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.
Much before I moved to Vancouver Island I had a goal to set up a YouTube channel dedicated to film and a year later I have finally found the time to start. Below is my first video highlighting the Olympus mju1 and all the pictures I took on Kodak Gold 200 (shot at box speed). One of the goals of this channel is to not only shoot more film but it’s to create printed content as well. With each episode Iwill be making a hand made zine to share the images I have taken. I will also be giving a copy away to one individual each and every time I drop an episode. Stay tuned each week for the next episode.
Like always it’s exciting to get out and shoot a new film camera regardless of what format it is. The Canon 7 was my first attempt at shooting film on a true rangefinder. The Canon 7 is an LTM camera that is built with some decent heft and a level of quality that one could expect from a Japanese Camera of this era. Originally I wanted to buy a Canon 50mm 1.4 LTM to go along with this body but my budget decided otherwise. Instead I ended up with the Industar 61 which is a 53mm f2.8 made in Russia. My choice of film was Kodak Gold 200 and all the images were scanned by the Epson V600 and tweaked in Lightroom for the iPad. Below are a Few of the images I shot.
This past summer I did a road trip to visit my parents in southern Alberta. My insatiable desire for adventure prompted me to convince my folks to visit the near by provincial park called Smashed in Head Buffalo Jump. This provincial park has rich historical significance to the aboriginal peoples of southern alberta and is home to some stunning views. I chose to try out a roll of Kodak Vericolor III (160 ISO) in My Pentax Spotmatic that had expired in 2000. This 18 year old film had been freezer stored most of its life but I thought I would still overexpose it by one additional stop to be safe. As soon as i got home from the trip I refrigerated my exposed roll until today when I developed it at home in the Unicolor C41 Kit. Here are a few of the keepers from the day. The last two frames I took were exposed to some light leaks when I accidentally opened the back of my camera. To be honest I love the result that was created.
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Recently I took a road trip south from home in Grande Prairie to where my parents live in Three Hills. Whenever I road trip solo I enjoy taking my time and stopping to see oddities along the way. Small town Alberta is chalk full of such oddities and what better way to capture them than with instant film. The Fuji Instax Wide 300 is a beast of a camera shooting a wider form of Instax film. The greatest thing about instant film is that you can capture scenes without having to be terribly particular and watch as the film develops to see what you will get. That is a freeing feeling when mostly I try and shoot quite focused on composition and all the technical things that go along with photography. This isn't a review of the camera but I discovered a couple of things while shooting my first roll of Instax Wide. Firstly I noticed that wide really means wide. If you want to fill the frame with your subject you really have to move closer than you would think you should. Secondly, the built in exposure meter only has 3 settings, default, light and dark. These actually work quite well. In a brightly lit scene shooting in the dark setting gives you much more detail and if shooting into shadows like the shot in Ferintosh you can blow out the sky and expose what needs to be highlighted. I am not surprised by the incredible popularity of instant film. Ever since the first Polaroid Land camera came out in 1948 people have enjoyed the simple wonder of instant film. Today it seems like the options are increasing with the likes of Fuji and Impossible film, this is encouraging for those that want to see film live on. There is something quite magical about seeing an image slowly come to life with the use of light and chemistry, the kind of magic that digital will never be able to reproduce.