Some interesting vacation photos

We spent the month of February in Sarasota, FL at a rented upper floor of a house of some friends. I took a lot of what I would call “snapshots”, but also got some interesting photos which I include below.

I had three cameras with me, one my Rolleiflex 3.5f  film camera, and two digital cameras, both medium format. I had volunteered to shoot the wedding of the son of a friend of mine, and this was my first actual wedding assignment; my studio was commercial only during the heydays and I had no real experience as a wedding photographer. These guys deserve credit, it’s a tough gig, with lots that can go wrong, not the least of which is the testy attitude of the bride or groom or relatives.

Usually, in my commercial work, I would be accompanied by an assistant (maybe two), and hauling a pack of lights, studio flash, and it would all be a big production. This time, I went out with a single portable flash mounted on the camera.

At any rate, the end result was pleasing to me, and to the wedding parties too. They were ecstatic, which is more praise than I ever got as a commercial shooter.

After the wedding, it was time to relax and then I turned to the trusty Rollei, loaded with Kodak Portra 400, my usual “go-to” film. It is fast enough to handle most lighting situations, and it scans well on my Epson V750 scanner. At the same time, I was in the process of buying a new digital camera, a first for me in many years, to replace my aging Contax 645 with a Leaf Aptus digital back (now obsolete).  I will have more to say about that purchase in another posting.

Sarasota scenes-2A running shoe store in downtown Sarasota. This is an interesting contrast of blue and orange colors, which are opposite on the color wheel. The square format of the Rollei was a perfect fit for the subject.

Sarasota scenes-1We found this store selling shaved ice at a tourist part of Sarasota, FL. I had to brace my camera on a table and use a shutter of about 1/8 second to get an exposure. The colored lights are what make the shot.

Sarasota rainbows-1A rare double rainbow seen from the balcony of the house we rented. It was late afternoon, with the sun quite low in the sky. I had to use some Lightroom adjustments to darken the sky and bring out the rainbows.

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