Getting good photos with black and white film proved to be a little more difficult at the Arizona-Sonora Desert Museum than at the Pima Air & Space Museum. It’s harder to quickly pick out shapes and lines in natural scenery than with man-made aerodynamic structures. Even though you end up missing out on a lot of the desert colors, the Neopan film does bring out the harshness and prickliness of the Arizona wilderness.
This is one instance when I really did miss the rest of my camera gear. While shooting with the 50mm did challenge me to creatively position myself for some of these shots, a zoom lens really is necessary when doing wildlife photography. If you’ve ever tried to take a picture of a bird with your phone’s camera, you know that usually the bird appears as a small dot in the middle of the frame. Wildlife photographers use extreme lenses like the Canon 800mm f/5.6L to fill the frame with their animal subjects without disturbing them or scaring them away. And in this case, even my 24-105mm f/4L lens would’ve made a difference in trying to get a shot of those fidgety hummingbirds.
The Desert Museum was a great place to visit, and I hope to get another chance to explore the rest of it (especially in the morning or evening light…and when there are far less children terrorizing the wildlife). If you’re ever in the area, definitely check out both the Arizona-Sonora Desert Museum and the Pima Air & Space Museum!
Here are the rest of the Neopan 400 photos. And to see more photos from Tucson, click here! Color photos from Arizona are up next…check back to see them soon!