Film Photography

As seen in an alleyway

A tribute of sorts to Katie Yang. Not exactly like her ongoing series of film photos of things in alleyways, but here are some alleyways I’ve photographed, all on black-and-white film.

Trash
Indianapolis. Nikon N90s, 50mm f/1.8 AF Nikkor, Arista Premium 400.
Alley in Fishers
Fishers, Indiana. Pentax KM, 55mm f/1.8 SMC Pentax, Ferrania P30 Alpha.
Alley
South Bend, Indiana. Minolta SR-T 101, 50mm f/1.7 MC Rokkor PF, Ferrania P30 Alpha.
As seen in an alleyway
Lebanon, Indiana. Kodak VR35 K12, Ultrafine Extreme 400, Ilford ID-11 stock.
Down a Bloomington alleyway
Bloomington, Indiana. Nikon N70, 28-80mm f/3.5-5.6D AF Nikkor, Kodak T-Max 100, HC-110 Dilution B.

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Boone County Courthouse down an alleyway
Olympus XA
Ilford HP4 Plus
2019

I’ve been out of the photographic mood much more than I’ve been in it lately. Life’s been busy, stress has been high. Yet I know that a good photowalk can cure what ails me.

When Analogue Wonderland (who is sponsoring this post) sent me some films to try it was the boost I needed. They included some Ilford HP4 Plus, a film I’ve long wanted to try. So I spooled it into my little Olympus XA and carried it around with me for a couple weeks.

I had to run an errand up in Lebanon, the seat of Boone County, Indiana, one day after work. Errand done, I parked on the square and walked around hoping interesting compositions would jump out in front of me.

When I walk with a camera, I go places I wouldn’t otherwise, such as down this alleyway on the square. The contrast between the dark alley and the lit courthouse caught my attention. It looks even better on FP4 Plus than it did in real life. I enjoy the tonal range and detail, but I love how the alley’s pavement, damp after a rainshower, looks like silk.

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Film Photography

single frame: Boone County Courthouse down an alleyway

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