Shooting Street with Kodak Gold 200 ~ Carsland

        I keep coming back to Kodak Gold 200 for a number of reasons. Reason 1 is the price. In Canada I can purchase a 24 exposure 3 pack from Walmart for only $12.99, that’s only $4.33 a roll or 18 cents a frame. Now that’s cheap. Reason number 2 is it’s unique look that tends to favour warm tones even in mid-day light. These shot’s were taken on a Pentax PC35-AFM point and shoot camera, a true thrift store gem.  

Scene from Radiator Springs in Carsland.  

Scene from Radiator Springs in Carsland.  

The Cozy Cone

The Cozy Cone

A Weary Dad

A Weary Dad

No Xpan? No Problem

                  If there was ever a white whale camera that I would love to have in my film photography arsenal it would be the Hasselblad XPAN. The XPAN is a very unique camera that gives the photographer the ability to shoot wide cinematic scenes on 35mm film. The problem with wanting a one trick pony camera like the XPAN is that it is extreamly expensive and can sell for up to $5000 dollars on the used market. 5K is far beyond my thrift store budget so instead I am using an 80+ year old Zeiss Icon icarette 6x9 camera. The 6x9 format lends itself well to shooting 35mm panoramas but the only challenge is how do you load 35mm film in a 120 medium format camera. This problem is quite easily solved with a 35mm to 120 adapter and take up spool. These can pretty readily found on eBay or if your fortunate enough to have a 3D printer at home you can quickly print one up and start shooting. Fortunately a second side hobby of mine is 3D printing so I did just that.  

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Loading 35mm with the 3D printed adapters

Loading 35mm with the 3D printed adapters

                   Loading and shooting 35mm film on an old folding camera like this is really pretty simple. The first thing I did was start with a dummy roll of film to help determine how far to wind each frame. Without frame counters you need to be a bit creative so I decided to place a piece of tape at the beginning of my frame and count how many full turns it took to advance to the next frame. In my case it took 3 and a bit turns, OK it’s not an exact science. Once I was able to determine the right distance to advance each frame I loaded a roll of TriX 400 and drove down to the Harbor where I often go to find inspiration. Below are 5 of the 10 frames I shot. I was actually blown away at the sharpness the lens on this old folder was able to produce. The one tip I would give is to make sure that your frames are level and a tripod is very helpful tool for this. I hope you enjoy the images below and feel free to let me know what you think in the comments section below. 

Carl Zeiss Jenna Lens

Carl Zeiss Jenna Lens

Extended Bellows

Extended Bellows

Nanaimo Harbor, full in winter.  

Nanaimo Harbor, full in winter.  

Harbor strolling is definitely a Nanaimo past time.  

Harbor strolling is definitely a Nanaimo past time.  

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Accidental double exposure, but I kinda like it.  

Rare snowfall lining the docks edge.  

Rare snowfall lining the docks edge.  

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Weathered sailboat bow.  

       All images scanned on the Epson V600.  

Embracing “CRAP” Photography

               Let’s face it nobody cares about your photography except for you, so why do we bother? The things we incessantly ask ourselves are questions like, is the composition right, is my exposure accurate, is it sharp enough, will it move people, does it tell a story and countless other things that paralyze us from simply just being creative. This is precisely why the cult following of Lomography is so popular.  Avid Lomographers could care less about the questions above and would rather enjoy the spontaneity of just simply shooting. They enjoy things like blur and light leaks or scratches and grain, in fact they are really the band of misfits that push back against what the main stream says in aesthetically pleasing. This is all well and good but I don’t think I would consider myself one of these misfits however I did thouroughly enjoy creating these images. The point of the LOMO process is to just simply shoot and enjoy. This is what precisely happened. I could see myself doing this again and again. It’s just simply fun.  All of the images below were shot Lomography Color 400 120 film with the Diana F+ camera and home processed with the unicolour c-41 kit. Let me know what it is that you love about this process. 

Pearl Harbor ~ USS Arizona Memorial

         On December 7th 1941, the unimaginable happened. The Small serene Hawaiian island of Oahu was surprise attacked by the Japanese airforce and navy. This was my first time at Pearl Harbor and it was an incredibly sobering experience.  Thousands of men and women died in this horrific attack, many of whom are still entombed below the surface of the water in ships that very quickly became their graves. Being there gave me a new heightened appreciation for all of the men and women that fight for the freedom that I so often take for granted. May we never forget.

Fuji Superia 400 ~ The Canadian Drug Store Film

             When it comes to shooting film I would more often be drawn to professional films like Portra or  Ektar but they are not always the best when you just want to shoot for the sake of shooting.  Sunny days during the winter on Vancouver Island are far and few between so my wife and I took some time to wander though Rathtrevor Park just outside of Parksville. Below are just a few of the images I shot.  What is your favourite drug store variety film, or does your drug store even carry film any longer? 

Waikiki Street Life

         Touring the streets of Waikiki leaves a street photographer both overwhelmed and searching for simple scenes.  With the shear amount of people walking around it is very challenging to find compositions. Below are just a few of my favorite street images from our recent trip to HONOLULU. All the images were shot on the Fuji X-Pro2 and the stellar 23mm f2. 

Koko Head Stairs ~ A gruelling Reward

        Just a 10 minute drive from busy Waikiki beach is grueling physical challenge with a spectacular reward. Koko Head stairs was originally a set of rail tracks installed by pre world war 2 military personnel on the island of Oahu. Designed to gain a higher and more clear viewpoint of the coast line and thus help protect them against any possible enemy’s. today this hike is climbed by hundreds of people every day, both the fit and unfit alike challenge all 1000 plus steps to get to the top.  Once at the top you are greeted by one of the best views in Oahu. Below are a few images I shot on my Fuji X-Pro2 and the Rokinon 12mm f2.