2014 and Film Still Isn’t Dead

Today’s photo comes from an outing with my good friend Mike, and his son. Both were equipped with film cameras, and in this picture is it obvious that Mike’s son is learning. It is great to see a love of film photography being passed on to the next generation, in the face of the usual “film is dead” gloom and doom and what can only be described as ignorance of film capabilities on the part of some digital-only shooters. This blog post jarred me, when the author stated that the negative of famous “Afghan Girl” photo by Steve McCurry wasn’t likely of very high resolution since it was taken in 1984. He was completely unaware of the fact that the image was shot on Kodachrome slide film, which had the equivalent of 20 megapixels of resolution. Ouch.

Father and Son

 

Olympus Pen F 35mm half-frame SLR, Eastman Double-X film developed in HC-110 Dilution B for 6.5 minutes

Film shooters our mission is clear: keep shooting film, keep producing work that shows what film is capable of, and pass on our knowledge and love of film photography to others!!

Happy New Year!

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Last Post, 2013

For my last post this year, one more image from my “mystery roll” that had images from the VOX conference in Hamilton. For this image I used my Voigtlander 21mm/4, a lens that mounts on any camera that uses the classic Leica screwmount (in my case I used my early 1960’s vintage Canon 7 rangefinder). I love the sharpness of this lens, and I need to use it more!

Boat in Hamilton Harbour

 

Canon 7, 21mm/4 Voigtlander lens, Fomapan 100 developed in D-23 1:1 for 15 minutes

After the Storm

It was grey, dismal and rather soggy in High Park yesterday. All the jewel-like ice on the tree branches left by the ice storm in Toronto was all more or less melted. Everywhere you looked broken branches and other debris were scattered as reminders of the recent weather, and the fact that by some estimates Toronto has lost 20% of its canopy.

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Canon 7 35mm Rangefinder, Voigtlander 21mm/f4 lens, Fomapan 100 film, developed in D-23 1:1 for 15 minutes

Surprise

I have many “mystery” rolls of film, where I have no clue what is on the roll. I was finishing just such a roll today in High Park. When I developed it, I found some images from the VOX social media conference in Hamilton this past summer. I like this image as there is only one person in front of the camera, but a whole collection of friends (and me) represented by long late day shadows.

Hamilton Harbour

(Canon 7 35mm Rangefinder, 21mm/f4 Voigtlander lens, Fomapan 100 film developed in D-23 1:1)

Playing Chess

Another image from the roll shot using the Pentax 200mm/f4 lens, this time of chess players in front of Metropolitan Church in downtown Toronto. There is always an interesting collection of characters in this location!

Playing Chess

 

(Pentax Spotmatic, 200mm/f4 Super Takumar lens, HP5 film at box speed, developed in D-23 1:1 15 minutes)

From a Distance

I finally got around to developing a roll I shot earlier this year: Ilford HP5 film, using a Pentax Spotmatic and a Pentax Super Takumar 200mm/f4 lens. Hard to beat the balance and feel of the Pentax lenses! Some street photography purists poo-poo using telephoto lenses for street work, calling it cheating, but I was there and this was the lens on the camera . . .

On the Steps

 

Pentax Spotmatic, 200mm/4 Super Takumar lens, HP5 film at box speed developed for 15 minute in D-23 1:1)

Two for Two

Today’s image is from a roll I was using to test both a camera, and a film/developer combo. I was testing my newly acquired Olympus Pen F (replacing a faulty/not really repairable Pen FT). The Pen F is a 35mm half-frame SLR of the 1960’s and is truly a cult classic.

The second test involved pairing Eastman Double-X 5222 film with Diafine film developer to increase the speed to around EI 400.

I am happy to say that both tests were successful. 🙂

Wilted Roses