Life, in the Valley of the Wolves
Armed police on Wolfendhal Lane, in Hulftsdorp. October 2022.

• 35mm • f/2.8 • 1/2000 • ISO160 • R6 & RF 35/1.8 courtesy Canon/Metropolitan.


Forbidden Ground

Special Task Force policemen look on as protestors stroll unrestricted through the grounds of Temple Trees, the official residence of the prime minister of Sri Lanka, once one of the most heavily guarded and fortified spots in Colombo. 9th July 2022. Forced, by the weight of public protest, to resign in May, Mahinda Rajapakase had fled earlier that day.

• 18mm • f/3.5 • 1/100 • ISO800 •

The Soft Arm of the Law

Heavy but seemingly benign police presence at the Pro-Democracy Rally in Colombo, Sri Lanka. October 2018.
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Mounted Patrol #3

Sri Lankan mounted policeman — a legacy of the island’s British colonial history — on traffic duty on York Street in the Colombo Fort. Shot with a Yashica FX-3 Super 2000 and Kodak Tri-X 400 film, with a MC 35-70mm lens, at 35mm, 1/1000, and f/3.5.

Mounted Patrol #5

Two more shots of the traffic cop on York Street in the Colombo Fort, this time taken with a DSLR. The first pic is actually a metering shot I took with my 600D of the scene so that I could shoot it on film with the Yashica. I posted a scan from the Kodak Tri-X film last week on my blog if anyone wants to compare film and digital. These digital files look a bit overexposed but that’s because I lowered the contrast when editing. The original was very high in contrast since I had boosted the ISO to 400 to match the film speed when metering, but unlike the film scans, digital RAW files are much more forgiving and one is able to still recover a lot of detail from the shadows and highlights. Canon EOS 600D and EF-S 18-200mm lens at 18mm, 1/1000, f/3.5, and ISO 400.

50mm, 1/400, f/5, and ISO 100.

Mounted Patrol #4

Sri Lankan mounted police on traffic duty during the morning rush hour, York Street, in the Colombo Fort. Yashica FX-3 Super 2000 and Kodak Tri-X 400 film, with a 35-70mm MC lens, at 35mm, 1/1000, and f/3.5.