The Analog Switch (for now)

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Campomarino – Tri-X – Minolta 7000 – January 6th 2016

As a follow-up to the previous post, this was one of the pictures from the day I decided to take the full Analog road and start developing on my own. I picked up again the Minolta 7000 in god knows how long… I figured it was what got me into film, and i trusted it enough to be the first camera to used when developing my first roll (Kodak Tri-X 400). Didn’t turn out that bad but i had to bring it to the lab to scan. I couldn’t find my power adapter for the scanner and after looking EVERYWHERE in my house for about a month, turned out it was sitting in my parents basement some 350 kms away. lol. I have no idea how it got there…. anywho…..

Tonight i developed another roll from the same camera but this time it was Ilford Delta 400, because i wanted to see the differences and which one i preferred. I should probably send it to the same lab for scanning to have an honest comparison. Or i could re-scan this and scan the new one. It’s now hanging to dry in the bathroom. I already have another roll to catch up developing, again Tri-X, but this time from the Pentax, my loyal companion. 3 shots left. And another roll to follow.

Going to Madrid next week, bringing the Pentax and MAYBE the Fuji (wow). Which BTW i haven’t picked up since December… Amazing. So in general a low output, but a lot of input. Quite a bit of reading, both technical and pictures, and as it shows, low posting.

Looking forward to next week, hope to buy some more film. In the meantime i feel like i’m starting all over again. Developing your own film is so much fun, and i’m already addicted to the smell of the chemicals… i know that’s not good! Laters.

Epiphany at the seaside

Epiphany at the seaside

Was not the best start of the year and i will not go into any detail about why, but the day documented in this post was able to turn it all around. Epiphany is a holiday here in Italy, Jan. 6th, so it’s been a week at work where i’ve been on and off. Tuesday night the intention was to go early to bed and get a fresh start on the next day. Of course, i went to bed around 3 am… Woke up with huge difficulty around 10:30, made breakfast and just went back to bed prepared for some netflix marathon. 10 mins in, i sprung out of bed like i was allergic to the pillow. Packed any camera with some extra rolls with only a few shots in them (the Minolta and the pentax) and some non C-41  B/W rolls. Around 12 i got out of the house, got to the car and started driving, headed for the coast.

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Baia della Torretta – January 2016
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Baia della Torretta – January 2016
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Baia della Torretta – January 2016

On monday night i finally made the move and bought all the items i’m going to need to develop my own film. I usually have a really really hard time in buying anything that costs more than 10 euros. Anything. Aside from food… luckily.

I might detail that purchase and what comes of it in a future post. I’m impatiently waiting for the items to arrive, was hoping they would get here by the weekend, unfortunately it’s going to be Monday. Just like the the 5 C-41 rolls i finally sent to develop. The items were ordered a day too late. The rolls were sent to develop one day too late. Just one more confirmation of my ability to make things as anti-climatic as i possibly can. Well the Holiday on wednesday didn’t help… whatever.

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Baia della Torretta – January 2016

Made a point during the ride to stop whenever i felt the need to make a picture and it was the right thing. I like to pass time during car rides and fantasize about shooting all these pictures to cool stuff i see. But i never do it. This time was a different story.

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Marina di Lizzano – January 2016
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Marina di Lizzano – January 2016

 

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Truglione – January 2016

Then i hit the port in Campomarino, stopped and hung around there for about an hour. By that time i completed the two rolls and put in the roll of Tri-X. Figured my first roll to develop on my own had to be Kodak…

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Campomarino – January 2016

Shot most of it around that area and started to head home to have lunch. Was about 3:30 pm by that time…

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Librari- January 2016

Wasn’t too thrilled about getting home 45 minutes later, walking back from the garage and cooking…. so the first restaurant open i found, parked the car and went in.

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Campomarino – January 2016

Yeah… a selfie to close things up. I don’t give a shit…. Oh and all the pictures here were shot with my LG G4 phone. It was an analog day of shooting and as mentioned above, most of the shots, i haven’t yet seen.

The waiting game begins……

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Campomarino – January 2016

 

Year Summary – 2015

As expected, it’s been a hell of a year.. I’m writing this post to put together 12 pictures, one for every month, and draw some conclusions and possibly a path forward. Seems like a lot, considering it’s 12:37 a.m… but i’ll try.

