After riding my new Fuji Nevada mountain bike to the Edmond Liberty Fest Independence Day Parade with my Toyo VX-125 film camera loaded into my bicycle panniers, I found a spot across from UCO clock tower to capture this photo on Kodak TMAX-100 black and white film. It is always difficult to frame these photos just right. I had to wait for the right moment to capture the horses, but the riders turned to look at something across the road right before I snapped the shutter. Oh well, if I wanted to better capture the action I would shoot with a DSLR or maybe my Pentax 6×7 film camera.
While at the Edmond Liberty Fest Parade I took this photo of antique cars driving in the parade. I never know the exact framing with my Toyo VX-125 film camera since I have to set it all up, compose through the viewfinder, close the leaf shutter in the lens, insert the film and then just hope things happen in the frame as I expect. Not exactly what I was hoping for in this picture, but then again that is why I practice with this camera.
Shot on Kodak TMAX-100 film and processed at home I my kitchen sink using Kodak D76 developer then wet scanned on my Epson V-750 film scanner.
Well I have had a long layoff on my 4x5x365 project. Originally I planned shoot one 4×5 photo per day. That wasn’t practical at all. So I planned to shoot several 4×5 photos at once, and then post one per day. That lasted a bit longer but again proved unsustainable with my schedule and life. Soooo, now I have changed my plan again – I am just trying to get to 365 photos of 4×5 film. Maybe I can make that happen!
July 4 is always a big time in Edmond, the city where I live in central Oklahoma. We have what USA Today says is one of the top 10 Independence Day parades in the USA! It is always crowed, and I recently started riding my bicycle a LOT while trying to improve my health. I traded in my old Softride road bike for a new Fuji mountain bike in the spring, and rigged up some nice panniers and rack. So I decided to toss my 4×5 camera on my bike, ride to the parade, and shoot this even with my large format rig.
First up is this shot of a couple who’s Ford Model A car broke down during the parade. They parked behind me during the parade so I just turned my camera around and took their photo – after asking them to pose for me. I wish I had gotten their car more in the photo but there just wasn’t enough room or time to get the picture.
I shot this with my Toyo VX-125 film camera on Kodak TMAX-100 film – my favorite black and white film stock.
I sometimes carry my Nikon F3 film camera with a manual focus 50mm F1.8 lens mounted and just grab photos while out and about. I will load up a roll of Kodak TMAX-100 and it might sit in the camera for a few months before I shoot it the entire roll. Later when I develop the film I get nice little surprises like these below.
After photographing the snowmobiles, I turned around and shot this photo of a snow cat machine. I inadvertently overexposed the image but was still able to recover a usable image thanks to the wide latitude of Kodak TMAX-100 film. This is on the outskirts of Red River, New Mexico shot on my Toyo VX-125 film camera.