Don't Fence Me In

August 19, 2013  •  Leave a Comment

My friend Dave Wolanski came up with another idea to shoot "Borders and Fences" and those participating in the shoot were encouraged to use an old film camera.  In my case, I chose my old Canon EOS 10S with a 28-85 lens, both of which I have had for about 25 years.  The camera still works amazingly well but I was shocked at how slow the autofocus was on it as compared to today's DSLRs.  I was also shocked at how much lighter it was than my Canon 5D Mk II that I use for the majority of my work these days.   

To make it even more interesting, I decided to use some old expired film that I had gotten from someone a few years back.  When I first got it the expiration date had just passed but now it was more than 7 years past the expiration date.  The film is Fuji Superia ISO1600 and was to be processed before early 2006.  I figured there would be some issues but didn't know for sure what would happen.

I shot the images, dropped them off at the local Walgreens (yes, I know... but I would never use them for my good stuff) and then waited.  About an hour later I picked up the scans along with a catalog print they had done for me.  Other than looking a little underexposed, which I expected since the film was so far out of date, they looked fairly decent - decent that is until I imported them into Lightroom and discovered how much the film had deteriorated over the years.  I applied some noise reduction, upped the exposure and adjusted the color and actually managed to get some decent images from the film.  You can still see a lot of noise in areas of the images but for my purposes, this worked just fine.

Here are my efforts from the shoot.

This is the top of the local Mexican restaurant, Mi Pueblo, that everyone frequents. Great food for a great price and the spinach enchiladas with grilled chicken is absolutely wonderful.

This is the old Coke sign in Cooper Park.  The Coopers owned the Van Atkins clothing store here that burned in 2001.  After the fire the family donated the lot to the city to be used as a city park.  After the burned building was removed, the old coke sign was uncovered on the building next door.  It was restored a few years ago and is a popular place for photographers.  There is another sign just like this one a few buildings down the street but it is in much worse shape.

This is the upper ridge of a local bank.

The Methodist church here has an extensive garden beside their building that is loaded with borders and fences.  Here are a couple of images of the design work.

Also a part of the garden at the church is the corner of Central Ave and Bankhead St.  Bankhead St is part of the original Bankhead Highway that became US Hwy 78 in 1926 when the road numbering system was decided on.  This corner reminded me of a border crossing with the fence and stop sign.

There is a cemetery here that is divided by Bankhead Street.  It seems there is no rhyme or reason as to why it was built like this and I was once told that, "One side of the street was the white section and the other side was the black section," but I've since learned that isn't the case.  This is in an older section of the cemetery with graves dating back into the 1800s.

This bridge spans the Little Tallahatchie River named because it flows into the same Tallahatchie River that Billy Joe McAlister jumped from in that famous song.  The supposed jumping form the bridge happened a few counties away.  This is a walking bridge that leads from the Park Along the River to the sports complex.  It is a walking and biking trail that is about a mile long.

And finally, this is in the field where I turn on the street where I live.  Something about it just drew my attention that day. With the border of round hay bales... and a fence........  What more could you ask for?


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