Flamingo Fever

Calder’s masterpiece, unwrapped three ways:

I think this is a good start to a series about Chicago’s public art. There is certainly plenty to work with, not only in the Loop. I’m sure this won’t be the last time I’ll be visiting the Flamingo, either.

On the technical side, I’ve started using film, which gives me much better tonality than the paper negatives I’ve been using until now. At the same time, the film is much less reflective, which results in fewer internal reflections in the camera.

For the entirely geeked out among you, the film I’m using is Arista.EDU 400 ISO, developed in Rodinal 1:100 for 12 minutes. The Arista film is made in the Czech Republic, which with near certainty means it’s repackaged Fomapan. Fine by me, I’ve always liked the stuff, and the 2.6×10 inch negatives don’t suffer very much from its manly graininess.

Let me know what you think.

About Simon

Born in 1968, I was tragically not recognized as a genius until three years later, when I built and flew my first home-made aircraft. Since then, my life has been a string of major successes interspersed with what can only be called triumphs on a galactic scale. I am currently waiting to achieve my next one - should be ready in another 15 minutes or so. Bear with me...
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