Friday, 12 September 2014

Leeds Hyperbeastly

It's been five long months since I posted anything to this blog. Including this post here, I have posted no less than three times in 2014. As you can tell, I am nothing if not prolific.
I would not park here.
A lot has changed since the last time I posted anything. I sold all my SLR gear, for a start, and switched to micro four-thirds. I got a lovely, lovely little Olympus OM-D E-M10 and a small selection of lenses including the must-have Panasonic 20mm f/1.7 pancake and the stunning Olympus 45mm f/1.8. Marvellous, and the camera, four lenses and spare batteries and SD cards in a bag that wouldn't fit the SLR and a single lens. Cracking stuff, because it's now small enough to carry all the time. In fact the body and pancake lens is barely bigger than my Fuji X10 compact!
Flakey.
Anyway, the point of this post; I've taken several walks through Leeds while I've worked there over the past few years and I've been finding it more and more difficult to find non-boring subjects. Everything is so drab and bleak and uninviting.
Still works. Seldom used.
At the same time I've come to enjoy VSCOcam on my phone. The built-in RAW processing on my camera, the built-in wifi and VSCOcam on my phone mean I can do a full photographic workflow from RAW to Flickr without involving a computer. Of course once I get home Lightroom definitely gets a look-in because it is so much more capable, but for quick edits on the go doing it on my phone is great. One of the presets in VSCOcam is called "Hyperbeast" and I quite like it. A high-key, faded look with deep blacks and flattened highlights. I decided to recreate it in Lightroom.
Eye tea?
So here we go. I took some photos on my lunchtime walk today of things that, while maybe not pretty or interesting, sum up the bit of Leeds I walk through. I processed them with my mocked-up Hyperbeast-esque preset and gave them some spit and polish, and here they are. Leeds through my eyes.
Toxic sofa.
It might not be most complimentary photo set, but I think they are quite pleasing in their own way.

Anyway, there are a handful in the post but the whole set can be seen on the photos page under the Leeds Hyperbeastly album. Enjoy.