Jamestown and Chautauqua Lake, Part I

June 12, 2020  •  Leave a Comment

Here's another mini series of photographs, starting with Part I today. And while I usually separate my color and black and white posts I decided to go for a mix today but with the same subject matter.

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Last summer, we made a one-day trip to Jamestown, NY and the nearby Chautauqua Lake. And weather was on our side with gorgeous blue skies and white clouds streaming through. Photographically, it was a blast. Based on the situation I usually reach for eather black and white or color but this day was a blast with both.

Celoron Lighthouse in Color near Jamestown, NYCeloron Lighthouse in ColorJamestown, NY

Celoron Lighthouse in Color near Jamestown, NY
Photographed on film: Nikon N75, Fujichrome Velvia 50

To have the choice of color or black and white when I am not sure what I will face I usually take two cameras with me. Color usually ends up in the plastic fantastic auto-focus Nikon N75. That camera is a light-weight champion and the auto-focus is gret for family snapshots. I drive them crazy enough with my often slow progress forward so this helps with capturing family memories without smiles turning into grins. At least I like to think so.

Celoron Lighthouse in Black & White near Jamestown, NYCeloron Lighthouse in Black & WhiteJamestown, NY

Celoron Lighthouse in Black & White near Jamestown, NY
Photographed on film: Nikon FE, Ilford FP4

On the other hand, black and white goes almost exclusively through old manual cameras. My most used workhorse is the Nikon FE the second photo was captured with. There are a few others to mix things up but this Nikon is what I started with back in film and use it the most to this day. It always sits in the camera bag along with a set of color filters to tune the scene. I usually carry a red, orange, and a green filter. I find yellow to be too subtle so that one is not in the camera bag. On the other hand, red can be too overpowering for my taste. Most often, on a sunny day like this, it will be the orange mounted on the lens. And the green? That comes handy with vegetation, especially when sky is not part of the scene or has no blues to be found.

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