shinn park & arboretum: diana F+, 120 film

I got this roll back yesterday, and most of it’s no good. It looks like it was exposed; which I was afraid of, because when I removed it from the camera it wasn’t as tightly wound as it should be. It was sort of bulging on one side. I’m not incredibly disappointed, because the park was actually kind of dull when I went; pretty much everything had already bloomed. The photos I took a few years ago when I went in April were a lot prettier. I just hope that the problem was with the roll of film (which was pretty ancient), and not the camera, because I will be veeery upset if my Diana is busted.

Anyway, here are a few that I was able to salvage with a little editing:

shinn park gazebo diana 120



shinn park & arboretum: 35mm in the diana f+

I’m not in love with this roll. Maybe it was the light, but none of the photos really seem to have that je ne sais quoi quality that I usually seem to achieve with 35mm film shot in a medium format camera. Also, I don’t really care for the frame I used this time; this was the first time I used the standard non-sprocket hole frame, and it seems to crop things really awkwardly. I think I’ll stick with the square sprocket hole frame, even if I can’t show the entire image until I get a flatbed scanner.

Maybe the roll of 120 I shot will come out nicer. In the meantime, here are some photos from the roll that I don’t totally hate.

shinn park japanese garden 1


pretty parks and cleaning rants

Saturday was good shooting weather: Sunny and breezy, warm in the sun but cool in the shade. So I went to Shinn Park with my Diana. Shinn Park is like this undiscovered treasure in Fremont, it’s totally beautiful, but I’ve never seen crowds there. Maybe they get them when they open up the house for tours. I was there for a couple of hours, and I only saw one couple having a picnic on the lawn (using ASL, they must have been students at California School for the Deaf), and a couple of parents wandered through with toddlers in tow, but nothing like the hordes of people you see at Lake Elizabeth on a Saturday.

I didn’t take many digital photos, because I took lots the last time I was there, but here are a couple shots I didn’t remembering getting last time:

shinn park palms horizontal

I like the way the 2 small palms in the background echo the 2 large palms in the foreground.