Analog… I missed you

 

I had two undeveloped rolls of film in my fridge for some time now, just trying to get to the lab on my “free” time was quite a challenge. Nevertheless, against all odds, I was able to get them developed and scanned. First frames were taken with some Fuji Acros 100 and the rest with some Kodak 125PX (expired).

All shot on a Nikon F3 / Nikkor 50mm / 1.8

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The next ones with Kodak PX125

 

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I know, I’m old school but film doesn’t lie and to be honest I still haven’t been able get the same from digital. It’s like comparing “like” to “love”.

I need to shoot more film… a lot more!

Ciao!

Another Brick in the wall

What can I say about the last few years, months or anything at all. Lately, the more I look at social media, the more confusing things get. The abundance of information everywhere, be it good or bad, is mind-blowing! Personally, 2017 is off to a better start than 2016, last year was a challenging year… interesting but challenging. Add to that raising two boys under 6 and you find yourself running out of steam pretty quickly.

I learned some very important things these past couple of years, like:

1- Never say never

2- Now I believe there is only a huge grey zone, no black or white

3- Never underestimate the power of wine in solving problems…
or making you forget them

4- I have no idea if I’m a good father

5- I used to think I was a patient person

6- You can survive on 5 hours of sleep or less a night for two years straight

7- My wife is an incredible person

8- Did I mention wine?

9- There are several ways you can prepare toast for your child… none of them will be OK

10- Sometimes it’s OK to cry for a missing piece of LEGO

11- NETFLIX

12- Re-discovering music with your kids is priceless

13- Know your limits, again, know your limits

14- I’m a very lucky human being… I tend to forget this quite often

15- It is extremely important that you keep some time only for yourself

16- I miss analog photography more than I ever thought I would

17- #16 is not an excuse, get off your butt and shoot!

18- You can love someone in a way you had never imagined and also be mad at them
in a way you never imagined

19- “Life changing experience” is probably the most accurate term when you have kids

20- If we’re going to make it in this world, we have to help each other and communicate.

That’s my 2 cents and here are some pictures from this Winter/Christmas/random moments

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Hope everyone is finding their way, thanks for stopping by!

My street photos in Montréal

Ohh James…

I had the great opportunity and pleasure of working with my dear old friend James Correa. It was a perfect Spring evening, the light was fantabulous and I was waiting impatiently to try my carl zeiss t* planar 50mm f/1.4 with an FX mount for the X-pro1. Which would be like a 80mm or so on a full frame body. And thus, a love story was reborn!

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Some very minor retouching and color correcting were done in photoshop and VCSO film. And I love the manual focus on this cam, I don’t know why so many people bitch about it :)

If you’d like to see more of my work, you can check my recent stuff here or my full website here

Thanks for watching!

The light and the dark

After a crazy crazy Summer and Fall, I have the luxury of free time once again. I miss writing and posting photos on my blog. The writing is not so much a struggle as finding the time to take pictures and especially some that I end up liking. Of course I’ve been my family’s private paparazzi for quite some time and I love it but I miss the excitement of roaming the streets in search of a moment or a feeling. Not necessarily to capture it, most importantly to experience it, I sure do miss it… sigh.

Many things happened in the last few months, we totally renovated our basement from scratch, an incredible amount of work but now that it’s done I feel very proud and it’s like we doubled our living space, literally. And so I’m still trying to make my business work in the midst of everything… not easy at all.

On a more positive note, our second son was born mid-October, the joy of having two kids/boys and the life it brings into our house is immeasurable! The lack of sleep and the strange emotional roller coater ride it puts you on, not so much!

To try and keep my sanity, I started putting my Fuji X-pro1 to work. I haven’t had the chance to really take it out for a ride but so far I’ve been really blown away by the optics on the 18/2.0 and the 18-55 not to mention how great the files look!

These were taken with the Fuji X-Pro1

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Some street ones

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These last shots taken with my Contax 645 before I sold it :( I just shouldn’t justify the cost of film and processing… but I will get another one, one day!

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And some of my favorite from last summer with the Hexar AF and some Portra160 :)) love this camera!

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For 2015, I would love to post more entries and pictures in my blog. I need to think about it as an exercise, a way to stay sharp and focussed even if I’m tired and don’t feel like it. It just makes me happy when I can record what I have experienced and be able to reflect on it whenever I choose to. And as a bonus, sometimes even others find it interesting :)

I hope 2015 is off to a great start for all of you. Stay curious, be nice to each other and take photos!!

Ohh and I got a new website if you’re interested :)
http://polomdesign.weebly.com

Fleeting moments

I haven’t been around here in like forever, I miss blogging and especially taking pictures (with a real camera). I picked up my Contax 645 last week for the first time in like almost a year, I heard the film winding and I felt excited. I never really stopped “taking pictures” just not in the same fashion that I used to. To put myself back in the game and share my favourite shots from last year, here’s a collection of the moments I thought were important enough to capture, this time with my iPhone.

