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Lately I have been having fun experimenting with different cameras and different film. I find that when I am shooting with an older camera I am less concerned about getting a “good shot” – whatever that means – and I get absorbed in the moment being more aware of the process of taking photos rather than producing them.[An Orchid that I bought for Tammy on Easter weekend. I put a white piece of paper behind it and lit it with a desk lamp. Polaroid SX-70 on Impossible Project Color Protection Film. Exposure wheel at "zero".]
A few weeks I went out for a walk with my new (to me) TLR camera; I have not written about it much yet. It is a 1970’s TLR that uses medium format film and produces 6×6 negatives (or positives if you prefer slide film). I will write more about the camera later, but for now lets just agree that it is a lot of fun to use.
On this day the sky was quite clear and then all of a sudden clouds rolled in and the sky became quite ominous. I noticed this group of birds chaotically flying back and forth from building to building. I am not sure what prompted them to fly from one building to the other, but it was hypnotic. I stood for about ten minutes watching and waiting for the next move.
Group of birds flying back-and-forth from “580” to an abandoned building in the SOWA part of Boston’s South End. (Yashica-Mat 124G on expired Fujichrome Astia 100)
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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 Of course it is no longer produced (it has been replaced by Fujifilm 400H which is quite different from what I have read) so I went on eBay and found a few rolls of old/expired NPH-400 and off I went.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.
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.
A few weeks ago I was walking home from the Prudential Center and I saw the bubble guy in Titus Sparrow Park. I have seen this guy around before and thought it would be interesting to take photos of him making these huge bubbles. I was really upset that I did not have my camera with me that day. Then last Friday when I was walking home from work I got an urgent text from Tammy, “Get your camera! The Bubble guy is in the park!” So I came home, grabbed my camera and headed to the park.
It is interesting to watch him doing his thing. He can make bubbles of so many different shapes and sizes. It is also fun to watch the little kids’ expressions while he makes the bubbles, and to watch them chase the bubbles around.
Here is the bubble guy making a single large bubble. It looks like delicate work.