Bodie, on Film for a Change

I haven’t shot film at Bodie in, well, decades. So, with a recently acquired YashikaMat EM, I wanted to see how a different camera (a twin lens reflex so very different from a DSLR, mirrorless Fuji, Light L-16, or iPhone) would change how I see and what images I make at Bodie.







Composing backwards and leveling the horizon in reverse is challenging, as is capturing but not over-correcting the personality of a color film (expired Portra 400 and fresh Portra 160) in a scan. Scanning black & white (expired BW400CN) was a little easier.





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About Tim Messick

Photographer, cartographer, and botanist/naturalist. Home is in Davis, California. Home-away-from-home is the eastern Sierra Nevada. Compiling a flora of the Bodie Hills.
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6 Responses to Bodie, on Film for a Change

  1. Greg says:

    I like the tonalities of the color photographs, perhaps because they *don’t* look like they were taken with a digital camera. It’s interesting to compare these photos with those from “Ghost Stores at Bodie.”

    • Tim Messick says:

      To post-process a lot or post-process a little: that is the question. Whether ’tis nobler in the computer to make digital look like film, or to scan an armload of film and make it look digital . . . must give us pause.

  2. Rick says:

    They’re all beautiful and most read as very refined portraits. Well done and thanks for sharing these with us. Film is alive!

  3. bluebrightly says:

    This is interesting (to me) on several levels – The purely aesthetic, the notion of how to process film for a digital blog, and not least, for the fact that my grandfather journeyed to Bodie after emigrating from Germany to New York, probably around 1898. He was there about a year before returning to New York, where he settled. Your images are beautifully done. The 5th one, and the 1st black and white, particularly stand out. The black and whites are beautifully rendered. You showed so much restraint in processing. The post has been a pleasure to see!

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