Stepping from 35mm to medium format seems like a massive step up in quality. Since the growing popularity of film photography certain cameras have become the standard for quality and therefore sought after by film enthusiasts worldwide. One of those cameras has been the Rolleiflex. Out of reach for most of us the Rolleiflex has given birth to a myriad of “next best things”. The 124g and the Mamiya C330 are probably the two biggest standouts. Take a moment and watch my latest episode as I dive into one of my absolute favourite cameras.
First off Portra 400 has never really been my favourite film to shoot. Every time I load a roll I feel like I have set my expectations too high. Wether it’s 35mm or 120 my disappointment in the results tend to be the same. My first thought is why does this film cost so much? While my second thought is why does everyone love the muted soft colours this film produces? Those questions are probably best answered by Portra fans for sure. This last roll I shot however got me thinking. Thinking about why we put some much stock into the actual emulsion we are shooting instead of just pre-visualizing the look we would like and then just making it happen. Regardless of what type of film we are using. Some would say that it is blasphemy to bring a film negative into the digital darkroom instead of the traditional dark room but I ask the “Purists” these two questions. Isn’t all Photography just artistic expression? Shouldn’t we just focus on telling the story that we really want to tell? Now sure I have my favorite films I like to shoot and Portra may not be one of them but with a little drop of Contrast and a touch of Saturation I can get it where I feel like it needs to be. Here’s to telling “your” story.
Today was fathers Day and I was able to spend the whole day with my girls. One of the stops we made was the Qualicum Beach Car Show. I could have slowly wandered for hours shooting these amazing works of art. below are just a few images I shot with the Fuji X-PRO2 and the XF 23mm f2 lens.
Shot on the Fujifilm X-Pro 2 and the stellar 35mm f2.
Sometimes it pays to sit and get to know your subject before committing to the shot.
Today was another beautiful winter day here on Vancouver Island so we decided to venture out to one of my favorite nearby spots, Englishman River Falls. While on the way to this amazing spectacle I came across a scene that quickly became my favorite shot of the day.
With each new year brings new horizons and new opportunities to create. Here’s to a 2019 full of creativity and living life to its fullest.
Shot with the Yashica Mat 124G on Lomography Color 400.
In the misty coastal waves of Vancouver Island you can sometimes find a lone soul navigating the quickly darkening waves. It’s almost as if all they need to do is feel the rise and fall of the swells in order to pick the right wave. To me there almost nothing more artistically beautiful than a surfer navigating the wild one breaker at a time.