Back when Cam was here we took a break one afternoon from cruising around and shooting cars to go up to Vasquez Rocks. Given its prevalence in media for such a long time and its true wild west vibes I always like to show it to family and friends who haven’t been out to California when they visit. He seemed to also really enjoy it and we got a lot of good shots around the area and with the sun setting.
I don’t use my Horseman 6×9 medium format back on my large format camera enough. I really love the results I’ve gotten from it in the past even though on this roll I only got 4 out of 8 shots that I think were ok. The 6×9 aspect ratio feels really natural for a lot of types of shots and at times I miss having my Fujifilm GW690 camera still too. Despite it only being a fixed lens range finder with no meter, the results were always extremely sharp and it made it very quick to setup and grab shots that I can’t do anywhere close to as fast with the 4×5.
These few photos from the roll still came out well enough, though I still want to get the next results sharper or with perhaps better control over the depth of field. I have a roll of Kodak 500T in the back now that I’ve been waiting for the right nights to bring out and shoot with. Hopefully I can get some good semi-foggy nights and car stuff shot with it. In general I haven’t been using my 4×5 enough for the past few months, but that should change as I have some projects and travel lined up this year.
Back in April this year I had the opportunity to go to the Philippines for the first time with Zab. Despite it only being April it was already hot and humid compared to what I’m use to with days usually being in the 90’s (Fahrenheit) with over 80% humidity. It also went to show me how out of shape I am when it comes to hauling my gear around, but even still it was a great time as we adventured around Manila and shot and ate a lot of great food. I think I still managed to gain weight while there even though I was sweating all the time just because there was so much to try eating. Hopefully next time we’ll get out to see other regions or islands.
Prior to this trip I really hadn’t shot much in the way of slide film in a while, but the colors there I feel really complimented the film tonality. I ended up shooting a few rolls of Fujifilm Velvia 50 with my Rollei and I am really happy with how they all turned out. Below are shots I ended up getting and some are duplicates because I wanted to test different shutter speeds or filters with the film. They’re also the first shots I’ve scanned with my DSLR and lightbox combo, since I’m trying to maximize my image resolution, but more on that another time. Perhaps I’ll end up printing some of these in the near future.