talkin bout camerasa blog by Branden Frederick

New Almaden

Published 17 Apr 2018 – Updated 15 Apr 2018

Historic San Jose neighborhood on medium format Ektar

For a long time now, the New Almaden neighborhood of San Jose has been on my "to shoot" list. It's one of the first areas of the city to be populated by westerners, so many of the buildings are historic, or at least old-fashioned. Combined with the smaller roads and former mining sites, the area has a lot of visual interest.

To shoot the photos, I used the Hasselblad 500C/M with my newly CLAed normal lens, and ran a pro-pack of new Ektar through the camera. Ektar, which I've loved in the past, is a great film, but after looking at these results I think I'm going to hold off on for a while. The colors are magnificent, but they don't suit this subject, or many of the other subjects I tend to shoot. Maybe it's better suited for when I'm traveling, and really seek those vivid images.

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about Branden Frederick

I am a photographer: I have fun taking photos, and I always have.

I've had a camera in my hand my whole life, a 110 camera as a kid, and the high school's 35mm SLR later. In 2008 I spent six months doing nothing but taking photos and loved it. From that point on I've had my camera surgically attached to my hand (I lie). I went digital in the year 2000, and I came back to film in 2013. My parents tell me my photos are "nice".

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