While in Chattanooga in December I found a second-hand film camera I’d been eyeing for a while, the Russian Horizon 202 that shoots 120° panoramic pictures. I took it for a test-run in the streets of Cleveland before it (unfortunately) froze on me. Now I need to get it fixed, which is all the more frustrating since I really liked how some of these shots came out.
Across the Tennessee River
Canon A2, 20mm, f/13, 1/50s, ISO 200
Film: Fuji Experia 200 (Expired)
The Walnut Street Bridge I walked accross to get to the North Shore passes a massive roadbridge accross the Tennesse River. The morning light was gorgeous, and I just had to shoot. I tried a couple of long-exposures as well, but I was too far from the water for it to make any difference.
Canon A2, 50mm, f/8, 1/500s, ISO 100
Film: Adox Color Implosion
While in Chattanooga I discovered a wonderful photography shot called Space Junk, and they had films I’d never heard of there. I picked a few up, including this Adox Color Implosion. Faded colors I really like, but the grain is way above my normal tolerance. Still, a few shots in the roll came out OK, despite the grain. I quite like this one, feels like Vintage America.
Walnut Street Bridge
Canon A2, 50mm, f/8, 1/250s, ISO 200
Film: Fuji Experia 200 (Expired)
Walnut Street Bridge is a very long footbridge across the river Tennessee, linking downtown Chattanooga with the North Shore. It’s a very pleasant walk and has a fun history (it was slated for demolition, but the locals pitched in to get it preserved instead).
Plucking the Strings
Canon 7D, 110mm, f/3.2, 1/125s, ISO 1600
This is one of those shots that you may find underexposed, but that I deliberately shot this way. When shooting jazz, increasingly, I find that trying to get as much detail as possible is counter productive if the goal is to set mood. I detail that approach in an article published on the X-Equals blog entitled Embracing the Shadows. That article, incidentally, shows another shot of bassist Thomas Brameria from the same session.
No Time for Shopping
Canon A2, 20mm, f/5.6, 1/60s, ISO 400
Film: Fuji Pro 400 H
If you follow this blog regularly, you probably know that I enjoy this kind of street shot with one person walking parallel to the plane of the shot. In fact I probably abuse these kinds of shots, so recently I’ve tried to engineer a bit more relevance between the walking figure and the background. I think I may have succeeded with this shot of Old Town Warsaw.
The Soul Imp
Canon 7D, 225mm, f/3.2, 1/1250s, ISO 400
There’s something delightfully impish about Vintage Trouble‘s lead singer Ty Taylor. His energy on stage is second to none, and it brings back memories of early James Brown or Junior Wells shows. Fantastic music and fantastic band if you can catch them.
Canon 7D, 32mm, f/13, 1/400s, ISO 400
The view from the rotating top of the Auckland Skytower is stunning, especially on a bright day like the September day I went up there. It is however surprisingly difficult to take a good shot of that view in between the unusually high vantage point and the color cast from the windows. Still, I managed to produce this one. It’s not a work of art by any means, but it shows downtown Auckland, the harbour in action and Rangitoto. Better than nothing…