Combo #196 (Mark T Simmons)

By on December 28, 2013
Lens:  Jane 
Film:  BlacKeys SuperGrain 
Flash: off

"Boston's North End and the town of Santa Fiora in the Tuscany region of Italy, have both captured my heart this year. Both these places have a special feel about them, where the light seems to bounce off every building and block shadows engulf the streets as the day goes by. When light and shadow are found like this, the minimalistic approach to photography can sometimes be the most powerful.
When shooting this kind of architecture, I prefer to use the Jane lens paired with the BlacKeys SuperGrain film, rather than the John S. I find this combination allows me to capture the light the way I see it, provides greater detail in the shadows and gives rich textures and tones throughout the whole image."

Mark T Simmons


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  1. Emma

    December 29, 2013 at 9:29 am

    A superb body of work that shows the way light and shadow so strongly dominates those areas that you would expect to find people.

    These are powerful and beautiful images whose composition is enhanced by the human-less spaces

  2. Brendan Ó Sé

    December 29, 2013 at 12:33 pm

    Great vision – great control – great results – and a stunning silence comes from these images.

  3. Albion Harrison-Naish

    December 29, 2013 at 1:17 pm

    These really are some fantastic images Mark, with many that I would have loved to have taken. And I find myself using Jane more and more lately, even though sometimes the sun is so hot and bright I need to use the John S if I’m going to keep the exposure under control. But you are right in what you say regarding the lens choice. Great stuff mate and fabulous to see together here.

  4. Denis Balibouse

    December 29, 2013 at 2:48 pm

    Nice combo and pictures

  5. lee

    December 30, 2013 at 2:50 am

    wonderful combo and photos, Mark!

  6. C H (@SpectralJam)

    May 12, 2015 at 1:52 pm

    Love the laundromat image and the shadow line leading to the individual walking. Nice combo and work!!

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