Infrared Photography

I've watched a lot of people try out infrared photography recently and decided that I would quite like to give it a go myself. I had the location in mind and had bought the accessories I needed so headed out one Sunday morning to give it a try.

The day started off very promising but by the time I had reached Princes Street Gardens in the centre of the city the sun had disappeared and I was left with a very overcast day. I shot my film regardless to see what I could get but there just wasn't enough sun. Determined to try again, I set out the next morning back to Princes Street Gardens with much more success.

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I got a couple of photographs that I really liked. This one above was one of my favourites with the dark and looming Castle in the background and the bright trees and grass. I also love how few people there are in this photograph which is quite common in my other work.

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With a few shots left on the roll, I headed back out the following weekend. The meadows in the south of Edinburgh has one of my favourite stretches of path - Coronation Walk - so I set up my camera and took a couple of shots. I am very happy with this one - the grass as white as snow, the dark path with sun patches from the trees, and dark tree bark - it's all there in equal measure.

If you're interested in the technical aspects then I used Ilford's SFX200 medium format film, which really isn't an infrared film but behaves like one. Coupled with a R72 filter and the results are far better than I had ever imagined getting. I was using my Bronica S2A with the film which is a temperamental camera to use but only adds to it's charm.

Let me know what you think. The one of Coronation Walk will be printed later this month for my exhibition in October so I'm looking forward to seeing it in it's full glory.

Abandoned Televisions

Abandoned TVs started as a bit of fun on Instagram but has become an obsession for my walk to and from work. Rarely a week passes where I don't spot a TV at the roadside or beside a bin so I thought I'd share some of my favourites and talk a little about where I see the project going.

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The first photo I ever posted of an abandoned TV is above but it actually started before that when I spotted a TV sitting on a table with a lamp beside it at the roadside. I became interested in the idea of urban still lifes like this - objects gathered together (usually on bin collection day) at the side of the road outside of their usual surroundings - but what I actually started to notice were more and more TVs of different ages and styles.

As I said, it was a bit of fun - I started off spotting two or three a week and posting my favourites on Instagram but I have never stopped seeing them and it is fast approaching a year since I started. I don't post them all as some of them are just not interesting but I've included some of my favourites of what I do post below.

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As the project has grown I've made plans to move it into my film work - specifically my Holga as it matches how much I enjoy shooting with the Hipstamatic app on the iPhone. I've taken a few on my 35mm camera  as well which I enjoyed as it allowed me to play with depth of field but there aren't many at this stage.

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There is part of me that really likes having this on Instagram though so it will remain there for the time being, but to have this join my film work would probably please me more and I hope to have that happen in the future. Until then, if you're not following me on there already and would like to see more of this random project of mine then please feel free to add me (my username is "iainkendall") and let me know what you think.

The Forth Railway Bridge

On Saturday night I set to take a few long exposures of the Forth Railway Bridge. I had tried a few weeks before during the day but it was ruled out with heavy fog so, keen to try again, I headed out with the Bronica at around midnight and spent a couple of hours shooting.

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Night shooting is quite relaxing - no one is around so there is a silence in places that you wouldn't normally have it. South Queensferry is a great example of this - it's on the outskirts of Edinburgh and during the day it is a tourist hotspot to see the bridges, but at midnight it was silent apart from the water lapping on the shore and the odd train passing overhead.

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In this particular scene the buildings to the left were causing terrible light  pollution and the boat was moving with the water. If you look next to the boat you will see white lines where a couple of swans were moving about.

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I moved closer to the bridge, away from the buildings to see how that worked, and that has come out better. There was a slight cloud cover which has given the lighting a nice effect projecting upwards.

I jumped back in the car and went to Dalmeny railway station, the last railway station before the bridge and composed a beautiful shot of the station lit up and the track entering the bridge in the distance. Just as I was about to push the shutter all the lights went out at the station so I abandoned it and drove over the road bridge to North Queensferry. Here you can get really close to the bridge which I thought would help.

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When I arrived in North Queensferry I was amazed at the moon - unlike a lot of night shooters on Twitter and Flickr, I was actually unaware of the "Super Moon" that night and it was nice added bonus. To capture it and the bridge I needed to get underneath it so I moved the car and mounted the tripod to the roof. Unable to see the viewfinder, I pointed in the general direction and took the shot. Sadly the light pollution was too great here for this photo to work but the added moon was welcome.

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Back where I initially wanted to be, the moon was a little out of shot for the railway bridge with square format so I decided to take in the road bridge instead.

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Back onto the main subject and I much preferred this view, I was up close and personal. During this exposure a small tug appeared from under the bridge and exited stage right - in the silence it was the last thing I expected.

Working with pinhole photography earlier this year sealed my love for long exposures - I enjoy the set up, the calculation and then the waiting. I enjoyed the peace and quiet too - if a little creepy at times - so I will do a lot more of it when I can.