I’m lucky. The Ceres Park Nature Preserve, where I love to photgraph, is only one mile from my home and Chestnut Branch Park (CBP) is only two miles in the other direction.
CBP has acres of athletic fields, a playground for the kids and more. My favorite place is the 9/11 trail. Tucked in behind the manicured playing fields, the trail meanders through the forest, dropping down to a swampy area and the Chestnut Branch, a tributary of Mantua Creek.
One sunny morning in early May, my Bessaflex, 50mm SMC tak and I went for a walk along the trail. The fallen branches, the light and the wiggly forms called to me and I took this photo. B&W film is wonderful in it’s ability to capture a full range of tones and textures.
Here’s another, lit from the front on the opposite side of the trail. I think I’ve taken a photo of this fallen tree every time I walk the 9/11 trail. And each time the image is different, changing with the light and seasons.
And here’s a view looking down the trail. The morning light was just right. One of these days, I must return to the trail in the evening light when the sun is low and the shadows long.
The film was Freestyle Legacy Pro 400, a private label film that’s made in Japan. Freestyle doesn’t say so, but this film is Fuji Neopan 400. I just opened a new 20 pack of short dated, 24 exp. LP400 that I got for a mere $30. That’s only $1.50 per roll folks and I do like this film.
In this case, short dated means it expires in July 2011 but that’s not an issue for me because I keep my film in the freezer until I need it.
So — I’m able to shoot and develop a roll of this film for a total cost of about $2.50. At these prices and the fact that I love B&W keep me in the film camp. Of course I enjoy using my high quality legacy film equipment. The SMC takumar 50/1.4 lens is a gem both optically and in build quality that you couldn’t touch today for less than $1,000 (or more).