almost finished now Paul, so we we will be returning to more sharply focussed and composed material in a couple of days, at least I can be grateful that the picture has had some sort of effect on you to provoke a reaction, that's the beauty of photoblogging.

MadScientist from Düsseldorf, Germany

It's good enough to spark my imagination. Nice! :-)

13 May 2011 11:29pm

delkoo from marguerittes, France

amazing blurred photo as well as cross processing well achieved.

14 May 2011 7:40pm

1/20 second
ISO 200
27 mm (35mm equiv.)