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Graduations are not something I get to shoot often, nor are proms. In Halifax, on a typical Saturday afternoon in June, you will see many limousines and finely dressed young men and women all over Public Gardens. They usually start here, getting some of their group photos with friends and families among the beautiful structures and flora the gardens offers.
Nick and Abbie were among this group, but Nick's mom Carrie had asked me to get her something that was different, and special. I could have brought along a lot of lighting gear to fumble about with but I didn't want to add anything to the already crowded spaces. Instead, thankful for mostly cloudy skies, I picked up my Fuji GW690II Rangefinder and brought along a roll of Ilford FP4+ and TMax 400 black and white film. I wanted to provide her with a timeless look.
The camera delivered in spades. The huge 6x9cm negatives provided a look that I couldn't get with even my nicest lens on the 5D Mark II. The tonality and range of the Ilford FP4 film was epic. The TMax was fantastic too, though I did sorely wish I had a second roll of the FP4.
Carrie was over the moon with the images, and I was too. They look like they could have been taken years ago, or just yesterday, exactly what I wanted.
Congratulations to Nick and Abbie, you've made it through the toils and torments of High School!