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K. Praslowicz 5:07am, 7 December 2007
I'm sure you've all heard this phrase at some point in the past, but have you ever actually seen what it looks like when someone acheives it? I was just watching a short little documenary on Garry Winogrand, and seen video footage of him shooting for the first time, and it is quite amazing.

Garry Winogrand - Part 1
Garry Winogrand - Part 2

For those of you here who aren't up to snuff on their photographic history, Winogrand was probably the more prolific street photographer ever. It is said when he died, he left some 2500 rolls of undeveloped film, plus 500,000 developed, but unproofed photos, plus who the hell knows how many proofed photos in the years before that. The estimates I've read is that he averaged 2 rolls of film every day of his adult life. No wonder his camera looks the way it does.

But damn, the clips in that video that actually show him shooting are impressive. Truely this is what it looks like to achieve the level of familiarity with one's equipment where it ca be considered part of his body. The look on the faces of the people who actually noticed that they got got photographed is great They don't even seem to know if it happened or not.

I want to be able to do that someday. :D
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Hambone Lewinski 11 years ago
I have read before that Winogrand would set his exposure and focus by touch and only bring the camera up to his eye to shoot. Very interesting to watch.

Also, I think he has to be The Only Guy To Wear Out A Leica...

Jason
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K. Praslowicz 11 years ago
But, if he had actually wore it out, would it still be getting use to this day?

I like to consider it broken in really well.
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Hambone Lewinski 11 years ago
Sjixxxy,

You're a Leica guy, aren't you? Several of your photos have the "glow". Even an old M3 is valued at roughly twice what I have into this hobby so far, but I seriously covet one.

What emulsions do you prefer? I like shooting old-fashioned emulsions myself; I shoot almost exclusively Foma in MF stock and Eastman 5222 (Double-X) cine stock in 35mm. The 5222 is the last of the "true" old emulsions... it hasn't been reformulated since sometime in the 1950s.

Jason
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K. Praslowicz Posted 11 years ago. Edited by K. Praslowicz (admin) 11 years ago
I had pretty much written off 35mm, till I got to try an M3. Fell in love and bought one last month. Actually got it pretty damn cheap too.

4x5 I use Delta 100
6x6, Delta 100 or 400, depending if I'm hand holding or not.
35, I've been standardizing on hp5+. I figure I'm at a point where I need to pick my materials and stick with them to really learn them and be comfortable with them. Though I'll probably be buying 100' of Delta 100 or Pan F+ once I try both and see which gives me a look I like better. I have a project in my head that will require me using a tri-pod, so I figure a slower film will help it quite a bit.
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Sweetlake 11 years ago
Thanks for sharing those clips, it really is impressive to watch Winogrand work. Lots of confidence. And volume!
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Sweetlake 11 years ago
Kip, I have to say I thought of your lens descriptions when I saw the topic...
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K. Praslowicz 11 years ago
LOL. It seriously took me about 3-4 minutes to figure out what you were talking about, but I eventually remembered.
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Randall Cottrell 11 years ago
that was awesome

the camera was basically part of winogrand's hand. i love street photography and espeicially that of random people who don't know they're being photographed

and this made me want an older film camera even more than i did before...
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K. Praslowicz 11 years ago
and this made me want an older film camera even more than i did before...

I have some gear I'm planning on converting into cash to help fund my M-Mount kit.

Three 35mm Rangefinders, one SLR with lens, and a 6x6 TLR. Any interest?
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what SLR? I could use a good SLR?
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K. Praslowicz 11 years ago
Minolta SRT101 with a 50mm 1.7 Rokkar MC.
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Randall Cottrell Posted 11 years ago. Edited by Randall Cottrell (moderator) 11 years ago
i'd be interested in the minolta...but of course if aaron wants it...he did beat me to it

what rangefinder models?

i've never experimented w/ larger format, let alone read anything about it really so at this point i'd say the 6x6 is out of the question for me...
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K. Praslowicz 11 years ago
Three different Canonet QL-17s. The each have their own flavor(read faults). One sometimes doesn't shoot if you are holding it horizontal. One has a bent filter ring (not a big deal) and the other has a lens element that seems to be affected by fungus, so it flares horrible & isn't very sharp. I don't think the meter works in any of them, though I could be wrong, I never use built in meters so I never cared to check.
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duluthiscool 11 years ago
i am really glad that you posted those video clips... although i am a hack... stylistically, that is the type of photos i often take... and i really loved the comment... when he more or less said... "the type of photos that i take are not the kind that people want to hang on their walls"... i got a big grin out of that!!
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