This is a photograph that has been shot with a Yashica Electro 35 CC with Kodak Portra 400 film, in Rethymno, Crete, Greece.
I remember this day like yesterday. It was one of those days when things just fell into place. I felt like I could see photos all around me. Those days are good Street Photography days and are also unforgettable.
There was another reason that day was special. I wasn’t shooting on my own. I had company, good company. Streethunters.net Reader and SHRC Moderator Klaus Scherer has paid me a surprise visit all the way from Germany! I was so happy to get his message that he was in my home town. We arranged to meet as soon as possible so we could hit the streets together. We both like Film and Digital Street Photography. This day it was decided to shoot with film.
10 minutes after we had met, I came to the tragic realisation that I was out of film and that I had forgotten to bring a new roll with me. Fortunately Klaus came to the rescue producing a yummy roll of Kodak Portra 400 out of his camera bag that quickly found it’s way inside my little Yashica Electro 35 CC. We started shooting in the centre of the Old Town of Rethymno, but found ourselves quickly walking along the beach trying our luck with some beach photography. I think that we were driven out of town by the scorching heat. The sun was shining brightly, so brightly in fact that I had to use an ND filter on my Yashica to slow it down. The little Yashica Electro 35 CC I used that day only has a maximum shutter speed of 1/250″ so even when at f.16 a 400 ASA film like Portra 400 was unusable. I had to slow the camera down somehow, so I decided to make the camera think the world was darker using an ND filter.
Anyway, we took a long stroll for about 2 hours before we decided that we should head back. It was then, on our way back, that I spotted these two sets of feet on the beach. I just loved the way the light brown colour of the stone wall met the slightly darker brown of the sand and also how the 2 sets of feet were facing opposite directions. I bent over to make the shot, deliberately trying to not include any sea or sky in the photo. I wanted to achieve a specific looking result and to create a focal point amongst all the browns. Any other colour would have distracted the eye of the viewer.
When I snapped the photo, the sweet click of the Yashica’s shutter was barely heard. I got up and smiled to myself. Klaus knew that I had made the shot I wanted. He asked me smiling “Did you get it?” and I replied “I got it”.