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Granularity 13

Potomac River, Washington DC / Konica C35, Kodacolor Gold 200

Relax

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Clinging On

Plants are tough. I found this out when I bought my first house and discovered a liking for gardening. Despite my heavy handed and often ill-informed efforts most plants survived my ministrations, and many even flourished. So I wasn’t surprised to see on a walk along the old Chesapeake and Ohio Canal in Georgetown these plants growing in bare scatterings of soil in cracks and crevices in the concrete walls and rocks.

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Granularity 12

Chinatown, Washington DC / Nikon FM2n, Nikkor 50 mm f1.8 AI, Kodak Portra 400


Granularity 11

Chinatown, Washington DC / Nikon FM2n, Nikkor 50 mm f1.8 AI, Kodak Portra 400

The Minolta 24mm…

…or, to give it its full designation, the Minolta MD W.Rokkor-X 24mm 1:2.8.

This is an SR mount lens. The SR mount was introduced with Minolta’s first SLR, the SR-2, in 1958. (There was an SR-1, but it was released after the SR-2). All manual focus Minolta SLRs used the SR mount, but when Minolta switched to autofocus cameras the company developed a new mount. This mount, known as the Alpha mount, is still in use on Sony’s DSLRs. The MD designation identifies this as a lens specifically designed to work with the Minolta XD camera, introduced in 1977.

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Granularity 10

Chinatown, Washington DC / Nikon FM2n, Nikkor 50 mm f1.8 AI, Kodak Portra 400


Granularity 9

I try to keep the editing of my film files to a minimum but this one needed quite a lot of work because of the strong light and shadows, but I thought it was worth the effort. Those familiar with Washington, DC will recognise the Smithsonian Museum of African American History and Culture, while almost everyone will know the Washington Monument. Getting something a little different is a challenge on the mall in DC since nearly every inch of it has been photographed a million times and more so when I saw this image taking shape as I walked by I decided to try a couple of shots despite the difficult light. I think it still needs more work, particularly on the edges of the monument but it’s getting there.

I like the way hard lines of the two structures both challenge and complement each other. I also liked the play of light through the open metal work of the museum’s facade.

The Mall, Washington DC / Nikon FM2n, Nikkor 50 mm f1.8 AI, Kodak Portra 400


Granularity 4

Dupont Circle Metro, Washington DC / Nikon FM2n, Nikkor 50 mm f1.8 AI, Ilford HP5+

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Dupont Circle Metro, Washington DC / Nikon FM2n, Nikkor 50 mm f1.8 AI, Ilford HP5+

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