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Our second round of snow was perfect. Big, fat, fluffy flakes of snow fell and didn’t really stick to the sidewalks or roads. I loaded the Leica M6 up with a roll of Kodak Tri-X 400 and zipped across the street to Hanover Square. The Summicron 50mm lens on my Leica is from the 1950s, so it gives the pictures an old, dreamy quality. I developed the film in Kodak D-76 for 6.75 minutes.
In Hanover Square Park
In Hanover Square Park
Our corner, with much less trash than last time
Christmas Tree in Hanover Square Park
From our front door
Also from our front door
Picked up six rolls of Kodak Pro color film at Target in a pinch and am pleasantly surprised at these shots. Used the Leica M6 with a Leica Summicron 50mm lens. These were also developed and scanned at Duane Reade. No post processing, except for a crop on the skull shot.
“Why so serious, Kate?” on Kenmare in Nolita
Skull on Lafayette, just south of Houston
Updated version of the RCA Dog on Crosby Street
Trash Bins on Crosby
New Haculla on Lafayette
Skull on random lightpost base
Phones on Crosby
Saturday night, we went to Nolita/Soho, or as I call it “Nolito,” just to walk around at the San Genarro festival and then get some food and drinks. These shots were with the Leica M6 and Summicron 50mm f2 on Ilford 3200 film dialed in at 1600 ISO. I processed it at 3200 in the kinda chunky grain Kodak D-76 for 10.5 minutes. I like grain.
Kate by candle light at Peasant bar tables
The Peasant sign outside from inside
Skaters on Crosby Street in Soho
A sausage guy at the San Genarro Festival
Double take at the punching bag game
Silhouettes on Lafayette Street
Early New York Cosmos graffiti on Crosby Street
Kate on the always lovely Canal Street
Just happened to be at my local (like across the street, in there every single day for the last year and a half) Duane Reade this week and noticed the photo developing guy (which has really become the “we’ll make digital prints from your digital camera card” guy at most drugstores) carrying a strip of negatives. When I walked over and asked him if he developed film, he proudly said that his was one of only four Duane Reade stores in Manhattan that still did). Film geek that I am, I just happened to have a roll of Kodak Portra in my bag that I had been meaning to develop. I handed it over and he told me to come back the next day anytime.
I paid $6.50 for development and a CD of 2.5MB scans. Jeff the photo guy is my new hero.
I’m happy with these scans and haven’t had to adjust anything or rescan the film. All shots are with Leica M6 and Leica Summicron 50mm f2 lens on Kodak Portra 400 film.
Charleston Chews at Economy Candy, LES, NYC
Alley on Crosby Street, NYC
Levis Billboard that looked good against the blue sky in Soho, NYC
Blue Door, Soho, NYC
Pipe and Youth, Soho just north of Canal, NYC
I think I’ll cry when this wall gets pasted over on the corner of Wooster and Grand, such beautiful chaos…
Mailboxes, Soho, NYC
Boy with Flower on Crosby Street, NYC
Starting to see these cats in a lot of places. I like them.
Until this roll, I haven’t been that pleased with Kodak Tri X 400. I used it several times at 400 and have developed it in both Ilford DD-X and Rodinal, but until I read up on people pushing it to 1600 with good results I hadn’t thought of pushing it. First of all it already seemed plenty grainy. I liked that. But it was also flat and not very contrasty. So yesterday I loaded a roll into the Leica M6 and set the ISO at 1250 (well 1200 on the Leica, which has a dodgy ISO setting if you ask me). I also developed it in Kodak stalwart D-76 instead of Rodinal.
These are the results. Very contrasty. Normally I would adjust the contrast up a bit with Tri-X, but didn’t need to touch it. Just scanned them in.
The Dynamic Duo? Shot on the corner of the Bowery, NYC with Leica M6
Sword Licker, Shot on the corner of the Bowery, NYC with Leica M6
Kirby Chirbie, Shot on the corner of the Bowery, NYC with Leica M6
Shopping Cart and Stairs, Shot on the corner of the Bowery, NYC with Leica M6
Flash Life, Shot on the corner of the Bowery, NYC with Leica M6
Side view on Spring Street, Shot on the corner of the Bowery, NYC with Leica M6