Stormy San Francisco Day

Once 2017 came into play, I made a promise to myself to travel more than usual, even if that entailed just a day-long trip. Living in Sacramento, its ideally located an hour & a half away from quite a few desirable destinations like San Francisco (despite the ceaseless traffic that surrounds the area). Last Friday, I excitedly decided to head in that direction. I packed up some rolls of film, my Canon AE-1, and some copies of my debut '13' zine to drop off to some old friends of mine. It was apparent that a storm was rolling through over the weekend but that did not discourage me one bit; it surprisingly encouraged me, especially since I have not done much shooting in the rain. Every time I think of shooting in a storm, I become fearful of my camera/film getting ruined by the water. That fear prompted me to become extra cautious when I was carrying my camera up and down the hills of San Francisco. It's safe to say that it was one of my most favorite days of shooting.

For the past 6 months or so, I've been pushing Tri-x 400 to 1600 just so there can be more contrast and texture in my imagery. For this short trip, I wanted to experiment by shooting at a much slower shutter speed as opposed to typically shooting at 1/500th & 1/1000th of a second. With that being said, I chose to shoot a roll at 1/60th of a second and another roll at 1/125th of a second. I wasn't completely experienced with shooting in the rain, but  knew that I wanted to capture the fast-paced city in a blur. These shutter speeds forced me to be much more patient and understanding of my surroundings. Here are some of the results:  

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