Cityscapes

Morning Moon over The Printer's Building, Portland Street.

Morning moon over The Printer’s Building, Portland Street.

The Nikon F2/35mm f/2.8 Nikkor/BW400CN combo is just too good to resist revisiting. What became one of my favorite shots of the morning downtown was one of the first on the roll. That is the moon between Worcester’s historic Painter’s Building, and the lamppost. Maybe it was good light, great film, or, both. The sky, once again, exposed the way it should be, and even without filtering, not blown out.

This roll has inspired me so much, in fact, that I now have six rolls of it in the fridge. The 50% off sale at CVS certainly does not hurt. Yes, your mileage may vary, but CVS’s in my area are now selling Kodak BW400CN at 50% 0ff. And it is indeed fresh film. I found one store that had short dated film, but the stuff I have scooped up has expirations of June, 2014.

Major Taylor, America's first African-American sports superstar. from Worcester, Taylor raced under the colors of the Iver Johnson Arms and Cycle Company in Fitchburg, Massachusetts. And was a world champion racer.

Major Taylor, America’s first African-American sports superstar. from Worcester. Taylor raced under the colors of the Iver Johnson Arms and Cycle Company in Fitchburg, Massachusetts, and was a world champion racer.

I have made several efforts at photographing this inspiring work of art, with some good light. Morning seems to be the time. This, at about a quarter after 8. The shadows really give the figure of Major Taylor lifelike dimension.

Vintage doorway on Green Street.

Vintage doorway on Green Street.

Contrast abound. The lights of the brick, the dark tones of the door. Guessing a digital camera, with the somewhat limited dynamic range, would come back with blown highlights in the brick areas. But to me, there is no comparison with regards to the ability to render both accurately.

I got a lot of "money shots' on this roll. This walkway to the library is always a great spot to shoot- wide, or, telephoto.

I got a lot of “money shots’ on this roll. This walkway to the library is always a great spot to shoot- wide, or, telephoto.

Also on full display above is the capability to show detail in the shadows, while still showing detail in the sun soaked buildings to the right. Unless you are into the whole “post processing” workflow, the RAW digital image would be really challenged to capture both. Not sure if this would be a light meter issue, or the limitations of dynamic range itself. Guessing the later, as light meters really have come a long way. But for a 40 year old camera? Love it.

Memorial on Green Street.

Memorial on Green Street.

This makeshift memorial to a fallen teen really was sad to see up close. A beautiful floral arrangement.

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2 thoughts on “Cityscapes

    • Thank you- black and white film is a blast to shoot with. But for those days where I don’t want to go into the darkroom, and lug out the chemicals, BW400CN really is a nice option. The most rewarding thing was seeing that the F2 helped to nail the exposures.

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