These were shot at Juno Beach in Courseulles-sur-Mer, Normandy, France last summer using Adox Color Implosion film. Juno Beach is the codename for the beach that the Canadians stormed on D-Day and it is also home to the Juno Beach Centre, a museum dedicated to those Canadians that fought and lost their lives in WWII. The JBC sponsored my trip to Normandy last summer to tour Canadian battlefields and it left a lasting impression on me. The last photo (with all the flags) features a Cross of Lorraine (viewed from the side) that marks the spot where Charles de Gaulle landed on his return to France after D-Day.
I shot these over Christmas as it snowed using Kodak Tri-X 400 film. I love this film! It has a wide exposure latitude and good contrast and I always get great results.
These were shot during my trip to Normandy, France in August. They are from the Normandy American Cemetery and Memorial at Omaha Beach. Omaha Beach saw some of the bloodiest fighting on D-Day and the battle and cemetery are both featured in the movie Saving Private Ryan.
These were shot using FPP RetroChrome 160 film and processed as E-6. The film has a bluish tone to it (which isn’t my favourite), but looks awesome when cross-processed (see examples here). If you want to try some RetroChrome, the Film Photography Project is having a 50% off sale on RetroChrome 160 & 320 film until the end of January.
These are the first few photos from my Diana Mini. I got my Diana Mini for free from Lomography for spending $100 on film (so it wasn’t really free). I quite like this little camera and am pleased with the results. Nearly every photo I took with this camera over Christmas was in focus and correctly exposed. These were taken on a photowalk through Edworthy Park with a group of photographers I met on Meetup.
With the start of a new year comes new photography projects. I’ve always wanted to try a Project 365 or a 52 Week Challenge, so this year I’ve decided to go for it! The challenge I’ve chosen is Dogwood Photography’s 52 Week Photography Challenge.
I like this challenge because each week alternates between 3 categories: portrait, landscape and artistic impression. Many projects just give you a theme for each week’s photos, but the Dogwood challenge combines categories with themes. That’s right, there are themes for each of the categories. Now some might find this combination of themes and categories too restricting, but I think it’s rather freeing. There’s still lots of room for creativity and you have to focus on pushing your craft within each category. It is a challenge after all and not a to-do list.
I’ll post the photos here as I work my way through the challenge, but since I shoot film and I send it out to The Darkroom for processing, my photos won’t be posted right away. I promise to shoot the photos during the corresponding week, but it will take a while before you see them.
And if you’re interested in taking a photography challenge yourself, here are a few links to get you started:
- Project 365: How to Take a Photo a Day and See Your Life in a Whole New Way
- A Beginner’s Guide to Project 365
- 11 Tips to Succeed with a Photo365 Project
- 11 Tips For Completing A Project 365
- Pinterest: 52 Week Photo Lists
- Muppetography: Monthly Photographic Scavenger Hunts
Good luck with your photography project and Happy New Year!
Whenever I’m back home on the coast, I try to sneak in a hike or two while visiting family. These were taken during a hike through Lighthouse Park in West Vancouver. I like to hike a few of the lesser used trails (fewer tourists) and my favourite leads to Starboat Cove. I snapped these with my Superheadz Ultra Wide & Slim and I have to say that this little camera has yet to disappoint me!
The shot of the canoes is one of my favourite photos. I love the light and dark of it. These were shot on Fomapan Action 400 film which along with Kodak’s Tri-X are my favourite B&W films.
I love shooting these two statues in Burnsland Cemetery and have photographed them many times with different cameras and film. These were shot with my Canonet QL17 and a roll of Velvia 100. I love the pink and purple tones of these shots.
I came across this really cool bicycle in Arromanches-les-Bains when I was in France this summer. Arromanches is where the British built a Mulberry harbour after D-Day in World War II. The remnants of the Mulberry harbour can still be seen today.
I love rescale film and the red, orange and gold tones you can achieve with it. These were shot using FPP Red Scale 50 film from the Film Photography Project.
When I was in France this summer, I took along a roll of Lomography’s LomoChrome Turquoise XR 100-400 35mm film. LomoChrome Turquoise is modelled after Lomography’s LomoChrome Purple film which in turn is modelled after Kodak Aerochrome (this post by The Phoblographer explains it all). LomoChrome Turquoise produces some wild color shifts, but it isn’t cross-processed nor is it an infrared film like Kodak Aerochrome. The effects are created through dyes in the emulsion. All in all, I love the way blue sky is rendered orange, but I hate the turquoise skin tones. You can find a review with many sample shots at Emulsive.
These shots of the 800+ year old cathedral in Bayeux, France were taken with a Superheadz Ultra Wide & Slim.