A couple months back I was in NYC for the weekend. My intent was to head downtown and shoot some pictures; I tend to spend more time in midtown, so I expected this to be fertile new ground. I had my Ciro-flex TLR loaded with Efke 100 hanging around my neck, and my Voigtländer Vito with Kodak Gold 200 in my pocket.
The Ciro-flex worked fine. It was the first time I’d shot with a TLR in the city, so it was always going to be a learning experience, but that was expected. Not much of great interest came from the roll (I posted the frame I was happiest with here earlier), but it taught me a bit about street shooting with this format, and the film and lens combo suited the subject nicely.
The Voigtländer, perhaps feeling slighted by its relegation to a pocket, decided to act up. The frame spacing, a weak point on this camera due to the delicacy of the gearing and the use of a feeler spindle instead of a sprocket, started going wonky. Even in ideal circumstances, the frames are always close together; now they were well and truly running into each other. I knew something was up when I was using the camera, but I couldn’t see just how bad it was until I got the film developed.
On the plus side, the color was good. I really love the unique look of Gold 200 with uncoated lenses – bright colors are highly saturated, but more subdued areas stay subdued. Too bad many of the frames were compromised by the overlapping. Nonetheless, I was pleased enough with what remained that I was determined to make something of it. So I started cropping.
I’m not opposed to cropping. Sometimes the photo is just a lot better with less stuff in it. Here, though, the need was more to see how much I could preserve, not how much I could discard. For the most part, what I ended up with was square (or close to square) frames. No problem – I like squares. Sure, it’s not so common to turn 35mm into squares, but it was that or nothing, so squares it is.
Here’s a few from that roll. As you’ll see, they’re all about the color. I’ll post some more over the course of the week. Enjoy.