Npegg Has A Camera.

I'm @npegg and I have a camera.

Tag: Film Photography

Birds.

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         Last fall I dropped my Yashica SLR down the side of a mountain. After hitting what seemed like every possible rock on the way down, the back opened, to expose the ever expensive kodak portra 400 film to the elements aka the sun. After recovering the camera I wound the film up and claimed it to be completely burnt, meaning there wouldn’t be any usable pictures on the roll.

Read the full story here.

Some months have past since then and I have been staring at the wound roll on my desk in remembrance of that day.

Eventually I couldn’t take it any more so out of curiosity, I went ahead an had the local photo shop develop the roll for me.

To my amazed excitement, there were a few usable photo’s that had been tucked/rolled tight enough into the spool still visible on the negative. – So, not wanting to pay quite a price to have the roll scanned post development, I decided to look up some tricks on how to use a flatbed scanner to scan negatives.

The method I chose was to use the light from a Smart phone or Tablet to light the back of the negative while on the flatbed.

It looks a little silly but to my amazement, It worked. (kinda) – I’ve never really been into “Lomo” culture but I definitely jumped in with this technique. What’s lomo?>click here.

The picture is of some birds on a wire.

I saw the mass amount of black birds migrating together on the wire and had to slowly stop my car, grab my camera, get close enough and take a picture. Only to drop my entire camera down a mountain a few days later.

There are a few other photo’s on the roll that I will post over the next few weeks. Feel free to follow along.

Again, thanks for reading.

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Two Fails (Day 25)

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Well day 25 has come and gone. It’s now the 29th as I write this. – I can give you excuses as to why i havent posted for 6 days, but Instead I will just give you this.

The above photo is my Yashica FX-D SLR. I Love this camera. It was my first found and hunted second hand shop Film camera when I was first trying to get into film shooting. – I’ve learned so much on this camera about shooting film. different film speed and light metering. the F16 rule shoot slow Black and White traditional films- using flash with film.

Next to it is a roll of Kodak Portra 400. It’s a professional fine grade film if you don’t know. You can’t get it in Canada anymore so I order 5 rolls from NewYork City.

While doing this month of Photo blogging I was also doing a Month of one roll of film. This particular roll in the photo to be exact. I’ve been really pushing myself to try and capture colour especially this fall as the leaves change on the tree’s. So, with this camera and film with 36exposures I set out Oct 1rst to capture 36 images for another 31 days of blogs in Novemeber from this roll. To explain my journey, findings, and lessons learned while shooting colour and fall on film.

Last sunday, I went on a walk with my gf to a punch bowl water fall in Hamilton Ontario. I really wanted to climb down to the river that led away from the waterfall and photograph the intense amounts of orange that lay in touched below. – it had rained the night before – As I scouted for the easiest way down, as there was no cleared safe trail. I found a spot that I was confident I could climb down. I try my best to convince Sarah that she was also capable of this descent.

As we started, we quickly realized that fear had overtaken us. That in fact the steep cliffs walls were holding much more moisture than I expected, and it was basically a mud slide. – I turned and was convinced by Sarah to turn and go back up.

I was wearing a HashtagHope Hoodie with the front kangaroo pocket. I wrapped up my SLR and buried it into that front pocket, because I did not want it to hit off the rocks of the cliff.

Just as I turned to reach out for Sarah’s hand, I felt the most particulate feeling. The kind of intrigue and confusion. The kind that quickly turns to realization and then into regret.

My camera, the one I love so much, has fallen out of my pocket and it wasn’t until it was tumbling down hitting what seemed to be every rock and tree on the way down, did I believe it to actually be happening.

dangit.

I guess straps are worth their value.

I ended up risking the descent to try and recover the camera. Only to find out just how dangerous it actually was.

I located the camera and my only desire was that the back of the body be closed, preserving the months work of film. – I knew by this point the lens would be toast due to amount of rocks I watched it make friends with on the way down.

To my sadness, The back had popped open. To my surprise, the lens was not in a million…little….pieces…

Risking my life to climb back up a mountain without ropes with my camera in pieces scattered in different pockets.

I’m alive to write this, so I guess I made it.

Camera still works, all shutter speeds seem normal. A few dents on the corners and the back takes a bit more to close. Will have to check for light leaks. The Lens seem to be okay. The only real loss was the film.

— I’ve been discouraged because of all my hard work that went into the 23 or so exposures that were on the roll already. – I haven’t even touched my other film camera’s since. been using the 40mm on the 60D (Digital)

Thanks for reading.

Rain (Day 17)

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I’ve posted this photo before but I love it so much.

Canon canonet QL19 + Walmart Parking lot + Thunderstorm.

TFR

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Water vs Gravity. (day 2)

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I live in the Waterfall capital of the world. So the other day I was admiring one of them along with 45 other tourists. I had my SLR with me, shooting some very cheap 200 sped film. – I think I’m terrible at taking pictures of nature, but on this day I was really keen to take some. – Standing at this waterfall I saw this kid playing at the bottom. With the kid in the picture it makes the waterfall look twice as big or it makes the kid look twice as small. – Regardless I waited for the kid to be in some form of position. I like this cause he is looking down, and I feel like the water fall is looking down on him… Idono.. make your own metaphor.

