The Great American Road Trip

A couple of months ago, one of my long-time friends contacted me asking about my plans in early June. It turns out that another long-time friend was moving from San Diego all the way to North Carolina, and an entire group of my close friends were going to caravan his two cars across the country on an epic road trip.

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Meeting Jack Kerouac in San Francisco

Observant readers of this blog post will quickly point out that Jack Kerouac died in 1969. Fair point, but in my recent travels I did come across Jack Kerouac Alley and, curiously enough, a poet for hire. I watched a few people pass by him, and just before he was about to get up to take a break over a cold beer in the bar next door, my curiosity made me wander over.

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Recent Developments: Tri-X and Portra 400

Retrieving developed film from the lab is a fantastic feeling. Since I don’t develop from home, I’m left wondering what exactly I have in that little flash drive until I get access to a computer to review the shots. I have a general idea of where I was and what I shot, but in some cases with film, it can take me weeks to finish a 36 shot roll. It’s a condition that all film photographers suffer from - something called patience. When I’m using the Mamiya ZM, I compose more carefully and shoot only when I feel it’s worth the exposure. It’s no wonder then that I had so many surprises when I checked out these latest developments!

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Recent Developments

It takes me some time to get through film rolls. Maybe it’s the fact that I’m hyper-aware that every picture I take is another exposure that I’ve used and can’t instantly view and erase if it’s crap. I go at a much slower pace with film. When I finally get through a film roll and get it developed, I’m usually surprised at what I see. In today’s post, I’m going to share some shots from two recent rolls Fuji rolls: Superia 400 and Velvia 100.

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Stepping Back to Film

Put yourself in my shoes for a moment: suddenly my camera’s playback screen wouldn’t work. I had no level, no histogram, no composition indicators. My autofocus stopped working, I couldn’t change ISO and I suddenly only had the ability to take 24 shots, not 2400. I wasn’t using my micro four thirds kit though - in this case I was using a late 1960’s film SLR camera called the Mamiya 500DTL, and it unlocked something that I had been missing in my photography up to this point.

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