I’m probably not going to be picking the actual best shots, because my never-ending path to consolidating my archive is still ongoing. So i might be leaving out some good ones without even knowing. I also separated my Lightroom catalogue recently and broke it down by year and camera, so all this stuff is from the x100s.

January

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Seattle W Hotel Room

First shot has nothing to do with street photography but it means a lot to me. Francesca followed me for a business trip and visited seattle for the first time. I was thrilled about her being there and stretched my wake hours to show her around. Up for work at 4 am, back to bed around 11 pm for a week, but well worth it. Also my luggage was lost and i got it two days before leaving… had to happen sooner or later.

February

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Rome – Via del Corso (maybe)

Still on the tail end of Francesca’s tour, i continued to travel a lot on the weekends to meet up with her. The February shot is from a St. Valentine’s weekend where i purchased the ticket the on a late thursday night and left on Friday afternoon. Out and about while she was at work. I like the two couples hugging and the guy in the middle by himself. Sorry mate, better luck next year.

March

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Grottaglie – SS7

One of the few days with no rain. Francesca’s tour was over so she was spending more time with me. We just moved to the new apartment the month before and we used any time we could to look for furniture. Shot on the SS7 on the way to some lousy furniture shop. We ended up getting most of the stuff from my parents and buying cool little decorative objects from flea markets.

April

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Grottaglie

I struggled to pick a shot here and not because there were too many good ones… I spent most of the month down south with the exception of a couple of days in Napoli. April was characterized by some crazy ass working schedules, but luckily i made it through.  This was a walk on a Saturday, which of course was also a holiday, just ignorantly roaming around Grottaglie. I stayed awhile after i found the truck, trying to get closer (i wanted a full frontal shot), but this was the best i could do. I’m 33 and can’t afford to trespass private property and still be professional.

May

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Torino

No worries, he wasn’t dead. Just very, very tired and drunk. May was the most prolific month of the year with a whopping 2339 shots taken (that’s only counting this camera though). A lot things going on by scrolling the catalogue. The May 1st concert in Taranto.  (temporarily) quitting smoking and telling myself to take a picture every time i wanted a cigarette. Beautiful week long trip to Lisbon (what a breather). And of course the long weekend up in Torino with Peppe, majestically pictured above, and my former Torino partner in crime Giggino. The shot is in black and white because around that time i started to shoot at very high iso at night to make up for shutter speed. The camera will boost up to 25600 but only if you give up raw, and only output being the jpeg.

June

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Napoli

I had two favorite shots for june, but i keep going back to this one. I like the diagonal given by the kid’s arms almost cutting the frame in two, the parallel with her shadow and the almost perpendicular of the bodies. I dunno, i liked it..

July

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Napoli

I can start listing the things i remember about July but this blog is not really about personal memories so this is why i picked this shot. I think that’s where i started steering towards the direction this blog is going to today.  Instead of wasting mental energy on trying to develop long term projects, my output started to be more related to my walks. And so this shot is one of a few decent ones from a morning out in my old neighborhood.

August

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Slovenia – Piran

This one is from my vacation in Slovenia. I’m hypnotized by the yellow of the building and new this shot was coming so stayed there sweating my eyes against the viewfinder waiting for one of the birds to fly off.I have the preview off after i shoot to not get distracted and “chimp”. Once it happened, i wanted to stay a little more, but it was fucking hot (39C) so i just hoped for the best and continued walking. I was debating on a couple more shots (prague for a business trip) but the yellow…. Plus i like the metaphor of the bird leaving. I like to think that’s gonna be me someday.

September

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Seattle

Seattle and just walking alone at night with the camera. Francesca likes this one a lot so i’m following her taste. In september i finally bought a new phone that has a very good camera (the LG G4) and started to get more comfortable with it just recently. Not with the phone itself, but with the fact i can use it for photography. In fact, i’m not taking the fuji for new years, but will just be with my phone. The picture above is from the x100s though.

October

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Martina Franca

If you’re crazy enough to read this blog, this shot also came up from a morning walk out, in particular at the Martina Franca flea market. Another one of those cases where i’m trying to stitch things together from single walks. Again, i’m noticing how none of these so-called best shots deserve a 5-star rating, but within their sets, they make more sense… i love this concept.

November

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Bologna

Literally no keepers in November, at least from my fuji camera. So here’s a pug from Bologna. This was also the month i started smoking again so the pug staring at me like i’m a dumbass totally makes sense.