I got this developed at Wal-Mart, Something I recommend you never do. – I think their chemicals at this particular store were way past expired. Idono, but I usually get processing done at another place where the guy actually cares about his images. Anyways, maybe it was just my cheap film or a collection of both.

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Thanks for reading.

When It Rains; It Pours

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You ever have a photo you just can’t wait to upload? This is one of those photo’s.

I used to work in a kitchen, and after a terrible shift one evening I was looking for a way to calm myself down and relax a bit. It was intensely raining when I got off work but I was still set on chilling myself out by taking some photo’s on my QL19.

I worked pretty close to a Wal-Mart Shopping center, so I went a stood at the entrance of the store, in out of the rain. My intention was that I would get some interesting photo’s of some interesting people, being interesting at the local Wal-Mart. You know… to try and get some quality photo’s for peopleofwalmart.com…. –

As I was standing watching people run out of the rain, I was looking for that perfect person to snap a shot of running in out of the rain and capturing that pain of being rained on.

Just as I was looking out I saw a lone Umbrella go flying by in the wind. And then, the lonely misfortune owner of the umbrella running after it. – I knew right then that I needed to capitalize on the photo opportunity, but instead, I hesitated. I said to my self, “what if I get my 1971 Canon QL19 wet?” – I quickly bashed those thoughts back in my head and darted out in the rain after the man chasing his umbrella.

The battery in my camera is dead, and I’ve been searching for a replacement but they don’t make the type battery anymore, so I’m searching for one that could work. – Saying that, The internal Light meter doesn’t work in my camera. So, I’m totally estimating the camera settings. – It’s slightly underexposed.

I should have ran up closer to the man, but it seemed like he was about to catch his fleeing umbrella, so, before I lost the picture completely , I took the shot on the 45mm lens from a distance. I wish I was closer and more intimate.

None the less it is a testimony of being at the right place at the right time.

Thanks for reading.

The Heckler.

The Heckler

Heckler :

verb (used with object), heckled, heckling.
– to harass (a public speaker, performer, etc.) with impertinent questions, gibes, or the like; badger.
 
It cost 12 dollars for a beer at The Rogers Center and this guy was drunk as you can get before you start regretting it. I’m talking Loaded.
Every batter from the opposing team (in this case the New York Yankees) that came to the plate he had to yell at and tell them that they sucked. Except when his hero’s were at bat (in this case the Toronto Blue Jays) he would yell and tell them to hit a home run baby!
 
The real interesting part of this whole situation was that he and myself were sitting in the outfield on the upper, (in this case third) deck of a Major league baseball park. Formerly known as the Sky Dome. Over 450 feet from home plate. With my understanding of sound physics. There was 0 to .3% chance that a player on the field would even be able to hear the slightest sound coming from his mouth due to sound dispersion of such a vast amount. Along with the low hum of the crowd noise, music being played and the announcer over the PA system. Regardless and un-phased by physics this guy proceeded to yell at every single Yankee player, to make sure that they knew of his professional unbiased MLB critique of their performance.
 
This shot was taken on my Yashica FX-D – 50mm SLR. He really didn’t notice me pointing the camera at him so I took my time and made sure I took a photo of him screaming full boar while attempting to not drop his beer over the edge.
 
 
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Friends.

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Shooting downtown Hamilton Ontario the day of the World Cup final. – saw a fello photographer sitting on the curb. I walked into the middle of the street and snapped this photo of him. – he lifted up his camera to pretend to take a shot of me to, who know maybe he did and posted a pic of it on his blog. – I asked if he was getting some good shots, he said “no” but that he was waiting for the World Cup final to end so he could photograph some of the excitement and celebration or opposite. There was a large Argentinian and German population on that street out watching the game. I said “cool” and told him “good luck” – I ran into him again an hour later, submersing himself Into the crowds of people almost swimming through the crowd to try and get that perfect shot of the excitement for Germany.

Thanks for reading.

Time Square.

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Time Square, New York City.

To Wonder.

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I look at this and have to wonder the amount of hours that have gone into each one of the instruments in the back ground. All the life decisions made that were to find each one of the musicians playing the bottom floor of Penn Station in New York City. Only to have thousands of people rush by them with out a simple notice.

I like to think how many other musicians are there walking by these ones that wish they could have a golden opportunity to play such a high traffic area.

I like to think of how many people think that these musicians are just homeless people with an electric guitar, percussion pieces, and a stand up bass.

This photo was taken In Penn Station, in New York City, during a peak return home rush hour(s). Shot on a Yashica FX-D Quartz 50mm with 35mm Black and white C-41 film. – 2.0A with a 1/90 shutter. No Flash. – I was originally going to photograph jsut the band, but then got the idea of having people rush past them. I was standing safely beside a support pillar, as to not have thousands of people knock into me. – This was a break in the traffic, just enough that you can see a band playing in the back, as people blurr by. That’s one way to put it… Blurr by.

 

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Faces on Film.

I recently found a Yashica FX-D Quartz 35mm SLR at a value village for 20 bucks.

On C-41 black and white film.

This is the first roll of like 8 that I got put on a disc. (Meaning digital)

Here are some faces that were on the roll.

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