Tennis Courts and Abandoned Barns

The hot hot heat of mid summer has definitely overtaken the Fraser Valley. Its been so hot that if I set my phone down in the sun for more than 5 minutes it overheats and immediately needs shade.

Of course this leads a couple of friends and myself out into the most non shaded areas you could be in. A tennis court to skate a flat bar and the farmland of Ladner on blazing hot motorcycles.

These locations are definitely less than ideal to shoot photos in with the harsh shadows and boiling highlights. Still I felt it necessary to pack my Fuji x20 with me to get some stills. I needed a break from shooting film as it was starting to break the bank a bit and I also felt my digital was feeling a bit neglected. I also believe that I was unconsciously trying to challenge my self by shooting in the mid day sun which is one of the most undesirable natural lighting conditions. Most of the time I was seeking out shade for photos more so than a break from the heat. Luckily a tree in the tennis court and an abandoned barn helped me with what I was seeking. That being said I still strove to work the harsh shadows as best I could.

It almost feels like I amassed less photos I was excited about with my digital then I would  with a film camera. Should I just scrap shooting digital unless I really need to or its a paid shoot? Possibly.

First Rolls on the G6

I'm gathering quite the collection of old film cameras. One of the latest is a 1960's Fujica G690 6x9 camera. Its a heavy medium format rangefinder with a 60mm lens (28mm equivalent).

I shot a few different types of rolls on this camera to start with. I really took to the E6 slide films. The colors were rendered beautifully and its amazing to the see the positive film strip after development. While the dynamic range wasn't as good as the typical c-41 film, it did provide more sharpness and a vivid color treatment.

Operating the G690 was a bit of a challenge. Its big and its heavy so subtly taking street photos of people is hard. That being said the rangefinder is quite bright and the image overlay to align focus is easy to use.  The minimum f-stop of f8 limits your low light capabilities and depth of field. That being said, it does make it easier to keep everything you want in focus sharp. 

Personally, I am in love with the quality of medium format, especially with slide film. My latest batch of the film for this camera is going to entirely slide. All this camera made me want to do is keep moving up in format size. Now I am lusting for a Large format behemoth to haul around. I also wouldn't mind picking up a portrait lens for this camera so I can get some nice portraits and some shallow depth of field shots.

Drop a comment on what Medium format cameras are your fav's or some 120mm film you would reccomend!

Portra 4 Ya

The famous Kodak Porta 400. Again another first-time use of a professional 35mm film.

There is much that is said about the enviable tones of this $12 roll. I have to say it is quite the treat to shoot on. The people who talk Portra up so much are not lying. Thankfully I have friends that do cool and weird things that make for great pictures.

This roll is great for portraits and capturing accurate skin tones. Its dynamic range makes enables you to shoot for the shadows. Aka overexpose your meter reading by a stop or so that way your shadows retain great detail. The highlights tend to retain a lot of information even when they are slightly overexposed.

Next time I buy Portra it will be in bulk not just one roll. Say bye bye to the $$ and hello to an extremely focused shooting style. The price point definitely forces me to savor my shots and really pay attention to them which I believe is great for developing the photographic eye.

Whats your feelings on Portra? do you love it? or hate how "cool" it is to use?

Ektar 100

My first roll of Kodak's Ektar 100 ASA film. A beautifully toned 35mm film roll with 36 exposures asking for great sunlit shots.

I recently dove into experimenting with professional grade 35mm films. I had seen all of these presets over the years on VSCO cam and figured I should check out the real thing. Also, I had only been shooting consumer 400 film and wasn't too happy with the results. They are decent rolls for point and shoots, but when you're trying to step up your game they just don't cut it. The Ektar 100 produced great dynamic range and a solid sharpness for a 35mm film. Thanks to the ASA 100 there was little to no grain. I do love me some grain though. 

Overall I loved the Ektar 100 roll and will definitely be buying more. Maybe next time I'll test it out with some flash exposures.

What're your feelings on this film stock? Hit me up with any recommendations for films to try out.

Shot on the Pentax k1000.