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Film Photography | B&W Kodak 400TX on Leica M5 and Hassleblad

I’ve been shooting more personal work on film lately. Not a lot, because I’m still getting used to my film cameras, but some. I broke out the Leica M5 in January and just finished my first roll recently. I’ve definitely been forcing myself to take my time and not waste shots, something I do far too much with all the disposable memory of my digital camera. In February, I started shooting with my Hassleblad 500 c/m, and I am smitten. I love the square or medium format. I love the snap of the shutter and the hest and wind of the film spool. It’s a magnificent beast.

The first time I took a photograph with my Leica was the first time I had used a film camera in fifteen years. I made a few mistakes and ended up with one blank frame, a few with subjects too close to properly focus (before I had the hang of it), and a couple crazy double exposures that I’m not sure HOW I created on the Hassleblad. It certainly wasn’t on purpose! But I didn’t break anything or destroy either roll of film. The majority of my frames were in focus. And all of them were properly exposed!

This is a massive accomplishment for me. I’ve had these cameras and a few other great film cameras in my possession since the summer of 2009. It’s been on my list of personal projects to re-learn to shoot film for some time. I’ve wanted to slow down, to find the light, to see, to compose, to capture. And I’m doing it! Now, both cameras have a roll of color film in them, and I’ll keep going with the project… well, forever. The next camera I’m loading up is my Zeiss Super-Ikonta ii, another medium-format camera, this one with a lil bellows. Enjoy the photos!

Corwin on our deck in Wallingford. Hassleblad 500 C/M. 80mm. Kodak 400TX film.

Corwin on our back deck

Snow tufts on lavender during Seattle snowstorm. Leica M5, 50mm, Kodak 400TX film

Lavender in the snow, winter 2012

Fence and greenery by the Pacific Ocean. Rockaway Beach, OR. Hassleblad 500 C/M. 80mm. Kodak 400TX film.

Sea fence, sand, and grass at Rockaway Beach

Justin Speyer photographed in black and white. Leica M5, zeiss 50mm, Kodak 400tx film.

Justin at Green Lake (L) and on Orcas (R)

Kat on the beach in Rockaway, OR. Hassleblad 500 C/M. 80mm. Kodak 400TX film.

Kat on Rockaway Beach

Ice on Green Lake and driving dock in Seattle, WA. Leica M5, Zeiss 50mm, Kodak 400tx film.

Ice on the water near the Green Lake boat house

Tree silhouettes in the evening. Orcas Island. Leica M5, Zeiss 50mm, Kodak 400TX film.

Dark trees at sunset on Orcas Island

Mechanized loom with spindles on Orcas Island. Leica M5, Zeiss 50mm, Kodak 400TX film.

Loom with spools

Branch in the sea marina near Rockaway Beach, OR. Hassleblad 500 C/M. 80mm. Kodak 400TX film.

Driftwood in Oregon marina

Snow on fence, Seattle, WA. Leica M5, Zeiss 50mm, Kodak 400TX.

Snow on fence during 2012 Seattle winter snowstorm

Corwin the corgi sleeping on the floor and sitting on a stump. Orcas Island. Leica M5, Zeiss 50mm, Kodak 400tx film.

Corwin sleeping in the dark and sitting on a stump on Orcas

Sunset, Orcas Island. Leica M5, Zeiss 35mm, Kodak 400TX black and white film.

Sunset, Orcas Island

Tanuki statues on our porch in Wallingford. Hassleblad 500 C/M. 80mm. Kodak 400TX film.

Tanuki statues on our front porch

Rockaway Beach Weekend | Feb 2012

I love my friends, I love my husband, and I love my doggie. Last weekend, we all rented a beach house in Rockaway, Oregon, and spent some quality time relaxing. Sometimes, it’s nice to get away.

Japan, November 2011 | Tokyo in Photographs

I spent a few days in Tokyo prior to and after volunteering in Ishinomaki (see posts in PART ONE and PART TWO for images) with a friend’s tsunami relief group. This was my fourth visit to Japan, and I was already very familiar with Tokyo after studying there for a year in college. There’s always so much I want to do whenever I’m in Tokyo– visit my old haunts and let the nostalgia and “otherness” of living abroad just wash over me. Because I only had a few days and I wanted to save most of my energy for the hard work I would be doing as a volunteer, I contented myself to casually wandering the neighborhoods surrounding the Japanese Inns where I was staying. [SIDE NOTE: For anyone interested in travel to Japan, I highly recommend staying at the Homeikan Ryokan in Hongo 3-chome and the Andon Ryokan in Taito-ku. Both are simple, inexpensive lodging with fabulous breakfast. Where Homeikan is traditional, Andon is modern. They see their fair share of tourists and will take good care of you.] I find some time alone to be energizing while traveling, but happily, I had the chance to spend time in the evenings with old friends and my Japanese Host family over good food and drink.

