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Film is not dead!!!

So in case you didn’t know I am a huge Leica Fanatic! And Leica Is celebrating 100 years this year. For a camera company that is pretty ridiculous to think that they have been about making cameras and what not for a 100 years.

Seriously The first photograph was taken only 187 years ago but the first really comercial process of daguerreotypes weren’t really even a thing for another 10 years, and film like we know it today wasn’t until 1889ish. I mean other than Kodak I am not sure of any other longer lasting camera company then Leica.

To celebrate Leica has released a new 100% mechanical Leica M Rangefinder 35mm film camera!


This camera has nothing that it doesn’t need. Seriously not a battery, no light meter, not anything that isn’t essential. Which I totally take as film is not dead! Seriously Have you shot a roll of film this week/month/year/ever? Have you ever used a camera that didn’t meter? Do you even know about the Sunny 16? You only have two controls (technically three because you are still choosing the speed of your film but that isn’t really a dial or anything) Shutter from Bulb to 1/1000th and your aperture ring on whatever lens you have on.

They also announced a bunch of new lenses and made some old ones silver :)



To buy any of this will still set you back roughly the same price as a moderate hatchback car but FILM anew!





In fact this does a heck of lot less than the older Leica M7 in terms of features ETC.

BUT FILM IS NOT DEAD! Is the take away that I am taking :)

Picking on Complete Strangers

So even though the lens is battered and bruised from the drug dealer kicking it seems to be working just fine! It is kind of randomly slow on focusing especially on close up things I think, but it is random so I is hard to tell. For things that are in focus it seems just as sharp or sharper than before the foot incident.






The Douche Bag vs Nikon DF

I have been doing this whole photo thing for a really long ass time and I thought I may have seen it all, but today I was introduced to somewhat of a new experience. I was walking north up Abbott Street  in Gastown from being stood up for my Multiple Exposure with people project. (side note I am looking for people that would like to ‘model’ for me in a controlled multiple exposure project! If you’re interested get in touch) I had a coffee in one hand and the camera in the other. Set for Multiple exposures I was looking for textures for the first of the two shots. I crossed Cordova street and raised the camera to take a photo of a tree when a guy at the mouth of the alley yelled ‘fuckoff’ and dashed back into the alley. I payed it little mind because G-town is filled with ‘characters’ but as I got closer to the alley this guy
pops out from the alley and yells at me
“Stop pointing that fucking camera at me” to which I replied
“Uh yeah this has nothing to do with you” He repeated as though I had said absolutely nothing.

“Stop pointing that fucking camera at me” to which I again replied
“I am not pointing anything at you. Relax this (I motioned to the camera) has nothing to do with you.” It was becoming obvious that he was really just picking a fight for fight sake. A few folks that were having a smoke outside the barber shop stood up and took notice as he was getting more and more belligerent and like a bad bar joke he yelled the same thing for a third time.

Now I would like to point out that they camera has been in my hand and at my side throughout this entire interaction save the moments that I pointed it at the sky half a block away to maybe take a photo of a tree. It had in fact not been pointed at him in any way.

I would also like to point out that I as a general rule don’t take photos of the people involved within the issues that are in my hood. EG: Drug dealers/hobo’s/pan handlers/folks sleeping on the street. Living in the DTES I think that a lot of people here are in the situations that they are, because someone at some point took advantage of them. I don’t want to continue that trend by taking photos of them without permission. These people are people and they are not here purely as a backdrop to my photo antics.

That is not to say that I don’t take photos of hobos/pan handlers/folks sleeping on the street and other people just not in their home. Your hood is your home and where you should feel at home regardless of your situation and some jerk IE: Me sticking his camera in your face is counter intuitive to all of that.

So when he yelled at me a third time I went against all my better judgement and I raised the camera, pointed it directly at his face and shot a couple of photos (hence the Double Exposure) yelling back something to the effect of
“Fine if you want me to point it at you I will” snap snap and I continued walking away thinking that this would be the end of it.

It wasnt.

He ran up and soccer kicked my hand/camera really hard and ran away east up the alley. The group of bearded men who I assumed were from the barber shop and I chased after him. I am not really sure what we would have done if we had caught him but three running steps in on my buggered knee I knew that I wasn’t catching anybody :)

That and also I heard something plastic and expensive sounding skittering along the pavement. I looked down at the camera (that was still in my hand because I use a wrist strap) to see that it was missing the lens. How it came off I am not really sure. His foot must of hit the lens release button and when I ran it must of twisted or something But never the less the lens was skittering across the pavement.

I feared the worst. I assumed that they mount on either the camera or the lens was clearly broken off and that it was going to be exactly like this. but after a quick inspection and during the 911 call I determined that it wasn’t all that catastrophically damaged


These photos show some of the cleaned up damage as I have scraped of all the loose plastic burr’s. The Hood took the largest brunt of it all and looks pretty well worn now :) i will still send it in to nikon to make sure that all is well with the focusing motor etc..

All in all I shouldn’t have engaged with the drug dealing alley troll (he is well known to the police and the local business) I should have known better so with little harm done I guess.



Walk for coffee in Railtown

Corbin & I went for a quick coffee run this morning as we were out this morning :)
this is parked on the street
Nikon DF Railtown Landrover

Gastown Multiple Exposures

Tonight we hung out on a boat. Because we are friends with someone with a boat. Because we ARE vancouver. It was awesome. WHY? Because boat!

We have a double wedding weekend starting in the AM so I get to test the awesomeness of the Brixton bag again! :) I am going to name the bag Bowie because
A: Alliteration (Bowie the Brixton Bag)
B: It would seem that David Bowie is the most famous person to come from Brixton.

Gastown Multiple ExposuresGastown Multiple Exposures Gastown Multiple Exposures

Picking On Complete Strangers

Picking On Complete Strangers - Nikon DF - Railtown

Picking On Complete Strangers - Nikon DF - BC Ferries

Picking On Complete Strangers - Nikon D610 - East Van

Picking On Complete Strangers - Leica M9 - Gastown






Picking On Complete Strangers – Olympic village

Picking On Complete Strangers - Nikon DF - Vancouver Olympic village

Picking On Complete Strangers - Nikon D800 - Vancouver Olympic village

Nikon DF walk about at the Olympic Village

These are some more photos from a random wander about with the little man at the Olympic Village. I forget why we were there really but it was nice and Corbin was in freaking love with the new statue of people over on the west side.

Nikon DF - Vancouver Olympic Village

Nikon DF - Vancouver Olympic Village

Nikon DF - Vancouver Olympic Village

Nikon DF - Vancouver Olympic Village

Picking On Complete Strangers