Category: Project:52

The category in which I will be posting things relating to my photography project for 2011. Titled Project:52 where I will shoot one roll or pack of film per week for the entire year.

Project:52 – Weeks 42 & 43

Project:52 – Weeks 42 & 43

New York City
The Big Apple
NYC

A city this big cannot be covered in just one week, so I gave it two. Also because I did not actually have a post ready for Week 41 since I was still in the US and did not have the film for that week processed, I probably could have done it, but I don’t know any labs in NY/NJ that could do it for me, so I waited until I got back to Canada. I went through so much film over the course of my time down there, most of which has yet to be scanned, so I worked hard to get at least these photos scanned and uploaded just for you my faithful followers!

Less than ten weeks left in the project, and the book is already starting to take shape. (By shape, I mean I have an idea of how I want it to work, just have to make that a reality.)

1
Split

2
Painted Red

3
The Firmest Pillar

4
Old Markers

5
The Church

6
Broo Bridge

7
Bruce!

8
Old School Highrise

9
Lomography Store

10
Times Square Tourists

11
Flat Iron

12
Simple

13
Fancy

14
Along the Curved Walk

Nikon FM2 – AF Nikkor 50mm 1:1.4D – Kodak Ektar 100
Rolleiflex 2.8F – Carl Zeiss Planar 80mm 1:2.8 – Kodak Portra 400 & Fuji Velvia 50 (RVP-50)

Project:52 – Update

Project:52 – Update

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.

Keep Shooting!

Project:52 – Week 41

Project:52 – Week 41

Week 41, or how Emily got her groove on.

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.

Project:52 - Week 41

Project:52 - Week 41

Project:52 - Week 41

Project:52 - Week 41

Project:52 - Week 41

Project:52 - Week 41

Project:52 - Week 41

Nikon F4 – AF Nikkor 50mm 1:1.4D – Kodak Portra 400

Project: 52 – Week 40

Project: 52 – Week 40

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.

Project:52 - Week 40

Project:52 - Week 40

Project:52 - Week 40

Project:52 - Week 40

Project:52 - Week 40

Project:52 - Week 40

Project:52 - Week 40

Olympus Stylus Epic DLX – Olympus Lens 35mm 1:2.8 – Kodak Tri-X 400 (400TX)

Project:52 – Week 39

Project:52 – Week 39

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.

Project:52 - Week 39
A corner store in St. Catherines along old Highway 8

Project:52 - Week 39

Project:52 - Week 39

Project:52 - Week 39

Project:52 - Week 39

Project:52 - Week 39

Project:52 - Week 39
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

Project:52 – Week 38

Project:52 – Week 38

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.

Project:52 - Week 38

Project:52 - Week 38

Project:52 - Week 38

Project:52 - Week 38

Project:52 - Week 38

Project:52 - Week 38

Project:52 - Week 38

Horizon Kompakt – Обьектив ИНДУСТАР MC 8/28 – Ilford HP5+

Project:52 – Week 37

Project:52 – Week 37

Demolition Man…

I have to keep reminding myself that I don’t actually own any of the buildings that I explore, but sometimes I can’t help but become attached to them, even shit holes like the former Park Plaza Hotel in Oakville. It sort of became my own personal abandonment since I work right across the road from it. I first checked it out late one night coming back from a church event, and then a second time with friends Wu and Boffo on a cold and snowy evening. The place was gutted and ripped apart inside, trashed by local kids and teens or druggies. But it became the spot for me to flee from the work of the day on my lunches, I’d find a spot in one of the rooms, overlooking the overgrown section in the centre of the building where the pool was, and enjoy the quiet.

Not so much anymore.

They’ve been finally starting the demolition on my hotel, replacing it with a big commercial building. So much for that idea.

Project:52 - Week 37

Project:52 - Week 37

Project:52 - Week 37

Project:52 - Week 37

Project:52 - Week 37

Project:52 - Week 37

Project:52 - Week 37

Nikon FM2 – Nikon Series E 50mm 1:1.8 – Fuji Neopan Arcos 100

Project:52 – Week 36

Project:52 – Week 36

I have seen the grand Fort Niagara from across the river in Niagara-On-The-Lake so I finally took time to go and see the oldest fort in the area. The fort and the people there made the two hour border wait worth it!

The history of the site started back in 1678 when the French established their first fort. The current construction is a mixed bag of French buildings from 1688 to 1759, British who took the Fort from the French in a siege in 1759. The British were forced to hand over the fort to the United States at the end of the Revolutionary War, only to take it back in 1813 during the War of 1812. The British again handed over the fort 1815 when the War was over. The Americans have maintained a military presence at the fort since. Most of the Army left the site in 1963 with the Coast Guard still maintain a presence.

Project:52 - Week 36

Project:52 - Week 36

Project:52 - Week 36

Project:52 - Week 36

Project:52 - Week 36

Project:52 - Week 36

Project:52 - Week 36

Nikon F3 – AI-S Nikkor 50mm 1:1.4 – Kodak Portra 160

Project:52 – Week 35

Project:52 – Week 35

Using old film is fun, and a little scary also because you truly don’t know what you’re going to end up with. A couple years back I had acquired a roll of Kodak Verichrome Pan that had expired in the mid 1960s, and I got zero results from it, so when I found another two rolls of Verichrome Pan that expired in 1975 I figured what the hell and gave them a shot, but instead of letting a lab develop them I would do them myself.

So with the old film loaded into my trusty Rolleiflex I headed down to the lake in Oakville to the posh Bronte Village to wander the boardwalk catching attention of many who saw me using this old camera. Often I use them simply for the conversation pieces that they are. Once the roll was shot it was into the lab for some developing fun. I used the same technique I had on the first roll of the pair that I had shot back at the Muskoka Regional Centre. Using the last of my Agfa Rodinal (The world’s oldest still produced developer (developed in 1891)), I used a method called stand developing, or souping the film in a 1:200 Rodinal solution for an hour.

Project:52 - Week 35

Project:52 - Week 35

Project:52 - Week 35

Project:52 - Week 35

Project:52 - Week 35

Project:52 - Week 35

Project:52 - Week 35

Rolleiflex 2.8F – Carl Zeiss Planar 80mm 1:2.8 – Kodak Verichrome Pan

Project:52 – Week 34

Project:52 – Week 34

Hitting the streets of my hometown of Milton for Week 34, specifically the farmer’s market which runs from May to October, I figured it would be a great place to try out some street photography. The market provided me with a lot of subjects to photograph, making it a very successful Saturday morning for me.

Project:52 - Week 34
A smile is a great way to start the day

Project:52 - Week 34
I’ll take one of those…

Project:52 - Week 34
Contemplation

Project:52 - Week 34
Discussions

Project:52 - Week 34
Oh Hai there

Project:52 - Week 34
Oh those were the days.

Project:52 - Week 34
The Man

Nikon F4 – AF DC-Nikkor 105mm 1:2D – Ilford FP4+