Walking Every Street in Albany: Sprocket Holga on the Frontage Roads

Last weekend we continued our project to walk every street in Albany, CA. The walk included the freeway frontage roads along Interstate 80. I wasn't sure what to expect, but the walk turned out to be an interesting intersection of traffic, industry, and commerce with a few forgotten creeks flowing here and there. The images below were photographed using 35mm film in a Holga medium format toy camera. Bonus points if you get the reference in image #4. Keep pressing the button and smiling!


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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.


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Walking Every Street In Albany: Solano Avenue Grid

After a short hiatus from our Walking Every Street In Albany Project, this morning we continued the journey. For those familiar with the Berkeley / Albany area, today's walk was between San Pablo Avenue on the West, and The Alameda on the East. We walked a grid pattern between Solano Avenue and Marin Avenue.


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Walking Albany: Neighborhood Panoramic Landscapes II

Albany Panorama (5/31/09 #30) -- by Joe Reifer

Seven vertical images shot with a Ricoh GRD II combined using Photomerge in Photoshop CS3.

Walking Albany Map

After two weekends we're about half way done walking every street in Albany. There's no rush. We just like walking and Albany is small. Here's the map we're using to mark our progress:

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Walking Albany: Neighborhood Panoramic Landscapes

Albany Panorama (Memorial Day #22) -- by Joe Reifer

Two horizontal images shot with a Ricoh GRD II combined using Photomerge in Photoshop CS3.

Over the holiday weekend we continued the Walking Every Street In Albany project in the neighborhood on the South side of Albany Hill. One technique for walking every street is to pick a small area, and walk the streets up and back as a grid. When the grid is on a hill, you can get a pretty good workout. Another cool thing is that walking projects can take you to interesting places near your house that you didn't know were there. A lot of us pass by the same houses and travel down the same streets every day, often without paying much attention to the details. Slowing down and expanding your travels to new nearby areas can help you see the world with fresh eyes.

Albany Panorama (Memorial Day #36) -- by Joe Reifer

Seven vertical images shot with a Ricoh GRD II combined using Photomerge in Photoshop CS3.

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