Week 51: Stonington Borough

Stonington CT has one really famous section of town (Mystic) where you can find the Mystic Seaport and Aquarium, and another very quaint part of town (the Borough) which has the more interesting history.  It is one of the few remaining fishing villages in the state, where a number of the locals work Long Island Sound, fishing for, amongst other bounties, scallops.  These are locally sold and marketed as Stonington Scallops and are quite good I’ve been told.  Scallops can put me in the hospital or in the grave, so I tend to avoid them. Today it is also a popular summer spot, and many of the homes (when they go for sale) are quite expensive considering. But also the borough has an interesting history in one of the least popular wars in US history: The War of 1812.

It is detailed elsewhere, but the short version is that the residents of the borough managed to fight off some raiding British warships using a couple of cannons they had used to fight off another raid during the Revolutionary War.  From what I can recall, one of the residents had been a conscript ofthe British navy and became an expert cannoneer while serving.  I think the US government even tried to take the cannons back after the war, but the residents put up a bit of a stink and resisted. The borough has many homes dating from before the war which survived the raid, and many fly the US flag from the War of 1812.  The cannons are still there, on display in the center of the borough.

It is somewhat ironic that I went there with my Soviet-era Zenit 3M and Helios 40-1.  If you are not familiar with the Helios, it is a 85mm f1.5 tank of a lens, and is a petzval design (and loves to swirl the bokeh at f 1.5-f2.8).  I loaded up some Kodak Gold 400 (GC 400) and raced from house down to the borough in the hopes of getting there as the sun was setting.  On the way I noticed an ‘tourist’ overlook off I-95, and having grown up in the area and never really being much of a tourist, I had never stopped.  So what the heck.  It turned out to be a view of Mystic Seaport (which I shot in week 34).  Ugly power lines cropped out in the lower section of the shot.

Mystic Seaport

Mystic Seaport

The rest of the shots are from Stonington Borough itself.  Home developed with a Jobo C-41 press kit, scanned, a few have been cropped, with very minor level adjustments.  No matter what I do, I get spotting on the negs from the stabilizer, even though I use distilled water and put some photo-flo in there.  I finally broke down and ordered a negative squeegee to clean the excess water off before drying.  Anyway, the upshot is I used the Digital ICE on my scanner to get rid of that.

Pier

Pier

Canon #1

Canon #1

Cannon #2

Cannon #2

Ocean Bank

Ocean Bank

Stone Jetty

Stone Jetty

 

I’m not entirely sure what that photographer was shooting, but her flash kept going off.  Maybe I shouldn’t have, but I kind of giggled each time I saw that.  I think there was a seal in the kelp about 30 feet to the left of this shot.  I had a few other shots from this part of the borough as well with the wonderful golden sky in the background, but I think my Zenit has a bit of a shutter issue at slower speeds.  They looked well exposed in half the shot then had a distinct vertical lines where they were overexposed and blurry (probably because I thought the shutter had closed and moved a bit).

Zenit Malfunction

Zenit Malfunction

One more week to write up for 2014!  Woo hoo.  I’ll probably develop that roll tomorrow night and get this past year’s project wrapped up by Tuesday.

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