Alvin’s Film Follies (Part I)

One of many TTC Streetcars rolling on the rails along Queen Street.

One of many TTC Streetcars rolling on the rails along Queen Street.

A couple months ago, my buddy Jon issued a challenge: Shoot a single roll of Ilford PanF with a Nikon SLR (in my case, a F90x) and a 50mm lens (AF Nikkor 50/1.8 D), using only manual settings.  We were free to choose who would develop the film and scan it. 
Because I live in the Toronto area, I chose Downtown Camera as my film processor.

We really didn’t know what we were up for with this challenge. PanF (as with most of Ilford’s products) is a great film, but both of us did not shoot with our film cameras in years.  We tried anyways!

Lessons learned:

1. Set that film speed on your camera!
2. Check the film speed before shooting!
3. Repeat steps 1 & 2!

4. Hold the camera still.  ISO 50 = OMG – LOW ISO…also means SLOW SHUTTER = MANY BLURRY HANDHELD SHOTS!
5. We have fun (relearning the process of taking a photo!)

My best results from my roll are all over this post – they are anything Toronto related, since this is where I’m from.  (BTW – a full size pic available if you click on each one).

Jon will be posting his results in a post shortly.  Jon declared me the winner, but I don’t know.  Even though Jon misfired half his roll (spoiler alert: see lessons 1 and 2 above and you’ll understand why) I really liked the shots he managed to salvage. What pics do you like?

A photo of Downtown Camera - Arguably among the best camera shops in Toronto

A photo of Downtown Camera – Arguably among the best camera shops in Toronto

Motorcycle parked in my neighbour's driveway

Motorcycle parked in my neighbour’s driveway

The CN Tower and Citi Group Building

The CN Tower and Citi Group Building

Front Street entrance of the Fairmont Royal York Hotel

Front Street entrance of the Fairmont Royal York Hotel

Bike along York

A bike found along York Street

Earls Restaurant at York and King Streets

Earls Restaurant at York and King Streets

Adelaide Street - Toronto Financial District Street Sign

Adelaide Street – Toronto Financial District Street Sign

View of the Canada Life Building in Toronto

Looking North along University Avenue

Looking south along University Avenue

Looking south along University Avenue

A street level view of the Momofuku Restaurant and Shangri-La Hotel

A street level view of the Momofuku Restaurant and Shangri-La Hotel

Pedestrians waiting beside construction signage at Union Station

Commuters passing construction signage at Union Station

The Skywalk - Pedestrian Walkway over the train tracks at Union Station linking Union to the Rogers Center (formerly known as the Skydome)

The Skywalk – A pedestrian walkway over the train tracks at Union Station linking Union to the Rogers Center (formerly known as the Skydome.)

Mississauga Transit Buses waiting for passengers at a GO Commuter Station

Mississauga Transit Buses waiting for passengers at a GO Commuter Station

The Queen St. pedestrian overpass linking Hudson's Bay and the Eaton Centre

The Queen St. pedestrian overpass linking Hudson’s Bay and the Eaton Centre

The Canada Geese displayed in the Toronto Eaton Centre

“Flightstop” – the Canada Geese sculpture, created by Michael Snow, displayed in the Toronto Eaton Centre

Roaming in Toronto

Roaming in Toronto

A typical lunch hour in downtown Toronto

Traffic passing through downtown Toronto.

Black and White photo of St. Michael's Cathedral in Toronto, Canada.

Black and White photo of St. Michael’s Cathedral in Toronto, Canada.

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