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Monday, November 20, 2006

Belated Halloween Photos

The Castro Halloween party is a tradition in San Francisco where thousands of dressed up people take to the streets and create a visual fest where it's as important to see as it is to be seen.

Unfortunately the event has been plagued by an increase in violence in the past few years and this year was no exception with a shooting injuring nine people and its future is uncertain. It was my first - and most likely last - visit to the event.

Walking around with my Leica M3 I took two rolls of Delta 3200 and I finally got around to developing and scanning them. I am not used to film faster than 400 (occasionally 800 and 1600) so the high amount of grain in the Delta 3200 film caused a bit of a post-processing pain. I ended up settling on a work-flow where I increased the contrast more than usual and the applying some grain reduction through NeatImage which gave me a look closer to what I liked.

Below are some sample photos from the two rolls:


Anonymous John said...

Fantastic shots Rich. I particularly like the one of the "angel" wings as it gives the viewer an anonymous view of the subject but then his/her wings tell a story. The lights around the entire image also gives it a surreal aspect.

I personally had no desire to head over to the Castro for Halloween. It's just so many people cramped into one space that it's just too much for me.

November 21, 2006 10:32 AM  
Blogger Vidar said...

Nice shots, have not been used to shoot more than 400 iso myself, but have begun testing Ilford Delta 3200 and the 3 rolls i´v taken looks fine.

Thanks for the tip about Neatimage.


November 21, 2006 1:39 PM  

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