Saturday, October 29, 2011

The Future is Analog pt. 3

As a contrast to my previous image of Vania in her living room, I also shot a 35mm version using a Nikon FG on Lomography Redscale 100 film. This one is 12 overlapping frames. I like the amber tones here... what a contrast to the cool blue temperature of the tungsten balanced film of that one. Again, click to view the large version.

The Urban Life 2

Wednesday, October 26, 2011

The Future is Analog pt. 2

This is the first of the many adventures I hope to go on with the film Vania's uncle donated to us. And I couldn't be happier with the results - this set was shot with the Kiev 88CM on Fuji NLP 160 tungsten balanced film that expired in 1992. The cooler tones are due to the tungsten balance shot in natural light. I actually quite like the slightly cool colour temperature here, as that adds to the urban condo living look I was going for. Click to view large on black.

The Urban Life

Monday, October 24, 2011

The Future is Analog

This post is really just for photo nerds and film diehards... Vania's uncle donated to us his stockpile of expired film this weekend (3 FULL milk crates). Total tally - 626 assorted rolls of 35mm, 110, 120, and 220 roll film, some APS canisters, and 3 bulk rolls (100ft) of slide film. If this wasn't all expired stuff, this would easily top the $2000 range. While some of it was pretty generic Fuji Superia and Kodak Gold type colour print film, there were also an interesting assortment of stuff I haven't encountered much of.

The interesting Kodak stuff:
Kodak Vericolor, Hi Speed Infrared, 'Recording Film', Pantomic X (ISO 32!!), Pro400MC, Tri-X Pan 400, Technical Pan, Plus X Pan 125, and Kodacolor VR 1000.

And the Fuji:
Pre-Velvia Fujichrome (50, 100, 400, and 1600), Fujicolor 1600 Super HG, Neopan SS, NPH 400

I was also quite fascinated by the large variety of different film canisters on display. Some of the old Ilford canisters had shiny brushed metal tops. Very cool. See for yourself.

The Kodak Family

Forever Film!!!-3

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Forever Film!!!

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Forever Film!!!-8

Forever Film!!!-9

Sunday, October 23, 2011

The Moleskine Files

Another sketch in the Moleskine... I'm loving this little sketchbook. So much so, that I went back to pick up another one of the Peanuts 60th Anniversary editions (still 50% off at Indigo!).

Moleskine Life-2
005 and 01 Pigma Micron Ink Pens.

Saturday, October 22, 2011

Nutella Chocolatey Explosion

I found a recipe for Nutella Cake in a mug that I wanted to surprise Anita with when she got home from Edmonton this afternoon. I followed the instructions faithfully (mix ingredients in a big mug, then microwave for 1 - 3 mins depending on wattage), but apparently a cake mixture can superheat after only 2 minutes in a microwave. The result was not unlike one of those baking soda and vinegar paper mâché volcano science fair experiments from grade 4 - messy.

Chocolate Explosion-2

Nutella Mug Cake


4 tablespoons self rising flour
4 tablespoons sugar
1 egg
3 tablespoons cocoa powder
3 tablespoons Nutella
3 tablespoons milk
3 tablespoons olive or vegetable oil


Combine all ingredients in a large coffee mug.
Whisk well with a fork until smooth.
Microwave on high for 1 1/2 – 3 minutes. (Time depends on microwave wattage)
Top with whipped cream and a little chocolate sauce if desired.

The end result wasn't pretty, but it did taste yummy. My suggestion - microwave for 30 second intervals, check in between rounds so as to avoid the volcanic eruption.

Monday, October 17, 2011

The Long Sleep

The latest chapter in The Dead Bird Diaries series finds this poor pigeon having a nap of the permanent variety outside of my building at work.

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Dead Bird Diaries - October 2011-5

Dead Bird Diaries - October 2011-2-2

Sunday, October 16, 2011

G's first Moleskine Notebook

I met a Canadian artist last year travelling in Croatia who was espousing the qualities of Moleskine notebooks and sketchbooks. And I'd been wanting one for myself ever since. But given the price, and my lack of talent, I figured it would be a waste of money... except the Charlie Brown special edition plain notebooks were on for 50% off last week at Chapters, so I had no choice but to snap one up. Here are the first of what I hope to be many shitty sketches I will populate it with.

Moleskin Sketchbook
2B Pencil.

Moleskin Sketchbook - 2
005 and 01 Pigma Micron Ink Pens.

Tuesday, October 11, 2011

Portrait Session at Fish Creek Park

First you make us a fantastic turkey dinner on Saturday night, and then you willingly sit for me for a portrait session at Fish Creek Park yesterday. Seriously, Mike and Amy, you guys rock! Thanks for being such great sports. (Click to view large, worth it!)

Amy and Mike

Saturday, October 8, 2011

His Steve-ness, 1955 - 2011

I wanted to take this photo a couple days ago, but didn't have an apple (the fruit) handy until today. Most of us can safely say that the life work of Steve Jobs has had some impact on our lives.

For Anita and I, that's two 2 iPhones, an iPod Classic, 2 iPod Nanos, an iMac, a MacBook Pro, and a MacBook Air. And we just bought my parents an iPad 2. Not to mention that the first computer I ever played with was an Apple IIe back when I was in Grade 4. R.I.P Mr. Jobs.

Steve Jobs, 1955-2011

Saturday, October 1, 2011

Roadkill Cafe

I have this inexplicable fascination with animal carcasses... I've previously posted a series of images entitled the Dead Bird Diaries, whose subject matter should be fairly self explanatory. And now I present you with an image entitled Roadkill Cafe. The image was a bit graphic in colour so I picked one where the focus was NOT on the rabbit, and then converted to monochrome.

Roadkill Cafe