After a long restless night of sleep, I woke up thinking of Beyoncé's hit song "To the Left". I could only look to my left indeed because of my neck strain. Perhaps it was my weird sleep position or I may have tangled with the devil in my sleep and lived to tell the tale. Either way, only looking to the left was somewhat of an inconvenience and rendered me into a left turn only driver since right shoulder check was out of the question. Even with my temporary disability, I was determined to head out for some pictures. I took my film camera and a light meter and off to Vancouver I went. Interestingly enough, I still got this level of uncertainty and guilt when I left my digital camera at home. I think a part of me sees digital camera as a failsafe method of capturing images and also, it produces much sharper results with its 42 megapixel sensor. I hope the feeling will lessen as I continue to ignore my digital camera ;)
I am not one to keep track of City of Vancouver's social calendar. Much to my surprise, the Vancouver Jass Festival was in full swing. I was hoping it would give me some interesting pictures because of the larger crowd. I ended up shooting 2 rolls of Ilford HP5 Plus at ISO 800. I wasn't entirely happy with the grain at ISO 1600; however, that might had been my film development issues as I try to find my development mojo. The camera's 1/1000th max shutter speed and the lack of ND filter would certainly become a problem for ISO 1600 in the uber sunny weather anyways. I would like to shoot more at box speed next time to get a better grain comparison.
The Jazz festival was vibrant and full of life. I was happily snapping away, and not knowing exactly how the shots would turn out certainly added a little more anticipation and excitement. I couldn't wait to get home and get my development on! Of course, I took my usual break from the shooting while sipping on the requisite java. There was no escape from the 10 million coffee shops in Vancouver. I developed a sort of routine from all my photography adventures downtown and coffee had to a part of it.
I spent a little bit of time hanging around a public art installation. The art is a large coil laid on its side. I am attracted to shapes around me. I often found myself taking pictures of various shapely objects, implied or otherwise, and this was no exception.
As I loiter around this giant coil (insert $hit jokes), I kind of wondered if people thought I was up to no good. Maybe it's because sometimes I view people with a healthy level of suspicion, I would imagine others to view me the same way. I know a lot of street photographers tend to advocate not looking like a tourist when you are out taking pictures. I certainly understand where they are coming from, but at times, I feel that looking like a tourist may make you less threatening to others. "Oh, he is just another tourist taking snapshots!" Perhaps this will allow more candid moments. I would certainly prefer to fly under the radar, but once people see me taking pictures, it wouldn't be too bad to be seen as a tourist.
Back to the coil... I will endeavour to find out if it has a real name next time... The coil certainly has its share of fans, myself included. I saw another photographer going to town on the coil. As I watched him from afar, it was like a battle playing out in front of me. The camera was like a weapon that he was using to attack the coil or that the coil was a sort of shockwave produced from his camera. I am not a drug user, unless second hand pot smoke around downtown counts. I just have a case of over-active imagination.
Come to think of it, I didn't find too many interesting shots at the actual jazz festival personally. I was running around the outskirts looking for a different crowd I suppose. Sometimes it feels like no matter how hard you try, you just can't seem to find a shot. Other times, a simple scene would elicit some sort of reaction from you. For me, the baby stroller that was covered up gave me a sense of mystery, but it's the kind of mystery that you would generally see in a scary movie. Again, my over-active imagination.
By now you must be wondering whether I actually took any jazzy pictures of the jazz festival. The answer is a resounding no! I just wasn't feeling it when it came time to take pictures of people playing music, but of course, there is always next year! I did however get a dog shot. I have a soft spot for dogs. Well, I have a soft spot for all animals, but I only saw dogs that day. I wonder what this little guy was telling me.
All and all, it was a pretty fun day out and about. It's pretty rare for me to find a crowd like the jazz festival, so it was quite an exciting day. I am coming along on the use of the camera, but I feel like I still have a ways to go. I shall bust out the digital camera soon and let it stretch its muscle and to ease my guilt of having the camera sitting around of course! I hope you enjoyed the pictures. Until next time!