December

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Bari

There were other pictures that deserved to be here in this post, but this was a learning moment for me, or actually a proving moment. I always knew the advantages of busy gatherings for street photography, but that time i really took advantage of it. I was in the old town in Bari and was waiting on francesca to get hot chocolate which probably started preparation by planting cocoa. Anyways, it turned out i was at a corner of a busy intersection and just kept the camera to my face for a solid 10 minutes, no interruption. After a while, i was just wallpaper. People looked at me and then looked away since i was in that pose even before they arrived. I touched with hand the benefits and noticed the potential. I’ll always keep this in the back of my mind.

Conclusions:

I’ll draw those next post and maybe have the runner ups for the ones above – for now, thanks for sticking with this if you made it here. I learned a lot this year and i hope to continue on the same path the next. Hopefully more blog posts which would mean more pictures to share. Happy 2016 yall.

Francesco

Note: it’s now 2:05  am, and i had a great time writing this.

Holiday morning at the ER

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Definitely would avoid one of these anytime, especially during the holiday break but I’ve got used to it by now.

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I wasn’t the reason so i decided to use the wait to my advantage. Girlfriend did too.

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Very happy with my Lg G4 phone. I shot, edited and posted with it.

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More waiting. Experimenting with vsco A presets, i go from a4 to a5 based on the light. Just added a 3:2 crop to compensate for the G4’s wide angle.

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Now home for a 5pm nap. Happy holidays.

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A Monochrome return home

A Monochrome return home

This set chronicles my return home on a lazy Sunday afternoon back in November of this year. I was really shooting just to pass time and without any particular interest until my better half noticed these pictures while i was browsing through on my phone.

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Centro Direzionale – November 2015 – LG G4

The first one that caught her eye was the one above, which she said looks like a zipper closing in on the subject, and after she made me notice i can’t see anything else now.

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Gas Station – November 2015 – LG G4

Some of these are casual some there’s intent behind them. A few of them were left out, but i really like them all in monochrome. It was a really quick decision. My personal favorite below.

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Overpass – November 2015 – LG G4

The 16:9 format initially threw me off, but i ended up liking it. I think it pushes the eye to look around and find more stuff be captured by.

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Overpass – November 2015 – LG G4

Also quite surprised by the phone. I remember having a lot of fun taking these in manual mode and just experimenting with different settings, like the one below where i had reflections and the fast background on the highway.

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Fast – November 2015 – LG G4

I’m a sucker for the most characteristic view of my old town.

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Napoli – November 2015 – LG G4

The dramatic black and white helps understand what was once a hope for a downtown area looks like today from afar. It’s decadent, lonely and actually not a nice place to be at night, even though during the day it’s quite an active business center for a many businesses.

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Centro Direzionale – November 2015 – LG G4

Taranto is the stop where i usually start to grab my shit and make sure i have everything with me. Close the jacket, grab my scarf and hat, and double check for all my pockets to be zippered up (nice link back to the first pic). Next stop is Grottaglie and a mile walk to home. I had a lot of luggage that time around so no shots on my way back.

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Taranto Bus Station – November 2015 – LG G4

Triangles


It was a good night tonight. After a long day’s work just settled down with two new but old friends. The perfect get together to round up a quite intense week which has still not come to an end.

Tomorrow I’m at work, and even though I hate it I’m going home. For a long time or at least longer than usual. 3 weeks. I got x100 and my Pentax spotmatic already packed and a few rolls of film. I’m good to go.

Good things to come. Gonna have fun.

A Sunday Morning walk back in April

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Knowing i might be entering (hopefully) my last year here, it makes me like it more. I’ve recently been in Bologna (wonderful, pictures soon to come) and found myself day-dreaming of living there. Then i tried to think to myself what i would’ve thought if i were visiting grottaglie as a tourist. I would probably wish to try it out by living there.DSCF4757

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Good weather is an undeniable benefit.DSCF4647

And this made me immediately fall back for grottaglie: i’m lucky enough to live in the center of town and find a very decent place. I have a good round of friends to go out with. I have a flexible job. i’m close to the sea. Salento is THE place to go on vacation in italy. I got all that i need….DSCF4691-HDR

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I’m going to make the most of whatever time i have left. Winter started and begun is half done.DSCF4717

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Summer is just around the corner.DSCF4655

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It’ll be soon till i’ll start to feel sorry about what i’ve missed. Better make the most of what’s left.DSCF4581