I love Tokyo, especially the shitamachi (low town, or old town). Most of the following photos were taken wandering around Asakusa, Ueno, Jinbocho, Kappabashi. As usual with travel posts, I’ve captioned them for context. Enjoy!

Tokyo Sky Tree over the Sumida river in Asakusa, morning

The Tokyo Sky Tree tower, the world’s highest broadcasting tower, over the Sumida river in Asakusa, early morning

Guest room in Homeikan Ryokan Japanese Inn in Hongo San-chome

Sitting area in a guest room at Homeikan Ryokan, a Japanese inn near Tokyo University

A Buddhist Monk asking for alms outside Ueno station

A Buddhist Monk asking for alms outside Ueno station

Japanese schoolgirls in uniform enjoying the sunshine in Ueno Park

Japanese schoolgirls in uniform enjoying the sunshine in Ueno Park

More than 50 stone lanterns line the walkway at Ueno Toshogu Shrine

More than 50 stone lanterns line the walkway at Ueno Toshogu Shrine

Sign for a designated-hours women-only car on the Hibiya line of Tokyo Metro

Sign for a designated-hours women-only car on the Hibiya line of Tokyo Metro

Passengers riding a Tokyo subway train

Passengers riding a Tokyo subway train

Left, my Japanese host mom, right, a skyscraper in Shidome

Left, my Japanese host mother, right, a skyscraper in Shidome

Graffiti on the wall of closed businesses in Jinbocho at night

Graffiti on the wall of closed businesses in Jinbocho at night

The Jinbocho antique book district in Tokyo, Japan

Construction in the Jinbocho antique book district in Tokyo, Japan

Antique books for sale in Jinbocho, which is full of stores that specialize in old and rare books

Antique books for sale in Jinbocho, which is full of stores that specialize in old and rare books

Japanese schoolboys and their teacher strolling through a side street in Asakusa near Senso-ji temple

Japanese schoolboys and their teacher strolling through a side street in Asakusa near Senso-ji temple

A persimmon tree laden with fruit in Asakusa

A persimmon tree laden with fruit in Asakusa

Pigeons flock over the roof of Senso-ji Buddhist temple in Asakusa, Tokyo, Japan

Pigeons flock over the roof of Senso-ji Buddhist temple, a popular tourist destination in Asakusa, Tokyo, Japan

Visitors to Senso-ji temple wash themselves in incense smoke for luck, blessing, and healing before entering the temple

Visitors to Senso-ji temple wash themselves in incense smoke for luck, blessing, and healing before entering the temple

The outer vestibule of Senso-ji temple with giant lantern, and a nearby pagoda framed by Tokyo Sky Tree tower

The outer vestibule of Senso-ji temple with giant lantern, and the nearby five-storied pagoda framed by Tokyo Sky Tree tower

The Five-Storied Pagoda and Tokyo Sky Tower from Senso-ji in Asakusa

The Five-Storied Pagoda and Tokyo Sky Tower from Senso-ji in Asakusa

The private garden behind the five-story pagoda

Taken from the private garden behind the five-story pagoda

Immaculately manicured Japanese black pines in the Senso-ji pagoda garden

Immaculately manicured Japanese black pines in the Senso-ji pagoda garden

A young man in yukata modeling in an Asakusa alleyway outside Senso-ji

A young man in yukata modeling in an Asakusa alleyway behind the shops that line the path to Senso-ji

Bicycles outside a shop in Asakusa plastered with posters for traditional Japanese entertainers

Bicycles outside a shop in Asakusa plastered with posters for traditional Japanese entertainers

A tsunami relief campaign poster subtitled in English

A tsunami relief campaign poster subtitled in English “Ain’t Gonna Take This Anymore,” showcases fishermen and farmers working to clear tsunami debris

Sights from Kappabashi kitchen town include the Niimi kitchen store building with teacups for landings and plastic food manufactured for restaurants to display

Sights from Kappabashi kitchen town include the Niimi kitchen store building with teacups for landings and plastic food manufactured for restaurants to display

Plastic food samples,

Plastic food samples, “sampuru,” on display on Kappabashi-dori where speciality kitchen shops sell directly to restaurants and tourists alike

The Tokyo Metropolitan Government Building in Nishi Shinjuku, night

The Tokyo Metropolitan Government Building in Nishi Shinjuku, night

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