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5 Frames with a Canon EOS 600 in the Gazometro Area – By Fabrizio Ferretti

February 10, 2021

I’m 57 old guy living in small town near Rome. Two years ago I put my EOS 5d on a shelf and started to shoot film again like I did many years ago. The difference now is that I develop my film and print my black & white pictures myself. I always wanted to do this when I was young, but simply couldn’t afford to do it.

I used to own a EOS 650, but now use a Canon EOS 600 I found on ebay. It’s a very similar camera, but a little better than my old camera. In this article, I’m going to show you 5 frames taken with this camera, the Canon EF 28mm f/2.8 lens, Ilford FP4 Plus and some filters – all taken in the hot and deserted  Gazometro area of Rome in August 2020.

Gazometro EOS 600 BW pictures

View from the old iron bridge

My prefered subject matter are urban landscapes and street photos. I always shoot in black & white even with my digital kit.

When shooting film in the EOS 600, I often use Fomapan Creative 200, Rollei Superpan 200 and sometimes the FP4 Plus by Ilford. On this occasion it was a very sunny day with no clouds, so Ilford FP4 Plus was my film of choice.

Gazometro EOS 600 BW pictures

View from modern pedestrian bridge

As always, the EOS 600 performed well. The Gazometro area is a really interesting place to shoot. It provides a kind of industrial urban landscape which is not so easy to find in Rome. There’s a lot of graffiti on walls, a little sturdy iron bridge on the Tevere river and some buildings of the first half of the last century.

Pointing to the Gazometro

The giant Gazometro, was once used to store the capital’s gas supply but has been abandoned since the 1960s when Rome switched to methane.

Gazometro EOS 600 BW pictures

The Gazometro

 

Graffiti

Some of the shots were taken using a red filter sometimes coupled with a polarizing filter too. I’ve to admit it, the loneliness due to the very hot temperature and to the Covid restrictions was very helpful for the feel of the black & white pictures I had in mind.

I developed the roll with ARS-IMAGO Monobath, printed with a Durst M600 equipped with a 50mm Componon by Schneider-Kreuznach on Foma semi-matt paper and scanned with a very cheap HP Scanjet G4010. All the images you see here are scanned from the printed pictures not from the negative film and then cropped a little bit in Luminar. There’ s no special reason for producing images this way, simply I like them much more when I do.

Many thanks to all those who read my notes till the end!
Ciao!

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8 Comments

  • Reply
    Michael J
    February 10, 2021 at 2:20 pm

    Great pics- I find industrial heritage (or ‘industrial archaeology’ as it’s sometime termed) absurdly photogenic* and yeah- on a hot and weird day these structures must have been perfect to shoot. I also admire the fact that you left it til the end of your article to confess that these were scanned from wet prints. 🙂 I don’t recall ever having shot a Canon film camera but I can bear witness to the joy of using a Durst enlarger.

    *One of my photographic heroes is/was a guy called Eric de Mare- https://www.architecture.com/image-library/features/eric-de-mare.html who was also of this opinion… there’s a wonderful book called ‘The Functional Tradition on Early Industrial Buildings’ that’s super useful in my day job of telling people what their buildings should look and feel like!

    • Reply
      Fabrizio Ferretti
      February 10, 2021 at 4:20 pm

      Many thanks Michael!

  • Reply
    Rock
    February 10, 2021 at 9:03 pm

    Very good, always like to see photos of old gas holders, factories, chimneys etc. At Kings Cross St Pancras in London, where my train arrives, they have built new apartment blocks inside the disused iron frames (very expensive I suspect). I prefer picture 1 with the holder framed within the bridge and picture 5 with the graffito piece. Cheers, Rock

    • Reply
      Fabrizio Ferretti
      February 11, 2021 at 7:31 am

      Picture 1 is also one of my favourites.
      Many thanks Rock!

  • Reply
    Alex Vye
    February 11, 2021 at 12:41 am

    I really enjoyed this article. I am impressed with the darkroom prints…..I am just getting into it (I don’t really have a proper darkroom so I get lots light leaks). I like the picture with the graffiti the best.

    • Reply
      Fabrizio Ferretti
      February 11, 2021 at 7:26 am

      Thank you Alex!

  • Reply
    Clive Williams
    February 11, 2021 at 7:58 am

    Nice work, Fabrizio. I like the way you’ve lifted the old ironwork out of its ordinary, practical context and emphasised its sculptural side.

    • Reply
      Fabrizio Ferretti
      February 11, 2021 at 8:07 am

      Thank you so much Clive!

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