This is the roll of Tri‑X 400 that I picked up from the ImagingUSA Kodak booth. I haven’t shot any medium format Tri‑X before (to my recollection anyway) and I was very impressed with the breadth of tone that could be pulled from the scans.
As always, I loved walking around with the GA645. Just a great camera. So sharp, so reliable — my only complaint is that it shoots 15 instead of 16 on a 120 roll (and 30 instead of 32 on 220). But being able to use the same equipment for 120 & 220 without adapters is pretty awesome. Which reminds me.…I have a roll of FP4 220 that needs to be used!
Since moving here, I’d been wanting to photograph the people who go downtown. It’s a mix of tourists and natives — there are enough great parks, museums and activities to bring the locals but the reputation of Broadway draws in the visitors.
These are a bit of the findings on a warm afternoon in February. Some on the Shelby St Bridge, one from Cumberland Park (this really neat space basically under the bridge) and the rest from walking around Broadway.
All FP4+ in the GA645.
A nice cloudy day on the Mississippi Gulf Coast. Delta 3200, Fuji GA645
This late afternoon image was made in December 2011 with Provia 100f slide film. The sun was still bright but the year was drawing down and all the colors were starting to fade. Especially in Asheville, where once the fall leaves disappear it can get rather dreary.
However, this wall in the Asheville River Arts District was a massive antidote to the gray. Seeming impervious to temperature or surroundings, the wall stood (and stands) not with an active purpose, but maybe just with an identity. A bit of an unmmoving block of color holding court with itself. I had walked this neighborhood many times to get out from behind my desk and get a bit of fresh air, and although I had photographed the wall with digital and negative color film, I had never really felt like I had made an image that was fully present in both color and texture. However, this one last walk of the year I had slide film loaded and the time was right.
One of the hardest, for me, challenges when shooting an image like this is to get it all lined up properly. Any tilt up/down or left/right will be very noticeable in the finished image, and taking care in the moment to true your lines pays dividends later. I think I still have a bit of vertical misalignment, with the top titled slightly away from the film plane, but overall the wall and the film seem to line up pretty well. Exposure with the in-camera mechanism, check focus and with a click the image is made.
I’ve discussed the benefits/process of slide film before, especially regarding the viewing of an image and seeing the miniature world within. With this image the experience was nearly transcendent. It was like holding pure light, this amazing transparent yet solid emulsion of orange and blue. I am no way with Rothko’s talent, but I imagine his wonder at a completed color field painting to be much the same as when I first held the developed image above.
It was made with a Fuji GA645, quite a workhorse medium format camera. If you aren’t familiar with one, think of a wide-angle rangefinder with autofocus capability. Extremely sharp elements and very accurate metering. It is a fun camera that I’ve used many times over.
This image is meaningful for two reasons — the first is that after many attempts with a subject, I was finally able to find the right combination of material and process to get a satisfactory image. The second reason is this photograph helped push my boundaries a little bit. Removing people, nature, and many extraneous items from the image I was presented with slight texture and complementary colors.