This past October we traveled to a hang glider event to take some pictures. 

On the way, we stopped in at a town event they have each year.  

I've seen enough ultra-sharp "HDR" digital pics to last me a while.  Just give me a good, honest 1970's style sun-bleached view, taken with film.  You know, like this:

Kodak Gold 200

There is really something about old color film pictures.   The rules of photography say "don't take pictures with the sun in front of you".  I think a lot of 1970's vacationers ignored that rule, based on the number of old photos like this I've seen in albums.  I'm glad of it, too.   I like the effect. 

A bunch of flags presented some interesting patterns and colors. 

Kodak Gold 200

I was kind of hoping they'd have an Imperial Russia flag, but no such luck.

Walking around some more:

Digital, 2010

Sometimes you look across the crowd, and someone is looking back at you. 

I'm thinking as soon as that guy finishes his Slushee or whatever it is, he's gonna...  actually, know what?  I'm not going to stick around to find out.  Let's mosey on over this way, shall we?

Those old square pictures from the 70's were cool. 

Kodak Gold 200 again, by the way.  This is good film.  I love that  "retro" look.  Warm, colorful, yet not oversaturated.  Almost as great as Kodachrome, but in a different sort of way.

Hey, wasn't this gallery supposed to be about hang gliders? 

We're getting there.  Just a little detour at the festival, but we're off again.

I know it wasn't late enough in the month for this kind of fall color, but I had to throw in this picture:

Fuji Superia 100
Toy 35mm camera
with a plastic lens

So we made the journey to see the hang gliders.  I was still looking over my shoulder to make sure the dude from the festival wasn't there (still eating his Slushee or whatever it was).  The weather was warm and clear.  Everybody was enjoying the sun, but they said the day wasn't conducive to good lift.  Almost as soon as they took off, the hang gliders were below us in the valley.

That was actually good for me, though.   Also, I think the spectators probably found it better than having to look up toward the sun.


By the way:   the digital photo above has some depth, but only because I enhanced it.   The telltale signs of "digiality" are not so apparent (though they're not entirely absent, either)   On the other hand, some digital pictures will look obviously digital, no matter what is done.  

The best solution is to bring more film.

All the following photos were taken with Kodak Gold 200 film (35mm), using a 35-70mm lens.

I'm glad I used Kodak Gold.   It has such warmth.   If Kodak has their head on straight, they'll keep making truckloads of it.   That, and Ultramax 400.

The air was mostly still, with only a faint breeze.  The glider guys would have liked a better updraft.   They seem able to gauge the weather conditions moment-by-moment, but I don't think they were expecting any major weather changes today.

Here was another "into the sun" shot.  Once again, I like the effect:

Next up is my National Geographic capture for the day.   Keep in mind I took all of about three photos of this glider in flight.  I try to time photos according to when they look right, rather than relying on technology (such as the ability to take 500 pictures).

Here is another favorite (you might have seen it on the main page):

I heard there are sometimes a lot more hang gliders here;  I guess it depends on the air currents.  You can tell it's rather warm and still:  notice the haze in the distance.

I would like to see all the gliders here at once someday.  Well, not all possible hang gliders, because they wouldn't fit, but you know what I mean.   Maybe then I can revisit this locale with some slide film.

Then again, I might just bring some more Kodak Gold.

Or better yet, how about both.

It was a good day. 

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