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Thursday, June 16, 2022

Working Waterfronts of New England - Photos by My Father

Photos by My Father 
































 

15 comments:

  1. Old school as it gets. Would like to hear about the camera & film used. I am guessing the film would be Plus X Pan or Tri X Pan. My father was a commercial photographer & started working for him as a youngster. Was taught to use 35mm - Leica, Nikon, 2-1/4" Rolleiflex, Hasselblad, Mamiyaflex, and 4" x 5" Speed Graphic /Crown Graphic. Developed & printed manually & got his good housekeeping seal of approval for his
    black & white commercial work. Used strobe & flashbulbs. The hardest film to shoot & had to be perfect was Kodachrome & Ektachrome for color transparencies. My favorite was the Hasselblad 500 C & Hasselblad SWC. Nothing like a 2-1/4" format. Currently use a Nikonos III all manual with depth of field & owing to rugged build. Strictly black & white.

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  2. What a gift you posted, it is so appreciated, thank you! Something amazing in each image, what stories. Thank you again.

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  3. These are great..thanks for sharing!

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  4. Formidable. Thank you.

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  5. I wonder if that area still has commercial fishing. My wife's parents moved to the Northern Neck of Virginia, just off the Chesapeake Bay, to an area that still had fishing like that, with everything looking pretty much the same, right down to the little work boats. Men working on the boats developed forearms like Popeye. Over the years, however, the fish, mainly menhaden, became scarcer due to overfishing. The big boats began going out further, even down to the Gulf. In the last 40 years, the area has become rather gentrified and was a prime retirement destination.

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  6. It almost looks as though some of them are wearing......jeans

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    1. A couple, not many. The fishermen wear what might be called waders or
      overalls.

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  7. People that truly EARNED their living, every day. Inspiring. PBH

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  8. The Laura B (in the nineteenth photo): "The Laura B makes an early-morning trip to Monhegan every day during the summer season and delivers all the freight to the island year ’round. She has both indoor and outdoor seating. She is also available for private charters and for hauling freight to any of the islands.

    Built in 1943, the 65-foot Laura B is rigged as a heavy-duty work boat. Originally designated a U.S. Army T-57, she spent World War II in the Pacific, where she served as a patrol boat and carried troops and supplies. She came under fire during those days, and carried two 50-caliber machine guns on deck. She was brought to Maine in 1946, and spent the next few years transporting lobsters from Vinalhaven to Boston and New York City.... A prominent marine surveyor has described her as the best-maintained wooden vessel on the Eastern Seaboard."

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  9. Just wonderfup photos! Thank you so very much, for all you do for us! Cheers!

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  10. Beautiful Photos !!

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  11. Thank you for great photographs. Born and raised in Darien/Greenwich have know many fine people who had all the benefits who had the wisdom to move to Maine and never return. Wonder what they knew other people did not? Quality of life perhaps?

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  12. What a wonderful post for Father's Day! My dad sold pot warp along the coast in the late 60s and would *occasionally* let us tag along; these bring back such memories - thank you!

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  13. B& W photography is, in so many ways more emotive than color because it is all about tonality. With color removed (which can actually be a distraction), one sees the image and its subject without having to deal with any superfluous and extraneous flourishes created by competing colors.

    The above having been said, I've noticed lately that many people are returning to shooting film and especially B & W film and many are doing so using updated versions of the old Tri-X and Plus X. Of late, when I shoot film, I've started using Ilford's great HP5, their Delta 400 Professional and XP-2 Super, which is a B & W emulsion should be developed using C-41 color chemistry.

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