Many Kodak films have gained almost a cult following over the course of their run, and while many are general purpose films, Kodak produced many film stocks designed for specific tasks, and one such film is Technical Pan. Designed specifically for technical, scientific, and military applications the film can work as a high-contrast pictorial film and is one of the more unique film stocks I’ve had the pleasure to shoot. While it was out of production well before the official discontinuation date in 2004 due to the finding of a large master roll the film remains rather stable due to its lack of a boxRead More →

Back in the early days when I was just starting to explore the wonderful world of films outside of Fuji, Kodak, and Ilford I hopped on the Freestyle website and discovered two brands of film I had never heard of before and landed myself a variety of Efke and Adox films. Today I’m going with one of my favourite of these ‘classic’ emulsions, and that is Adox CHS 100. Like Efke, CHS films are silver rich, grainy and lands you a mid-century classic look. Sadly, the original CHS 100 ended when Fotoimipex closed down shop in 2012. Adox, however, bounced back and still produce onRead More →

When it comes to Nikon, you know most of the cameras in their catalogue, especially their professional offerings. But there are plenty of hidden gems in their camera line as well. Some even have a cult following, I’m thinking of course of their Nikkormat cameras. But what about the Nikon FG? Like many Nikon cameras of the 1980s, it’s often overlooked in favour of the semi-pro FE2/FM2(n) and for a good reason. The FE/FM series attracts a massive following because it followed the original Nikon design ethos of uncompromised industrial design and quality. But the late 1970s and into the 1980s brought a lot ofRead More →

I remember the first time I saw the Pentax 645; it was at Belle Art Camera in Hamilton, Ontario. It was sitting there in all its medium format beauty with the 75mm f/2.8 lens. The store employee told me all about the camera, what it did, how it worked. And I was looking to up my medium format game. The price was right, so I dropped the cash and left with a camera that would come with me on future trips, projects, and even some weddings. As a camera, the Pentax 645 is a workhorse and a working man’s camera, it has everything you wantRead More →

Returning to the beginning for me. One of my very first, actually my fourth image ever shot on 4×5 film was of this building, Hamilton’s Lister Block. The original block was constructed in 1886 but it was burned to the ground by fire in 1923, undaunted a fireproof (it was proved many times over it’s years being abandoned) building was completed in 1924. This beautiful brick and terracotta structure is one of the more iconic on James Street, and after it was abandoned was the first building in Hamilton that I explored, many a Saturday night was spent wandering her empty halls. But unlike manyRead More →

So despite the fact I was using an untested film holder that caused light leaks, I’m still pretty happy with this shot! I found this rail line in the rural areas surrounding my town and was immediately drawn to to, behind me an old metal bridge that takes the road above the right-of-way. It all reminds me of Cobalt, ON, but without the silver mine. After a long hard cold winter, it’s nice to have some warm weather (I was out in my spring jacket) and some bright blue skies. Always, Always, Always test out your film holders on ‘throw-away’ sheets before putting your expensiveRead More →

For anyone who is a fan of the Film Photography Podcast is probably aware of a fantastic photographer by the name of Jim Austin, or Jimages. Well week 5 is probably because of Jim, and his philosophy of slow photography. See, I took this photo before I lugged out the camera. I came across this scene the day prior, stopped the car got out an admired it, but didn’t take the photo then. I waited, a good 24 hours before actually dragged the camera out. It took me that long to build the final picture in my head. And while that is taking a riskRead More →