Shooting Tortilla Flats.
As in shooting, rooty too too
Only authentic stagecoach stop to survive the 1900’s (source), this is one busy ghost town, nestled on the Apache Trail, just an SUV-throw away from Phoenix. One of several interesting dwellings that can be visited along the Apache Trail. You can still hear the echo of gunshots.
As in shooting your heart out
Authentic it may be, the “town too tough to die” has a distinctly touristy feeling to it, these days, being home to the dollar-bill covered Superstition Saloon (named after the really superb Superstition Mountain).
But it retains great charm and hours of fun for a photographer. The Supersition saloon has been photographed a zillion times, but there’s always new angles, new events (July 4th being tremendous for flags) and even the rest rooms are decorated, if you dare take a camera in there.
As regular readers will know, I sold almost all my (overly large) lens collection to finance the acquisition of a Zeiss OTUS 85/1.4 and a Zeiss Distagon 1.4/35 ZM. After a brief review of the Zeiss C-Sonnar 1.5/50 ZM that blew my mind, I decided to add this unexpected jewel to my renewed list of workhorse lenses.
The thing is, that tiny, tiny piece of glass is taking up so much space that the two others (not to mention the Distagon 2.8/15 ZF.2 that Zeiss have kindly sent me for review and hasn’t left my bag) are not seeing much camera time at all. 4 photographs on this page are made with the 35/1.4 ZM (codename Audrey) and the 4 others with the C-Sonnar (codename Cesar).
Audrey has the unparalleled delicacy that shows true colours and shadow subtlety that oozes through the photographs inside the saloon, above. Cesar displays bold contrasts and soft textures that is absolutely wonderful on portaits (below) and for creating impact when playing with light (top photo). I might be selling the OTUS (codename Hubert) if it doesn’t get used as much as I hoped but it would take something really surprising to make me part with Cesar !!!
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