After getting my ‘morning‘* coffee I took a polaroid of this porsche! Now this Porsche for some unknown reason always seems to pull in to the coffee shop’s parking lot just as I am getting my coffee. This is probably not at all strange to you folk with morning routines and well I know of the idea behind Commuting Friends (people who ride the same bus at the same time everyday and thus become acquaintances/friends) and other things that people with morning routines have. So if I got my coffee at the same time every day I would understand but I am not a creature of habit! Daily routine is truly a foreign concept to me. I am always getting coffee at wildly different times on wildly different days and this Car is always pulling in just as I leave. ODD! Perhaps in the complexity of the universe there are two people that are so without routine that their non-routine lives are on the same schedule, and these two folk like JJ. Bean coffee! :)
* my morning coffee is rarely in the morning
I walk this street a few times a week to go to my fav coffee shop, & I drive it nearly every day & I never noticed that there is a little ‘park’ just off the street before! :)
I was cleaning up a little on friday when I cam across one of my polaroid tins. You see we ship prints, cd’s and such in these snazzy tin containers,
but when one of them is dented or otherwise not fit to send to a client it gets delegated to ride around in my camera bag protecting polaroids on photowanders. So I found one of these the other day & to my surprise there was a whack of polaroids in it that I have never scanned in to share.
So here I am now sharing them with you! :)
Where I got turned around on the Coquihalla because of crappy tires and lots of snow.
I think were the last of some Polaroid Type 80 Pack film that I had. Shot on the Mamiya RB67 With I am guessing a 90mm lens for the first one and a 50mm lens for the second. I am quite amazed at how much these faded since I took them in November. I had to bring a lot of contrast back when I scanned them in because they were nearly faded right out to grey in spots.
These photos are the result of one of the things that I tend to do when I am out taking polaroids with the Mamiya or a Land Camera. I will often take a photo but leave it undeveloped in the camera or film back and then double expose it at a different time/place. Some times I do this intentionally and other time I just mean to develop it in a few moments but completely I forget. Regardless of the intent I have ended up with a few double exposures of late that I think are stupid rad!!
This photo is the product of a complete accident I Shot the photo session with Sera-Lys at the end of March last year where it sat forgotten in the camera for almost a year till I went on a road trip to the Alexandra Bridge near Hells Gate BC and I un-knowingly double exposed it in Hope BC.
These are photo of the Alexandra Bridge, near Hells Gate and a highway tunnel again taken months apart only this time it was on purpose :)
The Film is the second last pack I have of the Polaroid Blue 100 film shot using a Land Camera 360.
Here are three more photos from the first roll of black & White that I have run thought the Yashica C.
This is the train yard in front of my house.
These are actually my front steps.
An old Train Caboose from Westlock alberta.
Again it is a crappy scanner so there are blacks and there are whites and not much in between :)
Last week I developed my first roll of Black & White film from the Yachica C down in our darkroom. (side note.. It has been a really long time since I have developed my own film I nearly forgot how to load it) I am quite happy with the results. The DOF with this camera is very shallow, more then I would expect from a medium format f/3.8 so sharp focus will be a bit challenging, but the viewfinder is quite bright and it does have a built in loupe so I should be able to get the swing of it in another roll or two. The bokah is certainly peerrrrttyyy though so a few out of focus will be well worth it. These were just quickly scanned in with my Canon flatbed so the photos are laking in the mid-tones, they are full of moiré where the negatives touch the flatbed, and they are scratched all to hell. :) I am excited to get an Epson V750 and an air compressor installed downstairs in the darkroom. Together they should make short work of scanning in the future.
These are some photos of my wonderful Honda CB400T that I am reasonably certain your sick of hearing me talk about, but it is what it is.
This year’s Camera Show & Swap was basically the exact same as it was last year. A lot of the same camera gear at the same ridiculous prices. I did find a table that was some old camera guys son who was trying to unload the ‘camera junk’ his father had collected for 30 years. I bought this Yashica C TLR from him for a steal. I have been looking for a good TLR replacement since the demise of the Seagull & I think that i have found It.
I think that is awesome the this is an Ex-Etown Camera. (McBain Camera is the Lens & Shutter of Edmonton) that makes it kinda more personalized.
Here are nine shots from the first test roll that I took.
I love it. It seems to produce really sharp contrast filled images. I will be taking it to cuba and we will see what I can get from that.
My first fave photo from the Lomo LC+A
So I have come up with what can only be considered to be a brilliant Idea for a photo project! I am thinking about doing a whole series of photos with captions double exposed onto the film. These are some of my tests that I fired up tonight with a the Mamiya RB67 & a Polaroid back. I took a photo and then double exposed the photo with another photo of the quote or caption. I used white writing on an otherwise black monitor for the captions.
This first photo is technically triple exposed because the photo of the bridge was from when I was there earlier this winter. (I often leave my self a photo to double expose later but this one I forgot about so there is a hint of an exposure of a cello in this one as well which explains the caption) but I was super happy with this result.
While this is a super cheesey quote I found it a bit fitting for the photo. This is one of our good packs of Polaroid Chocolate film!
I am thinking about shooting a random roll of quotes for our film workshop this weekend and the double exposing the roll on the photowalk. In-fact this would be a great thing to do with some online photo friends! Who want to trade a roll or two of random words to shoot with out know what is on the roll or what it may say?
So I have rounded up all the ingredients for My first attempt at Caffenol C Film Developer. What is Caffenol C You ask? Well in essence it is developing your precious rolls of film in Laundry Detergent and Coffee! Yup, Homemade, green-ish developer, for super cheap!
This is the recipe I will be starting with (from the folks at Digital Truth)
Caffenol-C film developer
Water 8 oz (237ml)
Arm & Hammer Washing Soda 2½ tsp (level)
Vitamin C powder ¼ tsp (level)
Instant Coffee Crystals 4 tsp (slightly rounded, NOT decaf)
The Fixer is regular Ilford Film Fixer
I will be documenting this experiment in detail and I will let you know how it all goes. This is however nothing but a teaser because I doubt that I will have a chance to get to this till sometime next week. Because it is a crazy weekend of awesome this weekend! It is Tanya & Barry nuptials day, where I plan on drinking heavily and groping my wife inappropriately in public. Perhaps I will make a drunken spectacle of myself by making some sort of heart felt slurred speech in which I profess nothing in particular over and over till someone (most likely my wife) hooks me with the proverbial cane and tears me away from the podium!
It will be fun! :)