First experience with expired film

Hello readers,

Today I want to share my experience with shooting expired films and explain why you may want to give it a try too.

I was going through Kijiji one night and saw an ad for 8 rolls of Kodak Max 400 and Elitechrome 400 for 10 dollars in my neighborhood, so I thought it is worth giving it a shot, one can’t go wrong with 10 dollars. Expired films are often sold on classified for low prices or sometimes given for free, however they can be overly expensive on ebay for example, and to me at least, I don’t see the point of buying expired film for a higher price than a fresh one, especially for ones that are stored in unknown conditions.

One day the weather was very misty and suitable for some scenic shots, so I picked up a roll of Kodak Max 400 from the freezer and headed to a park nearby. One tip I learned from forums and YouTube videos is that expired film better be shot at one ISO stop slower for every decade after the expiration date, as they lose their sensitivity and need double the light to make up for that. My films expired exactly a decade ago, but I shot it at box speed and thought of compensating for that in developing later, but the lab does not do push process for C41, so at the end it was shot and developed at box speed, and luckily for me the results turned out better than expected. It is either that the rolls were stored in cold place, or that Kodak film ages well.

The results definitely turned out to be grainy, it is a consumer grade expired 400 speed film, so that is pretty much a given.  However, that is the “look” people are looking after in expired film. It was an enjoyable experience after all, trying something new, giving life to something otherwise might have ended up in the trash, and shooting without taking photography too seriously.

Here are some of the images I got on that roll.

For more images, please visit flickr album

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Thanks for reading and for viewing the images.

 

 

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Photo assignments : 1.Variation

Hello readers !

It is been a long time since I last posted something on my blog, but the other day I saw a video by Ted Forbes, which by the way makes one of my most favorite photography shows ( the art of photography ), a very inspiring show and he started a photo assignments thing where every month he would post an objective, and people on social media would go out there and shoot pictures and put them on their blogs and sketchbooks ( learn more about it in this link ).

The first assignment is about taking 10 photographs for one scene, and the place of my choice was Honest Ed’s store which is one of Toronto’s iconic buildings that very soon going to be history and replaced by another glass condo. Therefore it was something I should do anyways.

So here is one simple photo assignment 1 for you.

I will also print these and glue them to my sketchbook ( which I will hopefully write about in a coming blog post ), also I will upload them to my flickr account.

Thanks for reading ! Stay tuned for more.

Ilford Delta 100

Hello Readers,

One of the main reasons why I started this blog is so I write a little bit about my experiments with film photography. I started film photography approximately a year ago, the camera I chose to start with is the Minolta Maxxum 7000, the reason for that is it shares the same A-mount as my digital Sony a77, which means I can use my full frame lenses and not have to buy any new lenses just for film photography use. The other reason is the camera is very easy to use, it is very similar to any modern DSLR in terms of controls, in fact, all modern cameras have something to owe to this camera.

Some people might criticize me for using this camera because it does not give a true film experience, of manually exposing, focusing, advancing a film and rewinding it, because this camera does all that automatically, however, it is still a great tool for the fact that it gives you what we think of now as “full frame” for around 40 dollars for the body and 5 or 10 dollar for a roll of film comparing to at least 1700 dollars for a digital full frame body, meaning you could enjoy great tonality and shallow depth of field for a fraction of the cost.

The last roll of film that I shot was an Ilford Delta 100, it is my first time to shoot a black and white film, previous films that I shot were Kodak ColorPlus and Gold 200, unfortunately I don’t have any decent scans of previous rolls that are worth sharing on internet.

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The first picture is a self portrait that I took in Tiffany Falls in Hamilton, I triggered the camera with a cable release, so I was able to go only as far as the length of the cable allows me. The lens used is Sony 28mm f/2.8, which is a lens I don’t like at all when used on my digital camera, but I think it is more than good on a film camera.
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The 3 photos above are at same location too, the second picture was shot at exposure time of 1 second to express the movement of the water falling, but my favourite is the fourth picture where I tried to capture the different tonality on the leaves from dark to bright when the sun rays were hitting only the top part of the canopy.

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Finally this image for cityscape of Toronto, in this picture the film really shines for its exposure latitude and ability to pull great details from the shadows, if this was taken with digital camera you would have just a silhouette of the buildings and need to do a lot of post processing and exposure blending work to get similar result.

