The Night - A new project, the hours of darkness in French towns.
I'm going back to grain. That granular texture acquired (in the old days!) by using high speed film, and then pushing it even higher if necessary. This is an effect I want for this subject, to capture architectural elements of French life illuminated solely by street or other forms of artificial lighting. I like the colours and contrasts they provide. The course grain (or 'noise' in digital photography) complements the surface texture of the old buildings - stone, rough rendering and ancient wood and metal.
I don't want the restrictions imposed by using a tripod. I'm hand holding my camera, so now I've wound up the ISO to its maximum speed setting of 25,600. In most situations I can reach satisfactory hand held shutter speeds of 1/60 or faster. After several test shots and a couple of 30 x 40 cm prints it works for me.
Subject of an exhibition in Montbron, 13 Nov to 27 Nov 2017