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The photographic blog of Sean Wood (aka motionid)

Route 71 square

Just off Route 71

A shot off route 71 near Mt. Fuji. This one shot with a VERY old Agfa B+W 25 asa film. The film is so old that the printing from the paper back on the film has made a permanent mark. The negs are pretty dark but I quite like the result. It seems like an effect you'd get playing with photoshop for an hour or so but it's straight off the neg.

Dunes

A late afternoon sky in black & white at Birubi beach.

These have been sitting in my computer for 4 years. Needless to say that is a long gestation period before they saw the light of day (or the internet). It's taken this long for me to get around to liking them. I'm hoping this very slow gestation is like a great song that grows on you over time. Music that instantly appeals tends for me to get old fast, so I'm hoping this approach to photography works in the long run.

These were shot on the Hasselblad with either Tmax or Trix (no idea which one unless I dig the negs out and look).

Koga san

This was shot on an outing with Thomas, Jon and Koga san when we were visiting Aoki Gahara (suicide forest) near mt. Fuji. A great afternoon after the rain had stopped for thirty minutes and given us just enough time to take a few pictures on lake Motosu (the the right of the picture that you can't see) which resulted in some of my best during the trip. This is just before Koga san became a dad. Oh, this was shot with the Rolleiflex f/2.8 d.

Fragments of Tokyo Exhibition at Place M 12-18 November 2012

So I guess this is me advertising the exhibition I am part of. Place M

所在地:東京都新宿区新宿1-2-11 近代ビル3F

http://www.placem.com/schedule/2012/20121112/121112.html

12-18 November 2012. 12pm - 7pm every day.

I'll be there on the 17th and 18th all day. The goal of the exhibition for me I guess is to use this as an excuse to meet people. So feel free to stop by and say hello. I'll be showing a little set I've had stashed away for a long time now. Time to let them see the light of day. Other members:

渡部敏哉 Toshiya Watanabe Jon Ellis Thomas Orand

Kanazawa to Tōjinbō

This is one of my favorite photos.On the train from Kanazawa to Tōjinbō there are these mountains that line the edge of the coast. I was sporting the 150mm lens for the Hasselblad and managed to take a few shots out of the window. Once I returned and developed the film I realized that the developer had died and there were real issues with how the film turned out. I was really surprised and happy to find that the mistake actually made the shot.

The buildings

buildings

New home for an old photo.I was visiting Sydney one year and wandering around the city on my own. It looked like rain but I risked taking the camera out. A drop of water hit me and i looked up and saw this almost symmetrical view of these two buildings. By some miracle I got the exposure right.

A day at the beach

During the holiday period (to be politically correct for Americans, or, as most Australians like to call it, Christmas)  I returned to Australia with plans to do a fair bit of shooting both inland and on the coast. My plans were dogged with sicknesses and bad weather which resulted in only a handful of pictures I managed to make while I was there. I was fortunate that the day was overcast and there was enough cloud in the sky to make the shots interesting. I've always liked dogs on the beach so while I was on the 35km strip I searched out the lone dog who became the feature of this three image set.

Shot on TMax 100 and developed in Tmax developer but scanned with the brightness and contrast way down so I was able to screw with the balance afterward.

The Frame builder

I've been working on a little project that has taken a bit of my time.It's not done yet. There is still a way to go but I thought I would share a few frames thus far. I'm primarily shooting it on Kodak Tmax 400 @1600 using the Hasselblad and accenting the series with a little colour (Kodak Portra 400).

The subject of my project is a bicycle frame builder from Kyoto that now lives in Tokyo and has a shop not far away from where I live. I haven't come across anyone building frames in Tokyo as yet and have since discovered it's a bit of a rarity.

Shinjuku Street Scenes

A whole weekend of scanning and not a great deal to show for it. Looked for a load of shots I'd taken a few years ago that I never got around to scanning and ended up finding many, many more shots I've yet to scan.These are three of the many. Did attempt to go out shooting this afternoon but mistimed my start. On the way though I had to wonder if I should not be just spending the next few months trying to sort out what I already have (and what I have yet to scan). hmmmm.