My Empire State Plaza FILM photographs, 2022 edition


Three weeks ago, I was on the roof of the Kenmore Hotel as the Empire State Plaza 4th of July fireworks blasted through the skies. My Nikon Df captured several fantastic images, but I should let you know that I also brought three film cameras with me to the event – my Nikon F2S 35mm shooter (“Nikon Athena”), my Pentacon Six medium format shooter, and my Kodak Medalist II camera (“Kodak Red”).

Of the three … well, the Pentacon Six had a little issue. Apparently someone in Tokyo rolled a stack of film BACKWARDS on my film spool, so when I loaded it in the camera and shot with it … the film never rolled into the takeup spool . The backing paper did, for sure, but when I opened the camera, there was a big roll of NOW-exposed film staring me in the face. Shots wasted.

Kodak Red didn’t do any better. For some reason, whether I was out of alignment or something, the camera had a bit of a problem advancing the film. I can’t blame the same guy from Tokyo on this one; this might have been someone from Rochester who packed a bad roll of Kodak Ektachrome into his work day. I don’t know.

So that leaves my new-to-me Nikon F2S. You know, the pink one.

And of the 36 shots I squeezed off that night …

These were the three best images I captured with Nikon Athena.

So there they are. Three shots with my Nikon F2S, a roll of 35mm Kodak Ektachrome that I received maybe days before from my friend and fellow blogger Joe Geronimo. He’s over there on the blogroll, look over there, there’s his name.

Of the three images, I think this one is the keeper.

Rooftop Celebration. Nikon F2S camera, Kodak Ektachrome film, Nikkor 55mm f/1.2 lens. Photo (c) 2022 Chuck Miller, all rights reserved.

Honestly, this one has much more detail to play with than my previous photos. Heck, I might even consider it for a late entry in Competition Season 2022. You never know.

But I’m glad that of the three film cameras I brought that night, one of them actually came through and got me these swank images.

I’m good with that.