If you follow the film photography community and there’s a chance you do if you follow this blog, then you will have some idea of the rocky road that is the modern version of Film Ferrania. When they burst on the scene, they had the grand dream of bringing a new colour slide film to market using one of the few remaining buildings from the OG Ferrania plant in northern Italy along with a tonne of equipment, materials, and notes. You probably also realise that this dream has not yet been achieved. That doesn’t mean they’ve been sitting around doing nothing all that time. AndRead More →

There are plenty of developers out there that I have yet to try, some because they just aren’t made anymore and others because I just cannot get them in Canada. Plus I can be a creature of habit and stick to what I know and can get the results I want. So when a fellow photographer and CCR co-host Mike Bitaxi, started talking about this new developer he was working with my interest oddly enough grabbed especially after seeing the results. The developer in question is SPUR HRX. SPUR, or Speed Photography, Ultra Resolution, is a company out of Germany that I had never heardRead More →

Street photography is not something for every photographer. Getting out there and taking pictures of random strangers in the street. Sure you get some people who turn away, or make a face, or even confront you about it. But for the most part, people are generally unaware. Back in August I went out and wandered up then down Queen Street in Toronto along with some fellow film photographers to capture a little slice of life on a typical Saturday afternoon in the city. Probably one of my favourite combos for shooting in the Street is my Nikon F4 and 105mm f/2 lens sure not aRead More →

Rain and the Toronto International Film Festival (TIFF) wasn’t going to stop week 37 as I went into the city to run some errands. I soon found myself in the middle of massive crowds. So I turned my camera onto the people waiting in line. Until of course one of the volunteers for TIFF asked me “Why are you taking a picture of me with all these celebrities around?” “Real People are more interesting.” that gave her a good chuckle. Unlike many other street photographers I enjoy engaging my subjects, trying to catch a smile, or a notice of my lens trained on them, oftenRead More →

Start of term at work really kicked my butt so I’m back into catch up mode, but don’t worry, the film is still being shot! So for Week 36 I went for a no theme, and this time to make it a little more interesting I threw a green filter onto the lens and pulled the film one stop to ASA-200. I wasn’t particularly pleased with the results, but managed to find seven images!Read More →

Another “No Theme” week as the battery in my Nikon F3, which I put into it when I first got the camera a good four-five years ago now finally gave up the ghost and I’ve been having trouble getting a replacement. So I grabbed the next best camera that I could, my all mechanical Nikon FM2. Oddly enough the FM2 was the original choice for the project and from here on in will the camera of choice for the rest of the project (mostly because it only uses the battery for the meter, unlike the F3 which needs power to even release the shutter). TheRead More →

Week Nine and I chose not to have a theme, well two reasons, one I was sick (cold, much better now), and my original idea was squished because well I couldn’t do it as the training I was supposed to go to Toronto for was canned. So I just carried the camera with me through the whole week and took photos of what I thought was pleasing to me. Nikon F3 – AI-S Nikkor 50mm 1:1.4 – Kodak Tri-X 400 Dev: Kodak HC-110 Dil. B 4:30 @ 20CRead More →

I love backroads and sunday afternoon drives and taking the senic route. Sure it may take you a little bit longer to get there, but sometimes the journey is more important than the destination. So coming home from a party I decided to load up the newest member of my camera family with some film and took the long, stupid, and conviluted route home, just to see what I could see. Bronica SQ-Am – Zenzanon-PS 150mm 1:4 – Kodak Tri-X 400 (400TX)Read More →

Excuse me, but have you seen Bob? This neat little worldwide photo project seemed to grab my attention so for week 45 I took my “Bob” along and photographed him in and around the area during my errands, mostly through Hamilton’s downtown. Needless to say I got a couple strange looks as I photographed this cardboard character in various spaces. Some people even wanted to know what I was doing, so I happily explained, some continued to give me the strange looks while others thought it was kinda cool. No, Bob hasn’t been around since 1958, but Burlington Camera has, and they even had theRead More →

Last month while I was on my usual fall vacation at the end of October I once again found myself in New Jersey. I have always been an avid fan of the Film Photography Podcast and have been listening to it since it’s third episode, and have been no stranger to the flickr group, organized a Toronto FPP meetup…the list continues. So before I left I was sure to email Michael Rasso, the founder of the podcast/project to see about meeting up. The email I got in reply surprised me. I was offered to help guest host the podcast. Nervous could not even begin toRead More →