A Walk through East Aurora

October 19, 2023  •  Leave a Comment

I usually try not to share too many photographs in a single post but a while back I did a post on a walk through Orchard Park, NY and shared all photos at once and liked that format too. Today, I am repeating that approach with photos from a nearby village of East Aurora, NY. Last year, I had about an hour of photography time many Sundays in a row and used that as an opportunity to get to know and photograph the beautiful village.

Zorki 4, Jupiter 8 50mm f/2Zorki 4, Jupiter 8 50mm f/2East Aurora Sunday Walk This was a vibrant day in January 2022 with a clear blue sky and not a speck of snow to be found anywhere, not common in Western New York at all. I usually stick to black and white film for the 6 months of gray but this day screamed for color. I decided to go the less familiar route of an ECN-2 film, specifically the Kodak Vision 3 250D movie film. Even now a year and a half later I must still say that I have not figured out how to effectively deal with the remjet removal and thus movie films remain a minority in my film photography journey.

For a change of pace, I loaded the film into my Zorki 4 range finder fitted with the standard Jupiter 8 50mm lens. While the camera has shortcomings it also has one huge advantage for me.

Since I wear glasses that have gotten stronger over the years I like cameras with a diopter adjustment. Unfortunately, most cameras do not allow for a strong enough adjustment. Even Nikons with their screw in diopter adjustment do not go high enough. However, this old Zorki 4 has a lever next to the viewfinder that allows for sufficient adjustment and then some!

Just briefly on the shortcomings, I recommend reading the manual before operating this camera. There are some quirks you must follow if you don't want to damage the camera. For example, first cock the shutter and only then set the shutter speed. Make sure the selector freely slides into the selected speed position.

Alright, enough on the camera geekery, let's go for a walk. We're starting at Main and Riley Streets heading east along Main Street.

Taste Us & Red's Beef on Weck, East Aurora, NY WalkTaste Us & Red's Beef on WeckEast Aurora Walk

Taste Us & Red's Beef on Weck, East Aurora, NY
Photographed with a 35mm Zorki 4 and Jupiter 8 50mm f/2 lens on Kodak Vision 3 250D Color Negative Movie Film

There are a few narrow passages connecting Main Street with the parking lots in the back. Above is one just like that. And you can choose which restaurant to enter based on your appetite. For the following photo we turn around and look back with the narrow passage on the right. I am a sucker for signage and was able to get three into a single photo here.

Food Parade - Red's Beef on Weck, Taste, Griffon Gastro Pub, East Aurora, NY WalkFood ParadeEast Aurora Walk

Food Parade - Red's Beef on Weck, Taste, Griffon Gastro Pub, East Aurora, NY
Photographed with a 35mm Zorki 4 and Jupiter 8 50mm f/2 lens on Kodak Vision 3 250D Color Negative Movie Film

Next off to the next set of storefronts sticking with the brick theme, even if in different hues.

Kickstand Culture & Aurora Nail Boutique, East Aurora, NYKickstand Culture & Aurora Nail BoutiqueEast Aurora Walk

Kickstand Culture & Aurora Nail Boutique, East Aurora, NY
Photographed with a 35mm Zorki 4 and Jupiter 8 50mm f/2 lens on Kodak Vision 3 250D Color Negative Movie Film

Even though the next section shares the same building and the upper floor remains in brick the first floor features a different siding for a different look.

Head over Heels & Eros, East Aurora, NY.Head over Heels & ErosEast Aurora Walk

Head over Heels & Eros, East Aurora, NY
Photographed with a 35mm Zorki 4 and Jupiter 8 50mm f/2 lens on Kodak Vision 3 250D Color Negative Movie Film

At this point we're moving further east across Church Street finding ourselves by the famous Vidler's. If you want to learn more about this magical store feel free to search for something like "vidlers east aurora history" in your favorite search engine. All I will say here is that it all started in the 1930s during the Great Depression.

Vidler's 5 - 10 & $, East Aurora, NY.Vidler's 5 - 10 & $East Aurora Walk

Vidler's 5 - 10 & $, East Aurora, NY
Photographed with a 35mm Zorki 4 and Jupiter 8 50mm f/2 lens on Kodak Vision 3 250D Color Negative Movie Film

Despite the history going more than 90 years back the founder still welcomes people to the store from his perch on the rooftop.

Founder on the Roof, East Aurora, NYFounder on the RoofEast Aurora Walk

Founder on the Roof, East Aurora, NY
Photographed with a 35mm Zorki 4 and Jupiter 8 50mm f/2 lens on Kodak Vision 3 250D Color Negative Movie Film

I love the large round analog thermometer by Vidler's! And on this sunny day with clear blue sky it was this thermometer providing clues about the time of the year.

30° Fahrenheit, East Aurora, NY30° FahrenheitEast Aurora Walk

30° Fahrenheit, East Aurora, NY
Photographed with a 35mm Zorki 4 and Jupiter 8 50mm f/2 lens on Kodak Vision 3 250D Color Negative Movie Film

For the next photo, we are traveling a little bit into the past as the storefront has changed in the meantime. Back in January 2022 Limelight Music was still located there. At this point, it's a home to the Revolver Records, a dangerous (for one's wallet) vinyl records store.

Limelite Music, East Aurora, NY.Limelite MusicEast Aurora Walk

Limelite Music, East Aurora, NY
Photographed with a 35mm Zorki 4 and Jupiter 8 50mm f/2 lens on Kodak Vision 3 250D Color Negative Movie Film

Let's finish the walk without words, just scroll, look, and enjoy.

Country Cupboard, East Aurora Walk, NYCountry CupboardEast Aurora Walk

Country Cupboard, East Aurora Walk, NY
Photographed with a 35mm Zorki 4 and Jupiter 8 50mm f/2 lens on Kodak Vision 3 250D Color Negative Movie Film

Bruce's Automotive, East Aurora, NYBruce's AutomotiveEast Aurora Walk

Bruce's Automotive, East Aurora, NY
Photographed with a 35mm Zorki 4 and Jupiter 8 50mm f/2 lens on Kodak Vision 3 250D Color Negative Movie Film

Charie's Diner, East Aurora, NYCharie's DinerEast Aurora Walk

Charie's Diner, East Aurora, NY
Photographed with a 35mm Zorki 4 and Jupiter 8 50mm f/2 lens on Kodak Vision 3 250D Color Negative Movie Film

Gingerich Auto Care, East Aurora, NY.Gingerich Auto CareEast Aurora Walk

Gingerich Auto Care, East Aurora, NY
Photographed with a 35mm Zorki 4 and Jupiter 8 50mm f/2 lens on Kodak Vision 3 250D Color Negative Movie Film

Taste & Red's, East Aurora, NYTaste & Red's, East Aurora - iSRD ONEast Aurora Walk

Taste & Red's, East Aurora, NY
Photographed with a 35mm Zorki 4 and Jupiter 8 50mm f/2 lens on Kodak Vision 3 250D Color Negative Movie Film

Little Red Caboose, East Aurora, NYLittle Red Caboose, East Aurora - iSRD ONEast Aurora Walk

Little Red Caboose, East Aurora, NY
Photographed with a 35mm Zorki 4 and Jupiter 8 50mm f/2 lens on Kodak Vision 3 250D Color Negative Movie Film

Alright, that's it for today's visit to East Aurora, NY. If you have any thoughts, I would love to hear from you. Please, use the "Leave a Comment" link under the headline to share your thoughts.

Enjoy The Beauty That Surrounds You! #etbtsy

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