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I have to say that street photography is not something I normally work with. I generally don’t like the idea of doing a Bruce Gilden and sticking my camera in someone’s face, but I was reading some articles last week and thought about just the general practice of walking round the street taking shots. I know these days everyone’s first thought on seeing a guy with a camera is not an especially positive one, but given that I had half a roll of Kodak Ektar sitting in my F90x and I also wanted to try out some Fuji Superia Xtra 400, I took the bit between my teeth and out I went.

Rather than try to act surreptitiously and attract negative attention I generally shot inanimate subjects but, and this was a nice surprise, on the couple of occasions I did approach someone for a picture they were happy to oblige. I took about 65 shots and came away with around 35-40 keepers. Not a bad ratio. And I love both these films in the sunshine!

St Lawrence Market, Olympus OM4-T, Fuji Superia Xtra 400
Toronto street photography

Front St, Olympus OM4-T, Fuji Superia Xtra 400
Toronto street photography

Construction worker, Nikon F90x, Kodak Ektar 100
Toronto street photography

Busker, Nikon F90x, Fuji Superia Xtra 400
Toronto street photography

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About a year ago I started shooting film again. I thought it might be a temporary thing but the more I shoot it, the more I want to shoot and the less I feel like taking the digital cameras out. That’s not to say that the D610 & D7100 don’t have their place; if I’m going to do any wildlife or sports then those are my go-to cameras, but for street, landscape – and a few portraits – I’m thinking more of film than ever before.

And not just shooting film. I’ve also made the step up to developing and printing. Setting up a darkroom wasn’t expensive with the help of Kijiji, Youtube and my niece; it was cheaper to do that than to go to a local college and take lessons, although I do have to discipline myself to use test strips and not just go for the print!

While the variety of film available isn’t what it used to be, the quality is there and I’m slowly getting used to the different characteristics of different films.

Ontario Farm – Kodak Ektar 100, Nikon F90x

Kentmere 400, Olympus Trip 35

Ilford Delta 100, Olympus Trip 35

Kodak Portra 160, Bronica ETRC – medium format

Check out these links for just a few of the ever-increasing number of analogue photography sites.
I Still Shoot film
The Film Photography project and podcast
A brilliant documentary highlighting film shooters

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