35mm Film Photography: San Diego in Black & White

San Diego is such a sunny, colorful city that black & white film may seem like an odd choice. The high contrast of Kodak Tri-X 400 caused some touristy subjects to appear almost noirish, but I kind of like it for that very reason. There is a moodiness about the images that is in stark contrast with the relaxed Southern California vibe.

During our visit last October, we were lucky to see clear skies (low smog levels) most days, making for some great film shooting conditions. All photographs were shot by me with my trusty Nikon F2.

***As with all of my film photos, presented as captured, unedited.***

35mm film photography black and white VW Thing and Palm Trees at Ocean Beach in San Diego California Nikon F2

35mm film photography Kodak Tri-X 400 Pacific Ocean San Diego Nikon F2

35mm film photography Kodak Tri-X black and white Mission Bay Beach Brutalist Architecture Nikon F2

35mm film photography Kodak Tri-X black and white Windansea Beach La Jolla San Diego California Nikon F2

35mm film photography Kodak Tri-X black and white Cactus Old Town San Diego California Nikon F2

35mm film photography Kodak Tri-X black and white Torrey Pines State Natural Reserve Park San Diego California Nikon F2

35mm film photography Kodak Tri-X black and white Torrey Pines State Natural Reserve Park San Diego California Nikon F2

Hotel del Coronado 35mm film photography Kodak Tri-X black and white San Diego California Nikon F2

Windansea Beach in La Jolla 35mm film photography Kodak Tri-X black and white San Diego California Nikon F2
Windansea Beach in La Jolla

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3 Replies to “35mm Film Photography: San Diego in Black & White”

    1. Thank you, Karen! We weren’t able to stay at the Hotel Del this trip, but hope to one day. I have fond memories of walking the hotel grounds with my grandmother when I was young (I was born in SD and my grandparents lived there for 50 years). I couldn’t believe how many people were there to eat, get some ice cream, and just milling about. A little different from my memories of the place 35 years ago!

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