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Fun with the Rollei, Part 1 – DC Food Scene

Some images from the Penn Quarter farmers’ market (7th and D streets NW), and one of the organic food trucks – Cirque Cuisine.

Mixed Squashes, Penn Quarter Farmers' Market
Mixed Squashes, Penn Quarter Farmers’ Market
Bread, Penn Quarter Farmers' Market
Bread, Penn Quarter Farmers’ Market
The Bread Man, Penn Quarter Farmers' Market
The Bread Man, Penn Quarter Farmers’ Market
Cirque Cuisine Food Truck, Franklin Square
Cirque Cuisine Food Truck, Franklin Square

There’s a growing organic and whole/natural food scene here in DC and they have a number of farmers’ markets in various neighborhoods throughout the city. The one at Penn Quarter is special because every vendor there actually grows or makes everything they sell, even the flower vendors and the soap sellers. The beef and bison is raised and butchered by the folks who sell it there, and the bread is sold by the baker. Many other farmers’ markets have vendors who buy their products wholesale and are not responsible for their production.

Although the Cirque Cuisine truck doesn’t work the farmers’ markets, (I usually find them at Franklin Square Park) they do use natural, organic ingredients in their food, and as such they’re part of the healthy organic food movement here. And they also have some really tasty sandwiches!

These shots were part of a test run from my newly renovated Rolleiflex. I’d say it is working great, wouldn’t you? I had a great chat with the bread man about the Rollei – it brought out a bout of nostalgia for him as he remembered people using them in his childhood. I caught him in a candid moment – he’s actually quite animated and friendly, and not depressed like he seems in this shot.

The Rollei is a great conversation-starter because it attracts a lot of attention and people respond positively to it. I don’t know why per se- maybe it is that nostalgia factor, or because it just has that classic look to it.

Busy photo day

Today was a very busy day. This morning I went out to Glen Echo Photoworks to help out with the open house. We had a lot of folks come through asking about my upcoming classes and about the prints I brought along.

Then I went to dinner with my parents for their 50th anniversary at Blacksalt, which is a fancy fish and seafood restaurant here in DC. I had made the reservations and told the restaurant about the anniversary in advance, so they prepared special menus that said Happy 50th Anniversary on them, and when dessert came out, they specially decorated the plate with chocolate sauce.

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The photo relevance here is that I brought the Rollei along to take their photo at the table. I’ll have the film dropped off Tuesday and get it back later this week.

On the way home, I detoured back to Glen Echo and waited for the neon lights to come on so I could burn through some more of that 5×7 Portra I have sitting around. And burn through it I did. I also stopped off in Georgetown and shot some more on the waterfront, and even grabbed a couple of sheets in the rain. I’m really looking forward to seeing those!

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Rolleiflex back from repair!

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Here’s my Rollei – back from the shop. I had the shutter mechanism overhauled and the whole camera cleaned, lubed and adjusted. The front panel was aligned as well, so now it will focus accurately at close range and wide open. Can’t wait to shoot with it!

Random Images of Washington DC

13th Street & Florida Avenue
13th Street & Florida Avenue
Graffiti, DC Flag Design, 14th Street
Graffiti, DC Flag Design, 14th Street
Apartment Building, 11th and Florida Avenues
Apartment Building, 11th and Florida Avenues

These were all shot with my Rolleiflex shortly after I bought it. It’s a 2.8E model, from the 1950s, with the Planar lens. There certainly are limits to the fixed “normal” lens on the Rolleiflex, but working within those limits, it’s a beautiful camera that produces beautiful results. I’m very tempted to take it with me on a vacation as my sole camera and see what I can get with it. I like how compact it is and how unobtrusive, compared to say my Mamiya RB67. All images shot on Kodak Ektar 100.

Fun with Night Color

I’ve been having so much fun with my night photography. I’m really digging the results I get with my RB67 and Kodak Portra 160.

Studio Theater, from 14th Street
Studio Theater, from 14th Street
Barrel House Liquors
Barrel House Liquors
Studio Theater, from P Street
Studio Theater, from P Street
Pearl Dive Oyster Palace, Vespa, 14th Street
Pearl Dive Oyster Palace, Vespa, 14th Street
Neon, Glen Echo Park
Neon, Glen Echo Park
14th & Rhode Island Avenue, Moon
14th & Rhode Island Avenue, Moon

And last but not least, two of these things are not like the others. One is a daytime image I shot of one of the older, more original, and most brightly colored food trucks here in DC – Fojol Brothers. They have three different trucks each catering a different ethnic cuisine – Benethiopia (Ethiopian), Merlindia (Indian) and Volathai (Thai). The bright colors and shiny metal, plus the repetition of the circles and semi-circles just cried out for an abstract treatment, so here it is…

Abstract, Fojol Brothers truck, Merlindia
Abstract, Fojol Brothers truck, Merlindia

And last but not least, the happy accident: I was a dingbat and triple-exposed the same frame. But it turned out really neat in the end!

Pearl Dive, Multiple Exposure
Pearl Dive, Multiple Exposure