Parking Garage – North Bay



The Sands Motel – North Bay – Ontario

The Sands Motel - North Bay - Ontario

In keeping with the film theme from yesterday, this is an image from the very first roll I put through my new Holga.  I used Ilford XP2 Super to test since it’s a 400 ISO film and can be developed by any colour processing lab.  It’s also less expensive than many other rolls and this was a very first test of the camera.  Overall, the image exposures were fine although there were very thin, vertical white lines through each shot.  This image actually has the least obvious lines but you can see one of them beginning in the top right corner.  The lines are very obvious in some of the other frames, evenly spaced and run across the entire frame.  They don’t look like any Holga light leaks I’ve ever seen so I’m wondering if it occurred at the lab.  The lines are on the negatives which means it isn’t a scanning problem.  I did put through a colour roll recently and it is being processed now.  No modifications were made to the camera to prevent any light leaks in between rolls so if the colour roll comes back without the lines, I’ll just assume something happened to the first roll.

I’ve been meaning to take a photograph of the Sands Motel sign for a while since I like its retro look but haven’t taken the time to do it with the digital camera yet.

Ice – Lake Nipissing – North Bay

Ice - Lake Nipissing - North Bay

This is an image of ice on Lake Nipissing from the very first roll of film I put through my Fuji GX617 medium format camera.  A few weeks ago, I put a roll of Velvia 100 in it and brought it out onto Lake Nipissing for a test run.  One roll of 120 film only takes 4 panorama shots with this camera.  I wasn’t quite sure what to expect but they all turned out fine.  I just picked up the processed film last night and quickly scanned it.  My scanner is new as well so I haven’t had a chance to play with the settings or find out the optimal scanning height for film.  I’m pleased with the way the first, rough scan turned out.  The only thing I did was apply a contrast and levels adjustment and a small amount of dust spot removal.  Velvia took care of the colour.

What I liked about this scene was the ‘S’ curve of the crack in the ice and the great sunset colour.  Tilting this huge camera on its side to capture a vertical image was an interesting task.  The Chief Commanda I is in the background.