St Patricks day is an essential holiday for any photographer to add to their calendar. Here in London we had very gloomy weather. It was raining very hard for the majority of the day, which made photography challenging. I joined a number of other photographers through a meetup.com street photography group. The team spirit really helped everyone push on despite the weather. We spent the day wandering through the crowds and making the most of the day.
It is traditionally a very bright and colourful day. However, due to the weather I made a creative decision to shoot in black and white. This would help bring more focus to the emotions of the people in the images and less colourful distractions.
Over the past month most of my free time has been devoted to teaching myself the nuances of film photography. The one key advantage of a small film system is that it does not draw attention to you like what you get with a DSLR. As soon as you point one at someone they seem to freeze like a deer in the headlights. On this day I knew that people would be generally very open to being photographed. Partially due to the sheer number of other people taking photographs, but in the end the alcohol helped more than anything else.
The images below were initially captured in colour from a Canon 5d Mark iii and post processed using the Google Nik Silver Efex Pro II addon to Adobe Lightroom. For more information on this technique be sure to sign up to the tribe page and you will receive exclusive content and techniques that are now scheduled to be sent out on a monthly.
If you are interested in learning more about black and white photography leave a comment below or send me a message on twitter @benkepka. Also if you have any questions about any of your own workflows or gear I am always happy to help. Thanks for reading!
Ben Kepka - The Cultured Kiwi