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b&w street photography from San Diego to Berkeley and back.  

camera:  Minolta Hi-matic AF2
film:  35mm Ilford HP5+ 400

Young Hearts

I tend to get a good amount of compliments on the photos I’ve taken with these old fashioned film cameras of mine.  The majority of them are usually compliments on the colors, composition, or the object in focus.  I really enjoy it however, when people comment on my photos about things you can’t see with your eyes.  It makes me feel like people “get it”.  As if, one of my photos were able to break the barrier of just being a single moment in time, to a story.  

One of the most recent comments I’ve recieved, is on this photo pictured of a couple in their golden years on a Disneyland date:

"makes me believe in love"

It feels good to inspire people through my art.

man…the built in flash on the Minolta Hi-Matic AF2 is POWERFUL.  maybe a little too powerful though….objects illuminated by its flash seem to lose a major amount of detail.  i’ve built a “diffuser” for this flash, we’ll see how it works….but on the other hand, low light photos on this camera come out excellent.  i’m glad the camera will let me shoot these, because some of my other “auto” film cameras automatically flash in low light….or lock up until you enable the flash.

photos were taken at the Old Zoo in Griffith Park @ Los Angeles, CA.

i just cross processed a roll of Fuji Velvia 100…and the results came out pretty gnarly.  i think its weird that most of the shots came out VERY red, especially considering fuji usually brings out the blues and greens. 

this is a street shot from las vegas of a street performer on the strip.

camera:  Canon Snappy LX
film:  cross process Fuji Velvia 100 

got a new underwater camera since my Weathermatic broke.  this one got slightly exposed when i opened the back realizing the film wasn’t completely winded.  but man this shot came out pretty nice.  the light leak balances out the blues.

camera:  Hanimex Amphibian
film:  Kodak Ultramax 400 

why i shoot film

just a cautionary tale for anybody trying to use Fuji Velvia 50F…the film is AMAZING for summertime, because you can capture images in bright sunlight without the shots getting blown out.  the grains are VERY fine, giving you a very high definition image…but the only downside is that the shadows come out very crisp too…almost to the point of black.  SO REMEMBER, if you decide to shoot with this film, be conscious of your light source and shadows.

camera:  Canon Canonflex RM
film:  Fuji Velvia 50F 

here is a shot from the Berkeley Kite Festival this past weekend.  i usually shoot with color negatives, but i love the vibrant colors of slide films.  with this one, i got it cross processed…and it looks like aura photography, which is totally fitting given the famous hippie culture of berkeley.  i think it is just an interesting chemical reaction resulting from the cross-processing of the film.  

camera:  Canon Canonflex RM
film:  cross-processed Fuji Velvia 50F 

an accidental half exposure from the first shot on the roll of film.  this is pioneer monument in San Francisco, CA.

camera:  Canon Canonflex RM
film:  cross processed Fuji Velvia 50F 

a view of the cliffs at La Jolla Cove, near Children’s Pool.

camera:  Minolta Weathermatic Dual 35
film:  expired Fuji Superia 200