I woke up to a rainy Fourth of July morning. I decided to head out anyway to see if there were any interesting subjects to shoot. Without anything in mind, I headed to the downtown area of Columbia. My luck actually started to look up as the rain stopped and I ran into a 4th of July event on the square. I grabbed my OM1 loaded with Kodak Portra 400 and started mingling with the crowds. I arrived when they were giving tribute to veterans. I took some pictures of crowds, kids and families. Everyone looked to be having a great time. Stay tuned. I will have those frames developed soon. After finishing my roll of film, I decided to head to Franklin to see what events were happening there.
When I got to Franklin, I was delighted to see that their “Franklin on the Fourth” festivities were in full swing. I decided to finish two frames I had left on my Mamiya 645 1000S. It was loaded with Kodak Tri-X 400. I walked around with my light meter and camera. For the most part, the light stayed steady, but the sun did peep in from time to time so I had to check the lighting and make adjustments accordingly. After finishing those frames, I loaded my first ever roll of Kodak Ektar 100 into the Mamiya. Ektar is a lot more saturated than Portra. I’m really looking forward to seeing the vibrant colors. I hope my exposures were on target. I am going to get these frames developed soon as well.
I had a good time shooting my film cameras. This was the first time I tried doing street work with film. It was a good practice run. I can’t wait to see the results. With so much going on, I still wanted to shoot. I went back to my car to get my DSLR and continue shooting for another couple of hours.
All the pictures in this post are from my Olympus E520 and Zuiko 14-54mm f2.8-3.5. I set my DSLR to ISO 400 and aperture priority. White balance was set to cloudy and I was using center-weighted metering. This setup has proved to work pretty good for grabbing fast shots. The only thing I have to worry about is my composition and the hitting the shutter at the right moment.
I had a blast capturing this event. I loved the patriotism and the family atmosphere. All the pictures can be seen below in the lightbox or you can just play the slide show. I hope you enjoy the photographs.