Silberra u400 | Rollei 35 S

OK. I have a new favorite film.

A few weeks back I ordered some Silberra u400 from the UK film powerhouse Analogue Wonderland. It’s a Russian film ordered by an American sent by a British company. I had no idea what I was getting.

The scans came back today and I was blown away by the shadows and contrast. Along with it’s near polar opposite (Ektar 100?) I’ll add this to my rotation.

I particularly liked how it rendered the reflections in the water.

Here are some shots.

Fremont, Washington. October 2019. Rollei 35 S. Silberra u400.
Fremont, Washington. October 2019. Rollei 35 S. Silberra u400.
Ballard, Washington. October 2019. Rollei 35 S. Silberra u400.
Ballard, Washington. October 2019. Rollei 35 S. Silberra u400.
Pacific Lutheran University, Tacoma, Washington. October 2019. Rollei 35 S. Silberra u400.
University of Puget Sound, Tacoma, Washington. October 2019. Rollei 35 S. Silberra u400.

Fomapan 400 | Canon AE-1 Program

A few weeks ago I posted some photos shot on Fomapan 100 with my Rollei 35 S. Going through some of my folders, I found some Fomapan 400 exposed with my Canon.

Fomapan is darker than the Kodak and Ilford films. I like that. The pictures have a grittier feel and a character that is unique and hard to match.

Other reviews came to a similar conclusion.

Here are some photos:

Ballard, Washington. August 2019. Canon AE-1 Program. Fomapan 400.
Ballard, Washington. August 2019. Canon AE-1 Program. Fomapan 400.
University District, Seattle, Washington. August 2019. Canon AE-1 Program. Fomapan 400.
University District, Seattle, Washington. August 2019. Canon AE-1 Program. Fomapan 400.
University District, Seattle, Washington. August 2019. Canon AE-1 Program. Fomapan 400.
University District, Seattle, Washington. August 2019. Canon AE-1 Program. Fomapan 400.

Week 19 | October 19 – 25, 2019

No film this week. Some Astia jpgs with the x100f and even an edited iPhone pick.

I struggle with the color on the x100f. I wrestle with shooting RAW and using vsco presets. But I don’t want to get bogged down with more choices, more technology.

Anyway, here’s some shots from the past week:

Loyal Heights, Washington. October 19, 2019. Fuji x100f. Acros-R.
Fremont, Washington. October 24, 2019. Fuji x100f. Acros-R.
Ballard, Washington. October 25, 2019. Fuji x100f. Astia.
Ballard, Washington. October 25, 2019. Fuji x100f. Astia
Loyal Heights, Washington. October 25, 2019. iPhone 8 Plus.
Memorial Stadium, Seattle, Washington. October 25, 2019. Fuji x100f. Astia.

Magnolia Library, Seattle

The Magnolia Branch of the Seattle Public Library was built in the early 1960s. The style is described as Northwest Regional Modernism.

The architect, Paul Hayden Kirk, worked with landscape architect Richard Haag to design a library that integrated with the surrounding landscape and marked a distinct break from the libraries build between 1908 and 1921 in the Beaux-Arts Carnegie style.

It won an Award of Merit from the Seattle Chapter of the American Institute of Architects (AIA) in 1965, and garnered the First Honor Award in the AIA American Library Association’s third annual Library Award Program in 1966. In March 2001, the Seattle Landmarks Board voted to add the Magnolia Branch Library to the city’s list of historic landmarks.

More information can be found at this excellent resource: sah-archipedia.

Magnolia Library, Seattle, Washington. October 10, 2019. Fuji x100f. Acros-R.
Magnolia Library, Seattle, Washington. October 10, 2019. Fuji x100f. Acros-R.
Magnolia Library, Seattle, Washington. October 10, 2019. Fuji x100f. Acros-R.
Magnolia Library, Seattle, Washington. October 10, 2019. Fuji x100f. Acros-R.
Magnolia Library, Seattle, Washington. October 10, 2019. Fuji x100f. Acros-R.
Magnolia Library, Seattle, Washington. October 10, 2019. Fuji x100f. Acros-R.

Ilford Delta 400 | Rollei 35 S

Back from Moonphoto comes this weeks scans: Ilford Delta 400 shot with the Rollei 35 S.

The first three shots are architectural. Two from Ballard, including the first one of the award winning Ballard Library, and the third a building on the campus of Northwest Hospital.

Other writers have gushed about this film. I won’t go that far. My favorite black and white film is probably the Fomopan 100. But I may have been misusing this film. With the high, bright overcast sky, my pictures seem washed out a bit. I’d like to see more inky blacks; more charcoal.

But the following are acceptable to me. Especially the second and third.

Ballard, Washington. October 2019. Rollei 35 S. Ilford Delta 400.
Ballard, Washington. October 2019. Rollei 35 S. Ilford Delta 400.
Northwest Hospital, Seattle, Washington. October 2019. Rollei 35 S. Ilford Delta 400.
Northwest Hospital, Seattle, Washington. October 2019. Rollei 35 S. Ilford Delta 400.
Ballard, Washington. October 2019. Rollei 35 S. Ilford Delta 400.
Carkeek Park, Seattle, Washington. October 2019. Rollei 35 S. Ilford Delta 400.

Week 18 | October 12 to 18, 2019

With ballots dropping next week, political fires are are heating up. Yes, impeachment inquiries and pre-primary presidential debates are rising levels of sturm und drang in our national press but it is the local races where the trench warfare occurs. After all, all politics are local.

This week the photos all come from the same day (October 13th) and camera (Fuji x100f). Not from a lack of photos, I had a roll of Ilford Delta 400 scanned and returned. Several iPhone photos worked out well. It was just that these photos stood out for me. The tones, lighting and composition came out pretty well.

All my photos are jpegs. Minimal edits. Sometimes a crop (often to a square).

Ballard, Washington. October 13, 2019. Fuji x100f. Acros-R.
Ballard, Washington. October 13, 2019. Fuji x100f. Acros-R.
Ballard, Washington. October 13, 2019. Fuji x100f. Acros-R.
Ballard, Washington. October 13, 2019. Fuji x100f. Acros-R.
Ballard, Washington. October 13, 2019. Fuji x100f. Acros-R.
Highway 99, Seattle, Washington. October 13, 2019. Fuji x100f. Acros-R.

Gasworks Park | CineStill 50D | Canon AE-1 Program

Spent a recent morning at Seattle’s Gasworks Park with my Canon AE-1 Program and a roll of CineStill 50D.

It was morning, bright enough for a 50 speed film, but it was cloudy. A review did suggest the muted film was not the best performer in cloudy conditions.

My camera, however, is a stellar performer. I enjoy the 20mm f2.8 lens.

I’ll return to the venue, I’ll take the same camera, and I’ll definitely use the CineStill again.

Here’s some shots:

Gasworks Park, Seattle, Washington. October 2019. Canon AE-1 Program. CineStill 50D.
Gasworks Park, Seattle, Washington. October 2019. Canon AE-1 Program. CineStill 50D.
Gasworks Park, Seattle, Washington. October 2019. Canon AE-1 Program. CineStill 50D.

Gasworks Park, Seattle, Washington. October 2019. Canon AE-1 Program. CineStill 50D.
Gasworks Park, Seattle, Washington. October 2019. Canon AE-1 Program. CineStill 50D.
Gasworks Park, Seattle, Washington. October 2019. Canon AE-1 Program. CineStill 50D.