FujiTuesday Montreal: June 16, 2015

It's never a good sign when you see an 80% chance of rain on the forecast, especially when you've got a great FujiTuesday photo walk planned. After a brief rain delay of about 15 minutes or so, we were delighted to find that the clouds were parting and as you can see from the image above: the sun and blue skies came back for a gorgeous sunset! The first FujiTuesday Montreal turned out to be a complete success!

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A Silent Sunday Morning

Once the sound of the bus had faded away, all that remained was an eery silence. Was this Rue Notre Dame? The street that was always slammed with traffic on my morning walks through Old Port? The one that is usually lined with pedestrians and countless construction vehicles during the day?

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TAKING THE LEAP IN MONTREAL

Montreal residents are a graceful people. Well, some are more graceful than others, but we’re tenacious, too! When faced with the prospect of either walking 30 additional seconds out of our way to avoid a backup of sewer water or braving a leap of faith over it to save time, most people took the leap. Most of them succeeded. Most of them…

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Recent Developments: Tri-X and Portra 400

Retrieving developed film from the lab is a fantastic feeling. Since I don’t develop from home, I’m left wondering what exactly I have in that little flash drive until I get access to a computer to review the shots. I have a general idea of where I was and what I shot, but in some cases with film, it can take me weeks to finish a 36 shot roll. It’s a condition that all film photographers suffer from - something called patience. When I’m using the Mamiya ZM, I compose more carefully and shoot only when I feel it’s worth the exposure. It’s no wonder then that I had so many surprises when I checked out these latest developments!

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Life Returns To Montreal

I’ve been shooting a lot of film lately. It’s a great thing, because sometimes I get tired of EVFs and autofocus and macro modes and RAW processing - sometimes I need to get back to simpler roots and just shoot film. Unfortunately, that means that I take my time and this blog doesn’t get updated as often as I’d like! Having said that, the weather here in Montreal has taken a fantastic warm turn and I decided to take the instantly gratifying X-T1 back out with the fantastic 23mm f/1.4 and see what was happening on the streets of Old Port and Mont Royal. 

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Together as One, Montreal: April 2, 2015

It was quite an experience to walk through the crowd that gathered together at Square Victoria on April 2. Students, teachers and unions came together to protest a number of issues: the main ones being austerity measures and cuts to government spending. Even the police, who had a large presence at the gathering, were still silently protesting the changes to their own pensions.

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A Parade and a Protest

One thing I can tell you definitively about Montreal is that there has been, at least thus far, no shortage of protests and demonstrations lately. As with any metropolitan police force, they have the tools and equipment they need to keep the streets safe. The use of those tools and tactics such as kettling (boxing in protesters) has caused some of the population to hold an annual "Anti Police Brutality" protest to speak out against what they believe is violent police behavior.

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Old Port, New Photos

The sun has been out for a few days here in Montreal, and I took the opportunity to chase the light a bit. The windows here in the Old Port can cast some pretty incredible shapes and shadows onto the buildings directly across the street when the light hits them just right.

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There Used To Be Color Here

The fog rises silently from the platforms of ice suspended on the surface of the St. Lawrence river. Cars stream across the Bonaventure Expressway. You can tell who is late by how much snow they removed from their car from last night’s snowstorm. The sidewalks crunch beneath your feet. There is no pavement here, only slush. If you’re lucky, there is some salt to eat away at the layer of ice beneath the freshly fallen snow. The best advice for any pedestrian walking across the ice today is: don’t keep your hands in your pockets.

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Recent Developments

It takes me some time to get through film rolls. Maybe it’s the fact that I’m hyper-aware that every picture I take is another exposure that I’ve used and can’t instantly view and erase if it’s crap. I go at a much slower pace with film. When I finally get through a film roll and get it developed, I’m usually surprised at what I see. In today’s post, I’m going to share some shots from two recent rolls Fuji rolls: Superia 400 and Velvia 100.

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Stepping Back to Film

Put yourself in my shoes for a moment: suddenly my camera’s playback screen wouldn’t work. I had no level, no histogram, no composition indicators. My autofocus stopped working, I couldn’t change ISO and I suddenly only had the ability to take 24 shots, not 2400. I wasn’t using my micro four thirds kit though - in this case I was using a late 1960’s film SLR camera called the Mamiya 500DTL, and it unlocked something that I had been missing in my photography up to this point.

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