Easter brought Your Humble Filmosaur to Gotham, which meant taking some pictures while walking the few blocks back to Grand Central. Along for the ride was the Rollei 35, which is quickly becoming my go-to film camera. It is so small and easy to carry that it fits almost anywhere, is unobtrusive and easy to use. Street photography is simple: zone focus and dial in baseline exposure settings and go. Making a quick adjustment or two on the fly is easy enough. I really don’t get how some seem to find the Rollei an unergonomic camera to use; recognizing that everyone has their preferences, but just because the dials are on the front and the advance on the left took all of about half a roll of film to adapt to.
I was shooting the last few frames of a roll of Portra 400VC before switching over to Tri-X. Since I’ve just gotten the camera I want to run several types of film through as tests. The Portra did very well, and I suspect the new emulsion (simply Portra 400) will be even better. I was extremely happy with the Tri-X results as well. I’ve got Ektar 100 in there now; we’ll see how that does in a week or so.
Anyway, on to the photos. There are a lot of people that make interesting photo subjects. Most of them seem to ignore you, assuming you’re just some silly tourist. Either that or they’re just self-absorbed, or they don’t care.
It’s not just the people. People come and go, but the place remains. Do the people make the place or the place the people? Who knows. But the place deserves its due.
Well, there you have it. The City looks better in black and white, I think. Hides the dirt, if nothing else.