Brick House at the University of Pennsylvania

Canon AE-1 with Kodak Tri-X

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On the day when I had issues with my Yashica Mat-124G jamming, I luckily also had my Canon AE-1 with me so I was able to continue shooting.

I had taken one shot with the Yashica and then could not advance the film. I thought I had taken a good picture with it and was concerned that it may not turn out so I took the same shot with the AE-1 which had a roll of Kodak Professional Tri-X in it.

Luckily, most of the pictures from the Yashica turned out. Here is that first shot with the Yashica.

Tree Stump
Tree Stump

And here is the version with the AE-1.

Tree Stump
Tree Stump

I shot that photo and others one afternoon when Holly and I walked to University City where I took pictures mostly on the campuses of the University of Pennsylvania and Drexel University.

I used my Canon FD 50mm f/1.4 lens for the entire roll.

Brick House at the University of Pennsylvania
Brick House at the University of Pennsylvania
Bridge
Bridge

I shot the rest of the roll on a neighborhood walk looking for things that had changed because of the pandemic: seating for outdoor dining, signs for curbside pickup, boarded up buildings, along with some other non-pandemic related photos.

It was a bit depressing seeing some of these changes, but I haven’t done much to capture this unique moment in time.

Outdoor Seating at La Fontana Della Citta
Outdoor Seating at La Fontana Della Citta
Abandoned 7-Eleven with Dead Tree for Emphasis
Abandoned 7-Eleven with Dead Tree for Emphasis

Given the problems that have come up with some of my older cameras, I’m relieved to have some, like the Canon AE-1, which have been (so far!) very reliable.

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