Carkeek Park with Ektar 100 | Canon AE-1 Program

Going through the archives and finding some work that I want to put here.

In 2016 I traded my Nikon DSLR for a Canon AE-1 Program and 50mm lens. Loaded up with Portra and Ektar and Tri-x, I began a slow return to photography that has only recently begun to accelerate.

Here are some of my first efforts with the Ektar 100. Carkeek Park makes a pretty compelling subject any season. But the fall to winter season and then winter to spring are my favorite periods.

Carkeek Park. Seattle, Washington. November, 2016. Canon AE-1. Kodak Ektar 100.
Carkeek Park. Seattle, Washington. November, 2016. Canon AE-1. Kodak Ektar 100.
Carkeek Park. Seattle, Washington. November, 2016. Canon AE-1. Kodak Ektar 100.
Carkeek Park. Seattle, Washington. November, 2016. Canon AE-1. Kodak Ektar 100.
Carkeek Park. Seattle, Washington. November, 2016. Canon AE-1. Kodak Ektar 100.
Carkeek Park. Seattle, Washington. November, 2016. Canon AE-1. Kodak Ektar 100.

Week Nine

August 9 to August 16, 2019

Travel to and the first week in Sicily produced many photographic opportunities. Four cameras, five counting the iPhone, and they all had great workouts.

Next week should be more of the same.

Greenlake. Seattle, Washington. Sunday, August 11, 2019. iPhone 8 Plus.
Amsterdam. Monday, August 12, 2019. iPhone 8 Plus.
Ortigia, Sicily, Tuesday, August 13, 2019. iPhone 8 Plus.
Ortigia, Sicily. Wednesday, August 14, 2019. X100F. Classic Chrome.
Ortigia, Sicily. Thursday, August 15, 2019. iPhone 8 Plus.
Noto, Sicily. Friday, August 16, 2019. Fuji X100F. Classic Chrome.

Ilford HP5 Plus 400

This is my second roll (recently) with this fabulous Ilford film. Shot with a 100mm f/2.8 lens on a Canon AE-1 Program.

Ellensburg, Washington. August 3, 2019. Canon AE-1 Program.
Ellensburg, Washington. August 3, 2019. Canon AE-1 Program.
Yakima River, Kittitas County, Washington. August 3, 2019. Canon AE-1 Program.
Renton, Washington. July 27, 2019. Canon AE-1 Program.
Renton, Washington. July 27, 2019. Canon AE-1 Program.
Renton, Washington. July 27, 2019. Canon AE-1 Program.

Fomopan 100

Looking at the undeveloped roll of Fomopan 400 sitting on my desk, I decided to check my archives and revisit some of my favorite black and white photos from a couple of years ago. I found some Fomopan 100.

Josh Soloman reviewed the film for Casual Photophile. His conclusion?

“Fomapan 100’s results for general photography leave me wanting. Every time I tried a casual snapshot, the film bit back with way too much contrast, not to mention that it featured a strange milky flatness in the midtones that makes skin look mannequin-esque. (Note: this quirk improves greatly in Fomapan 100’s 120 format – but that’s a review for another day). Unlike other slow black-and-white films like Fuji Acros, Ilford Delta 100, and Kodak T-max 100, Fomapan 100 can’t be used for every situation. In fact, I’d say that it’s one of the most inflexible films on the market. “

I like the inky blackness that comes with the Fomopan. It enhances the late winter chill; it empties the scene of color and warmth. -I’m probably not putting these photos on greeting cards, but I’ll definitely shoot some rolls this winter with my camera pointed at the dormant trees.

I’m never disappointed by the Rollei 35 S.

Ellensburg, Washington. March 2017. Rollei 35. Fomopan 100.
Ellensburg, Washington. March 2017. Rollei 35. Fomopan 100.
Elensburg, Washington. March 2017. Rollei 35. Fomopan 100.
Seattle, Washington. Spring 2017. Rollei 35. Fomopan 100.
King County Courthouse, Seattle, Washington. Spring 2017. Rollei 35. Fomopan 100.
Ballard, Washington. Spring 2017. Rollei 35. Fomopan 100.

What do you think?

Week Eight

August 3 to August 9, 2019

Some historic sites this week.

On Saturday I visited the Thorp School; build in 1936 and placed on the National Register of Historic Places in 2009.

Monday, I was downtown and shot the Smith Tower from the base. The iconic landmark has been photographed thousands of times. I don’t recall seeing one from this angle.

The balance of the shots took advantage of Seattle’s sublime August light. With wildfire smoke the last two years marring our skyline and choking our lungs, this year has been a nice and welcome surprise.

Thorp School. Thorp, Washington. Saturday, August 3, 2019. Fuji x100f. Classic Chrome.
Thorp, Washington. Saturday, August 3, 2019. Fuji x100f. Classic Chrome.
Smith Tower. Seattle, Washington. Monday, August 5, 2019. iPhone 8 Plus.
Greenwood, Washington. Tuesday, August 6, 2019. iPhone 8 Plus.
Sunset Hill. Seattle, Washington. Wednesday, August 7, 2019. iPhone 8 Plus.
Fremont, Washington. Friday, August 9, 2019. Fuji x100f. Classic Chrome.

Street Flyers 2

Watching for street art, especially the flyers, political notices, even community bulletins.

Kshama Sawant is a Socialist on the city council. You love her or hate her. No middle ground.

Seattle, Washington. Thursday, August 1, 2019. iPhone 8 Plus.

A bit of sleuthing, and I still have no idea what the izod alligator is doing here.

Fremont, Washington. Friday, August 8, 2019. Fuji x100f. Classic Chrome.

Nice color.

Ballard, Washington. Friday, August 8, 2019. iPhone 8 Plus.

At some point, this had some message.

Fremont, Washington. Friday, August 8, 2019. Fuji x100f. Classic Chrome.

What is forever?

University District, Washington. Wednesday, August 6, 2019. iPhone 8 Plus.

There’s going to be a band! Music!

Phinney Ridge, Washington. Friday, August 8, 2019. Fuji x100f. Classic Chrome

Thorp Mill, Thorp, Washington

A day trip over Snoqualmie Pass to Kittitas County gave me the opportunity to visit the Thorp Mill.

I expected to find a dilapidated former mill. Instead, I found it open and staffed by a helpful guide.

“How many people will visit today?”

“Seven.”

“Including me?”

“Yes, that would include you.”

I’ll crib off the Wikipedia page and tell you that the mill was build in 1879. A series of canals divert Yakima River water to turn the grinding wheels. In 1907 a steam generator was added which furnished electricity to launder clothes two mornings a week and light homes a few hours each evening.

In 1977 the mill was added to the National Register of Historic Places.

Photos are slightly edited jpegs (Classic Chrome) from a Fuji x100f.

Thorp, Washington. Saturday, August 3, 2019. Fuji X100F.
Thorp, Washington. Saturday, August 3, 2019. Fuji X100F.
Thorp, Washington. Saturday, August 3, 2019. Fuji X100F.
Thorp, Washington. Saturday, August 3, 2019. Fuji X100F.
Thorp, Washington. Saturday, August 3, 2019. Fuji X100F.
Thorp, Washington. Saturday, August 3, 2019. Fuji X100F.
Thorp, Washington. Saturday, August 3, 2019. Fuji X100F.
Thorp, Washington. Saturday, August 3, 2019. Fuji X100F.