Film Photography: Photo Walk in Gowanus

Last Sunday I went on a photowalk in Gowanus with pals Joel Zimmer and Drew Shannon. We meandered around in Gowanus, Carroll Gardens, Cobble Hill, and ended up back in Park Slope. Joel had his trusty Nikon D7000 and Drew had a bag of cameras including an old Minolta film cam and the super sexy Fuji X100, which Joel and I both got to play with for a few shots. The X100 is a sweet little camera, but doesn't feel as solid as older film cameras that it emulates. The autofocus seemed a bit slow to me as well, but you can't argue with the pictures that Drew is getting out of it. The X100 gives you stellar pics. I also loaned Joel my little-used Nikon F3 to see if I could entice him over to the film side. I put a roll of the new Kodak Portra 160 in the F3, but forgot to check the battery until I was heading out the door. Since the F3 sits on my shelf unused (MUCH prefer the Nikon FM2n) the battery for the meter had died. Not a very good start to Joel's film experience, but hey how often do you have to charge the battery on your DSLR?

I only had my Hasselblad 501cm on me and a bag full of Fuji Reala 100 film (and two frames of Fuji Neopan Acros 100 on a roll). The Reala is fast becoming my favorite 100 speed film in medium format, because it renders colors very naturally. The only exception is that the greens tend to be a little strong sometimes. With no scanning software, the Reala scans well and you don't have to do any post processing to remove color shifts. On these I didn't even bother cropping out the borders I scanned them so fast.

Gowanus Canal and Iron Bars, Brooklyn, Fuji Reala 100

Water Tower and Graffiti, Gowanus Canal, Brooklyn, Fuji Reala 100

Gowanus Canal Superfund Sign, Brooklyn, Fuji Reala 100

Magic Touch Cocktail Lounge Sign, Gowanus, Brooklyn, Fuji Reala 100

Alkamar Travel, Gowanus, Brooklyn, Fuji Reala 100

Bond Deli and Grocery, Gowanus, Brooklyn, Fuji Reala 100 (Wow, I scanned this one crooked...)

Sanitation and Repairs Sign, Gowanus, Brooklyn, Fuji Reala 100

Cadillac, Park Slope, Brooklyn, Fuji Reala 100

Bill Payment Center, heading out of Gowanus and into Park Slope, Brooklyn, Fuji Reala 100 (Totally underexposed this shot as I was in a hurry to not get hit by a cab)

Karmann Ghia, Park Slope, Brooklyn, Fuji Reala 100

JR Stairs on Bergen Street, Park Slope, Brooklyn, Fuji Reala 100