From Sellwood to Westmoreland in one roll of film

From the 7800 block to the 6000 block is less than 20 blocks.   Compared to using a digital point-and-shoot or my phone, returning to an analog camera, with no built-in light meter is incredibly tedious!  I’ve gotten so used to shooting from the hip, so to speak, that choosing the right time to push the shutter after reading the light meter, setting the aperture and shutter speed, and then focusing with the range-finder feels like an eternity.  Add in waiting a week for processing by a lab.  I’m still impressed with the results.

My walk from home to Grandpa’s house took me from our block in Sellwood past some construction on the other end of the block.

And then to the corner.

And down Malden Street.

6 thoughts on “From Sellwood to Westmoreland in one roll of film

  1. Good shots! Look very clear, did you scan the film also in a lab or by yourself? What film it was?
    I’ve always thought that shooting on film in street photography is too much for me, though it admires. Maybe someday I’ll try)

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  2. Thanks! The black and white was Ilford 400 HP5. A little fast for as sunny as it was that day. I scanned the prints on my Epson flat scanner. I tried scanning the negatives, but the prints were easier. The grain of the film hides the grain of the matte prints! I’ll get glossy prints next time. And I’ll play around with scanning the negatives a bit more also.

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  3. I remember back in the 1960s when I got my first Nikon F (used) and mostly shooting Tri-X I stopped using the light meter. For me Tri-X and my eye seemed to work fine back then (Tri-X processed in DiaFine was very forgivable) and as I rolled my own film it was very low cost. In the mid 70’s when I was in art school someone stole all my camera equipment and later as a marcom designer I would hire photographers. Then came digital and RF and photoshop.

    I always preferred Tri-X to llford (many preferred Ilford to Tr-i-X) but with digital I like that you can shoot, shoot and more shoot and never worry about the cost of film, or developing film or chemicals and dust in the darkroom but Tri-X had a certain unique feel that digital images do not duplicate. On the other hand digital image images have their own qualities which film does not duplicate.

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  4. Thanks Steve! Just the fact that I haven’t used film since this says a lot. I’m determined to give it another go, even settling on the subject matter, just need to make myself do it. I’ve got a roll of PlusX that expired in 1991, that isn’t getting any younger! Digital is certainly very freeing, but still no guarantee. I’m still learning my new Fuji X100F, and having fun with my now old phone and Instagram.

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