FanFest on Rolleiflex

My second year covering FanFest for the San Francisco Giants was another blast. I changed it up a bit by bringing my 1959 Rolleiflex E2

With no light meter and a horizontally flipped ground glass, I gained even more respect for the photographers who shot like this daily. And of course, I was carrying a full compliment of digital gear and lenses since I knew film wouldn’t satisfy what the Giants’ front office was in need of.

This was my first time using the twin-lens-reflex camera while “on assignment.” The documentary approach on a camera like this is a whole other beast. At least my Kodak 150 4×5 frankenstein has a rangefinder viewfinder with a ghost image focusing system.

It was also a nice reprieve to go back to shooting some fresh Ilford film. For the past 2 years or so, I have been using expired color and B/W film almost exclusively. As fun as it is, man does it get annoying seeing all that grain after a while. I was blown away by the depth of the new Ilford Delta 400.

The first image (below) is probably my favorite and sums up all Giants FanFest. A father and son in matching Bumgarner jersey’s, sitting in the upper deck behind home plate, with dad waxing on about the stadium.

One of the huge treats of shooting events for the host is the extra access I get. Being able to follow Buster Posey while he signs dozens of bats for new season ticket holders was a huge treat.

Manager Bruce Bochy signed autographs before taking the stage to talk on KNBR 680.

Jeff Smardzija relaxes in the sun before taking the stage.

Gotta bring your own compliment of bats to be signed at one of the dozen autograph sessions through out the stadium.

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