As many of you know, I really enjoy photographing Americana subjects. Also, sometimes the stars align and it all goes as planned. It was a Thursday and I got an email from a friend that the Florida Flywheelers Antique Engine Club was going and they would only be open Friday and Saturday. Then they would be shut down for nine months. I had been to this place before and it’s quite something to see some of the 1900’s technology working and still being productive.
I had an appointment the following day so I asked if they wanted to go in lieu of doing what was planned. They agreed. That night I loaded a few sheets of 8×10 Ilford Delta 100. Since this was right up my alley, I wasn’t sure if four sheets was going to be enough film, but I figured I could go when they open again.
The following day we made the trip up to Fort Meade and got ourselves together. Lucky, they were running trams from the parking lot to the front gate. I have a 40 pound backpack strapped to me so any assistance was going to be a great help. When we entered, we decided to look at “The Village” first. The other half was vendors and we decided that could go on the back burner. Since I only had four sheets of film with me, I wanted to make sure that I used them on some of the best subjects. As we were walking around, I decided to shoot some video to document the journey, which is located below.
We had explored each of the buildings and then I was looking for particular scenes to photograph. At this point we had been walking for a few hours, all with this pack on. The person I went with, also had some heavy gear with them.
I ended up taking only two photos since I was running out of time before they closed. The first photo was taken at the firehouse where my exposure was 7:30. Not as bad at the 20:00 exposure I had to pull off at Koreshan! There are hordes of folks all over the place, so one of the challenges with this type of photography is keeping folks out of the line of sight of the camera. I’m not rude, but I let them know what I’m doing and I’ll be done in a few minutes.
Overall is was a great day, I got a couple of great photos and my friend did as well. I found the f/64 backpack that I bought for my camera is very comfortable for hours on end. It’s well padded and has wide straps that make it workable.
Below are the finished photos and video. I hope you enjoy them.
Until next time…
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