, my best friend and photographic conspirator Joe Crumley and I drove to see the abandoned Gandini Circus camp in Edmond. It was a great dissapointment — most of the structures are gone, and overgrown greenery obscured the rest, making it unsuitable to photograph.
We decided to go south to a ghost town in Pottawatamie County. We didn’t find it. Either that, or we drove right through it, but there was nothing to see. Joe remembered there was a small town nearby, so we headed to where he thought it was. That town was Wanette, population 350 (according to the census).
We had lunch at the local eatery, Cookie’s Café. Then we spent an hour or so photographing what’s left of the commercial district.
- Rolleiflex 2.8c
- Schneider Xenotar 50mm ƒ/2.8
- Focal length
- Exposure Index
- EI 125
- Kodak Plus-X Pan 125 — stand development with daylight tank in Agfa Adonal (Rodinal) (1:100) for ~60 minutes — 5 minutes in Kodafix
- Gitzo Traveler Series 1 GT1542T carbon fibre tripod with Arca-Swiss P0 panning ball head + Slidefix QS quick release clamp
- Digitization & post-production
- Epson perfection V850 scanner with VueScan scanning software, Adobe Lightroom, NIK Silver Efex Pro, and Adobe Photoshop.
M-mount lenses do not provide aperture information to the camera body, either electronically or mechanically. Therefore, f-stop settings are approximate, and are probably wildly inaccurate. For what it’s worth, I usually shoot with my lenses wide open.