Light Browns

Light Browns

Weekly pic Light Browns by Spyros Papaspyropoulos

This is a photograph that has been shot with an old Yashica Electro 35 CC and Fujifilm Superia X-Tra 400 in Athens, Greece sometime last year. The Yashica Electro 35 CC is a smallish rangefinder part of the famous Electro family. The specific model is special because of its 35mm f1.8 lens, its convenient size and build quality.  All other Yashica Electros have either 40mm or 45mm lenses. The Fujifilm Superia X-Tra 400 is a good value for money film by Fuji. I like the colours but only when I get exposure spot on. It isn’t as fine grained as Kodak Portra 400, but costs half the price!

Before I made this shot, I was captivated by the strong architectural structure, the fine brickwork and the lovely light browns. This is the building of the National Bank of Greece in the centre of Athens. I was also attracted to the deep dark shadow that gave me the opportunity to use it as a background placing someone in front it making them stand out . Also I couldn’t help but notice the metal railings that were parallel to the protruding part of the building face. One last thing that grabbed my interest was that the closest metal railing to me, suddenly turned towards me, ending in the bottom right corner of my composition.

Light Browns by Spyros Papaspyropoulos
“Light Browns” by Spyros Papaspyropoulos shot on a Yashica Electro 35 CC and Fujifilm Superia X-Tra 400 film in Athens, Greece

Once I found this interesting background, I decided to wait for someone to walk by. Many did, but the colours didn’t feel right. Suddenly this guy in his brown T-shirt cycled towards me and I grabbed the opportunity and shot him. The colour of his T-shirt blended perfectly with that of the wall in the back. I was happy with the shot. Snap!


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