Red, White and Blue

Red, White and Blue

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Downtown Franklin, Tennessee on the 4th of July 2015

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.

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Downtown Franklin, Tennessee on the 4th of July 2015

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.

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Downtown Franklin, Tennessee on the 4th of July 2015

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.

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Downtown Franklin, Tennessee on the 4th of July 2015

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.

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Downtown Franklin, Tennessee on the 4th of July 2015

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.

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