Zi Yang Lai

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Scappoose, St. Helens, Rainier, and Longview

I went on a small roadtrip through the small towns of Scappoose, St. Helens, Rainier in Oregon, and Longview, Washington to test out a camera. It was a chilly day in early spring and these tourist towns are usually still a ghost town during this time of the year. The lighting and cloud coverage were also perfect - overcast with some scattered low-hanging clouds. This provided diffused light on subjects while still keeping some details in the sky.

Shot on Hasselblad 500C/M and 60mm f/3.5 CF, scanned on an Epson V700 with minimal cropping and edits. The following photos are on Kodak Portra 400.

Stacks of wood pallets outside a manufacturing plant in Scappoose, Oregon
Stacks of wood pallets outside a manufacturing plant in Scappoose, Oregon
A lone Cherry Blossom in parking lot in Scappoose, Oregon
Cherry Blossom in Scappoose, Oregon
An abandoned blue building by the side of the highway in Scappoose, Oregon
Abandoned Building in Scappoose, Oregon
Appliance repair shop in St. Helens, Oregon with old washing machines and refrigerators sitting by the front entrance
Stan's Refrigeration & Air Conditioning in St. Helens, Oregon
Storage units painted blue and white in St. Helens, Oregon
Stan's Mini Storage in St. Helens, Oregon
Barns on a ranch in St. Helens, Oregon
Barns on a ranch in St. Helens, Oregon

I also shot a roll of expired Ilford XP2, a new emulsion for me. While I liked the contrast, tonality, and grain structure, this roll was ruined by poor storage, as evident by the backing paper mottling on the negatives.

A PACC cargo ship docked on the Columbia River in the Port of Longview, Washington
PACC cargo ship docked on the Columbia River in the Port of Longview, Washington
Trees in Rainier City Park in Oregon overlooks a docked cargo ship docked at the Port of Longview in Washington
Rainier City Park in Oregon overlooks cargo ships docked at the Port of Longview in Washington
Boats moored at Willow Grove Moorage on the Columbia River
Boats moored at Willow Grove Moorage on the Columbia River
Floating home on the Columbia River in Longview, Washington
Floating home on the Columbia River in Longview, Washington

Overall, the 60mm CF is incredibly sharp and can resolve a lot of details, though it exhibited some magenta color fringing on tree lines and power lines in the photos above. The fringing is somewhat awful compared to modern digital lenses, and is noticeable even when looking at the pictures zoomed-out, but is easily removable in Adobe Camera Raw.