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Those blades on the roof of the new building spin in the wind, and look pretty neat from the right angle, and can be seen from a fair distance. As of now, if you look at that location on a satellite image map, it still shows an empty lot. Finally, you cannot see it here but I took this standing underneath an elevated subway line. I have another shot of the new building with its fans/blades/art? contrasted with some coiled wire hanging from the elevated that I will feature later on.

 

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Earlier this week I noted that I was a bit wary of posting some of my shots taken with real film, because I sometimes end up falling in love with a shot that has a weak composition or subject, simply because I love the look of the medium.

So here are two cases in point, which I think both fall into that category with a key difference. I think the image above is actually good. Not great, but a solid capture. It is enhanced by being a film image but has additional positive elements. In contrast, the image below is one that would have never taken with a digital camera and that has very little to say for it except that I do really love the way that the red and blue of the dumpster look, and contrast with one another. The loser shot would hold no appeal for me in digital. No matter what processes or plugins I added, it would never look quite like this.

But for all that, the image is nothing special — not because it is a photo of a dumpster, but because I don’t think the entirety of the composition adds up to much. The elements weren’t there.

The top image, however, has something. The colors work again, but there is something more. I think the interrupted flatness of it works.

That’s a lot of words that in the end  add up to an excuse for me to post an image I know isn’t that good but which I can’t let go of.

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  • ehpemJuly 18, 2014 - 9:26 pm

    I really like that first shot – it does have great colours and that nice feel of film, but there is a lot more to it than that. It has a nice balance, the rectangles work well, there are good textures. It would probably work pretty really well in black and white too – it is an interesting photograph. Can’t ask for more than that.

    I have been regressing toward film lately, and find myself posting some pictures I might not bother with if they were digital because I too like the feel.ReplyCancel

Gantry Sunset

 

Gantry Plaza State Park in the Long Island City section of Queens is perhaps my favorite spot to view the Manhattan skyline. Part of the reason why are the gantries themselves, which dominate the left foreground of this shot.

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Standard Hotel, High Line

 

This is a reasonably familiar photographic composition, featuring the Standard Hotel over the High Line park, framed by the cut-out of another building that straddles the park. Taken with Fuji GF670 medium format and Kodak Portra 400 film.

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Guggenheim

 

I am finding myself more intrigued by film photography right now than I have ever been — but this is not film.  This is in fact a 3-year old digital image made up to look like black and white film. The subject of course is the Guggenheim Museum on Fifth Avenue in Manhattan.

 

One reason I am posting this is I am trying to exercise a bit of discipline and editing in posting my recently taken film images. I find that when I explore a new technique everything looks interesting, but I am really just in love with the technique. This was true when I was heavily invested in HDR and I see it in my film look as well. I have photos that are not that great, but I personally find it interesting how some of them look in film as opposed to digital. Tomorrow is likely to be a day off from posting. perhaps when I return I will be able to post one of the true film images I have recently taken with some confidence.

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  • Len SaltielJuly 14, 2014 - 11:08 am

    I haven’t dabbled back into the film world again but I really appreciate the look of the media. Nice work MarkReplyCancel

  • […] Earlier this week I noted that I was a bit wary of posting some of my shots taken with real film, because I sometimes end up falling in love with a shot that has a weak composition or subject, simply because I love the look of the medium. […]ReplyCancel

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