Foma Retropan 320, Mamiya 645 1000sFoma Retropan 320, Mamiya 645 1000s My posts will now have a split personality right in sync with the weather outside. We've gone from winter to fall and right back to winter to wrap up the previously started winter adventure in the Southtowns of Buffalo, New York. If you'd like to get the full continuity, feel free to go back to Country Roads in Winter and Winter is Here!, which are Part I and Part II of this winter experience. Today's Part III is the finale.
You can see the choice of camera and film on the right and I will repeat, that Foma Retropan 320 in combination with winter landscapes is growing on me. Yes, the grain is the size that one could bite it, but it seems to suit the mood very well. Of course, feel free to disagree and leave me a note either way, I'd love to get your perspective.
I love the large barn in the first photo, which is just up the hill from me. Unlike many other barns you have seen on my blog this one is in a good shape and in active use with hopefully many years ahead. It's next to a larger and busier road making it harder to stop and photograph. But it all worked out on this occasion, and I am really glad. It looks even better in winter! And that grain!
Winter on Chestnut Ridge Road
Mamiya 645, Foma Retropan 320, Kodak XTOL
And then there are roads themselves. I am not sure when my obsession with roads began but I have my suspicions. I think our first long family road trip in 2013 had something to do with that. And I mean mostly narrow back roads, whether winding or straight as a shot. They have their charm and come with different moods. Or maybe they are accepting of my moods. I gave this one an ambiguous name of Southtowns Winter. The photo is not means as a depiction of a specific location. It's meant to express what the Southtowns of Buffalo, NY are known for, what it feels like to be there for about 4 months every year.
Mamiya 645, Foma Fomapan 400, Kodak XTOL
Let's see what the weather has in store for us going forward. That may influence what the next post brings. Or it may not. Looking at the photo candidates I see a neutral opportunity as there has been too much of a break from cyanotypes on these pages and I have some new ones I've been holding back for a while. Is it time to get them out?
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PS: I goofed up a little bit and the second photo is from the next roll of film. Thus it's on Fomapan 400, not Retropan 320. And the photo that was supposed to be here will be in the next wintery post making for another mixed film post. But you know what? That could be a good thing to show the comparison side by side. The Retropan definitely shows more grain and creates a different mood.
Do you enjoy reading my photography blog? Would you like to see more photographs from Buffalo and Western New York? Visit my Buffalo Cityscapes and Buffalo & Western New York Landscapes and enjoy! If black and white is your cup of tea, why not head over to the World without Color photo collection? And finally, if you enjoy looking at winter scenery, I have the Winter collection just for that purpose.