So it’s been well over a month since my last post. Whoops?
Frankly since this blog is mostly about me I’ve been waiting until I had some interesting pictures to share. My main focus over the last month has been finding work. It’s been a pretty decent month, albeit low key.
First off though I want to show some pictures from Nosara. Since being back I’m now slowly working my way through the unprocessed film I have. While there I used two rolls of Fujichrome 100F. It’s a beautiful daylight slide film and it worked pretty well in combination with my antique Baldex.
The film was processed by a place in Ottawa, Labworks, where I’ve been going for years. They have a great deal too on 120 prints; one processed roll plus a set of 5×5 prints for about $12. Since I don’t have a medium format film scanner I scanned the prints and at 2400dpi it managed resolutions at 6000px x 6000px. Which is higher resolution than my 5D mkII. Not bad for a 65 year old camera…
Slide film doesn’t have a lot of latitude. You either get the exposure or you don’t, which made shooting with it much more difficult because I had no lightmeter… so I guessed most of the exposures, using some basic photography principles like ‘sunny f/16,’ and some basic math. However, the following two were a little overexposed and pulling down the exposure using modern editing techniques did some cool things to the colour.
This one from when Yamina (girlfriend) came to visit me the second time in May.
So I’ve been trying to keep busy and keep some of the momentum gained from school and Nosara as I continue through the fall. I am slated to start at Loyalist College’s Photojournalism program in January 2013 but that’s a few months away.
School went back two weeks ago and though I wasn’t there, my good friend was, and I’ve been receiving reports on the program and what to expect. Including some of the assignments. Each week there is a photo assignment where you have to do something specific. In abstentia I’m going to try to do as many as I can.
The first one was to take a picture of an interesting person, who is not a friend, family member or member of the Loyalist community. It took a day or two to set up the interview, but I ended up doing a photo of the dude who repaired my cellphone a few weeks ago. He has a unique operation run out of his apartment. So I showed up and photographed/interviewed him while he worked on a clients iPhone.
Photography has not been my main pursuit recently though, finding a job has been. I succeeded in finding a job as a full-time dishwasher at a restaurant/café around the corner from my house called With the Grain. I also got a job as a nightclub photographer for Guelph nightlife promoters Freshmedia. Tonight is my first night with them and it will be at the Vinyl (always the Trasheteria in my heart) and Friday and Saturday will be at the Loft.
However, whilst job searching in August I had a pretty fun time running around Ontario. I went to My dad’s cottage in Huntsville, stayed with my girlfriends family in Ottawa, saw some old friends and spent a day wandering Toronto before landing back in Guelph.
In Toronto I took a lot of pictures of the CN Tower… I haven’t actually tried to photograph the CN Tower since I got into photography, so it seemed like a good idea. But I was trying to find something unique and I think I did beyond just a tourist shot.
Toronto has a lot of Pigeons and there were a lot in the park near Kensington where Yamina and I ate lunch, I spent more time than I should have trying to photograph the nearby scavengers…
To get there we took the GO Train from Guelph to Toronto, which meant an early morning, by the time we arrived in Toronto I needed coffee. So we stopped at this place on Queen St West. It looked like grunge and dirt was the theme of the place….
Over the Labour Day weekend I had the opportunity to go to my dad’s cottage on Cowan Lake near Huntsville. There are great sunsets and glass-like water. I spent most of the weekend sitting on a dock drinking beer.
Also hung out with this wonderful lady.
See what I mean? Great sunsets…
So that about sets the tone for the next few months here. I’m trying to work as many hours as I can in anticipation of school, and keep from falling behind. This week we need to make three pictures, all themed around motion: one using a panning motion, one freezing motion and one blurring motion. So this Sunday I think I will pop over to the University of Guelph for some sports.
I’ve also been looking for assistant work in Guelph and have had some minor luck. I photographed a wedding with Trina Koster Photography on August 11, pictures are here and I assisted Ross David-Pilon from studio 404 during a commercial shoot with the Brampton Arts Council as an onsite editor. I’ll tease my new wedding post with one picture below.
Autumn must really be coming and for the first time since January it actually feels cold…
It has been almost two months since my last post. While I find that hard to believe, the last little while has been very busy. Although I’m not inundated with photo work right now I am in the final stretch of my undergraduate degree at Carleton. I’ve also been preparing for Costa Rica somewhat. One consideration has been which film camera to bring? At the advice of a friend I’ve decided against bringing a 35mm SLR and opted instead for 6×6 medium format.
I’ve been playing around with a Bronica Medium format. I’ve used it for a few daytime walk arounds but for the most part I have had unstable results with low light exposures. However, last night I performed test using a roll of Ilford HP5+ rated at ISO 1600. I’ve figured out the camera’s operation, mostly and have my first scans. The operation and results have been great thus far and medium format strikes me as a great new medium (hahah) to play with.
Firstly; the frame is square, for someone used to the standard 4×6 ratio of a 35mm frame this is new. Secondly; the camera uses a top down view finder which means rather than hold the camera to your eye you cradle it in your hands and look down to frame, its called a ‘waist-level view finder,’ great for low angles. Also the focusing screen is mirrored so all the framing movements feel backwards.
Here are some low-res uploads regardless the sharpness and level of detail is incredible…
The colour photos were shot on Velvia 100 ISO 120 format film and processed by the good folks at Labworks on Bank St.
The black and white photos were shot on Ilford fp4 ISO 120 format film and processed by myself in my kitchen..
However, the cost of scanning 11 negatives at medium resolution (equivalent to 3 megapixels or so) was $37… Kinda ridiculous, the film is still affordable, especially if you buy in bulk and purchase online; scanning at high resolutions is not. So I think I need to find an affordable high-res medium format film scanner.
It has been a while since my last post, I’m afraid life slowed down quite a bit, then got really fast, then hit a car.
The charlatan is over and I am now without a guiding paper. What the opportunity has afforded me is the chance to shoot… whatever I want while I spend the summer in Ottawa before moving toBelleville to begin a program in photojournalism.
Here is some recent stuff including some scanned slides from a recent family trip toPeru. It was my first time shooting slide film and I gotta say I’m hooked. I was using a Yashica AF 280, an old cheap 80’s camera, and the colour vibrance is way more intense than my pro SLR $2000 digital sensor ever could do.
Upon returning from Peru I did some photo hunting and came across this cat I quite liked. I had fun with the editing.
and then this online arts and culture magazine called Can Culture asked me to do photos for the Ottawa Marathon… The story is here.
Then I had an accident… I slipped on some gravel while trying to transfer from Bronson ave onto the side walk. I lost balance and control and hit a parked card. The visible wounds were mostly superficial and not that gory but I hit my side into the car with enough force to bruise my ribs. Then there was fluid in my lungs and a fear of pneumonia… That was a week and half ago and I’m mostly better now, thankfully.
That’s all for now. The summer is shaping up to be a good one so hopefully good pictures will follow.