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Santa Teresa

Santa Teresa

Overpasses doin it

46
photos
24 Jun 2019
In San Jose's Santa Teresa neighborhood lies an interchange of two freeways suspended in the air. This is the honey and I'm the bear, so of course I photographed it. I shot these images on a Hasselblad 500C/M loaded with Fuji Pro 160NS film. continue reading »

Sunnyvale in the Rain

Sunnyvale in the Rain

What irony

42
photos
6 Mar 2019
I took to the mean streets of Sunnyvale, California, armed with a Pentax 645Nii and rolls of Ektachrome E100VS and E200 slide film. It started raining on me, so I also carried an umbrella. Changing film in the rain is difficult. continue reading »

Saratoga Residential

Saratoga Residential

On expired Ektachrome 64T in the Leica M3

115
photos
6 Feb 2019
I walked the residential neighborhoods of Saratoga, California, scouring the streets for interesting compositions of sidewalks, houses, cars, and quiet suburban street life. To capture this, I used my trusty Leica M3, loaded with expired Ektachrome 64T, in order to give the photos the otherworldly blue cast.

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15 Photos of Redwood City

15 Photos of Redwood City

Using expired Portra 160NC in the Hasselblad 500

25
photos
18 Sep 2018

Redwood City is on the southern side of the San Francisco Peninsula.

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Fujifilm X-E1 in SF

Fujifilm X-E1 in SF

A "new" old camera

92
photos
14 Sep 2018
The Fujifilm X-E1 is a first generation X-series camera, and on eBay they are now available in the sub-$250 range, so I bought one. continue reading »

Burbank Neighborhood

Burbank Neighborhood

Old camera, old film, old neighborhood

72
photos
8 Jul 2018

One of San Jose's less glamorous neighborhoods is squeezed right in the middle of the city. Named "Burbank" after Luther Burbank, inventor of the Russet Potato, whatever forces have been holding this area back from redevelopment will probably be lifted soon, but each year brings additional vacancies and business closures.

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Excelsior to Bernal Heights

Excelsior to Bernal Heights

Falling in love with the GA645Zi

155
photos
15 Apr 2018
I returned to San Francisco's Excelsior District for more wandering around and photo making, getting as far as Bernal Heights before running out of time. Along the way, I carried the Fujifilm GA645Zi – what is essentially a medium-format point-and-shoot camera. continue reading »

Yet More Santa Clara

Yet More Santa Clara

The Old Quad captured on yet more film

98
photos
14 Apr 2018
In my ongoing attempt to encapsulate the suburban experience in photographs, I have spent another day wandering around Santa Clara's Old Quad neighborhood, where a large cluster of Victorian and other historic homes ceaselessly yearn for my attention. continue reading »

Santa Clara, Revisited

Santa Clara, Revisited

24 More Santa Clara street photos (on film)

93
photos
13 Apr 2018
One day recently, just before it rained, I walked the streets of Santa Clara to bring you these photos. Many frames of expired Kodak Elite Chrome 100 gave their lives in a Canon Rebel 2000 wearing the EF 40mm pancake lens to make this happen, just for you. continue reading »

Julian St. James & Los Gatos

Julian St. James & Los Gatos

Breaking in the GA645Zi

225
photos
7 Mar 2018
Fujifilm is a company that makes cameras based on crazy ideas so that gear-obsessed nerds like me can buy them. In this particular instance, I picked up on an impulse, the Fujifilm GA645Zi. This is essentially a medium format point-and-shoot camera. continue reading »

San Jose at Night, Again

San Jose at Night, Again

On Portra and LomoChrome Purple

130
photos
6 Mar 2018
I shot these photos using a Hasselblad 500C/M, a 40mm Distagon lens, and Kodak Portra or LomoChrome Purple film. I shot at El 100 for both rolls, adjusting for reciprocity failure by just winging it with some extra time. continue reading »

Purple Nights

Purple Nights

San Jose at Night

55
photos
11 Feb 2018

I shot these a month ago, in early January, and just re-edited them now in a style that, for me, is new. I'm not sure how I feel about them, yet, but I like them enough to post them here. They were shot using the X-Pro2 and X-T1, using the 50mm and 23mm lenses.

