Winner in the 2008 PDN World In Focus Photo Contest
The last roll of film that slid between the lens of my M6 and me on the last day of a 3 week trip around the world. 47 rolls in total :)
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I woke on April 6th to rain. It was my last day in Moscow, and I was planning on staying up all night to head to the airport at 2:30am. I grabbed my camera, and made my way through the Metro to Red Square.. the only safe place in town. When I got out of the station at the square, I noticed the rain was slowing down, as if everything was entering slow motion. It was the rain forming into snow before me. The one thing I wanted to happen, had. Snow in Red Square.
I got to the square, and started shooting. After almost 3 hours of being outside shooting, it was almost 6pm when the crowds disappeared, and I got the shot I wanted. The snow was dropping heavy, and painted the sky white. My hands were frozen, and I was getting worried about my little mechanical camera...but she was colder than i was, and doing fine.
Within minutes, the sun broke, and the snow stopped...and I was in a coffee shop getting warm.
Developed as soon as I got home. Film had gone through a total of 5 x-ray machines, as I had carried around my Delta 100 for the entire trip. It's the most stable under x-ray eyes. I cringed when I pulled the neg off the spool, and saw this run of shots looking dead black, then when it dried, I saw the little white spots that I knew would be people... :) phew!
Ilford Delta 100
Tmax Dev 1:4 = 6.5minutes - agitation every min for 10 seconds
16bit scan @ 5K with 8x10 output : Nikon 9000 ED