Christmas at Pleasure Chest

Some Lingering 2019 Photos

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Part of shooting film is the lag time between finishing a roll and getting it developed.

I recently got three of my remaining 2019 rolls developed and want to highlight two of them here. The third roll is something different, and I want to post separately about that.

As I mentioned in my December 2019 Update, Holly’s mom conducted some genealogy research on my family which led Holly and I to seek out the graves of some of my ancestors. For that post, I added some pictures I had taken with my phone of specific graves of my relatives, but I also brought along my Canon EOS Rebel 2000 using my 50mm f/1.8 that I like so much. I shot with FujiColor Superia X-Tra 400.

On that day, we visited two churches and their graveyards. The first was the Gloria Dei church (also know as Old Swedes’ Church). It was a slightly gray, early winter day which set the right atmosphere for taking photos of the church, its graveyard, and other areas the the grounds.

I like that in a couple of the pictures, you can see the Philadelphia skyline off in the distance.

Before we headed to our next destination, we took a short detour to the Delaware River waterfront. We don’t get to the Delaware River side of the city very often (at least to the waterfront itself) and even more rarely to the south part of the waterfront near where the Gloria Dei Church is. In the big picture, it’s not really that far south, but it’s more south than we usually wander.

It gave me an opportunity to take some different pictures of the municipal piers which are in various stages of dilapidation and revitalization.

The other church and graveyard we visited that day was Old St. Mary’s Church. As was the case with Gloria Dei, I had posted some specific pictures of the graves of some of my relatives on my December 2019 Update but also took more general shots of the church and grounds with my Canon.

Unlike the photos I had taken with this first roll most of which were from that specific outing, the photos I had taken with my Minolta XE were from a variety of outings spread out over a few months. I received a roll of Ilford PANF Plus 50 from the Casual Photophile Film Club. My Minolta XE might be my favorite camera and deserving of a different and special roll of film.

I really liked the results of the PANF Plus and may seek it out on my own in the future. I had shot 50 speed film only once before for one of our trips to Carmel-by-the-Sea. I figured bright and sunny California would be a good opportunity for a 50 speed film.

I loaded the PANF Plus in my Minolta at the end of September and was concerned about having opportunities to shoot with it and what the results might be like as the days grew darker. But the PANF Plus captured some nice shots even at the end of fall and beginning of winter.

We had taken one photo walk around the city shortly after I loaded it.

And, yes, before you ask, Philadelphia does have a lot of churches.

I took most of the other pictures during our winter break around Christmas.

And, finally, a couple perfunctory test shots out our apartment window and a picture of our sparkling wine from New Year’s Day.

As I mentioned, I have one more roll from 2019 that I want to write about. It’s already developed and scanned so I should be able to post that soon. That should be the end of my 2019 photos which will be a better wrap-up than I did last year when I didn’t get all of my 2018 photos done until mid-March of 2019.

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