They are not in any particular order, just random moments that I would love to remember.

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New life, new camera!

I haven’t loged into wordpress for the longest time. I was somewhat surprised that I still remembered my password, it kind of reassured me also. My last entry dates from Sept 2011, crazy, where does the time go?! Well, for those of you who don’t know anything about my life, my wife and I had a baby boy last Oct and it’s been an amusement park at home ever since, with the occasional haunted house ride during the night, complete with the crying, the screaming and the lack of sleep. But I wouldn’t change it for the world though, for me, being a father is like actually finding a meaning to my life, it’s what I was born to do, completely. Don’t worry, this entry is not about fatherhood or why babies are so cute and yadah yadah… yadah. This entry is about my other baby, the Hexar AF I bought some months ago. First of all, it’s a pretty cool looking camera, not too many knobs, just what you need and fantastic optics!

I’m not going to post any pictures of the camera, it’s pretty irrelevant, if you are curious about it then click here.

I have to warn you though there are a few photos of kids in this one, so if you are not fond of babies and kids in general then at least look at what the Hexar AF can do :) I apologize in advance for the bw photos, I gave my lab one last try and they gave me back garbage, expensive garbage and the scans are even worse. Needless to say I will be trying a new place, I heard some really good things about this other lab + they’re not $$. I’ll rescan them at home, eventually.

Some of the shots are from beginning of March until April, hope you enjoy!

Montreal, Jarry Park

The few next shots were taken with the Ilford Pan F 50, one of my favorite films and on this camera I think it’ll be even lovelier.

A perfect day for sliding, no wind and a gorgeous March sun!

Nice day for skating also! I have to say, I was pretty impressed with this 35/2 lens!

Probably not the best spot for this kid to stand in!

Ok, I know it’s a boring shot but I really wanted to see how this camera/lens would react, impressive! The scans and developing, not so much :(

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I warned you it was coming! I finished my roll at a friend’s house who lives up north, we spent a very nice Sunday with his family and I brought mine, of course.
I don’t think my son was having a great first few minutes. Four adults, one giraffe and no hope.

Then things got much better! :)

Seriously, nice lens! I’m still amazed that my lab would give me back scans like this one, horrible!

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Ok now switching to color and much better scans! Portra 160 by the way.

I don’t know what’s funnier, my wife’s expression or my son’s face :)

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My friend Seb and my boy. Two great guys! :)

Having fun with Camille. It was really great seeing them all and especially getting out of the house for a change :)

The next few shots are random from different days and nights.

Supper at a friend’s house

I love taking a picture of a kid with a film camera and then having to explain why they can’t see it right away. I always get the most perplexed look from them, always!

It’s all about having choices in life :) Like having the opportunity of using such a fine camera and seeing what it does wide open.

A familiar sight I won’t be missing anytime soon!

My dog is weird!

Perfect day for a run!

This cat was not at all impressed with my dog!

My sister’s birthday! My niece and my son :)

If you think this shot is out of focus, think again.

Bonne fête chère soeur!

And yet another birthday party, kids this time, of course! All these bw shots were taken with Fuji Acros 100, nice film!

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What every one year old kid needs, a signing potty trainer! :)

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I love Sunday afternoons like this one!

It’s incredible how unimportant adults become once kids enter the picture. Now whenever we go see friends or family, it takes a while before anybody even says hello, it’s all about the baby. I’m not complaining, it is just so different!

It was a very warm day, unusually warm for March, somewhere in the mid 20’s (celsius).

The mamas…

… and the papas.

A perfect day!

My son discovering what everything tastes like.

Back home!

Then a cold front moved in. And what do you get when warm humid air suddenly meets cold air? Yes, gorgeous fog!
Had to shoot all these in MF, the fog was actually driving the AF bananas, B.A.N.A.N.A.S. :)

Fuji pro H 400, by the way

Lovely tones!

Last but not least, I really like how this film behaves in the Hexar! And on such lovely subjects, even more :)

I honestly don’t think that I’ll be shooting film as much as I used to, I just don’t have the time… and the $$ I have to spend is not inspiring but I still love the medium.
I came across a great website VSCO film  , I’ve never been really “in love” with digital photography but I downloaded this software for Aperture 3 and the results are quite amazing! Sure you need to teak here and there but it does what it says it does. Heck, if it’s good enough for Sean Flanigan, it’s good enough for me :)

In a future entry I was thinking of showing you some before and after pictures, I especially like the Portra filters and the grain, they are quite accurate.

Thanks for watching!