 

Hope you enjoyed this blog post, stay tuned for more.

Agricultural Fabric

Hello readers!

Today I am excited to share a series I recently put together for a human influence on  nature, and nature’s influence on human concept. In Ontario, big part of the environment is land, which easily had an effect on people to practice farming and in return farmers have changed the landscape.

Shapes and forms in pristine nature are organic and happen in very unexpected ways, on the contrary, shapes found in agricultural lands are geometric, organized and made to create efficiency in farming.

My series captures various man made patterns expressing how the suburban landscape changes from chaos to order.

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For this series I have used my Sony A77 with a Sony 70-400 f/4-5.6 lens, using a tripod was important since I was shooting at narrow apertures to have decent depth of field.

Thanks for visiting, hope you enjoyed.

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Emi Pano

Hello Readers,

Today I want to make a post about a series of photographs that are special to me. A series that I have made back in 2014 in United Arab Emirates for HH Sheikh Mansour Photography Award and I have managed to win the grand prize.

The contest’s theme was about Emirati Panorama, a series of photographs that speak about UAE. My series consists of 6 pictures in which I captured the country’s development over the past 40 to 50 years arranged in chronological order.

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First photo is of sand dunes, most of UAE is desert and that is where it all started many decades ago, and remains an iconic thing about their climate.

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One of Dubai’s oldest and most iconic towers is the World Trade Centre built in late 70’s.

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Burj al Arab built in the 90’s is the one of the most famous architecture and it was an icon for Dubai and UAE in general for many years.

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The only building that managed to take off the crown of most iconic building in UAE after Burj Al Arab is Burj Khalifa which was previous named Burj Dubai. Built in 6 years from 2004 to 2010, this skyscraper became and still is the tallest in the world. The skyscraper was designed by Adrian Smith who at the time was working at SOM Architects.

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Another wonder is this skyscraper in Abu Dhabi the capital city of UAE, named Capital Gate, like Burj Khalifa, it is holding another world record, the World’s furthest leaning man-made tower.

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Final image is back in Dubai, one of most recently built towers also by SOM, Cayan Tower also known as Infinity Tower.

As you can see the photographs gives a comprehensive idea about UAE’s icons and notable buildings over the past 50 years or so, however, those photos are also create a panorama in the technical sense of the term. When put together side by side they create one continuous composition.

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Hope you enjoyed this blog post and find it inspiring.

ROM Conflict

Hello readers,

Another post today with another abstract series I created a while back. This series is about one of Toronto’s most iconic buildings, Royal Ontario Museum, more specifically the Michael Lee-Chin Crystal addition which is designed by Starchitect Daniel Libskind. In all honesty I am not really fond of its design, it is far from Libskind’s true ability to make something truly staggering, it is more like going a Mercedes dealership and buying their diesel hatchback model, you get the Merc badge but the not the Merc experience.

However with my attempt to make a series of photos about it, I tried to capture its sharp lines, and the famously known chaotic compositions of the architect. To enhance the photographs, I thought I will have silhouettes of passers by, the simple and soft lines of the human body bring a nice contrast to the photographs.

For the post processing, I made the photos more contrasty and I increased the blacks a fair bit.

Hope you enjoy the series.

 

Pipes Story

Hello readers,

Starting my blog with a light post.

While walking in downtown Toronto looking for objects that could potentially make an abstract series I came along handrail of an old church.

Minolta 70-210mm f/4 also known as beercan lens was attached to my camera body, I prefer to use a telephoto lens for abstract photography because it gives a narrow and focused perspective on objects, and on some other applications, it makes images look very flat , which could be handy in some abstract and minimal shots. However, in narrow streets context it might be useless because your subjects are very close to you, so using 35mm or 50mm lenses might be a better choice.

This version of 70-210mm lens in particular got the advantage of being cheap, lighter and more compact than many other similar lenses, the sharpness and overall performance is not superb of course comparing to modern lenses, it is however at least 10 times cheaper than a newer lenses but definitely not 10 times worse.

Back to the photographs, with this type of photographs, I believe one should slow down and consider trying many options, maybe even bring a tripod so it holds the camera for you while you think.

In the post processing I tired to give the image more classic look by doing split toning and adding grain effect on the photos with help of Lightroom.

Hope you enjoy the photographs.