Archive for the ‘Photo Blog’ Categoryby Eric on June 24, 2012 in Musings, Photo Blog with No Comments
Rolleiflex and Urban Landscapes
I am continuing to explore my project of the urban Landscape. I have chose to use my Rolleiflex for these images. I just really love the medium format especially the great contrast and sharpness of the Schneider lens on my TLR. been I have found that the my Rolleiflex is well suited for this type of imagery. The square format lends itself really well for these type of images.
I have found in and around North and Northeast Portland there are several places to photograph there is a lot of character. More to follow…
My Rollei and Urban Landscapes
For the last several years when I need a quick get-a-way, I get on my motorcycle and ride what I call goin’ around the block. I take N. Columbia Boulevard and ’round back home. This small tour takes me past a very industrial area of Portland, OR. There is generally some auto traffic and some semi traffic, but at the time I travel usually the road is good to go. It is really fun because in some stretches of road you can really open it up. After several loops around I figured I needed to bring my cameras with me there are some interesting visuals along the way. I have been wandering around with my Rolleiflex loaded with film looking for interesting urban landscapes. Along these curvy roads without much police presence and open land filled with long buildings and cranes for loading off in the distance lend to some interesting subjects. I have been drawn to these sort of ‘scapes for some time.
Very close to my home there is an abundance of industrial business, seems a possible commentary on my socioeconomic status, or maybe it’s just what I gravitate towards.
Throughout the city of Portland there are real gems found in the driveways and streets. Over the past year, when I have been wandering or driving to my destinations I have either; mentally noted for future reference, or when my camera is with me and had the opportunity to capture these absolute gems of the auto industry in and around the inner neighborhoods of Portland, OR.
I have just recently come upon my annual Pro Membership with Flickr. I have been influenced by select photographers whom I have been following. One is located in Maryland. Here is his photo stream. The other photographer is from Minnesota her stream is here. The third is located here in Portland and his photo stream is here. Although I have been attracted to photographing automobiles for some time I feel that after viewing these photographers that my esthetic has changed and in turn has improve my own vision.
One of my favorite neighborhood places, called Breakside Brewery serves great food and has really good beer. That is saying a lot given that we live in Beervana. My wife and I have been imbibing their well crafted beers for some time. We have become antiquated with the owners and most of their staff. It is a great place. One of the guys who works there had grown an incredible mustache. This is a ‘world class’ piece of facial hair.
I saw his incredible work of art the other day and asked if he would be interested in posing for a photo. Travis was happy to pose and even brought along some very nice hats the suited the his mustache. Here are a few images from the first shoot, that was cut short. He was being called upon by a new hire and had to make her feel more comfortable.
We will be shooting again soon.
My Mother in Law is visiting from Honduras. I am enjoying her visit. It has been very easy for me having her here. I was nervous at the beginning because my wife booked her flight for her stay to last 3 months. You see my Mother in Law, let’s call her Pita from now on, had never left Honduras. So you can understand my trepidation for having her stay here for that length of time. As I said it has been very nice for me.
This weekend we took a drive to the coast. Our destination was Manzanita, OR. I just love this small coastal town. We have been going there for the last 5 plus years. Anyway it is very familiar to me.My wife and I really enjoy Manzanita. Today we had the opportunity to show Pita the coast of the Pacific Northwest.
I had the idea to photograph Pita in front of our Azalea bush which always blooms beautifully in the Spring. We she acquiesced. Here is one of my favorite photo I took. I am also including a photo of my 2nd cousin whom I had the opportunity to photograph after Pita.
There is a new local hangout in the Woodlawn neighborhood. It is called the Flamingo Lounge. This place is a gem! I am glad that I found it! I wanted to get in and capture the flavor before it goes electric. This place has the feeling of a Tom Waits song. It is both comfortable and gritty. Good things turn up in the Flamingo Lounge. I had the opportunity last evening to sample some of the local flavor. Since it is located in Portland, Oregon, Beervania to some, I sampled a couple of brews. One from The Widmer Brothers, a Dark Saison. It was delicious. I also had a Terminal Gravety IPA from Enterprise Oregon.
Great tasting beers are being produced here in Oregon. Drinking them in The Flamingo Lounge made it all the better!
Here is an update of photographs form the Flamingo Lounge.
I had my Rolleiflex TLR camera cleaned. Wow what a difference that made. the ground glass was so dirty as was the lens both are back in business!
I dropped off my camera at a cool but ancient camera shop in Portland, OR Hollywood Camera Store. This place carry only film camera and supplies. You cannot call it retro because it never left it roots. This place is one if you are a die hard film photographer or camera buff you have to check it out. It is so authentic! The guy who cleaned my camera was great. His website is here.
I really like the images that I make from this camera, it was getting to be a drag because I could not really see what I was trying to frame because the ground glass was so dark. (Sometimes I like to shoot in low light situations.)
Here is one of my recent images from my “new” camera.
Medium format especially the square format is just something special. I am happy to have my Classic camera back in action.
Pushing the Limits of 35mm
These images are from Montana where most of my family gathered for the Christmas holiday. I brought my Leica M7 and several rolls of film. I had just learned about Efke 25 film and was excited to give it a try with some sweeping Montana landscapes. I brought with me my borrowed 35mm Leitz lens. This particular lens is perfect for the “Big Sky State”.
I usually well almost exclusively shoot Kodak film Tri-X being the staple choice for black and white photography. After trolling around Flickr I discovered Efke and with that Rodinal developer and stand developing. The following images here I shot with Efke and processed in Rodinal 1:100 dilution and stand developed for 1 hour. My first go around with Rodinal and stand developing was less than optimal.See this post. I am pretty happy with my results this time around.
While in Montana I ran into another photographer who said he would shoot large format. Now those cameras will produce amazing negatives.
Well I when I purchased my Leica I knew that I wanted a camera that was light and mobile.So I have a camera with amazing glass and can produce beautiful images. I just wanted to shoot atypical photographs with my Leica that being landscapes.
I was fortunate enough to grab some time and roll around the area close to where we were staying in Manhattan, MT. I hope you enjoy my photos.
I have always been sort of reticent to cross process my film. The colors are never true but they can produce very interesting results. If you are purist with color than cross processing will be uncomfortable for you.
That may not be a bad thing. Pushing yourself into uncomfortable territory is sometimes a very good place to be and you may grow creatively from it. I have not done a lot of cross processing but personally I prefer shooting chrome and processing the film in C-41 chemistry. I just prefer the look of slide film going the way of the negative.
Outside of the extreme color shift, one of the side effects that occurs is grain. There will appear more grain in your crossed processed film. If you are adamantly opposed to film grain than this may not me your thing. But again I think that the results may outweigh the negatives.
If you are a film photographer I urge you to give it a try, experiment is that not what life is all about. Experimentation and living?
Here is another example of cross processed film:
Please view more crossed processed film on my Flickr page.