Birdsong in Purple, Part I

June 23, 2021  •  Leave a Comment

Last week's post was somewhat serious and technical but also lightweight talking about pinhole photography, which could be considered experimental. Today I'll continue the experimental thread sharing results froma place you have seen on my blog and in the Buffalo & Western New York Landscapes photo gallery many times.

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So where are we going and what are we doing? The place is the beautiful Birdsong Park in Orchard Park, NY. It's a small park with several ponds, two of which fill up with water lilies in summer, surrounded by a picturesque old forrest. By now, I have shared color and black and white photographs from there as well as covered all seasons. So today, let's do something different.

A Majestic Old Tree, Birdsong Park, photographed with Pentax Spotmatic on Lomochrome Purple filmA Majestic Old TreeBirdsong Park

A Majestic Old Tree, Birdsong Park, Orchard Park, NY
Photographed with a Pentax Spotmatic on Lomochrome Purple film and developed in Arista C-41

For this evening walk I carried a 35mm Pentax Spotmatic camera loaded with Lomography's Lomochrome Purple color negative film. It was a bright sunny evening, the park featured lots of greenery, and things were meant to work. The film can be rated between ISO 100 and 400 and the results are supposed to vary a bit, with the colors shifting slightly.

Lily Pond Reeds, Birdsong Park, photographed with Pentax Spotmatic on Lomochrome Purple filmLily Pond ReedsBirdsong Park

Lily Pond Reeds, Birdsong Park, Orchard Park, NY
Photographed with a Pentax Spotmatic on Lomochrome Purple film and developed in Arista C-41

Spoiler alert! Even though I split my roll and set my camera for ISO 100 for the first 12 photos, ISO 200 for the next 12, and ISO 400 for the last 12, I have not seen the prescribed variation. However, I have certainly received purple results with all of that greenery the park is filled with. I dislike most digital filters, I really dislike over-processed photos, and I am not a fan of special effect films. But here we are and I have to admit I enjoy the results and I've definitely come back from my favorite location with completely different photos.

Birdsong Phalanx Guard, Birdsong Park, photographed with a Pentax Spotmatic on Lomochrome Purple filmBirdsong Phalanx GuardBirdsong Park

Birdsong Phalanx Guard, Birdsong Park, Orchard Park, NY
Photographed with a Pentax Spotmatic on Lomochrome Purple film and developed in Arista C-41

In this park, I like to keep my routine the same and walk the same loop in the same direction almost every time. It's a nice opening with the old forest and some hallmark tree formations, followed by two water lily ponds, and back in the woods about midway through. It's that area that has some gorgeous trees, tees of various shapes, leaning trees, interlocking trees, and yes, there is a creek going through making for even more photographic opportunities.

Wonderful Old Trees, Birdsong Park, photographed with a Pentax Spotmatic on Lomochrome Purple filmWonderful Old TreesBirdsong Park

Wonderful Old Trees, Birdsong Park, Orchard Park, NY
Photographed with a Pentax Spotmatic on Lomochrome Purple film and developed in Arista C-41

So there you have it. An unfamiliar look to a very familiar place. And that's just half of the walk so stay tuned, Part II is coming soon.

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