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Back at work

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…

A selfie using the timer on the Baldex, this was taken at Playa Nosara, near the river mouth.

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.

Guiones beach at sunset, a scan of a print made from a 120 Provia slide.

This one from when Yamina (girlfriend) came to visit me the second time in May.

Yamina stepping off some rocks at Playa San Juanillo, about 20km north of Nosara.

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.

Roun Gew, aged 30, came to Canada from the Sudan in 1990. For the last 10 years he has repaired computers in Guelph, Ontario and for the last year he has repaired cellphones which he said now brings in the bulk of his income. He learned how to repair phones by watching Youtube videos. In this picture he is dismantling an iPhone 3Gs which had been water damaged. The blue line attached to his wrist keeps him grounded and prohibits electronic shock during repairs.

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.

Edge walkers leaning over the edge of the CN Tower’s observation deck. I really wanna do this some time.

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…

A flying rat! Dunno why I felt this needed inclusion, I guess I thought it was a nice look at an ugly animal.

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….

In a bathroom at a coffeeshop/bar on Queen St. west. I think they were intentionally going for the, ‘grungy as hell,’ look.

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.

Cowan Lake near Huntsville, Ontario. The morning calm, not a wave on the water.

Also hung out with this wonderful lady.

Yamina, again, this time as the intrepid explorer.

See what I mean?  Great sunsets…

Cowan Lake at my dad’s cottage near Huntsville, Ontario at sunset.

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.

The happy couple.

Autumn must really be coming and for the first time since January it actually feels cold…

Paz siempre,

Adam Dietrich

Medium Format

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…

Self-portrait of myself taken at the new Ottawa Convention Centre

The Chateau Laurier and the locks in front of it pouring into the Ottawa River.

The back of the Parliament buildings and a Rideau cruise ship on the river below.

The statue of Samuel de Champlain overlooking Ottawa and Gatineau. It's on a point behind the National Art Gallery and provides one of my favourtie views of Ottawa.

The massive spider outside the National Art Gallery, it was supposed to be a temporary installment - but positive reaction lead to it becoming a permenant thing. I tried to frame it like it was eating the church...

A view from beside the Chateau Laurier looking North towards Gatineau and the Ottawa River.

The view of Cowan Lake near Huntsville, Ontario. It's from a trip to my dad's cotage at the end of August.

The view of Cowan lake at sunset from the water level.

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.


Adam Dietrich

Into Summer

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.

Two women from the Uros floating islands in Southern Peru in traditional clothing

A Quechua woman spinning wool outside of the city of Cusco, Peru. June 2011

A man sells alpaca gifts from his roadside stall on the border of Cusco and Puno provinces, located at 4100 metres above sea level in the Peruvian Andes

A Peruvian woman watches tourists walk past Incan ruins

A Peruvian family on a tricycle

The famous Machu Pichu, with a llama in front of it

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.

The finish line shot. The winner was from Kenya...

Celebration shot at the finish line following the race.

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.

This was the single worst visible injury, it only fully closed up the other day after an infection but its good now.

That’s all for now.  The summer is shaping up to be a good one so hopefully good pictures will follow.