Up On Da Statler

So a friend of mine was in a position to hook me up with a trip to the top of Statler City.  If you aren't from Buffalo, that's this place right der.  I invited Old Father Wahlstrom, and we trekked up to the roof to photograph the Rust Belt Utopia I call home as the sun set. _MG_9260

The tall walls were a real issue, especially since the 5d Mark ii (unmodified with Magic Lantern) can't do long exposures in live view mode.  I did the best I could with the circumstances. _MG_9356

The view was pretty incredible.  It was a clear day, and Niagara Falls was clearly visible.  Joe, the kindly man who took us up to the roof, told us that we should be able to see Toronto too, but I have no idea if that was true. _MG_9323

If nothing else, it showed me how fucking hideous the Buffalo Convention Center is.  A fairly new build, that horrible cube of gray concrete stood out like a sore thumb in the field of beautiful art deco and neoclassical buildings.

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It's on the bottom-left below.  Look at that fucking thing.

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So now I just need to figure out how to get on some more buildings.   If you have any suggestions, I'll buy you a six pack of Southern Tier. _MG_9500

Large Format Mini Update

Today, I got the remaining 4 negatives I had forgotten to mail last week.  If you read all my updates, I'm sure you're pretty sick of this beach. Sunset on frozen Lake Erie.

I actually sort of love this.  This is essentially a straight scan, with no digital post-production.  I never cease to be amazed by Portra's dynamic range.  It's hard to see here, but the shadows retain detail, even in a shot that's metered for the sun.  It's pretty cool.

Unfortunately, not all my photos worked out.

 

Whoops.

So I don't hate this photo, but it's obviously shot.  Outside the off-center framing, I apparently caught the Crown Graphic's rail on the top of the image, while screwing with the lens tilt.  This one was exposed for the sky, while the sun was still higher in the sky, and the lake turned bright gold for a minute.  Rail in the photo, off-center sun, and problem with focus, but still... it's sort of nice looking.  I'll try this one again.  I'd love to attempt it with a split ND filter.