Walking Every Street in Albany Project Update

At the end of May, we embarked on a project to walk every street in Albany, California. A Summer hiatus ensued, but has kicked back into gear. Last weekend we finished the streets along the Albany / El Cerrito border, and also walked all of the streets in University Village. About 3 more walks remain to cover part of Albany Hill, and the frontage roads along the freeway. The final walk will be at the Albany Bulb, which we’re hoping to do on a dollar day at nearby Golden Gate Fields.

The images below were shot on film using a Leica M6. Since switching from rangefinder cameras to digital SLRs in 2003, the Leica hasn’t seen a lot of use. Every time I shoot with the M6 I wonder why I don’t use it more often. What a simple pleasure to use a precision tool made of metal that has everything you need to make an image and nothing more. Of course 2 trips to the lab, $5 for a roll of film, $5 to develop, and $6 for a CD of low resolution scans explains a lot. Sure is nice to just simply shoot sometimes, without the all of the chimping and button pushing.

5 thoughts on “Walking Every Street in Albany Project Update

  1. Nice work! And I agree on the rangefinder. I wish I had more time to use mine and film was free…

  2. “Sure is nice to just simply shoot sometimes, without the all of the chimping and button pushing.”
    And the results surely are pleasant, too. It comes back to the age old question: quantity or quality?

    These are from neg film?

  3. Thanks fellas. I think there’s a middle ground between quantity & quality – it’s a gray area. Knowing that each shot costs 30 cents or a dollar does apply a sort of mental pressure to take extra care sometimes. Then again the Holga work costs the same and that’s more about NOT struggling with perfection, but finding it in imperfection. Kodak 400VC negative film.

  4. There is something special about this content shot with the Leica. A very fitting match. It is tough to compare these to your series from Ingelside/Lake Merced due to softer contrast from that SF summer fog. I HATE scanning film, but I’m also tired of processing RAW files. $16 a roll with the Leica could be 36 little pieces of freedom.

    • Thanks, Jay. The Leica is such a simple smooth shooting experience — but the downside is either scanning, or paying for scanning. I sold the fancy 35mm Leica lens and replaced it with a 35/1.7 Voigtlander that I actually like better — so Voigtlander gets any credit for optical magic that’s going on. If I shoot press film and scan the photos myself, I can get the cost down to about $8.50 per roll.

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