A while ago when I was in the UK, I decided to spend some time taking shots in Brick Lane, east London and then move onto the Tower of London, just a short walk away, killing 2 birds with one stone.
And I had 2 cameras with me, three if you count my cellphone camera!
I had my favourite street shooter, a Ricoh GR1s and it’s digital brother a GRD III. The shots on the GR1s haven’t yet been processed, but when I got home and looked at the ones from the digital Ricoh, I was devastated! Almost all the shots were virtually useless, seemingly over-exposed.
Of course, I realised immediately what had happened…I hadn’t taken a few test shots before leaving home like I normally do; if I had done that, the errors would have showed up immediately. What I found when I checked the camera menu, was that the picture settings (exposure compensation, low light, etc) had been incorrectly selected. So almost all the shots I took that day, colour as well as monochrome, had the highlights bleached out, with wishy-washy blacks. You can see how the sky has been bleached almost completely white, which is incorrect as I recall there being a lot of clouds around. And the colours have a bluish tinge to them, again due to incorrect settings.
Terrible disappointment, but that’s what happens when you don’t check your equipment before heading out. Who knows when I’ll be back in London again, and even if I am, will those shots present themselves again? No; each shot is a split-second record of what happened in hat time period….that time period will never come around again!
Anyway, here’s some of the shots I managed to salvage: