Tuesday, April 19, 2016

In Toronto with a New Camera and Film

I finally found a black Nikon FE2 and I love shooting with it. Also on a whim, I picked up ten rolls of Rollei RPX 400 a panchromatic black and white film from Germany with the attributes and developing times of Agfa APX 400 but without curly negatives. I really like the tones I'm getting from this film. I am processing in HC110 B at 20c for six minutes straight and I'm happy with what I got.

The FE2 is a dream to shoot with, it looks very much like the Nikon FM2 but has an electronic shutter instead as a result the metering is different and you have exposure compensation. Since I have a chrome FM2n makes sense to get a black FE2.

Camera: Nikon FE2, Nikkor Ais 50 f1.8 lens.
Film: Rollei RPX 400, HC110 B.

York St. Pathway

Fairmont Royal York_

Quiet in Front of Union Station

Waiting to get Across York St

York and King II

Tuesday, April 12, 2016

Fun with Kodak Ultramax 400 in the Beaches

I love Kodak Portra 400, it's an amazing colour film, but I wanted to try out the lesser expensive option, it goes by different names, in this case from B&H as Ultramax 400. To my understanding it's also sold under the Lomo brand through the Lomographic Society. It's nice film, I love the punch of colour and didn't require much adjusting in Lightroom.

Last week I showed you what Ektar 100 looks like on a miserable day, now we see what the inexpensive C-41 film looks like. By and large I'm happy with the results save for challenge with the 50 f1.4 lens I used on March break, I was getting an uneven exposure, at first thought you would think it was a shutter issue but I just got this camera overhauled but it wasn't happening with every shot, definitely not when I was shooting portrait as opposed to landscape and not on every landscape shot either. I'm going to look at getting getting the lens serviced. I'm not one for tossing out out old glass if everything sorta looks okay as in no fungus, element separation or haze. Now the bottom two images show the uneven exposure even after my fix in Lightroom.  Thoughts?

Camera: Nikon F2SB, Nikkor 50 f1.4 and Nikkor P 105 f2.5 lenses.
Film: Kodak Ultramax 400

Firestation No 17 in the Sun

Spring Tulips

Chillin' In Front of Bud's

Tibetan Gift Shop

Glen Stewart Ravine Trail 3

Long Walk Up

Beacher Cafe Sign

Sunset Grill_

Pathway to the Lake Ontario

Tuesday, April 05, 2016

March Break in the Beaches

The standard rule of thumb when shooting with Kodak Ekar 100 colour film is it loves bright sun. This past March Break I didn't get a lot of that while house sitting in the Beaches at my brother's place. I went out on I think Tuesday, the light looked pretty good so I loaded up my camera with some Kodak Ektar 100, a colour film that leans towards a saturated look. Well, mother nature had other ideas as I walked further east along the boardwalk. I like what I got out out of this series.

What you see here is the winter art installation along the Beaches, design students come up with seasonal shelters to build around the lifeguard chairs and they get dismantled towards the end of March. The rope structure was particularly interesting as I got to play with my new macro lens with the rope shots.

One thing I did notice in some frames the film was not being exposed evenly. My Nikon F2SB was recently overhauled and was worried it was a shutter issue, but it was only with certain shots taken with the 50 f1.4 lens at certain angles. This first came up on at black and white roll so my first thought it would be my developing process. The colour images have been rescued via some work in Lightroom. I have since done a test roll with F2SB and another Nikkor S 50 f1.4 lens and there are no issues. Now the next question, get the lens overhauled or replaced, unfortunately it costs about the same.

But in the meantime, there is a lot here, so enjoy.

Camera Nikon F2SB, Nikkor  Pre Ai 50 f1.4 lens, Ais 28 f2.8 lens, Nikkor 55 f3.5 Macro lens.
Film: Kodak Ektar 100.

Overcast Alleyway

March Boardwalk

Canoe Shelter

Still Having a Ball_

Landlocked Lifeguard Hut

Checking out the Installation_

Frayed Ends


Winter Art Installation_