snapshots from a very quick trip to san francisco

Took one of my semi-regular trips to San Francisco last month, to do a live show for Slate's Trumpcast podcast. As always, I used one of those days just to walk around and enjoy the city. Here are some snapshots I took using my Fuji X100F and the "Acros" simulation, which looks so close to the real film that it's uncanny. The last photo is a shot of our Trump impersonator. Having him around while walking down the street was weird as hell.

candids with a very large camera

I have shared this photo many times, but that’s because I love it. It is part of my ongoing experiment in large format street photography. The street was somewhat busy, and my camera was already set up to take a photo, so I moved into position, checked the exposure, and took the shot. I wasn’t sure if it would even come out, but here it is in all of its glory.

This photo was taken in Charlottesville, using a sheet of Provia 100f film. 


a day (or so) in waycross

My cousin got married in October, and my wife and I drove down to Waycross, Georgia to attend the wedding and see family. I bought my Crown Graphic, my Leica, and my digital camera (a Fuji X100F), and used an afternoon to drive around and see if I found anything interesting.

Turns out, I did. Waycross is an old railroad town that, in its heyday, was a bustling, vibrant city. Those days are long past, but you can see remnants in them in structures that retain some of their old glory. These first few photos, to that point, are of an old theater, built in the first half of the 20th century, that has since gone to disrepair. Still, I think its quite beautiful. These two photos were taken on sheets of Provia 100f in 4x5. The scans are good, but they don't do the actual transparencies justice.

Waycross' downtown is quite small, with a abandoned buildings and old storefronts. I took these four photos on 35mm Kodak T-MAX 400, using my Leica M5. The last shot, a self-portrait of sorts, is available in the print shop.

And these last two shots are digital, taken with the Fuji using the "Classic Chrome" film simulation. That car, in particular, is beautiful, and I'd love to see what it looked like in restored state.

a new instant camera enters the ring

For a while, I've been using a  Polaroid Spectra and Impossible Project film to do my instant photography. But I was never fully happy with Impossible Project film, and only stuck with it because of the wide format and the fact that Impossible (now Polaroid Originals) produced black and white instant film.

Last month, however, Fuji debuted its monochrome film for Instax Wide cameras, thus providing a more reliable option for wide format instant photography. I picked up an Instax Wide 300 and a pack of monochrome film, and shot most of it during a recent trip to San Francisco. I'm not a huge fan of the camera itself, but I love the format and the cinematic look it provides. 

I'll be shooting a lot more Instax Wide over the next year, as I attempt to do an "instant photo a day" project for all of 2018. Until then, there are these Instax Monochrome photos, and I'll be sharing more Instax shots over the next few days.