This is a photograph that has been shot with a Yashica Electro 35 GTN with Ilford HP5 400 film pushed to 800 ASA, in Rethymno, Crete, Greece.
One of my most favourite times to do Street Photography is in the evening. Naturally you would think that to photograph after dark, one would need a digital camera with high ISO capabilities. I used to think the same thing, until I tried my luck with my Yashica Electro and a roll of Ilford HP5 400 and saw that the results were more than satisfying.
As I have mentioned before in a previous post of mine titled “Jewel” I like to push my films in order to get the results I want when there isn’t enough light for me to get a working exposure reading. Feel free to read that post and see what push processing is in film photography.
The night I made this shot a made a few other keepers. One of those was “Jewel” the one I mentioned before and shared a while back. This shot “Evening Beer” was shot about 1 minute after. I was standing where I shot “Jewel”, then turned to my right and saw this guy enjoying his beer. He was right in front of me and I loved the backlit background. I wasn’t sure the photo would come out well. I thought that he would be totally silhouetted, but luckily there is some light bouncing off him, giving him shape and form. So, I turned on the spot, focused and clicked and that was it. The night was bursting with life and the streets were quite loud, so I am pretty sure he never heard the faint and sweet shutter release of the Yashica Electro.