Waking up late on a Saturday morning is not my preferred way to start weekends. I would honestly prefer waking up early with the entire day ahead of me, but then again, I normally think about sleeping in literally every single day of the week. So sometimes I allow myself to stay in bed a little longer. And this was one of those days…
I got out of bed around 10:15 and stayed on the balcony for a few minutes. I had a choice. Either go make coffee and breakfast, have a cigarette and spend some time browsing random youtube videos on TV (my favorite couch potato activity). OR grab my cheap running gear, down a glass of water and get out of the house.
For me this is usually like jumping off a cliff. I just need to take that step. And so i did.
Ran 4.5km in 34 mins and my knee was killing me half way. Not much at all, but enough to keep me starting again.
NOTES: All shot on trix pushed at 1600 (this was before my latest commitment). Not the pentax as usual (it was on the sidelines) but the trusty backup minolta m7000.
99% of the people don’t get to do what makes them happy and gives them joy. At least not all the time. So you have to just bite the bullet and be aggressive. The world is not going to fall apart if you don’t give 110% ALL THE FUCKING TIME.
That was for me. Now on to this post…..
I’m slowly getting into the rhythm of getting a little more participation going on this blog and it’s starting to show.
Yeah, a lot is because I started actively shooting again which is awesome. Yesterday I actually did one of the things i could only have wet dreams about while i was still down in the countryside in Puglia.
Mid-morning cigarette break allowed me to go grab a sandwich, which i ate while working around 12. So from 1:15 to 2:15 i had my time for whatever i wanted to do. I had my camera with me which wasn’t great because of the weight from home to work and back. BUT at 1:16 i was already heading down to Piazza di Spagna.
So if you’re not from Rome, that’s one of the main tourists location. And for me it means a lot of photographic opportunities.
So around 1:40 i was there and i had a full 20 mins to fuck around. Not much at the end of the shoot, just 10 shots, but still worth it. I walked back and made it by 2:15 on the dot.
Now this can’t be an everyday thing, or maybe it can. But it felt good to stray away from the routine and do something i love.
So on to my improvement plans from my last post.
Less push on my film. ON PLAN
Get away from Tri-X. ON PLAN – Shot some more HP5 yesterday and i have 3 more rolls to burn. I might buy some more.
Use lunch break to shoot. ON PLAN.
Run! PLANNED. Thinking about tomorrow…… we’ll see about that but that is the plan.
By the way, this was my view at 1:53 PM yesterday:
It’s been a long time since i posted any pictures taken on film here. There’s a very simple reason behind it actually: my trusty Spotmatic started giving me some bad signs last July, with the mirror not coming back down randomly after shots. I did bring it along with me to Seattle for a couple of rolls, but once it started to produce the same erratic behaviour i definitely put it to rest until i was going to be able to fix it.
Plus the fact that i was till down in Grottaglie didn’t help, there was no one i could go to…
Then came the move to Rome, but the new house was a priority. So long story short, i finally found a place here and brought it over to a small shot and got it repaired a little over a month ago.
So for this Melbourne trip i was from earlier this year i was really upset… No Pentax, no backup (it was in storage) and just a compact Olympus XA to get me through. Luckily we found a house, got the shipment and took the Minolta M7000 with me for this one. No manual rewind, but better than the XA.
So fast forward to nowadays, late April, i’m back reunited with the Spotmatic and trying to make up for the lost time. Back into developing and scanning (already more than 10 rolls this last month).
So I got more and more on my hands. This is the first decent shot from the rejuvenated Pentax.
So a few of good resolutions:
Less push on Tri-x when it is not needed. It’s not winter, there’s enough daylight and unless i’m on business trips where i only get out at night, i really don’t need to shoot at 1600 all the time. Plus 24 mins of development time is too fucking much… And i honestly like the plain Tri-X at 400.
Get away from Tri-X. This came from shooting Japan Camera Hunter’s film (shots above in Melbourne). I really like how it looks, to the point i want to diversify. Who gives a fuck about continuity on the style. It’s just black and white… So i already shot a couple of HP5s and bought 4 more.
The most difficult and important: use my lunch breaks to walk around and shoot.
Same difficulty as 3. Start running again. Really need it.
Between February and March I had a rough 2 weeks straight on business trip. I drove down from home to Frosinone for a couple of days, drove straight down to Foggia to teach a class, came back to Naples on Friday afternoon to say hi to my parents, then drove right back up to Rome late in the Evening. Saturday morning I hopped on a train that took me to the airport where I took a flight that eventually brought me to Israel.
I got there late in the evening, and the next morning I was already at work. Israel has a different work week, that starts on a Sunday and ends on a Thursday.
I didn’t really get any time to discover the city. All i was left with were the late evenings, so all my photos were taken around that time and on the drive to and from work. At least i wasn’t driving…
It’s really different from where i’ve been up to this point. Mostly due to my ignorance, but i had some tension going in. The beefed up security doesn’t help, but after a couple days i eventually got used to it, and can’t wait to get back there this Summer.
So the pictures are really not that great and all taken with my phone.
I wasn’t sure whether they should have stayed in color or black and white, BUT i fixed my Pentax a few weeks ago and already got some rolls through, so there’s gonna be tons of film rolling (pun intended) in the blog soon.
To my surprise i developed 5 rolls, and soon enough 6 more are on the shelf waiting. The house is shaping up nicely and i have my desk and scanner back all working AND the 24 inch monitor (which helps a lot when editing).
Looking forward to 4 days off work now, so hopefully i’ll get some more down time to write, develop, scan and shop for some developer and film. And who knows… i got my eye on a Mamiya M645…… we’ll see!
I had very little time to enjoy the house and it was back on the road again, the place where i spent the most of this 2017. And I’m not in either of those places anymore… Writing from Tel Aviv. But that’s another post.
This time around I did not rent. I felt like driving my own car, and thoroughly enjoyed it, I must say. Even without the speed control, the little-to-no care of driving a rental, the park-where-I-feel-like type of approach, I missed my good old focus and hopefully will get her on the road as soon as I get another chance.
With that said, it hasn’t been too bad being away from home as I think. The hotels are decent and I get to see cool places. I would like to spend some more time and get to know Rome better. It’ll come…
This last hotel in Foggia, i knew what i was getting into. Some kind of Shining deal… but it’s comfortable and peaceful. Maybe a little too much.
And the restaurant sucks.
Last morning.. go to work, drive 4 hours home with a pit stop at home to surprise my parents, and off back to Rome with one night stop at home. Next morning, afternoon flight to Tel Aviv.
Notes: All S7 again. I’m shooting Tri-X@800 with the Olympus XA but I have a huge backlog of film to develop. I sent the rolls of color to the lab and will pick them up next week, so more film to come. For now just cell 😦 i did learn through these posts that the cell phone editor is fine but not phenomenal. Tried one picture with Snapseed and liked it much more, so I will stick to that going forward.
Woke up to an early start on thursday. Some work, some last minute shopping and the honorable Napoli defeat at the hands of the Real Madrid.
Left the room around noon and headed to the airport. Had lunch in the Etihad Lounge, which was surprisingly good.
Onto my first flight. 14 hours.
Landed late in Abu Dhabi, looking forward to the second leg which will lead me home. This second flight was pretty rough with a lot of turbulence. Hard time… last 7 hours but i really just wanted to be home by this time.
Last portion of the trip, train ride back home.
Looks like home. Even though I just moved here.
I’ll write more on this trip soon. Now i’m jet lagged and woke up at 4 am. Going to put a video together to share with Francesca including all the pictures of this post.