120mm Film Photography: California in Monochrome through the Lens of a 1958 Minolta Autocord

Looking through film scans that we’ve had back for a while, inexplicably this roll had escaped my attention. Robert shot this roll (I might have taken photo #4?) between September and November 2018 with his 1958 Minolta Autocord TLR camera. Eleven of the twelve photographs were taken in California.  This is only the 4th roll of film he has shot with the Autocord, and if he doesn’t start using it more often, I am commandeering it. Though first he will have to remind me how to use it…

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

Yosemite National Park

#1

Medium format 120mm monochrome film photography The Ahwahnee - formerly The Majestic Yosemite Hotel in Yosemite National Park

#2

Medium format 120mm monochrome film photography Tree in Yosemite National Park

#3

Medium format 120mm monochrome film photography Marsi hiking a granite dome in Yosemite National Park

#4

Medium format 120 mm monochrome film photography Tuolumne Meadows and Granite peaks Yosemite National Park

#5

Medium format 120 mm monochrome film photography cabin in Tuolumne Meadows Yosemite National Park

#6

Medium format 120 mm monochrome film photography Cathedral Peak in Yosemite National Park

Death Valley National Park

#7

Medium format 120 mm monochrome film photography the Devil's Golf Course in Death Valley National Park

#8
(A mistake, but I like this weird abstract of Robert’s face)

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San Diego

#9
(If this subject looks familiar, it’s because I shot it first. Copycat. Who shot it better?)

Medium format 120 mm monochrome film photography Brutalist architecture and palm trees in Mission Bay, San Diego California

Amboy, California (Route 66)

#10

Medium format 120 mm monochrome film photography Roy's Motel and Cafe in Amboy, California along Route 66

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Medium format 120 mm monochrome film photography Roy's Motel and Cafe in Amboy, California along Route 66

Goblin Valley State Park, Utah

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Medium format 120 mm monochrome film photography Goblin Valley Utah state park

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15 Replies to “120mm Film Photography: California in Monochrome through the Lens of a 1958 Minolta Autocord”

    1. Hahaha! You know, somehow I had overlooked that Ektar 100 is made in 120 format. Thanks for letting me know! Great idea for a birthday present to myself, I mean for my husband. That’s the beauty of sharing a hobby and having birthdays just two weeks apart.

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  1. Very cool shots. I’ll have to check out that link to the other stuff when I haven’t been up for 2 days 🙂 It really is interesting but I have no idea about knowledge of it, so I just like to look…when I now such a zombie lol. Take care!

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  2. I love the Route 66 images, if you swapped out the new vehicles and the prices at the pumps (part of why we don’t go to CA) they could have been ads from the past! Nicely done! And I agree, in a strange way, the accidental image is kinda neat.

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    1. Thank you! I’m glad I could bring a little nostalgia. That’s one of my favorite things about black and white film photography – it has kind of a timeless quality. We have traveled sections of Route 66’s route (mostly through Oklahoma and New Mexico), but one day I hope to travel the original route as closely as possible.

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    1. There is so much to see in this area – one cannot do it all. That said, Goblin Valley is really unique, and I definitely recommend it for a visit on your next trip to the area! We felt like little kids exploring an alien world. Truly magical!

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      1. I’m excited for you, and also a bit envious! I have not been to RMNP yet, however it’s high on my wish list. I hear it gets crazy crowded, so will probably try to visit one September (maybe next year?)

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      2. I’m sure that a weekday visit will be better, as there won’t be as many day-trippers up from Denver metro. I cannot wait to see your pictures!

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