Country Roads in Winter

March 28, 2022  •  Leave a Comment

With film photography and the delay in having pictures available that I introduce with my development and scanning process, the seasons I share usually spill over from one to the next. And I usually don't mind that at all. However, I always hesitate to share white winter photos into the spring as I worry that no one really wants to see those.

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So while few of you may be enjoying the hopefully last blast of winter 2021/22, I am taking advantage of this window to share a few more cold frames. On one hand, they are photographed with a medium format Mamiya 645 1000s camera providing increased quality over smaller formats but on the other, my film of choice was Foma Retropan 320, which has a pronounced grain. It makes for an interesting combination that I like, especially with the bright winter photos.

On top of the grain, there are also some dark spots visible in a few areas, which resemble the emulsion problems specific to Fomapan 200. Does or did Retropan 320 share those at least for a while? It would appear so.

Farmhouse in Winter, Orchard Park, NY. Photographed with Mamiya 645 medium format camera on Foma Retropan 320.Farmhouse in WinterOrchard Park, NY

Farmhouse in Winter, Orchard Park, NY - Winter in Western New York
Photographed with Mamiya 645 medium format camera on Foma Retropan 320 black and white film

For this photo op I did not head too far, only a couple miles south down some of my favorite country roads I love driving and riding on. In winter, the vehicle of choice definitely is a car but the rest of the year if can be either a motorcycle or a bicycle. No matter what the mode of transportation, I love watching the changes.

Triplets that Are No More, Orchard Park, NY. Photographed with Mamiya 645 medium format camera on Foma Retropan 320.Triplets that Are No MoreOrchard Park, NY

Triplets that Are No More, Orchard Park, NY - Winter in Western New York
Photographed with Mamiya 645 medium format camera on Foma Retropan 320 black and white film

The photograph above is a bit of a sad story that I get to see all too often. The two structures on the left gave in to time and are no more. Many local barns are disappearing. It is always a great feeling when I run into a new one being built, even if those moments are in minority. Or maybe because of it?

Winter on a Country Road, Orchard Park, NY. Photographed with Mamiya 645 medium format camera on Foma Retropan 320.Winter on a Country RoadOrchard Park, NY

Winter on a Country Road, Orchard Park, NY - Winter in Western New York
Photographed with Mamiya 645 medium format camera on Foma Retropan 320 black and white film

And for the last picture, I really liked how the utility poles framed the drive into nothingness, including the overhead cable zigzag.

Utility Poles, Orchard Park, NY. Photographed with Mamiya 645 medium format camera on Foma Retropan 320.Utility PolesOrchard Park, NY

Utility Poles, Orchard Park, NY - Winter in Western New York
Photographed with Mamiya 645 medium format camera on Foma Retropan 320 black and white film

I hope you did not mind this winter themed post too much and based on which turn the weather takes I may squeeze in one more. Who knows? Either way, I am sure spring truly is right around the corner and I will admit that while I enjoy a good winter I also look forward to warm weather at this point. Once we're past the warm weather teaser the white relapses do become a bit of a nuisance, don't they?

Enjoy The Beauty That Surrounds You! #etbtsy

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