Three brothers at rest, large format film photography

While I should have used from front swing on this shot, I was too anxious to do so as I had a very limited supply of film I brought camping in Algonquin (we got to this location via canoe and 1.8km portage). I really liked the row that these three stumps formed. The film holder this sheet was in leaked small amount of light that lead to some fogging of the film but it recovered a fair amount.

Camera: Wista 45DX
Lens: Rodenstock APO Sironar-N 150mm F5.6
Film: Ilford FP4+
Exposure: ISO 125, f32, 1/15 second
Movements: none
Developer: Blazinal at 1:100 for 32 minutes, constant agitation for first minute, stand for 31 at 26 degrees C

Lonely Ent demise, large format paper negative photography

Week 32 of shooting paper negatives each week of 2016.

Canoe camping in Algonquin is a wonderful experience and let’s you get into the back woods where you’ll find nature unadulturated. It’s also a bit of a mess and tough to make clean, engaging compositions 🙂 I loved the old tree stumps that we came across, though.

Camera: Wista 45DX
Lens: Rodenstock APO Sironar-N 210mm F5.6 Multicoated
Film: Ilford Multigrade IV RC Paper
Exposure: ISO 6, f45, 8 seconds
Movements: Some front fall
Developer: Ilford Paper Developer at 1:39 for around 60 seconds at 24 degrees

Canada Life Building, large format paper negative photography

Week 19 of shooting paper negatives each week of 2016.

The Canada Life building is a hallmark of downtown Toronto, with a lighting system on the tower that signals changes in barometric pressure. This picture was taken in early sprint this year allowing a good view of the building. In the foreground, through the trees, you can see the Great Library of the Law Society of Upper Canada.

Camera: Speed Graphic
Lens: Graflex Optar 162mm f/4.5
Film: Ilford Multigrade IV RC Paper
Exposure: ISO 8, f16, 1 second
Movements: Full right shift
Developer: Ilford Paper Developer at 1:30 for around 40 seconds at 22 degrees

Complimentary radar dome, large format film photography

A fellow photographer and I went West to the town of Vanastra, home to a Canadian Armed Forces base during the second world war. It’s best known for this radar dome on the West edge of town. A business is being run in the old building so we couldn’t get inside, but it’s quite remarkable even from the exterior. I really liked the colors of the dome and how they matched the building so well. Though I also shot this in B&W, it’s this color shot of it that I really like.

Camera: Wista 45DX
Lens: Schneider Super Symmar HM 120mm f5.6
Film: Fujifilm Velvia 50 RVP
Exposure: ISO 50, f32, 1/8 second
Movements: Lots of front rise
Developer: Tetenal E-6 kit in a Jobo CPE-2 according to the instructions

Weathered beauty, large format film photography

I came across this amazing old warehouse from World War 2 in the town of Vanastra, Ontario. This particular scene really struck me. Initially I wanted the entire bike in the shot but that messed with the balance of the shot so I moved back forward to the original framing. I got this shot and was rejigging to capture another on paper when a dog came around the corner (to camera left) and started barking like crazy. The owner of the dog followed a moment later, wondering what I was doing on his property. I explained my purpose (much to his surprise that his messy yard would interest anyone other than city bylaw officials) and we ended up chatting about his life for the better part of an hour.

Camera: Wista 45DX
Lens: Rodenstock APO Sironar-N 150mm F5.6
Film: Ilford FP4+
Exposure: ISO 125, f32, 1/30 second
Movements: none
Developer: Blazinal at 1:100 for 32 minutes, constant agitation for first minute, stand for 31 at 26 degrees C