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Jezza’s Film Follies – (‘Tri’-ing to be ‘Art’sy)

Con-Ed, a NY utility company. That's all I chose to say really

Con-Ed, an NY utility company. That’s all I choose to say, really.

As I mentioned in my last follies post, the Fujifilm Pro-400H was my 2nd to last expired film (read post here).  Well, this is the last of my expired film: Kodak’s 400 Tri-X professional black and white film.  This is also probably the least aged of my old film, only having expired around late 2013.  This film also gave me a (more…)

Snappy Fridays – Saturday Edition: Brand New Bullets!

L to R: Ilford SFX 200, Kodak Portra 160, FujiFilm Velvia 50, Ilford PanF Plus 50, and up on top Agfa Vista 400

L to R: Ilford SFX 200, Kodak Portra 160, FujiFilm Velvia 50, Ilford PanF Plus 50, and up on top Agfa Vista 400

Just picked up some new ammo to load up on the *ist and F100.  Follies to follow!

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Snappy Fridays – 300!


Well not really… It’s my corny joke with 3 rolls of 100 ISO film.  Anyways, I’m trying to figure out which one to load into my cam in order to take more “snaps!”

What film would you like me to shoot with, and what in Toronto would you like to see on this film? I’m welcoming any suggestions – Vote in the poll, and leave a reply suggesting what place in Toronto you want to see on the film!

Alvin’s Film Follies (Part V – The First T-Max Encounter…)

Union Station and L Condominiums

Union Station and L Condominiums – Curves adjusted in post.

I find it funny that I’m still hunting for my favourite everyday black and white film, but I shouldn’t be surprised – there is so much variety in terms of brands, product lines and film speed to choose from.  As you know, I’ve limited my choices to 100 speed film.  When I discussed some of my findings with Jon he popped me a question: Why I haven’t tried the Kodak T-Max yet?  To be honest, the thought never really crossed my mind.


Alvin’s Film Follies (Part III – “Acros” Toronto…)

Bulls in the TD Centre Courtyard.

Bulls in the TD Centre Courtyard.

My hunt for an “everyday” black and white film continued…for the third successive week, I shot blindly around town with a different roll of film not knowing what to expect.  This week, Nikki (my Nikon F90x) and I had some fun chewing through a roll of Fujifilm’s Neopan Acros. I had gotten used to handling the AF50/1.8 D lens and decided to use it again – it has become my choice lens for Nikki.

Alvin’s Film Follies (Part II – Ilford Delta Film and The INSANE Road Trip)

The I80 in Wyoming after a Storm

The I-80 in Wyoming after a Storm

After coming away fresh from Jon’s Ilford PanF 50 challenge, I was itching to find a really nice go-to, everyday, black and white film.  Don’t get me wrong – PanF is a great film, but I thought that it needed special handling just because of its lower ISO.  Because of this, I wanted my film to have more of an ability handle a “run and gun” shot since I commute to and from work. What can I try out next?  Enter Ilford’s Delta 100 film.


Jezza’s Film Follies (Part 1)

'What the hell are you?'

‘What the hell are you?’

As our newest editor stated here, I issued a challenge to him (and myself really) to do a film shoot out.  We both have Nikon film cameras that were collecting dust, and we were getting back into the whole film thing.

For a while we’ve shot film here and there since moving on to digital – both of us started photography when digital wasn’t even a thing yet.  (I just wanted to get that out of the way so this makes us non-hipsters LoL.) So during one of our Hangout sessions (Google Hangouts – since I’m in NYC and Alvin’s in GTA) (more…)

Alvin’s Film Follies (The Part I Out Takes)

Hey, no one’s perfect!  Here are some of the shots from my roll of PanF that could be filed under G (or were precariously close to it.)

My very first shot on the roll of PanF. Who would have thought...

My very first shot on the roll of PanF. Who would have thought…


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.  (more…)

Earworm: “You Need Me, I Don’t Need You” by Ed Sheeran

Ed Sheeran. I love this guy. Millions of da chicas love this guy. His album, +, has received commercial success worldwide and his songs are blaring on most pop radio stations, Satellite or standard FM or otherwise.

His first single, The A Team, peaked at number one. This song is his follow up single. It peaked at number 4, and I like it so much better, just because the songs have such contrasting sounds.

You Need Me is nothing like the A Team, actually. It’s no ‘pity on the beautiful hooker’ song, it’s a, ‘screw you, I’m me’ song. Fantastic, really.

Here’s the music video. Get at it.