Sunday, August 21, 2016

Family Portraits on Film

After 8 weeks of hosting my folks, we've sent them back home to the heat and humidity of 'Nam. Even in our warmest months, they ocassionally found it 'cold' and often wore sweaters and jackets while we melted away in sweat and discomfort. I found myself questioning how they managed to spend 30 winters here without truly acclimatizing, but that's a mystery we'll never solve.

While it's nice to have the house to ourselves again (them being early risers, and us being night owls), it also leaves me feeling slightly sad that I can't come home to the smell of mom's cooking anymore, or to crack a beer with my dad. And even more significantly, now who am I going to convince to sit for some film portraits on various random cameras?

Photos below shot with the Holga, a 70 year old war era Graflex Speed Graphic, and a Rolleiflex.

Holga 120N & Lady Grey 400 film
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Graflex Speed Graphic & Ilford HP3 film that expired in 1962
These shots are kind of boring, but this is probably the only chance I'll ever have to photograph the 'rents on a large format camera. My dad was so fascinated by the fact that I had to duck under a dark towel to see and focus this camera.
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Rolleiflex 2.8E TLR & Ilford HP5+ film
Mom prepares 2 dungeness crabs for dinner.
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Sunday, August 14, 2016

Barfageddon 2

Last year for Gregg's stag, we didn't exactly get very far into our night of drinking before a parade of puking cut festivities short. It was such a good time that we felt a redux was necessary, and so I present you with photos from Barfageddon Two, where a surprising amount of crotch and nostril pictures ended up on my camera. While last year's festivities involved a disgraceful amount of vomit, the only shame that happened this year was when Tim was told he was too fat to ride a go kart at Speeders. So while we zipped around at top speed (click here for a go pro video of our second race), Tim went sorrow eating, before we then got trashed on gin, scotch, vodka, beer, and J├Ąger. Good times.

And if you decide to watch the video, be sure to check out Dean spinning out at the 5:06 mark.

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Gregg blowing smoke, as he is known for.

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I'm fishing a fly out of my drink, which I guess means I'm fly fishing?

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There's a little more salt and pepper in Scott's beard this year.

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Sunday, August 7, 2016

Drumheller - August 2016

Nearly 25 years ago, my parents took us to Drumheller on a family vacation to see the dinosaur fossils at the Royal Tyrrell Museum. Fast forward to the present, and I got to reverse roles and be the one to take them there this time. I've gone back to this museum four times in the past six years, and it never gets old. It evokes memories of my youth, and while wandering around snapping photos, I always get curious stares from people as they wonder why anyone would use such pre-historic era film cameras anymore.

I've posted a handful of digital vs. film vs. polaroid shots below. Digital shots (colour) taken with the Fuji X-T1. B&W film shots taken with the Hasselblad 500CM on Ilford HP5+. Polaroid shots with the SX-70 on Impossible Project colour film.

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Ignore the big dinosaur for a second, and you can see mom, dad, and Anita in the foreground.

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I buy something every time I come to the Tourist Info Centre.

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Tuesday, August 2, 2016

Scrambles - Mt. Lady MacDonald

Anita was a total badass yesterday, as we powered up Mt. Lady MacDonald after a 7 week hiatus from hiking in the mountains. The route itself was largely just a steep but straight forward hike... that is, until you hit the summit ridge. The crux is a notoriously thin ledge with a straight cliff drop off one side, and a steep sheer slope down the other. Many a hiker with less than adequate sized cajones have reached the start of the summit ridge, only to turn back for fear of ... you know, death. Apparently Anita has some giant balls hidden somewhere in that tiny body. #allballsnobrains. See the photos near the end of this post to better understand how sketchy scrambling this ridge actually is.

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The Triple Crown: Summiting East End of Rundle, Ha Ling, and Lady Mac in one season.

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Even the otherwise fearless Missus needed to take a breather, and decided to straddle the ridge and crawl across this part.

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Watching her do this little bit of wobbling while crossing the final part of the ridge worried me a bit.

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Back down at the tea house platform, Anita relaxes for a short nap before the long descent back to the car.