The Woodlands

A Visit to The Woodlands with My Minolta XE

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In the beginning of April, Holly and I took a walk to The Woodlands which is a cemetery in West Philadelphia. Between the gravestones that date back to the 19th Century and the plethora of trees, it’s a particularly scenic cemetery. The Woodlands has been designated as a National Historic Landmark District. It is also considered to be an arboretum, and the 1,000+ trees have been indexed and that index is available on their website. It’s a fascinating place that we’ve been to at least 3 times before.

Given all the trees, it’s an excellent place to go in the spring and the fall. Even in early April, we were a little late to see prime spring colors, but it was still lovely.

I brought my Minolta XE with my Quantaray 28mm f/2.8 lens and shot with Lomography Color 800 with the ISO set to 400.

I had used my XE on one of our previous trips to The Woodlands, but I used Ilford Delta 400 for that visit.

On one of our other previous trips there, I shot with Kodak Color Plus in my Canon EOS Rebel 2000. Those pictures turned out a little dull. It was a cloudy day which might explain the lackluster results. I had also used Color Plus there once with my Olympus XA on a sunnier day and those photos turned out much better.

Recently, I’ve come to really love Lomography Color 800 especially over-exposed. The colors are true, the grain is minimal, and the images are usually fairly vibrant.

The weather that day was perfect with just a few high clouds. The combination of the camera, the film, and the weather resulted in some quite pleasant photos.

I really wanted to get a good shot of the Schuylkill River and the train tracks that run along side it, but there wasn’t a good vantage point so I took 3 not-so-interesting pictures of them.

I took a couple of photos on the way to The Woodlands: one of a new building going up and another of a detail on Franklin Field that I had never noticed before.

And I took 1 picture on the walk home.

Although The Woodlands is quite scenic, I did not finish my roll of film and ended the day with 9 frames left, which I took the following weekend on a walk to Old City.

Back in March, I shared a few photos of the work being done for The Park at Penn’s Landing. I took a couple more shots there and plan to get to that part of town on occasion to document the progress. There’s not much to see now since they’re in the process of tearing down existing bridges over I-95.

The other shots were just of things that caught my eye while walking around. It was another lovely spring day, and I was able to capture a little more of the season.

I was once again pleased with the results from a roll of Lomography Color 800, so much so that I bought a 3 pack for our upcoming trip to California.

2 Responses

    • Tom

      Thanks! I have a real love/hate relationship with Lomography film stocks, but the Color 800 definitely falls on the love side.

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