5 Frames in Jelgava with Neopan 100 Acros II and Nikon FM – by Felix I Flores Rodriguez

The images in this article come from a town forty-one kilometer southwest of Riga, the capital of the Republic of Latvia, with a population of 55,972 inhabitants. The word Jelgava in the opinion of the linguist Jānis Endzelīna, denotes a city. This university town is home to many of my favorite items, which I will display in my images. The images were taken with the Nikon FE2 and the Nikon 20mm f2.8. The film used the Neopan 100 Acros II, is Fujifilm Professional’s newest addition to its family of films. Fuji discontinued this film, listened to their customer amid their mistake, improved its product, and brought the film back better than ever, big kudos to Fuji film.

The city of Jelgava holds a special meaning to me. This city was the first city my then-girlfriend took me to during my earlier time in Latvia. There are two main events in this city, the Sand and Ice statues festivals; both are great venues to visit on their own merits. Furthermore, the restaurant near the Lielupe river served excellent cake and coffee. However, the main reason for my affiliation with the city of Jelgava is located within the Lielupe Meadows. There are over 80 wild horses that dwell in the meadows. These horses served as the cleaning crew of the city of Jelgava. They ensured that the grass in the fields remained clean and cut year-round. However, that is a story for a different time and with a different lens and film

The new Neopan 100 Acros II is sharp, has beautiful tonal gradation, and scans beautifully.  Furthermore, the Neopan 100 Acros II offered the finest grain quality ISO 100 black-and-white film, excellent processing characteristics, rich gradation, wide exposure latitude, and excellent reciprocity characteristics. Jelgava is a quiet small city that is easy to get around with open and transparent streets. I always find something new to shoot every time I visit the city. The river Lielupe provides its visitors with an opportunity to take a boat trip which I have never taken hope to take one the next time I visit the city. The city welcomes the yearly sand and ice status festival, inviting many visitors to enjoy this exciting venue. These festivities and other things make Jelgava one of my favorite towns in Latvia.

The monument to Jānis Čakste, the first President of the Republic of Latvia.
The monument to Jānis Čakste, the first President of the Republic of Latvia. It is next to the Tower of the Holy Trinity Church. It was unveiled on November 14, 2003; the author – sculptor Arta Dumpe.
Jelgava History and Art Museum
Jelgava History and Art Museum
St. Simeon’s and St. Anna’s Orthodox Cathedral
St. Simeon’s and St. Anna’s Orthodox Cathedral was designed by architect N.Chagin and built during 1890-1892, with the financial support of Russian Czar Alexander III.
Holy Trinity Church
Holy Trinity Church

Furthermore, one of the most exciting statuses in town is the poor student. I like the statue and what it stands for, the struggle that some of us have gone thru to further our education in the search for a better tomorrow. I am sure no one will pay his student debts but him; no point intended. Well, as my friend Hannah Heishman would say, I digressed.

The statue - fountain Student of Jelgava (by sculptor Kārlis Īle)
The statue – fountain Student of Jelgava (by sculptor Kārlis Īle) was unveiled on September 2, 2013, by Mītava Bridge. The 2.25-meter high sculpture is made of bronze and weighs about 450 kg.

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2 thoughts on “5 Frames in Jelgava with Neopan 100 Acros II and Nikon FM – by Felix I Flores Rodriguez”

  1. Latvia is one of the countries I like visiting. Riga is a beautiful city, the colours and architecture are something of a dream for any photographer. In 2018 I was part of a photo exhibition in that city, wonderful days.

    Your description of Across is short but essential, indeed what a great film. I especially like the “poor student” photograph, I believe it caught the spirit of the thing.

    Thank you for a good read on a bleak Sunday morning. All the best !!

  2. You should have included the horses, even if they aren’t strictly City-dwellers! Thank you for sharing more of your Latvia pics- you inspired me to post some of my own.

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