San Francisco Film Photography (35mm & 120)
In 2018 I was lucky enough to visit California on vacation. Here are some San Francisco film photography highlights from my trip. (I left the digital Leica cameras at home and I didn’t miss them once!).
Cameras for visiting San Francisco
Lenses for the trip (+ other stuff)
- Voigtlander Color Skopar 21mm f4 lens
- Voigtlander Color Skopar 35mm f2.5 lens
- Hasselblad Xpan 45mm f4 lens
- Hasselblad Xpan 90mm f4 lens
- Nikkor 180mm f2.8D AF lens
- Zomei carbon tripod (see Photography Gear Essentials )
- Sekonic L-758 spot light meter
Film choices for San Francisco
I took so much film I don’t remember them all but the main ones were –
- AgfaPhoto CT Precisa 100 Slide Film
- Agfa Vista Plus 200
- CinesStill 800T
- Fuji Provia 100F (Ektachrome vs Provia)
- Ilford Delta 100
- Kodak Ektar 100
- Kodak Vision3 50D
- Kodak T-Max 400
- Kodak Tri-X 400
Travelling around San Francisco
To get around San Francisco I made use of the trams and trains but also hired a bike. Being a cyclist and having a road bike it meant I could get across town in rush hour or any time of day with ease. I say ease.. I’ve never seen hills so steep! I was just praying I had good brakes on the vertical drop decents. I actually got to enjoy the San Francisco grid system too and cutting through the traffic. I felt more like a local than a tourist after a few days. I also walked a lot and ran to get around. The bag I used for San Francisco was a Lowepro Photo Sport 300 AW II (see My Essential Gear List ) for details. Perfect for such as trip.
San Francisco on film
I will try to keep the word count on this post to a minimal for a change. Here are some of the film photos I shot in San Francisco. I will add more photos as I get chance to process them. Click any photo below to see the camera/ film/ lens used.
35mm San Francisco colour photography
San Francisco on black and white film
120 film (San Francisco Bridges)
Mostly bridge photos, sorry!
I found the San Francisco bridges very photogenic. I shot Golden Gate bridge the most but I was staying closer to the Bay Bridge.
San Francisco – Highly Recommended!
If you ever get the chance to visit I would highly recommend San Francisco. It is expensive and there are a lot of homeless people on the street (which can be intimidating) but still very memorable (and very photogenic!). The photos posted here are maybe 10% of those taken. I just need to find time to work through more of them.
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