I’m not a native Virginia Beach resident, the military brought me here a few times. When it was time to find a place to settle, this was it.
To many, Virginia Beach is an oceanside resort city with an abundance of sun, sand, and water. And all of this is true (although like most residents, I rarely go down to the Oceanfront during the summer months. We have other places to go for sun, sand, and water). But there is another Virginia Beach, a more rural, slower paced corner of the world.
To most, this is Pungo, Creeds, Munden Point. This is farm country of Virginia Beach. During a recent stretch of unseasonable sun and warmth, I loaded up a Nikon F6 with a roll of Ilford Delta 400 and revisited one of my favorite parts of town.
The whole point is to forget about Google maps, forget about social media, turn off the distractions. And live in a moment where time seems to stand still.
This was my first go with Delta 400, when I reach for Ilford it is usually either HP5+ or Delta 3200. I like the results of the 400 and have a few more rolls in the refrigerator that will soon find a home in my F6.
I developed this roll at home using Kodak D-76. For the photo geeks amongst us, I souped it for about 9.5 minutes at about 68 degrees with agitation for the first 45 seconds and alternating inversions and agitations for about 10 seconds every minute. Tap water for stop bath, followed by about 14 minutes of fixer following the same agitation/inversion as developer. Everything was scanned on an Epson Perfection V600 scanner. hooked up to my ancient Mac Mini.
The Nikon F6 is becoming my film workhorse these days. Many words have been written about the F6, most of those words coming from people much brighter than I. To me, it does what I want it to when I want it to. The last 6 months or so has seen me rekindle my passion for shooting film, the F6 enables that without getting in the way.
Where is your favorite place in your hometown?