I don’t think that I have posted this here before. It was taken a little while ago now using the very well regarded Canon 7 rangefinder with a Jupiter lens attached. I used Fomapan 100.
I bought the Canon 7 thinking I would love it but for some reason despite all of its wonderful capabilities I just didn’t. It was fine and a good camera but it didn’t make me want to use it; I wrote about it here on my old blog and sold it on shortly after; I also sold the Jupiter lens meaning I am out of any M39/LTN capability which is fine.
The image is of a sign to the entrance to a motel in Burbank, which at the time was closed; either temporarily or perhaps permanently I am not sure. A lot of roadworks to the freeway that this motel of yards from the exit of, had meant closure of the exit for a while and so perhaps that had impacted it’s revenue.
It’s a great old sign though, maybe not as classic as some neon signs I see around but I like it’s simplicity and ambiguous age. It looks slightly abandoned (which it kinda is) and that adds interest.
The image was shot on Fomapan 100 a film I am not sold on but it works fairly well with this composition. I used an angle that isolated the sign against the blue sky which I think works (at least for me).
I’m also not that sold on Fomapan in general–I’ve shot my share over the past couple years. Sometimes the results are great, sometimes just muddy. I’ve given up on 35mm Fomapan for the moment, but don’t mind using it in 120.
Thanks. Yeah I just found that the images I get are just too higher contrast – having said that it might be the labs fault as I did re-scan a couple of frames and did get more pleasing results. When I get to developing my own B&W films this year maybe I will re-think.
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