Week 52: UConn, seeing double

My brother was in town visiting from California, so we decided to go to the University of Connecticut, my alma mater, and bring along our cameras.  He with a Leica M6 TTL and I brought along my Leitz-Minolta CL.  It had been at least 10 or 15 years since he walked around the campus, and as a school, it has made a number of really major improvements in that time.  Since I graduated some 23 years ago, it is like a completely different school.  It had a dumpy, neglected quality to it when I attended, like the beginning of a trend towards ‘Life without Humans’.  Now it is a jewel of a campus.

I had my M-Rokkor 40mm/f2 lens, and since the light meter doesn’t work on my camera, I also had my Gossen Digisix,  For development, I decided to use Rodinal 1+100 as semi-stand: 1 hour total development time, gentle agitations (3) at the start, then 2 gentle inversions at 20 mins and again at 40 mins.

The negatives curled something fierce, and despite keeping them under a book for a while, they still looked like U-shaped culverts when I loaded them in the scan holders.  A few scan ended up being softer in focus than the actual negatives.

Orthodox Church, cropped

Orthodox Church, cropped

Swan Lake, reeds

Swan Lake, reed

Tale of Two Trees, cropped

Tale of Two Trees, cropped

Lone Tree, cropped

Lone Tree, cropped

Symmetry interrupted

Symmetry interrupted

We had a small snow squall during this week, so to finish out the roll, I took a few shots during the snowfall.

Snow squall, cropped

Snow squall, cropped

I also shot my Vermeer 4×5 pinhole camera during this week.  My film holders were loaded with Arista.EDU 400 sheet film.  I must have exposed them sometime in the fall, likely with my Graflex Speed Graphic, because I got some nice flower shots in the middle of my pinhole exposures.  As with the Tri-X, I developed semi-stand with Rodinal 1+100.

Double Exp

Double Exp

And with that, wow, this project for 2014 is completed.  I frankly wasn’t sure I’d be able to do this for an entire year, and some weeks were more difficult than others.

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