Canon AE-1P, 15 November 2011


Yes, I know…I shoot both Canon and Nikon cameras. What can I say? I have reasons to like using both!

AE1P CHI TMax100 1NorthLaSalle01B

AE1P CHI TMax100 AmericanNatlBankBldg01B

AE1P CHI TMax100 860-880NorthLakeshore01B

AE1P CHI TMax100 860-880NorthLakeshore02B

AE1P CHI TMax100 860-880NorthLakeshore03B

Photo Information:

Camera: Canon AE-1 Program
Lens: Canon 24mm f/2.8 FD (Photos 1 & 2); 50mm f/1.4 FD (Photos 3 & 5); 135mm f/3.5 FD (Photo 4)
Film: Kodak TMax 100 (135)

Photos 1 & 2:
Location: Chicago, Illinois; Chicago Loop

These two buildings occupy the same block in the heart of the financial district in the Chicago Loop on LaSalle between Madison and Washington. The building in Photo 1 is creatively named 1 North LaSalle (completed in 1930 and designed by Vitzthum & Burns), while the building in Photo 2 is the American National Bank Building (completed in 1930 and designed by Graham, Anderson, Probst, & White; formerly the Foreman State National Bank Building); both are Art Deco designs, which is evident from the characteristic setbacks as the building gets higher, the sculpted infill panels between the windows, and in the case of 1 North LaSalle, the stylized sculptural elements above the main entrance.

Photos 3, 4, & 5:
Location: Chicago, Illinois; Streeterville Neighborhood

These three photos are of the iconic 860 – 880n North Lake Shore Drive apartment towers (completed in 1951 and designed by Ludwig Mies van der Rohe with Pace Associates & Holsman, Holsman, Kiekamp, & Taylor as associated architects) on, well, Lake Shore Drive in the Streeterville Neighborhood. This project was one of Mies’ earlier projects in the city, and is the first expression of what came to be his most characteristic design style, namely the all-glass curtain wall with exterior applied steel sections (typically continuous I-shaped columns). The aesthetic becomes somewhat tiring in Chicago, as it was endlessly repeated both by Mies himself and by a number of successors / imitators; when first completed, though, it was a decidedly unprecedented presentation of Modernist design.

Note: One of the primary reasons I enjoy using this camera and its associated lenses is that it was one that my Dad used many years ago; the Nikon FM-2 I now use was also technically his, but he never used the camera (it was an insurance replacement after someone broke into our house and stole his previous Nikons). As my Dad passed away 15 years ago, it’s nice to have something tangible that is I can identify as his, and that I can still enjoy using. Of course, it also helps that the camera is quite easy to use and fairly durable – not sure it quite stacks up to the FM-2, but it’s no slouch, either. One thing I don’t much like about the camera is that it has an electronically-timed shutter, so without the battery installed, the camera will not function at all; I have also noticed that it gets a bit sluggish in extreme cold, which is not much surprising, considering how poorly batteries tend to perform under such conditions. Under “normal” weather conditions, it works just fine, but it does mean that if I know I’ll be out in temperatures that are below freezing, I prefer using the Nikon, instead.



One Response to “Canon AE-1P, 15 November 2011”

  1. Jim Says:

    Nice to know you don’t discriminate!

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