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Early in January I went on a short photowalk in Boston’s North End. I decided to make things interesting so I didn’t bring my digital camera and just shot with film. Of course the problem with that strategy is that I didn’t finish the roll, and it took weeks for me to get it developed. Finally I finished it up last week, got it developed, and scanned it. I took these shots in the Haymarket, which we walked through at the end of the day.
A few photos of the produce vendors at Haymarket. The colors here are pretty vibrant even on cold gray days like this one. (Olympus OM-1 w/ M-Zuiko 35mm f/2.8 on Rollei Digibase CN 200)
So as my foray into shooting film continues, I decided to try and shoot some color film. I set out with my Olympus OM-1 and roll of Fujifilm NPH-400 film. I had read about this film in a magazine sometime ago and seemed like it had some interesting properties. It is a low contrast portrait film, but has a good properties for general photography as well. Of course it is no longer produced (it has been replaced by Fujifilm 400H which is quite different from what I have read) so I went on eBay and found a few rolls of old/expired NPH-400 and off I went. I set out around my neighborhood, Boston’s South End, on a few different occasions and came up with some interesting shots. Scanning the film was a bit of a chore, but actually kind of fun. It reminds me a lot of being in a darkroom. I plan on posting about scanning workflow as soon as I run a few more rolls thorough the process and fine tune it a bit. Stay tuned for that.
For now, here is the South End in Color (film)…
This is one of the chef’s at Coppa through a window with the reflection of autumn foliage in the window.
A skull left over from Halloween I assume.
I tend to walk the same streets over and over again: the South End, Back Bay, Copley Square. These tend to be the center of my universe lately. Sometimes I don’t think I will see anything new or different and then sometimes I am pleasantly surprised. A team of sled dogs on Newbury Street? Yup, sometimes I am pleasantly surprised.
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This year Halloween kind of came and went without me even realizing. Hurricane Sandy blew in around the same time, and I was busy with work around the same time. This was also the time that my camera was (stuck) in the repair shop in NJ and I was shooting some film instead. On Friday night I got a couple of rolls of film back from the lab and look what I found: the most interesting pumpkin display in Boston.
At a distance it is a little bit difficult to see what is going on, but as you get closer it becomes very apparent.
When I returned from Brooklyn I decided to send my M9 off to the Leica service center in NJ. It was acting all wonky and I wanted to get if fixed up before we go away this winter; also I was getting frustrated with its out-of-calibration rangefinder so the time had come. While the M9 was vacationing in New Jersey I decided to shoot some film, which I had not done for quite some time.
The religious folk were out doing some preaching in Boston Common.