I really can’t believe how close I am to finishing off the project! I’m rather impressed that I’ve actually been able to maintain the images coming out. Not to mention learning a bit more about my various cameras that I have been using, and narrowing down some of my favourite film stocks, and cameras in my vast arsinal.
So far I’ve learned: Wide Angle Lenses are not good for detail work, Toy Cameras are pretty awesome when used right (as in the right situation, I wouldn’t use a holga at a wedding for all the portraits), People are more open to getting their photo taken if it’s on an old strange looking camera (like my Rolleiflex TLR or Polaroid Automatic 250 Land Camera), the new Portra 400 is an amazing and versitile film, Velvia is best shot at ISO-64 without any push in development. There are many more things I’ve learned but I’ll save those for later.
As I close in on the ‘ten weeks left’ mark (Week 42), I sit in the lounge at Toronto’s City Centre (Billy Bishop) airport waiting for my flight to Newark for my usual fall vacation, to not only visit New York City, but to shoot a pile of film. I’m armed with tonnes of film and a pile of cameras. The idea is to use two weeks of the project for the city so there will be a bit of delay in posting them here so watch for a big double whammy of NYC photos.
I have also started compiling a book for the project that will feature my favourite shot of that week, watch for that in early 2012, and since I enjoyed this project I think I’m going to do a repeat for next year, with some different rules in place.
And last a big thank you to all who have commented on my photos, both online and in person and thank you for continuing to follow along.
My original idea for this week (and one I might use later on) was to get random people in the streets to throw on some headphone and dance, but at the time I realized that might be a little creepy, so instead I called up my friend Emily who is always willing to pose for my cameras. So off into Toronto we headed with an mp3 player filled with music, a camera loaded with a roll of film, and she danced, pranced, and played around in parks, subways, and alleys. Yes we got questioning gazes, smiles, and outright confusion.
But good times were had by all.
Did I ever mention that I think I’m addicted to the new Kodak Portra 400? Because I am…such a glorious film.
I do try to keep my family out of my photography specifically the work I show publicly but when your little younger brother gets married, it just has to get shown off. But since I was a groomsman at the wedding bringing out one of my bigger cameras to play like the Rollei, or 645 or even my little FM2 would get in the way. So I turned to a very small camera in my collection, and no it wasn’t a 110 camera…but rather a Olympus Stylus Epic. I was honestly surprised at the quality of images that came out of this pocket camera that could easily fit in the pocket of my tux.
Although the day was dull, grey, cold, and wet at times, the ceremony and reception were incredible, and I wish only the best for my brother and new sister-in-law.
There are times when I look at my shots and think to myself, these photos are why I still shoot with film. It was the perfect day again (if only we could have had the weather a week later…but anyways). The sky was a brilliant blue, the weather was warm, it was the perfect day for a BBQ, friends, a beautiful setting, and of course ‘chrome film.
‘chrome film? Why, slide film of course, Fujichrome to be exact, Velvia. Delicious, Delicious Velvia. Fuji’s answer to Kodachrome, and E-6 process also.
So I found myself in beautiful Welland Ontario, I have to say I love small towns, and with the perfect weather and just a touch of fall coming out, I loaded up some of my beloved Velvia and got to shooting, both along the drive to Welland and at Mel and Bryan’s place who graciously hosted us.
A corner store in St. Catherines along old Highway 8
And randomly my friend Coffee (well that’s his nickname)
Pentax 645 – SMC Pentax A 645 35mm 1:3.5 and SMC Pentax A 645 80-160mm 1:4.5 – Fuji Velvia (RVP), Exposed at ISO-64, no change in Processing
September 10th dawned bright and clear, not too cold either. I found myself out in Clarrington, ON at the beautiful 4 Season’s Golf & Country club to photograph Sarah & Derrick’s Wedding, a couple I had photographed for their engagement photos last year. The back drop was beautiful, the sky a deep blue, the greens bright with life, the fall colours not yet starting to come in.
It was such a day that I wish I had access to Kodachrome to shoot, and the colour processing to match.
Sarah & Derrick were a wonderful couple to work with, both naturals in front of the cameras and very easy to photograph.
Sometimes some of the strongest photos are the ones that catch a moment of peace between the couple amidst the chaos of hte day
I broadened my horizons, and went W I D E, and when I mean WIDE, I’m talking panoramic wide…using one of the more unique cameras in my collection. After popping into the Lomography store to get a lesson on how to use the Horizon Kompakt, a Russian swing lens camera I took once again to the streets of Toronto to give it a go. The camera itself is what makes the whole concept unique, as I mentioned earlier it is a swing lens, a fixed 28mm f/8 lens, that will travel across a 120 degree arc exposing a thin slit of the film as it passes to create the final image which takes up approximately two standard frames. The best part, no batteries, powered entirely by a near silent clockwork motor. I got many stares as I stopped to use the camera as I wandered along.
So yes, this camera eats film, a roll of 36 will yield about 22 images, also with no meter in it you have to be careful about the film you load into it. Using the 400 speed film (Ilford HP5+) on that bright a day made a lot of the images unrecoverable, a 200 or even 100 speed may have worked better. But with a bit of work in post I was able to pull out some pretty awesome photos.
Horizon Kompakt – Обьектив ИНДУСТАР MC 8/28 – Ilford HP5+