Another 365 Project – Day 11

Today’s images were taken last week and Saturday as they were shot on film in my Hasselblad. I processed the film this morning in Rodinal (actually Blazinol which I’ve read on-line was described as “Canadian Rodinal.”) This was also the first time I tried stand development processing TMX 100 for an hour in Rodinal using a dilution of 1:100. I was very pleased with the results and I’ll be processing my 120 this way from now on. The next time I shoot 4×5 I’ll also try stand development.

Below are the more interesting images from the roll as well as some thoughts on the compositions.

 

Repetition and reflection at Royal Bank Plaza. on the walk to Union Station. Hasselblad 500c/m, Planar 80mm f/2.8, TMX-100. Rodinal 1:100 stand development.

 

Commuters walking to Union Station to board their trains home. Hasselblad 500c/m, Planar 80mm f/2.8, TMX-100. Rodinal 1:100 stand development.

Depending on the direction of travel of the subject, the minimum shutter speed to freeze motion is different. This is illustrated above as the commuters walking away from the camera appear frozen while the commuter reflected in the glass traveling across the picture is blurred, suggesting motion.

At home on the weekend, I finished the roll of film walking the dog in a small park.

The melting snow uncovers the remnants of last fall’s dead leaves and wind blown newspapers. Hasselblad 500c/m, Planar 80mm f/2.8, TMX-100. Rodinal 1:100 stand development.

In the tangled morass of grasses lining the stream bank, the smooth newspaper draws attention. It is also lighter than it’s darker surround and placed close to a “rule-of-thirds” intersection point.

Trees denuded of last year’s leaves reflecting in puddles of snow melt. Hasselblad 500c/m, Planar 80mm f/2.8, TMX-100. Rodinal 1:100 stand development.

Ample use of the “rule-of-thirds.” Both trees are along the vertical lines of thirds. The puddle reflecting the tree falls in the intersection of the bottom and right lines of thirds.

 

A low angle and shallow depth of field makes normal houses look like miniatures. Hasselblad 500c/m, Planar 80mm f/2.8, TMX-100. Rodinal 1:100 stand development.

To avoid a bald white sky, I made sure that the branches of the tree broke the white expanse as well as framed the image.

 

A stream rising up the banks swollen with snow melt. Hasselblad 500c/m, Planar 80mm f/2.8, TMX-100. Rodinal 1:100 stand development.

Use of the diagonal line and the widening expanse of the river narrowing in the distance adds to the dynamism of the flowing stream. A slow-ish shutter speed of 1/30 increases blur waters rush in the near foreground.

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