Here is an introduction to a local festival that may surprise you! And a camera that I have not mentioned before, although it is featured in my contributor’s portrait: My Fujifilm GA645Zi. This is my medium format street photography choice because of the autofocus and zoom capabilities.
Read the Camera Review on EMULSIVE here, although I’m not so negative about that camera as the reviewer. I wanted a ’point and shoot’ medium format camera and that’s what it is.
Now for the Festival: HearseCon 2018.
Yes, it is exactly what it sounds like, an annual convention held here in the Denver area for Hearse Enthusiasts. They come from all across the Western US and Canada, some with beautifully restored Hearses, as you will see here today. Think of HearseCon as a Goth Cultural Experience for Grown-Ups and you’ve got the Picture. There are Hearse Show events across the country if you ever want to experience one, but I think this is one of the largest.
In the past I’ve used black and white film for HearseCon, because I thought it would capture the grittiness of the event. Last year I tried Lomography Lady Grey 400, but I wasn’t satisfied with the results using this particular film, and I’ve found the GA645Zi shines best with color film. So I pulled out Lomography Color Negative 400 (because I didn’t quite want the sharpness of Portra 400). In other words, Lomography 400 has a bit more grain and that suits the subject matter.
Sometimes hard to know what the focus point will be with the GS645Zi, but the subject turned out very sharp anyway…
About the car: My bad, I took a cell phone picture of the information sign, but didn’t write anything down (and didn’t check the image before leaving). The joke was on me because I couldn’t read the sign later.
But thanks to the Internet I was able to narrow down the Model and Year. Above is likely a Vintage 1937 Buick model, Sayers and Scoville Byzantine Hearse with a straight-8 engine. The Owners were from Utah. Sayers and Scoville is still building custom hearses.
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