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I reunited with an old friend last night. For months, my Hasselblad has sat on a shelf, watching me play with the 8×10. In fact, I have only shot the Hasselblad twice since getting the 8×10 in working order. I’ve been more than a bit obsessed about getting everything right with the larger format, and as a result I had forgotten how much medium format film is the perfect sweet spot for photography. Medium format cameras are super portable and easy to carry around the city, yet MF negatives yield so much more information than 35mm negatives.
Last night when Kate and I were walking to the sub I remarked that my small bag and tiny carbon tripod (compared to my wooden Berlebach tripod for the 8×10) felt like I was carrying a point and shoot in my pocket after dragging around LF gear. But the Hasselblad is no point and shoot. It’s a great camera that takes no time to set up and the results are fantastic.
I had been wanting to take a good 8×10 night shot of the Standard Hotel in the Meatpacking District, but hadn’t really checked out which spots I wanted to shoot from. So rather than drag the 8×10 outfit over there and not find a nice angle, I decided to test it out with the smaller camera. Not too bad for test shots…
And moving just a bit further back I was able to get some nice headlight trails:
Oddly, I had to stop and think about developing times for 120 film after being so used to developing sheet film in trays. I developed the Acros 100 in HC 110 Solution B for at 20C for five minutes. I don’t quite have the hang of scanning 120 film with the V700 however. This was the first roll of 120 film I scanned with the new scanner and it was a bit of a pain to align correctly.
As much as Kodak Tri-X 400 is my go to 400 speed B&W film, Fuji Neopan Acros 100 is my go to 100 speed B&W film. I can’t imagine anything else for my medium format B&W work.
The Fuji works so well during the daytime that I never have to worry about the light. If it’s sunny and early in the morning or afternoon, then the Neopan is perfection. Recently, I was in the Meatpacking District (on the way to The Highline) with the Hassselblad 501cm and I just happened to have a roll of Neopan in my bag.
This roll was developed in Kodak Xtol developer at 21C for 7.5 minutes.
Love Stories Suck, Meatpacking District, Fuji Neopan Acros 100
I walked past this little piece of graffiti and kept thinking about it. So I asked Kate (ever the good sport) to pose beside it for a picture. Yes it’s kind of cheesy, but it was one of those photos that would have bugged me if I didn’t take it.
My latest Film Friday features the Meatpacking District and the West Village. Check it out over at Embarrassment of Riches.
Over the last week, we have run into a few of the Sing for Hope Pop-Up Pianos. If I have a camera on me, I stop and take a shot. Sometimes there are people playing them, other times not.
Sing for Hope Pop-Up Piano in Williamsburg
Sing for Hope Pop-Up Piano on the Rockaway Beach Boardwalk
I was just walking up to this one adjusting the settings on my camera when this man approached and aked me if it was one of “those pianos.” We chatted a little about the one that was vandalized in the Bronx and then I asked him if he would mind setting down at this one for a picture. He didn’t play, but was happy to pose for me. Taken with Hasselblad 501cm and Fuji Reala 100.
Sing for Hope Pop-Up Piano in Fort Greene Park
This gentleman was trying to get the two kids interested in the piano. And he could play. One kid was kind of into it and the other was having none of it. Shot with Hasselblad 501cm and Kodak Portra 400 at dusk in shade.
Sing for Hope Pop-Up Piano in Meatpacking District Median Park
This guy was entertaining everyone around him with his playing. Since I had a 35mm SLR camera with 36 exposures (instead of my usual 12 with the Hasselblad) I stayed and snapped a couple pictures of him. I love these pianos and this gentleman clearly enhanced the evening and mood of the people sitting at tables around him. It was one of those, “Man, I love this city moments.” Taken with Olympus OM-1 SLR on Kodak Portra 800 film.
Check out the Sing for Hope website for much more information including a map of where the pianos are located.
This was a roll of Ilford Delta Pro 100 film in the Hasselblad. I always forget how much depth medium format negatives give you.
Corner in Greenwich Village with Village Vanguard
An almost shredded Twiggy in the Meatpacking District
Army of One, ASVP, Clown Soldier, and Alec in Meatpacking District. It’s a bummer that the Bride of War was torn down, but that’s how it goes…
Close up you can really see the texture of the paper laying against the wall
So, NYC got 20 inches of snow on Sunday night/Monday morning. Normally a big snow here is quickly cleared and forgotten about. This one stuck and had people stuck. The city was blanketed and eerily quiet.
Sunday night it was snow blowing sideways and accumulating quickly.
Then the next day in Greenwich Village, it was muffled beauty and covered cars.
Classic scene in the Meatpacking District in front of Pastis.
We had to duck into the Spotted Pig to warm up.
And these Vespas were not going anywhere…
One of the things I love about NYC is that there are so many parts of it that don’t look “like NYC.” For instance this looks more like a European street than like Manhattan.
This huge torso was only up for a couple of weeks. Glad I got a pic of it when I did.
Mannequins in Cortland Alley, just off Canal Street
There are not many gas stations in Manhattan. And they almost all look like this.
I think I’ve settled into Fuji Neopan 100 as my favorite daytime B&W film. At the same time, I’ve pretty much settled on Kodak D-76 for my at home developer. It works with just about anything, unlike Rodinal. Plus D-76 is easy to find.
As useless and offensive as the Meatpacking District is on any weekend night, it’s as interesting and fun during the day. You have the Highline, pretty decent shopping, the Standard Biergarten, and an ever changing tapestry of graffiti and street art. Pictures are from Leica M6 and Zeiss 35mm f2 on Fuji Neopan Acros 100 film developed in Kodak D-76 for 7.25 minutes.
Walking down 13th Street towards the Standard Hotel
New face paste-ups
Face paste ups with bullet hole in the forehead
This caught Kate’s eye, pretty clever
Whoever does these is a genius, old school New York Cosmos pictures
Just under the Highline, you have this sponsored text art
Close up of said text art
Extra bonus of cool old car on Eight Avenue
I’ve been really liking the tones of the Fuji Acros 100 lately, but wanted to see how the Tri-X 400 compared shot the same day. Took the Leica M6 out this weekend with a bit of Fuji left and a fresh roll of Tri-X in my hot little hand.
First, the Fuji Neopan Acros 100 and the Leica M6; these shots were taken in the Meatpacking District.
Haculla and Freddy team up
The Bride of War and the Jester
Charlie and Albert
Buildings from the High Line
Flowers on the High Line
Now the Kodak Trix-400, which I pulled to 200 when I developed in Rodinal 1+50
The Olympia Garage on 10th Avenue in Meatpacking District
Switch of locations to an alley in the Financial District
Love how this doesn’t really call to mind the Financial District
Same here, not your usual image of the Financial District