Tag Archives: Soho
While I normally use my Nikon FM2n if I’m shooting 35mm, lately I’ve been using my 40-year old Olympus OM-1. It’s paired with a versatile 50mm Zuiko f1.8 lens and is a bit smaller than the Nikon. I love that this camera served my father-in-law for dozens of years, then Kate during high school photography classes, and is now working like a champ for me. I’m not sure how how many digital cameras we use today will still be around in 40 years. Probably none.
This past weekend I loaded the OM-1 with Kodak Portra 400 for our random exploring.
Virginia Slims Poster, Prospect Heights, Kodak Portra 400
I’m still getting used to the Fuji Reala 100 film. So far I like it, but it’s a bit darker and more saturated than the Portra 160. I’ve mixed up some Reala shots from last weekend with my normal Portra film in this post. Images are from Soho and Rockaway Beach taken with Hasselblad 501cm and scanned with Epson V500 scanner.
Flowers and Herb Planters at Rockaway Taco, Kodak Portra 400
Rockaway Taco Library, Kodak Portra 400
The Nikon has much better contrast than the Olympus using the same film and developer. Looks like I’ll reserve the Olympus for color film and summer stuff and the Nikon and Leica for all my B&W work.
Here are several shots just developed in Kodak D-76 (stock solution) for 6.75 minutes.
Wide Basket in the Financial District
Fino Christmas Lights, Financial District
Decorated Bike for Christmas, Soho
Tacombi Taco Truck. Nolita
More on the Nolita Stationary Taco Truck at Embarrassment of Riches
Gramercy Tavern, Flatiron District
Anthropologie Decorations, Soho
The East Village RV, East Village
NYC Eats Its Young, East Village
Block Drugs Sign, East Village
More shots with the Nikon FM2n and Kodak Portra 400NC film.
J. crew Liquor Store Sign in Tribeca
Everything in One Stop Apparently, Tribeca
Graffiti at the Candy Factory in Soho
Crocheted Lock at the Candy Factory in Soho
Paste Up at Candy Factory, Soho
Agent Provocateur Window, Soho
Mackage/Army of One Team Up, Soho
Kate Spade Holiday Windows, Soho
Kate trying to make the every weekend decision of what to get at Peels in the East Village/Noho/Bowery.
Does your hair stylist have karaoke? The Astor Place one does.
Trowel & Square Ballroom, Harlem
The Kiosk Store in Soho is a total gem in an area lacking cool. They always have neat things in their second floor shop, but right now they have items and ephemera from Japan. Every time I walk by the pink neon arrow, I’m attracted by the tagged stairs leading up to the shop. The stairs, the stairwell, and the hallways on the second floor have all been handsomely marked with graffiti and tags. If you’re stuck in Soho, stop by Kiosk for a look. You’ll be glad you did.
Popped into the Levi’s Workshop for Photographers in Soho (18 Wooster Street at Grand) last week. It’s a really cool playground for photographers in the NYC area. You can rent out vintage cameras, as well as modern Leica digitals. They also have large format printers and studio space on a first come first served basis. I had my new Voigtlander 50mm f1.1 lens (I traded my Nikon 85mm f1.4 lens for this, since I hardly ever use digital) on the Leica M6 and it did a good job in dim lighting even with 160 ISO film.
Vintage camera wall
Hasselblad 501cm chalk diagram on the wall
Wider shot of the vintage wall taken with Nikon D90
Free Photo Booth
Of course, we took advantage of the photo booth…
Somehow I let the month of September and almost all of October slip by without visiting The Hole gallery to see Mat Brinkman’s PHANTASMATGORIA. On the last day, I managed to slip up to Soho with an hour to spare before closing time. I’ve been a huge fan of Brinkman’s work since his mini-comics days (still have a copy of “Oaf” around somewhere) and then his “Teratoid Heights” and “Multi-Force,” so I knew I was in for a treat.
The exhibit was smallish and took up the first two rooms, but the walls, washed in intense colored lights, were packed with his drawings. I happened to have my Leica with me and also had a roll of Kodak Tri-X 400 black and white film. Tri-X 400 pushed to 1600 would give the perfect grainy texture and give me just enough light. The colored lights were part of the exhibit and made the work extra creepy, but I’m fond of the grainy look that pushed black and white film gives these pictures.
Click the pictures for extra grain and larger size.
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.