These photos of the Famous Five at Olympic Plaza didn’t turn out the way I thought they would. I kept struggling with the zone focusing on my Olympus Trip 35 and sometimes forgot to set the focus altogether. I was still learning about composition so really these photos were just point and shoot with no forethought about composition at all. One day, I plan to go back and re-shoot this sculpture.
The statue of Irene Parlby is missing from my photos.
I took these shots of the Calgary Tower and the Epcor Centre from the Olympic Plaza in February 2014 using my Olympus Trip 35 loaded with a roll of Four Corner B&W 400 film. I’ve since decided that this film doesn’t give me the blacks that I want. I prefer darker blacks and greater contrast in my photos. These shots from my second roll are not as crisp as my first photos taken with Ilford Delta 100.
These are a few more photographs from my first roll of film. They were shot in downtown Calgary at the Olympic Plaza in February 2014.
Here are three more shots I took with my first roll of film out at the lake at Auburn Bay. These were shot in January 2014.
I never thought it would be like this.
For years I’ve wanted to learn photography. I always thought I’d buy a DSLR and maybe even take some classes. In fact, ten years ago I saved and spent a lot of money to buy my first digital camera: a Canon PowerShot S1 IS. I was very excited! With camera in hand, I proceeded to explore the world of photography!
Then, two years later when my Canon became old technology, I lost all my enthusiasm for photography. I just couldn’t afford to buy another expensive camera and have it become obsolete a few years later. So, broke and broken-hearted, I shelved my dream and moved on.
It wasn’t until I got my first iPhone that I rediscovered the joy of photography. Camera apps like Hipstamatic and Instagram made taking pictures fun again! I fell in love with retro filters and wanted more! At about the same time, I started to discover that those apps and their filters simply mimicked what had been done in camera for years with film. The more I played with filters, the more intrigued I became with film.
And then eighteen months ago, I bought a film camera. Largely on a whim, I bought an Olympus Trip 35 on Etsy. And that was the start of an obsession.
Since then, I’ve purchased a dozen more cameras & lenses, a film scanner and over a hundred rolls of 35mm & 120 film. Currently, my fridge has more film in it than food! I have Kodak, Fuji, Agfa, Ilford, Lomography, Lucky, Rollei, Adox, Foma, Svema, Tasma, Orwo, Arista, Cinestill, Tudor, Ferrania, Imation, Polaroid, Labeauratoire and FPP branded film sharing space with a carton of milk. (I fear this is just the beginning!)
And now, eighteen months and 75 rolls of film later, I am starting this photo blog as a way to record my obsession with film photography as much as to share it with you. A photograph may be worth a thousand words, but a photograph not shared, only speaks silence. Hopefully, my obsession helps ignite your own.