These were shot at the Calgary Zoo using Labeauratoire [kromiəm] 500 slide film that I then had cross-processed at The Darkroom. As you can see, the color shifted towards yellow. I don’t really like it cross-processed, so when I shot a roll at Christmas, I had it developed as E-6. It turned out much better, but was a little underexposed (I shot it all indoors). I think the next time I shoot [kromiəm] (I bought 3 rolls) I will shoot outdoors on a bright sunny day, maybe overexpose it by about a stop, and develop it as E-6. I’ll let you know how that goes.
Back in December, I participated in my first model shoot. I’ve never photographed models before so it was a bit of a learning curve. I wasn’t really sure of how to give the models direction or even what I wanted. I felt rather silly so I mostly hung back and watched what the other photographers did and tried to learn from them.
We (the photography club I joined on Meetup) held the winter fashion shoot at Big Hill Springs Provincial Park. It was very, very cold that day! My heart went out to the models who were freezing in their outfits. I brought my Mamiya C220 TLR with me and tried shooting Kodak Portra 400 film. Considering that the light wasn’t the greatest that day, the Portra film performed admirably. Of course, I had to take longer exposures and that meant that when the models moved, I ended up with many blurry photos. These are the only two that really turned out.
These were all shot at Heritage Park using my Canon Rebel 2000 and Ferrania Solaris FG Plus 100 film. I got my Rebel 2000 two years ago for only $35 on eBay. Since then, I’ve shot 99 rolls of film with it. That’s half my film total. I love this SLR because it’s light, easy to shoot with, and does a decent job. I’ve taken it almost everywhere. Including Heritage Park.
I shot these in July 2014 at Tower Beach in Vancouver. Tower Beach takes its name from the two World War II era searchlight towers that still stand on the beach silently guarding the entrance to Burrard Inlet. The photos below are of Tower #2 aka CASL #9 (Coast Artillery Search Light) which sits further east along the beach from Tower #1 (CASL #10). You can learn more about the towers on Michael Barrick’s website.
Both towers are accessible from Trail 3 at UBC or by hiking in from either Wreck Beach or from Spanish Banks. The towers are boarded up now for safety reasons, but 20 years ago you could still access the inside. Back then, a friend and I hiked down to Tower Beach to explore the towers and we discovered a log propped up against the back of one of the towers leading to the second story entrance. We scaled the log to the top and went inside. From inside there is an unobstructed view of the harbour, which has since been covered up by a metal grate across the front. The moorings in the floor where the searchlights were mounted could still be seen, albeit they were thoroughly rusted. It was quite the experience, and while I understand why they are boarded up now, a part of me still feels that the towers should be open to the public. After all, they are a part of history.
I shot these photos on an expired roll of Kodak Ektachrome 200 that I had cross-processed.
I have really come to love shooting with Adox Color Implosion 100 film. I always shoot it at box speed and I just love the color tones and grain. It gives a really nice vintage look. And I’m really impressed by the consistency of this film too. I know exactly what I’m going to get when I load Adox Color Implosion in my camera. I’ve got 5 rolls sitting in the fridge and can’t wait to shoot with it!
These shots are from Heritage Park. You can see more photos from this roll here.