The nikon F4 + Sigma 18mm3.5
I’ve always loved Jeffery Smart’s work. There seems to be a piercingly truthful element to his architectural paintings. He doesn’t produce this sense of verisimilitude by simply revealing the hidden flaws of our infrastructure, instead he forces us to gaze onto something we have been trained to ignore, highlighting the beauty that nestles within all sad scenes. It’s not a new concept at all, but I think he did it well.
I took this on my way to work in the morning with him in mind.
And heres the last of it I promise. Italy can be stretched no longer.
As some of my friends have already been made painfully aware, I have recently purchased a new 35mm film camera. It was bought to replace a faithful yet tired companion, my old Nikon fm. The original “Dads Old Camera” was suffering some light leaks, probably due to a few too many hard knocks against train station floors, as well as an out of service light meter. Tired of having to always bring a hand held light meter with me on the streets I decided it was time to shelve the much loved machine and finally purchase the Nikon F4, aka the best 35mm film camera ever made
Here is a sample of shots to come from the worthy successor.
A little late but, wata u gona do?… A punto.
As promised, another 12 shots from the italian film batch.
It’s been a while since I returned from Italy and the digital shots taken back from the trip have long since been posted and forgotten. Film takes more time, in between assignments and work Iv slowly been scanning and editing the rolls in order to give them a place in the spot light. For the next four days Il be posting 12 shots at a time in no particular order. I hope you like them.
This series is a follow up on Alex, my cousin, and Laura’s a wedding. The digital shots can be seen in an older post called Ten Portraits and a Wedding. These where taken using a completely mechanical Nikon fm slr with a manual focus 50mm f/1.4 using kodak 3200 ISO Black and white film. I finally had the time to develop and scan the roll recently and I’m sorry to say I’m fairly disappointed with the results. The incredibly high amount of grain, rendering the photos more impressionistic than documentary, has in turn rendered me slightly disenchanted from the idea of using film. I was of course expecting some amount of grain in the images, it was an aesthetic I looked forward to pushing, but I wasn’t expecting everything I shot to be represented as some sort of extravagant sand sculpture. Each shot is followed by its copy with some light room adjustments. All I really did is go to the ‘noise reduction tab and boosted the luminance bar close to 100%. You lose contrast and sharpness doing this but in this case its better than nothing.