Wednesday, June 27, 2012

A Black and White lover addicted to Colour

I guess the first question is, "Who are you and what have you done with Bill Smith?"

Not to worry, I'm not locked up somewhere, I just decided to get out of my photographic comfort zone for a while. I love black and white, I love developing black and white film and I love printing black and white in a traditional wet darkroom. I resolved this year to shoot more colour  at some point if I shoot enough of it, I'm going to learn how to process C-41 at home.

Camera: Canon F-1n, either a "new" FD 50 f1.8 or 28 f2.8 lenses.
Film: Fuji Superia Extra 400

Fire Station

Garden Gate Good Food.

Side Street

Royal Enfield

Life Guard Station at Dusk.

Big Sunflowers

Thursday, June 21, 2012

You Can Go Home Again

I learned photography on a Canon AE-1 after playing around with a Rebel G for a year or two. Over time I had the nice little collection of FD lenses for my camera. About seven years ago I migrated over to Nikon, trading off the AE-1 kit for a Nikon F body around the same time my dad passed. I wound up getting another Nikon F as part of his estate along with some other nice toys.

Things do come full circle, a few years back I was gifted a Canon FTb which  I since got overhauled and I bought my brother's F-1n off him along with a nice collection of FD lenses two years ago. Now in a fit of nostalgia I picked up another AE-1 off Ebay, this one in much better shape than the one I owned and now I have three Canon bodies a decent FD lens kit.

I forgot how nice this camera was, the only achilles heel for the AE-1 is the lousy performance in cold temperatures. Oh let's be honest the battery dies in 15 minutes with the exposure to cold weather so you don't want to use this between November and April.

The top shot was courtesy my iPhone 4 and the bottom three of course were from my AE-1 with Fuji Superia Extra 400 film.

Canon AE-1

Potted Flowers

Rusty Pickets