The Mile End’s Best Feature Is Its People | Canon A1 | Kentmere Pan 400

A World in Isolation Project

Earlier this year, I learned about a project where two people each shoot one roll of film. It was all put together by some very clever person or people at aworldinisolation.com. The person I got connected with agreed that each of us would shoot a roll and send to the other. He shot black and white and sent to me, I shot colour and sent to him.

Because he’s in the US, it took a while for it to get through the postal system, but it finally arrived, and I shot a roll over his pictures.

And I screwed up a bit. I thought I was shooting in aperture priority for most of this roll. Turns out my aperture was basically closed, as I had not moved it over into the lock position. So a bunch of the pics from the roll of 26 were not double exposed. I feel awful about that. I also have a pit in my stomach thinking about the last two rolls I shot, wondering if they were also not exposed. But I’ll face that disappointment when it comes.

For now, here are the shots that did get exposed by both of us. I think there are some absolutely lovely shots in here. Enjoy.

Spring Shots | Canon A1 | Ektar 100

Around the middle of March I tried to find a good place to shoot the new Champlain bridge on the island side, but wasn’t able to find a spot. So I ended up walking around near the base of the bridge and took some shots there.

I really appreciate the incredibly full colour that one gets with Ektar 100. It’s a little bit expensive, but as you can see from these shots, it’s worthwhile.

A Hard Lesson in Patience | Park Life

Yesterday I spent the day in Parc Laurier. Hung out with a friend, got some nice shots of him. I got what I assumed were going to be great shots of some fellas playing petanque. Got a little of that park life.

And then I fucked up when I developed the film.

Putting 120 film on a developing reel inside of a darkroom bag while you can’t see what’s happening is easily the thing that tries my patience the most in my life. Getting it started can take anywhere from 7 seconds to 45 minutes. I can do it outside of the bag in seconds. When it’s inside the bag and I can’t see what’s happening, it’s a whole other story.

I did manage to get it start quite easily this morning, but it did not feel quite right. I thought, ah screw it, it’s good and just got it all wound up and in the tank.

And that was a mistake.

Only two pictures came out of that roll. The rest must have been crammed together somehow, and there was only a top part of an image for each of them. What I’m left with are these two unremarkable pictures that tell the story of how great the others would have looked. I used HC-110 dillution B for six minutes, agitating the TriX 400 roll only once a minute. I see the possibilities here, so I’ll wait for another cloudy day and hope I can capture some equally interesting moments.

Mile End Fire + Ultramar | Canon A-1 | Kodax Ultramax 400

This is the first roll I shot on my Canon A-1 and I’ve just now gotten around to developing it. I’m disappointed by the fire truck and EMT shots. I should have squeezed the aperture down lower, but I was afraid I’d miss the reds and yellows in the trucks.

They’re not fantastic shots, but a lot to be learned from them. I do like the Ultramar shots and the billboard. That Ultramax 400 seems to be a good choice for nighttime shots of high-contrast subjects.