Fuji Neopan (2 of 3)

Old City Cemetery in Lynchburg, VA:

Old City Cemetery

Confederate section

Appomattox Court House, VA:

Appomattox Court House

South River Friends Meetinghouse* Cemetery in Lynchburg, VA:

South River Meeting House

South River Meeting House

*Lynchburg was founded by John Lynch, a Quaker.

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Fuji Neopan (1 of 3)

I shot a lot of black and white towards the end of my “shooting season”–I don’t like to shoot during summer, I’m not a native southerner and I simply can’t withstand the heat and humidity. I had 3 rolls of Neopan (all shot in the Wide & Slim) that I sent to Dwayne’s  at once; I’m ready to move on from Neopan but the rolls I have are all expired and I want to finish them first. I have Tri-X, Ilford, and Lomography Earl Gray in the fridge and I’m eager to make some comparisons.

Harlem Plantation in Plaquemines Parish:

Harlem Plantation

Harlem Plantation

Harlem Plantation

Holy Rosary Cemetery in St. Charles Parish (look for the chemical plants in the background):

Holy Rosary Cemetery

Holy Rosary Cemetery

A fragment of the de la Ronde Ruins in St. Bernard Parish:

de la Ronde Ruins

A cane field… somewhere. I think it was Iberville Parish:

Cane field

In other photography news, I’ll have a new camera whenever I’m ready to go back out. A pen friend of mine said he wanted to send me his wife’s old camera and I said sure, I’ll give it a good home. It turned out to be a Minox 35, arguably the smallest full-frame 35mm camera ever made. It’s an EL, the very first model; production started on that model the year before I was born. I just have to find a replacement battery for it, it takes a 5.6v and those fractional volts can be hard to find.

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Fuji Neopan (expired) in Wide & Slim

This has been one of my favorite film/camera combos for a while now. I only have a few rolls of Neopan left, but I feel like I’ve progressed through all the stages of grief and I’m ready to start trying other options. (Don’t talk to me about pack film yet, though. Too soon.)

Dugas Cemetery

Abandoned house

Talbert-Pierson Cemetery

Fort Macomb

Luling Mansion

In other news, I’ve gone back to my old idea of trying to find a ghost town in southern Louisiana. I did dome research on it about 4 years ago but gave up because websites were always mentioning “ghost towns” that no longer existed. They would turn out to have been washed away by the river when it changed course, or totally demolished to build a section of highway, or wiped off the earth by hurricanes. One website claims Bayou Goula is a ghost town, to which all I can say is that those are some pretty lively ghosts.

Morrisonville in Iberville Parish seemed like a good bet, it was small community on the River Road that had to be abandoned in the mid-90s when Dow Chemical spilled vinyl chloride. There’s nothing left but the cemetery but I thought it might make some interesting photos anyway, with all the pipes and industrial crap in the background. However, the Dow facility has grown around the site of the town in the intervening years, and the cemetery is now on private property. It’s theoretically accessible by the public, and a security guard gave me a phone number to call, but no one ever answered. So that was a big, fat goose egg.

Back to the drawing board. If you know of anything, please leave a comment.

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I honestly have no idea what happened here

This is a roll of black and white that I shot in my Blackbird Fly and the whole thing came out so terrible that Dwayne’s Photo put in that little slip of paper that basically says “this film is fucked, we did the best we could”. The film was expired Fuji Neopan, but it’s been in the fridge since the day I bought it and it shouldn’t be THAT bad. I also, for some reason, took almost a year to finish the roll, so maybe having the film sit for months wasn’t a great idea. Some of the photos are from Jennings, which I shot during the first semi-decent weekend we had last fall, and I finished the roll at Talbert-Pierson Cemetery a couple of weeks ago.

Or maybe the camera just doesn’t play nice with black and white. Who knows? Also a lot of them are out of focus for some reason AND there appears to scratching of the negatives. So why am I bothering to blog about a terrible roll of film? Eh I dunno, I kind of think some of the photos have an interesting, aged quality to the them. You be the judge:

Maison de Reprise

Bayou le Batre

Jennings, LA

Talbert-Pierson Cemetery

Our Lady of Tickfaw

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Vacation #2: Windsor Ruins, B&W

This is slightly expired Fuji Neopan shot in my wide angle Vivi Ultra W&S knock-off. I shot this combo for the first time last spring and loved it, and this is a good subject for a wide angle lens anyway.

The Windsor Ruins

The Windsor Ruins

The Windsor Ruins

The Windsor Ruins

The Windsor Ruins

This is the last batch of vacation photos, but 2016 is already shaping up to be a busy travel year. I’ve got Krewe of Muses (already booked my Airbnb accommodation for that) and the Little Rock pen show in February; back to Lynchburg for the Monacan powwow in either April or May (they won’t commit to exact dates until it’s a bit closer); and at some point during the year I hope to spend some more time on Dauphin Island. I’ll probably do the Dallas pen show again, too.

My hopefuls for 2017 are FINALLY going to Rocky Ridge Farm in Missouri, and visiting my brother in Chicago (during the Chicago pen show), if he’s still there and if his crazy boyfriend will simmer down long enough.

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Help me pick which print will go on sale in my Etsy shop

I got the first roll of Neopan (or any black and white film) that I ever shot in the Ultra Wide & Slim developed, and WOW. I LOVE how it looks! My favorite shots are the Stations of the Cross that I photographed on the Catahoula Highway in St. Martin Parish a few weeks ago; I want to put one of them for sale in my Etsy shop but I love them all so much that I can’t pick. That’s where you come in: poll time! If you had $20 to buy one of these prints, which one would you choose?

A.
Stations of the Cross

B.
Stations of the Cross

C.
Stations of the Cross

D.
Stations of the Cross

E.
Stations of the Cross

I was going to add a poll, but the WordPress overlords, in their infinite wisdom, apparently decided to remove the button when they changed the dashboard. So please help me out by leaving your pick in the comments; feel free to elaborate on why you chose the one you did, if you wish.

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Edgard, LA: Slightly expired Fuji Neopan in the Yashica MG-1

More adventures along the River Road with my Yashica. I really like shooting black and white in this camera. Although the roll I’m currently working my way through is in the Ultra Wide & Slim; I’ve never shot Neopan in that before so I’m curious to see the results. Hopefully we have decent weather this weekend (Sunday looks better than Saturday so far) and I can finish it up. I’m also waiting for this book to arrive from Amazon (should be today), which hopefully will give me some more ideas. I picked up the Mississippi edition last weekend and have already marked several pages!

Slave cabins

Caire's Landing

Old grocery store

Caire's Landing

Slave cabins

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