Porthcawl Street Photography Meet

It was a Tuesday, so this meant is was a Great Photography Walks South Wales photography meet. Probably one of our last ones of this year as Christmas gets closer, and the likelihood of another lockdown looms ever closer. We headed over to Porthcawl, which is on the coast in Bridgend, South Wales, and we took plenty of images. I didn’t want to do the same old same, so tried capturing a few different things this week.

For this day out I decided on using my Fujifilm X-T3 along with the Viltrox 23mm F/1.8. I set my ISO to 160 (the base on the X-T3), set the film simulation to my base simulation which is Classic Chrome with some tweaks and set the camera to aperture priority mode. I knew that I ay have been flitting from the odd landscape shot, to people passing me, so this mode was perfect for every occasion.

All the images presented below were run through Photoscape X Pro first, where they were cropped and straightened as needed. Exposure was corrected on a couple, but no alteration was made to the colours of the image as I had set the colour I wanted before I left for the meet.

Here are the images from the day. I wanted to capture the place as it was, and made the most of the fantastic weather.

I’m really happy with the way the images turned out from this meet. They captured the place in a different way to the way I usually take photos at Porthcawl. I took around 200 photographs, and there were quite a few landscape/seascape shots from the beginning of the meet, but those types of shots are not quite doing it for me at the moment. This street photography is a much more real snapshot of life in 2020, something that no landscape composition can tell.

Every picture tells a story, and just having the one camera and one lens with one focal length is the easiest way to tell that story. No fussing of changing focal lengths, no missing shots because of settings, see what you want to capture and press the shutter button. Instantly tell the story, and enjoy reliving the day in the future when you look back on your images.

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Thank you all once again. Mark.

Lockdown Street Photography: Port Talbot with Fred Herzog Kodachrome

Today was the first chance that I had to really go out and test my new Fujifilm X-T3 and my new film recipe I’ve been working on based on Fred Herzog’s Kodachrome images.

I’ve really liked the look of his work, and although it was Kodachrome slide film that he used, he had a certain look with to me is simply intriguing and stunning. Shooting the mundane, shooting the everyday things were all take for granted, the images came alive with the strong colours of the film.

So today I took these images. All colour is straight from camera, the only thing I edited was performing a crop to them and adding a border, so achieved in Snapseed.

These images were taken in strong sunlight. For this year I have not yet included any white balance shifts to the images. The full recipe will be coming to the website soon, and included in this blog when it is completed.

I would love feedback on these. You can view original images by Fred Herzog at This Website Please take into account, the time different, people’s clothes, images on buildings and almost everything was very different back then, which of course gives Frank’s images an altogether different look.

Mumbles Photography Shoot (From a different perspective)

I’ve been back and forth to Mumbles in Swansea for as long as I remember, taking photographs looking out to sea at the stunning views so many times that I have lost count, so today I decided to try and differ from my usual shots there as much as possible. It’s not easy, as Mumbles is a beautiful and popular area of South Wales, where visitors come from miles around to visit. It’s infamous for Mumbles Lighthouse, Mumbles Pier and The Mumbles Mile (a stretch of pubs that you could drink at while being on the front).

Today’s task was simple, and due to the fact that my love for landscapes is at an all time low, I wanted to capture it differently to normal. We visited Oystermouth Castle, Mumbles Promenade, up to Mumble Pier and Lighthouse and back again. I sneaked in a couple of shots out to see, but for the most part kept to my brief for the day.

All photographs are simply the jpeg from the Fujifilm X-T20, with the majority of them only being resized. I shot in various film simulations, hence the difference in colour to some of them, and as usual I only used my Viltrox 23mm F/1.4 and Viltrox 85mm F/1.8 lenses. All images we put into Photoscape X Pro where they were resized, straightened and sometimes cropped.

Hopefully these are a little different to what you usually see from this area, and hopefully interesting! Please click on the images to make them full screen and enjoy them a their best.

The weather was pretty horrible, with low visibility, drizzle and generally appalling conditions. Thankfully I was with a group of people who joined me, all with similar interest from the group that I run named The Great Photography Walks NPT. We meet up once a week to take photos, and that is what keeps me going and keeps my interest in photography!

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Street Photography In Port Talbot Food Festival With 27mm Lens

When you are a photographer, you need to make a choice how you are going to take photographs. As part of the one camera one lens ethos, tonight’s location shoot took place with a 27mm F/2.8 pancake lens in the centre of Port Talbot. There was a small food fayre there, and it was great to get out and capture people and places. It wasn’t the biggest event in the World, but the people were friendly and the food was good!

You have to be an experienced photographer, with a lot of belief in yourself to pull off shooting with only one focal length. Luckily in places such as this, its a good training ground for you to train and focus on what you need. There are so many photographers who would be zooming in and out of scenes to get the photo, but so much is missed, and when you get longer, you are out of the situation.

Here are a selection of the photographs taken tonight. All EXIF data is in the photo and they can be viewed full screen. The were edited in Photoscape X Pro, where a little tweaking was done to get the desired look I was after. Shot in camera with the Classic Chrome film similation.

All the above photographs are shown in chronological order, so that you get a feel of the journey we took. Ending in the Brian’s Fish Bar where we has a bag of chips!

Thank you to everyone who allowed us to photograph them! The food market is held the last Thursday of every month as the Transport Hub in Port Talbot, Wales, next to the train station.

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