Chicago

Spent Christmas week in Chicago. Crazy? We booked the trip in early fall. What do we care if it’s cold? We’ll eat. Museums. Those are inside. Right?

Then the Thanksgiving cold snap blew through and scared the bejabbers out of us. But we need not worry! Sixty degrees! Yes. Sixty!

Here’s some shots:

Chicago. December 25, 2019. Fuji x100f.
Chicago. December 25, 2019. Fuji x100f.
Art Institute of Chicago. December 26, 2019. Fuji x100f.
Field Museum, Chicago. December 27, 2019. Fuji x100f.
Andersonville, Chicago. December 27, 2019. Fuji x100f.

I’ll post more later. I took 300 – 400 shoots. Kept probably 200. Tough to cull down for reasonable sized posts.

Fomopan 100 | Canon AE1 Program

We have not had many dark rainy days here, yet. Those are the days I like black and white. Film picks up the moisture, the inky blacks of street puddles, the sidewalk reflections.

Lacking the dark weather, I tried some Fomapan 100. I’ve shot it before. But only once. I prefer the Silberra. The Russians know black and white.

Anyway, here’s some shots from my Canon from a couple of days in December.

Volunteer Park, Seattle. December 2019. Canon AE1 Program. Fomapan 100.
Ballard Locks, Seattle. December 2019. Canon AE1 Program. Fomapan 100.
Ballard Locks, Seattle. December 2019. Canon AE1 Program. Fomapan 100.
Ballard Locks, Seattle. December 2019. Canon AE1 Program. Fomapan 100.
Nordic Heritage Museum, Seattle. December 2019. Canon AE1 Program. Fomapan 100.

Week 28 | December 21 – 27, 2019

Christmas week. Traveling. Chicago. A freak 60 degrees. Record breaking weather for the Windy City.

Several hundred photos are locked away in my x100f or on a roll of Silberra 400. I’ll sort, edit and post over the next few weeks. For now, a few from the iPhone.

Here you go:

Art Institute of Chicago. December 26, 2019. iPhone 8 Plus.
Art Institute of Chicago. December 26, 2019. iPhone 8 Plus.
Art Institute of Chicago. December 26, 2019. iPhone 8 Plus.
Art Institute of Chicago. December 26, 2019. iPhone 8 Plus.
Chicago. December 25, 2019. iPhone 8 Plus.

It’s nice having an iPhone for quick shots.

2019 Year End – Film

I have over 800 film photos in my library for the past year. That’s prolific. Of course several days in Sicily with Ektar film helped with the totals.

With the digital shots it’s easy to pin the date of capture to the image. With film I get the date the image was scanned. So putting these in some kind of monthly order doesn’t make as much sense. Grouping them by camera or film type seems much more interesting.

I have only two film cameras: a Canon AE-1 Program and a Rollei 35 S. They both take great photos.

My favorite film is probably Ektar 100. But the weather, color and light most appropriate for Ektar is my favorite weather too. Maybe that clouds my judgement.

Anyway, here are twelve fifteen (I couldn’t drop any) film shots from 2019 that I especially enjoy:

Silberra 400
Phinney Ridge, Seattle. November 2019. Canon AE-1 Program. Silberra u400.
Fremont, Washington. October 2019. Rollei 35 S. Silberra u400.
Fremont, Washington. October 2019. Rollei 35 S. Silberra u400.
Ilford HP5 Plus 400
Ellensburg, Washington. May 2019. Canon AE-1 Program. Ilford HP5 Plus 400
Kodak Portra 400
Ellensburg, Washington. September 2019. Rollei 35 S. Portra 400.
Ballard, Washington. August 2019. Rollei 35 S. Portra 400.
Kodak Ektar 100
Woodland Park, Seattle. November 2019. Rollei 35 S. Ektar 100.
Woodland Park, Seattle. November 2019. Rollei 35 S. Ektar 100.
Carnation, Washington. October 2019. Rollei 35 S. Ektar 100.
Fishermen’s Terminal, Seattle. August 2019. Rollei 35 S. Canon AE-1 Program, Ektar 100.
Ortigia, Sicily. August 2019. Rollei 35 S. Ektar 100.
Taormina, Sicily. August 2019. Rollei 35 S. Ektar 100.
Taormina, Sicily. August 2019. Rollei 35 S. Ektar 100.
Taormina, Sicily. August 2019. Rollei 35 S. Ektar 100.
Ballard, Washington. May 17, 2019. Rollei 35 S. Ektar 100.

2019 Year End – JPEGS

So comes the end of the year. Even an end to the decade. Five more years and we are 1/4 of the way through the 21st century.

I went back through many of my photos from the past year. I was going to pick my favorite from each month. But what is a favorite? Mine change from day to day. Mostly I like the black and white shots. Especially if they are a bit dark and geometric. I don’t post photos of people (although I make an exception below). My favorite tonight-when I’m tired, when I’m just starting to put this together-could be looked at critically tomorrow. Why did I like this shot?

You are not here to read. You are here for photography. Here are my shots:

January
Loyal Heights, Washington. January 11, 2019. Fuji x100f.
February
Queen Anne, Washington. February 2, 2019. Fuji x100f
March
Seattle, Washington. March 25, 2019. Fuji x100f.
April
Ballard, Washington. April 15, 2019. Fuji x100f
May
Ellensburg, Washington. May 11, 2019. Fuji x100f
June
T-Mobile Park, Seattle, Washington. June 6, 2019. Fuji x100f.
July
West Seattle, Washington. July 26, 2019. Fuji x100f.
August
Seattle, Washington. August 1, 2019. Fuji x100f
September
Ballard, Washington. September 6, 2019. Fuji x100f.
October
Fremont, Washington. October 24, 2019. Fuji x100f
November
Fremont, Washington. November 7, 2019. Fuji x100f.
December
Fremont, Washington. December 19, 2019. Fuji x100f.

Week 27 | December 14 – 20, 2019

Second to last week of 2019. More shots than last week. But now the rains have come.

I looked through the pictures, found several. Culled them down and now here we are; all from the same morning. All in Fremont.

Fremont, Washington. December 19, 2019. Fuji x100f. Monochrome-R.
Fremont, Washington. December 19, 2019. Fuji x100f. Monochrome-R.
Fremont, Washington. December 19, 2019. Fuji x100f. Classic Chrome.
Fremont, Washington. December 19, 2019. Fuji x100f. Classic Chrome.
Fremont, Washington. December 19, 2019. Fuji x100f. Classic Chrome.
Fremont, Washington. December 19, 2019. Fuji x100f. Classic Chrome.

Silberra u400 | Canon AE-1 Program

Awhile back I declared Silberra u400 my favorite film after shooting a roll through my Rollei 35. I loaded another roll, this time in the Canon AE-1 Program. My opinion regarding this film is unchanged

We’ve had incredibly bright days. Where is the rain? The 400 speed film works better when it is a bit dark. Maybe overcast? Maybe after some rain? That’s what I had anticipated when I loaded the camera. It’s Seattle! It’s November!

Anyway, the following were shot over Thanksgiving break (the last week of November for those living in turkey free zones).

Phinney Ridge, Seattle. November 2019. Canon AE1- Program. Silberra u400.
Phinney Ridge, Seattle. November 2019. Canon AE1- Program. Silberra u400.
Phinney Ridge, Seattle. November 2019. Canon AE1- Program. Silberra u400.
Volunteer Park , Seattle. November 2019. Canon AE1- Program. Silberra u400.
My Office. November 2019. Canon AE1- Program. Silberra u400.