Paris in Monochrome: Street Scenes

It is somewhat hard for me to characterize this set of photographs, because they fall into a strange space somewhere between travel, street and snapshot photographs.  I always enjoy Paris, but it was difficult for me to focus on only one style - or even on only one camera - the entire time I was there.  I always try and compose the best I can under the circumstances, but some were taken in a rush, or while exiting or entering various Parisian venues.  Still, there are a few that are dear to me - and a few that may even tell a story - if you stop and listen. 

Technically, Leica M3 with 50mm Summicron F/2 DR lens was used, while films ranged from Ilford FP4+, Delta 100 for daylight and Delta 400 shot at 800 for dark / low light shots.  The low light shots were taken on Olympus XA.  They were developed in house, scanned and processed in Photoshop CC.  White frame added for effect.  

If you wish to purchase any of these images as fine art prints, please contact me.

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Barcelona Snapshots

This is a selection of film photographs taken in and around Barcelona, Spain.  Barcelona is a beautiful city, but I found it somewhat difficult to photograph.  Many small streets, narrow passages, and lack of light in certain situations.  I hope these give you some sense of place and people there. Enjoy!

Photographs were taken with Leica M3 / 50mm Summicron and with Olympus OM10/24mm Zuiko.  Films used are Ektar 100 for color and Delta 100 / Pan F 50 for black and white.  

Iowa in February - Finding Color in Winter

Technical Part:  I have owned a $30 Canon AE-1 Program Camera for about 8 months now.  It needed a stuck and squeaky shutter repair.  Found online tutorials on how to do both.  Been shooting Velvia 50 slide film with it, with mixed results, due to low dynamic range (I am not sure if I am a fan of slide film).  I wanted to try some color negative film ...in come Fuji HQ 200 - expired, frozen Sam's Club product.  So much for the technical part.

Artsy Part:  I LOVE these photographs.  Filmy looks suits them.  Perfection would be a distraction from the beauty.  Sure, no instant gratification here ....shoot, process, dry, scan, clean, fix ...I don't really care.  Someone once said, if you want to be a photographer you have to fall in love with light.  I am in love with my wife, so not sure about the light ...but, I get the point.  Three of the photographs are the result of what the light is capable of ...they are striking.  Yes, on film ...with a $30 camera.  And they look better to me that way.  

I hope you enjoy one or two.

Canon AE-1 Program, 50mm F/1.7, Fuji HQ 200, Unicolor C-41 kit, Epson V550, Lightroom, Photoshop


Canon AE-1 Program Camera Video Review

Quick Review of this very popular and often easy to find camera from early 80's.  If you are looking for a no-nonsense, straight shooter for some film fun - this is a keeper.  Should be able to get it for $50 in this configuration.  Watch our for stuck shutters or squeaky shutter ...both can be fixed...search the web for more.  I included  few shots done with this camera ...color is Velvia 50, rest are Kodak 400tx.