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Wooster

Wooster

San Jose Neighborhood

49
photos
6 Jan 2018

Last winter, amid the storms and downpours, I walked around the Wooster and Julian neighborhoods near downtown San Jose, shooting photos using my Canon Rebel 2000, EF 50mm f/1.4 lens, and expired Kodak Ektar 25 film.

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Lakeside

Lakeside

San Francisco

19
photos
2 Jan 2018

On New Years Day, I wandered around the Lakeside area of San Francisco with my Fujifilm X-Pro2.

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San Jose Night

San Jose Night

on film

9
photos
19 Dec 2017

Shot using the Kowa/SIX and expired Portra 160VC.

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Yuletide

Yuletide

Corporate Christmas

280
photos
13 Dec 2017

Here are 15 of downtown San Jose's best office tower lobby Christmas Trees. I shot these photos using the Kowa/SIX and Portra 160VC film (expired, but from the same stock as other rolls that worked well).

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santa clara

santa clara

on medium format e100vs

54
photos
8 Dec 2017

For the Hasselblad 500C/M's first real outing with the 220-back, I walked the streets of Santa Clara area armed with the Distagon 40mm lens and rolls of expired Kodak Ektachrome E100VS slide film. The film has held up well, and the colors came through nice and vibrant. Here are the 10 best frames.

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Financial District 6x6

Financial District 6x6

San Francisco

125
photos
5 Dec 2017

I had time recently to walk around the Financial District in San Francisco, so I used it to take photos using the Hasselblad 500C/M and Kodak Tri-X film. My only working lens for the system right now is the Distagon 40mm with its crazy wide angle of view, so that's what I used.

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Crockett

Crockett

on Portra 160VC

97
photos
1 Dec 2017

Crockett, California is a small town at the foot of the Carquinez Bridge famed for the large C&H Sugar Factory dominating the view. Having many old and winding streets mixed with the unique vistas, I was drawn to photograph the area.

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Alameda Long & Wide

Alameda Long & Wide

with the Kowa

134
photos
20 Nov 2017
For my own testing, as well as an article here, I wanted to shoot a roll of film through the Kowa using exclusively each the wide 55mm lens and the long 150mm lens. continue reading »

Palo Alto

Palo Alto

On the Xpan

34
photos
30 Jul 2017
I ran some rolls of expired original Velvia through the Xpan on the mean streets of Palo Alto, California. Some of the rolls were too expired... so I converted them to monochrome. continue reading »

willow glen

willow glen

on film

46
photos
27 Jul 2017

Willow Glen is one of the older neighborhoods. Incorporate into San Jose's city limits somewhat against their will, they maintain their own identity more strongly than some other areas that suffered a similar fate.

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santa clara homestead

santa clara homestead

breaking in the x-pro2

98
photos
23 Jul 2017

Because I have no self control, I purchased a Fujifilm X-Pro2 to accompany my Fujifilm X setup. I will do a full write-up after I get more experience with the camera, but in the meantime I wanted to share these photos I shot on Homestead Avenue in Santa Clara – the first time I took the X-Pro2 out for some photos outside the house.

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San Jose

San Jose

Testing the XF 50mm f/2

16
photos
20 May 2017

I took the new Fujifilm XF 50mm f/2 lens out for a stroll this morning.

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carquinez

carquinez

not exclusively

43
photos
30 Apr 2017

I had an appointment in Berkeley recently and no reason to rush home, so I took some photos around that area, and wandered around the town of Crockett (which I didn't know existed before this) which is right at the Carquinez Strait.

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coleman

coleman

san jose neighborhood

22
photos
4 Feb 2017

An old industrial neighborhood holding out against the rising property values surrounding it. Shot using the Leica M3 and T-Max 100.

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San Francisco Adventure

San Francisco Adventure

XPan Edition

32
photos
26 Nov 2016

I took out the Xpan II on a trip up to San Francisco, shooting three rolls of film: one Ektachrome 100SW, one Ektar 125, and one ProImage 100, all Kodak stocks.

