A week in Vancouver with a roll of Velvia 120 and FP4+ 35mm is about perfection.
Mostly playing tourist and not too much exploration, but even that was rewarding. Stanley Park is phenomenal, Gastown is great fun, and random side streets were well worth investigating.
Driftwood, Stanley Park
Stairs, Stanley Park
Houseboats, Coal Harbor Marina
Watercraft I, Coal Harbor Marina
Girl in a Wetsuit, Vancouver
Watercraft II, Coal Harbor Marina
Siwash Rock, Vancouver
Seaplanes I, Vancouver
Nike, Thurlow St
Loading, Vancouver Harbor
Trees Coffee, Gastown
Steam Clock, Gastown
Olympic Cauldron Stairs, Vancouver
Sea Planes II, Vancouver
Careers Installation, Vancouver
Side Street, Vancouver
Self Portrait, Vancouver
On the technical side, I shot the Velvia with my Mamiya 645 Pro TL with the 45, 80 and 150mm lenses. I don’t shoot that camera too much these days ‑Â I have been working with the GA645 more often for medium format film. When I to manage to set aside the time and energy to show the Pro TL, the results are amazing. Especially with slide film, looking at the actual media in real life is a treat. Not to mention the sheer size of the raw amount of data coming from the 6x45 negatives!
This was also the first trip with my Leica M3 and while I am not as quick with the focusing as I am with my A‑1, I am coming along with the rest of the process. Even having to meter with an external meter on this trip for it, I still was able to shoot reasonably quickly when the time came. And the look of the images I really love, especially on those photos with a large amount of fine detail and contrast.
A great trip, really welcoming city and who knows? Maybe one day we’ll call it home.
This is the roll of Tri‑X 400 that I picked up from the ImagingUSA Kodak booth. I haven’t shot any medium format Tri‑X before (to my recollection anyway) and I was very impressed with the breadth of tone that could be pulled from the scans.
As always, I loved walking around with the GA645. Just a great camera. So sharp, so reliable — my only complaint is that it shoots 15 instead of 16 on a 120 roll (and 30 instead of 32 on 220). But being able to use the same equipment for 120 & 220 without adapters is pretty awesome. Which reminds me.…I have a roll of FP4 220 that needs to be used!