Shades of Gray: Part II

Rob Gilley

Previously in denial about his photographic past, Rob Gilley now rummages through his trove of mediocrity.

In the aftermath of bloated holiday servings, may I offer some lighter fare: Five images, stripped down to the bare bones, presented in simple shades of gray. A more digestible visual blog for your viewing appetite.

All photos pictured below were shot on Agfa Scala transparency film, a past favorite among professionals, now long dead. Undeservedly maligned for having an inherent black within its grain pattern, Scala had incredible mid-tone performance, and just got contrast-ier the more you push-processed it. In a strong sense, it was a perfect black and white film for surf photography because it was relatively fast, provided ever-so-slight edging and detail to white water, and had just enough grain to soften a portrait. Through grit and the illusion of depth, Scala offered a visual realism that, in my opinion, is still unmatched by digital capture.

Rob Machado, Oceanside. Photo: Gilley
Keith and Chris Malloy. Photo: Gilley
Unidentified, Cloudbreak. Photo: Gilley
Mavericks. Photo: Gilley
Mexico. Photo: Gilley