It was a black and white weekend. I shot six rolls of Kodak Tri-X at two classic car events. It included some experimentation and a painful back injury. Read on for details!
Friday night saw me at Cruising Grand, a weekly event in Escondido, California. It’s basically an 50's cruise night with side streets fully populated with vintage, classic cars from the early days of automobiles to the classics of today. I shot all of it in black and white on my Leica MP and a combination of lenses including the 28mm Elmarit and 50mm summicron.
It’s a relatively short drive from home, about 20 minutes. I got there around 5:30pm and shot for an hour or so in pretty decent light at box speed, ISO 400. As it turned darker, I pushed the film to ISO 2400 and shot well into the night. I finally left around 7:45pm feeling I may have gotten a couple of decent shots.
This was my first night of the season at Cruising Grand. It goes every on weekly, every Friday from April 3rd to October 2nd. I am always thinking about how best to capture this event. Car shots are great, love to take them but I wonder if they don’t get somewhat repetitive after a while. So I look for new flavors and approaches to how I capture my images here. My ultimate goal is to photograph the feeling I have at the event. There’s a definite car culture here. That’s what I’m trying to capture. The cars, the characters and the event. I haven’t fully nailed it yet, but that’s what keeps me coming back as often as I can.
Saturday, the next day, I ventured off to the fairgrounds at Del Mar, California for the annual Goodguys 15th Meguiar Del Mar Nationals. This is a huge event which brings in thousands of people to enjoy the hundreds of classic cars which show up. There’s so much to see here. I spent a good part of an afternoon there only interrupted by an injury. It’s really hard to injure oneself taking photographs but I managed it. I was leaning in the side window to get this shot below and my lower back literally ripped in two, at least that’s how it felt.
Those of you who have had lower back pain probably know what I’m talking about. It was painful! I took a few more shots but eventually had to give it up and drive home. Without going into the painful details, suffice it to say I was fighting pain for the rest of the weekend and am still in recovery mode.
But I still had fun, any day out with my camera makes me happy. On Sunday I developed six rolls of Tri-X. I looked like the hunchback of Notre Dame working my chemicals at the sink. It was a painful ordeal, but I couldn’t wait to see what the weekend produced. Two rolls pushed to ISO 2400 were developed in HC-110(B) at a ratio of 1-31 for 16 minutes. I agitated for the first minute and then every minute with one to three agitations. The ISO 400 rolls shot at box speed were developed in HC-110(B) for 6 minutes with the same agitation regime. All were scanned on my brand new Epson Perfection V850 Pro scanner. I'll do a review after some experience with it.
I need to be more careful about exposure on my black and white images and not be as adventurous as I am with Kodak Portra. I tended to overexpose most of my daytime shots a tad too much. I was able to recover them in Lightroom with little effect but would prefer to get them closer to the proper exposure in camera. Lesson learned.
Anyway, it was a great weekend even if I did mess up my back.
As always, thanks for reading.