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Taste of Edmonton 2017 the Film Story

As Kasia was saying in the previous post about Taste of Edmonton and street photography.  We both not street photographers at all.  Even though Kasia, still thinks I'm better at it, I would like to disagree with that statement.  Real street photographers like Antonio Rosario from Switch 2 Manual, or Olaf Sztaba , are definitely someone to emulate, but me and Kasia are just opportunistic photographers.  

We had a chance to attend the annual Taste of Edmonton.  Its a gathering of restaurants where you can purchase bite size dishes.  As always it's always full of people, so one would think a perfect time to practice street photography, which is a foreign to me as the surface of the moon. Still having excellent photos of Antonio, and Olaf, and my good friend Mark in mind, I loaded the little Minolta Autocord with some film and went in search of images.  Since most of street photography I have seen is in black and white, I thought I would be presumptuous, and add a little color to it.  

The whole experience left me nervous, and afraid.  Good thing the little medium format, twin reflex camera, from the late 50's was an ice breaker.  People would, if not stare openly, actually ask about it.  This resulted in conversations, but not a lot of images, unfortunately.  Still I tried my best to emulate, and "see" like all my friends mentioned above, would.  Well I tried, and here are some results from that little outing.  

The color film was Kodak Portra 160, and the black and white is the Kodak Tri-X 400.  

Enjoy!

Taste of Edmonton 2017

Taste of Edmonton 2017

They call Edmonton, the City of Festivals. There are over 100 festivals during a year with over 50 different events happening in spring and summer. This past Saturday we went to visit one of them - Taste of Edmonton.  The weather was great, the atmosphere - wonderful and we have had lots of fun walking around Churchill Square trying different foods offered by many vendors and engaging in one of my favorite pass times - people watching.

Canada Day Fireworks in Edmonton

Canada Day Fireworks in Edmonton

I was debating with myself, if I should post these, as unfortunately it's a perfect illustration of a mistake.  One big mistake, of being lazy. Almost every year we venture into the Edmonton downtown to view the spectacular fireworks display on Canada Day.  This year, we figured we are going to try a different venue.  So we got there a few hours before the show, and were greeted with huge masses of people....

Fuji in Europe Part 28 - Last night in Nuremberg

Fuji in Europe Part 28 - Last night in Nuremberg

So it came down to this, last night of vacation, and last night in Nuremberg.  It was a good time as any to take go for a little night walk around the old town.  Brought the tripod, Fuji XT1 for it WiFi control from the iPhone, and.... a wrong lens.  Yep.  I thought of bringing the 10-24, but then I thought, that anyone would bring that lens.  So I opted to be different, and brought te Fuji 56mm f1.2. 

Fuji in Europe Part 26 - The streets of Bamberg.

Fuji in Europe Part 26 - The streets of Bamberg.

From the hill where the Altenburg Castle is located, it's a short drive the town of Bamberg.  As mentioned in the previous post, it's a very old city, and very beautiful.  Walking around the streets on a beautiful sunday afternoon, there are lots of people relaxing, and enjoying the views. 

Fuji in Europe Part 23 - Palace, Cathedral and Prague

Fuji in Europe Part 23 - Palace, Cathedral and Prague

Walking a sloping narrow street, full of people and cars, towards the palace, you can see the beauty and craftsmanship of the old building lining the street.  Every building is different, yet they somehow fit very nicely together.  It was a hot and muggy day, with a promise of a storm in the air. 

Fuji in Europe Part 22 - Falling in love with Prague

Fuji in Europe Part 22 - Falling in love with Prague

One thing I have to say I like about the Czechs.  They know how to play up to tourists.  The old city hall tower has an observation deck, which is accessible and the views are stunning.  Now, all the German towns and cities also had towers with observation decks.  The only difference is that the Czechs were smart, and installed a nice elevator in the tower, Germans are a little more primitive, and if one wanted to see the top, one had to use the old way of climbing, namely stairs. 

Fuji in Europe Part 19 - Street photography in Nuremberg

Fuji in Europe Part 19 - Street photography in Nuremberg

The streets in Europe are always full of people.  I guess mostly because they are designed for walking, with wide sidewalks, and easy access to shops and restaurants.  Unlike the city of Edmonton for example, and I would imagine most North American cities.

Fuji in Europe Part 18 - Hidden little gem

Fuji in Europe Part 18 - Hidden little gem

Right next to the cemetery, hidden from view, is one of the most beautiful little parks in Nuremberg.  It's surrounded by 4 story buildings, and it's very easy to miss.  It's a perfect little quiet spot away from the busy traffic of everyday.  It has a little restaurant at the entrance with a lovely patio

Fuji in Europe Part 17 - St. John's Cemetery in Nuremberg

Fuji in Europe Part 17 - St. John's Cemetery in Nuremberg

St. John's cemetery is one of the most notable burial grounds in Europe.  It was established around 16th century. It has the grave of Albrecht Dürer, a very famous renaissance artist.  Like most European cemeteries it's a wonderfully peaceful place, with  tall trees, and flowers everywhere.

Fuji in Europe Part 13 - All kinds of photography in Regensburg

Fuji in Europe Part 13 - All kinds of photography in Regensburg

This is one of the older cities that we visited during our European tour :)  So parts date all the way to 90AD, when Romans built their fort in the area.  Of course there are "few" churches, and a beautiful cathedral.