Springtime has arrived in the Pacific Northwest. The cityscape of Portland, Oregon is awash in pastel colors as trees begin to blossom. One of the best places to witness the season is in the north end of Tom McCall Waterfront Park along the Willamette River. Here is a grove of 100 ornamental cherry trees (sakura) which were donated as a gift from Japan for the Japanese American Historical Plaza.
Minolta SRT 101
I would be the first to admit that I haven’t taken advantage of the recent need to stay local by investigating the photographic possibilities of what lies but a short distance from my front door. However, pleased with the results achieved when using up my small stock of expired FP4 Plus developed in Rodinal, I am now attempting to remedy this failing.
I had read that Rodinal can accentuate grain, but I can’t say that I’ve noticed this. Not that I’ve ever been overly bothered by grain. Like brush marks in a painting it is part of the medium.
A recent re-associating with the Pentax Spotmatic F had me pondering about some of the other ‘Golden Oldies’ that have been sitting by the skirting board in my living room for a number of years. Often as not a new purchase would actually be an exercise in stripping down and putting back together. A number …