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Night Film

Night Film

Ektachrome 50T shots of San Jose's skyline

45
photos
19 Nov 2016

I have read online that for long exposure night time film photography, Tungsten-balanced slide films can provide the "best" results. So I tried it out for myself, using this ancient Kodak Ektachrome 50T, letting my Canon Rebel 2000 do the metering automatically at +1.

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first impressions, part 2: xpan ii

first impressions, part 2: xpan ii

and the island of lost dreams

49
photos
10 Nov 2016

Here's some of my first photos with the Xpan II. I used way expired Kodak TMax P3200 film, exposed at EI 640 (I needed to use that ancient stuff for something). I have the 45mm and 90mm lenses for the Xpan, so those were the focal lengths used.

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visitacion to mission

visitacion to mission

san francisco

114
photos
4 Oct 2016

I walked from Visitacion Valley through the Excelsior, into Noe Valley, through the Mission into the Castro and finally ended in the Lower Haight. My fitbit recorded 37,000 steps and 125 floors on this day.

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hensley district

hensley district

san jose neighborhood

10
photos
31 Jul 2016
Photos I shot using the Canon Elan IIe. continue reading »

santa monica

santa monica

california

29
photos
2 Jun 2016

I visited family, and took these shots (mostly in Santa Monica) on Kodak Colorplus 200 film. My Canon Elan IIe broke in the airport on the way home.

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Campbell

Campbell

Expired Ektachrome 160T in the Leica M3

34
photos
10 May 2016
I shot these photos using the Leica M3 and expired Ektachrome 160T and 64T. Exposure values were total guesswork, based on the late afternoon light, age of the film, and tungsten balance. continue reading »

San Mateo

San Mateo

Shot on Ektar 25 in the Leica M3

49
photos
6 May 2016

I shot these photos using the Leica M3 loaded with a roll of Ektar 25 – an older film unrelated to the new Ektar film which Kodak is currently producing. The muted tones and warm, rich greens complement each other here in a manner which I'm really enjoying.

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coit tower and the financial

coit tower and the financial

san francisco

33
photos
29 Apr 2016

These photos were all shot in a Leica M3 at 50mm, on Kodak Ektachrome 64T slide film. There were four rolls of film, and each was in a different state of decay.

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santa clara

santa clara

on film

18
photos
7 Apr 2016
I shot these walking around Santa Clara with my Elan IIe loaded with expired Fujifilm Sensia 200. continue reading »

san jose on a holga

san jose on a holga

my first time

61
photos
3 Feb 2016

With the end of production on the Holga cameras, I finally grabbed one while I still could. Here are some photos of downtown San Jose from my first roll of film through my shiny brand new Holga 120N. True to it's heritage, this Holga abounds with light leaks, distortion, vignetting, and everything else that digital cameras work towards eradicating.

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college park

college park

san jose neighborhood

30
photos
13 Sep 2015

College Park is an old residential neighborhood between downtown San Jose and Santa Clara. I took photos of it using my Fujifilm X-T1 and the 27mm f/2.8 pancake lens.

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lands end

lands end

san francisco

30
photos
5 Sep 2015
Lands End is in the northern part of San Francisco. I shot photos there using my Fujifilm X-T1 and a smattering of lenses: 16mm, 23mm, 27mm, 35mm, and 55-200mm. continue reading »

soma and the financial

soma and the financial

san francisco

26
photos
8 Apr 2015
I walked around the South of Market and Financial districts of San Francisco with my Fujifilm X-T1 and the 23mm, 35mm, and 55-200mm lenses. continue reading »
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is a one-person blog all about digital and film photography and its techniques, concepts, and accessories, and the search for the meaning of life. This project is created by Branden Frederick, a long-time hobbyist photographer with allegiance to no brand. The goal of this website is to help us all become better photographers.

Photography advice is the only as good as the person making the photos, and as Branden is miles away from being a great photographer, take this whole blog with a grain of salt.

about Branden Frederick

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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