Getting in a Groove

I was again out at Cruising Grand this past Friday.   It takes me about fifteen minutes to drive to Escondido from my house, not a long way, but that’s after an hour drive through traffic after work.  By the time I get home it’s a bit of a mind game to get motivated to go out again.  I could easily just sit on the couch and call it a day after a busy week.  I know that if I do that I’ll miss opportunities.  The problem is one never knows what might have been.  That keeps me on track to get out and shoot.  So, I change clothes and pick up my gear and get back on the road.

I got to Escondido and walked the short way to Grand Avenue where all the cars and people are.  It took me a while to get in the groove.  This is a normal issue for me.  After a week of work my mind isn’t focused on taking photographs.  I’m just not in the right state of mind to see any worthwhile shots.  So I take my time and don’t force myself.  Last Friday I just walked around for a while and tried to focus on seeing.

I am getting picky about what I shoot here.  I’ve been doing this for so many years now and don’t want to just repeat images that are already in my library.  I tend to look for more unique and situational images.  Photographing people isn’t my thing but I’m not averse to it either.  For these images I want to isolate the cars and not have people in them at all.  I also look as much to the background as the main subject and found myself just standing in place waiting for people to move on, sometimes for ten or fifteen minutes till an area cleared.  How much time I’m willing to invest waiting depends on how good the shot might be.  That’s all in my head.  There are times I give up too quickly and other times where the shot just doesn’t give the payback.

This week was with the Rollei.  The camera I take sets the pace for my shooting.  With the Leica MP I tend to shoot more street style and more often than when I have my Rollei.  My Rollei really does make me shoot less and as a result I get more shots that I like.  The Rollei brings out my creativity and makes me a much more discerning photographer.  Here are my shots for this week, all taken with a Rolleiflex 2.8f on Ilford Delta 3200 shot at box speed.  I processed them in HC-110 for 14:30 minutes with normal agitation.  I agitate for the first minute and then two or three every minute.  Images are scanned in an Epson V850 scanner using Silverfast software.