Film Photography: Coney Island with Hasselblad 501cm and Color Film

I totally forget how close we are to the beach living in New York City. It's amazing that I can hop on the 2 train three blocks from my house, make one transfer in Brooklyn to the N train and be at the beach in 45 minutes. Last week, after a glorious sunrise run, I decided to hop on the sub when Kate left for work. I was at Coney Island before most people are at their desks. It was the perfect time to be at the beach. The store fronts were either closed or just opening; there were no tourists to mar a perfect backdrop. The sky, as I noted earlier during our run, was a perfect blue. When I saw how amazing the sky was above the Hudson River, I knew it would be even better way out in Brooklyn.

I had a couple rolls of the new Kodak Portra 400, a roll of Fuji Astia slide film* and my Hasselblad. I spent a good hour walking around and promised to revisit this historical treasure with Kate one gorgeous morning before the crowds arrived.

Shis-Ka Bob and Other Signs, Coney Island

Wonder Wheel and Giant Hamburger Guy on the Boardwalk, Coney Island

Ruby's Bar on the Boardwalk, Coney Island

The Cyclone, Coney Island

Pete's Clam Shop on the Boardwalk, Coney Island

Nathan's Famous from the Opposite Street Corner, Coney Island

Nathan's Famous Almost Empty Lot, Coney Island

The Ice Cream Man, Coney Island

Hamburger Guy on Roof, Coney Island

El Dorado Scooter (Bump Your Ass Off), Coney Island

The Beach and the Wonder Wheel, Coney Island

I also took shot a roll of Fuji slide film while I was at Coney Island that morning. Since I've been struggling at getting perfect exposures on slide film, I deliberately set the ISO of the 100 speed film at 80 ISO on my light meter. Since some of my slide pictures have been under exposed, I'm hoping this corrects it. Anyway, I told myself I would post all 12 images from the slide roll on the blog regardless of how they turned out. Stay tuned...