Railsconf Europe Photos

Posted by Piers Cawley on Sep 9, 2007

I’ve finally started uploading the scans from RailsConf Europe last week. There’s still one more roll to scan and another 9 shots in the camera, but I’m pretty pleased with the results so far. I didn’t really start shooting until about halfway through the last day. The light in the hotel was horrible and I just wasn’t in the mood, then suddenly I’d shot three rolls and was wondering where I could find another roll of Neopan 1600 at 9pm in Berlin. It didn’t hurt that I found some really nice light (at least for a black and white photographer with fast film). The shot of James Duncan Davidson above was shot using one of the large LCD screens that were dotted around the hotel as a softlight. It’s the sort of trick that can cause endless pain when you’re shooting in colour, because the white balance is such a bear, but the magic of fast black and white film means I just didn’t have to care.

Later on, I found an even better lightsource - in the atrium there were columns with 3 or 4 big LCDs displaying conference information, which meant they were mostly white. I spent a chunk of the evening grabbing people and asking if I could take their picture in “The best light in the building”. I just wish I’d spotted it earlier in the day when there was more daylight as well, that really would have been gorgeous light.