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So now that the rugby league season in Toronto has been brought to a successful conclusion, I’m left with the question as to what I should be looking to photograph over the winter. The Toronto Wolfpack won’t be back in town until at least early May which leaves a bit of a void in the plans of this newly-minted international sports photographer!

Here in Canada the thoughts of the athletic now turn to our two national games, hockey (ice variety) and lacrosse. The latter is our official national game, but the former is the one that every child is brought up to play. My plan is to get to the open pre-season sessions of our Toronto Rock NLL team and see how different it will be shooting inside an arena as opposed to a sunlit, outdoor field. White balance will be completely different as will the overall lighting conditions, but a custom WB should resolve the first of those, while I know that the D610 can produce fine, noise-free pictures at ISO ratings at least up to 1600 if not 3200.

And then there’s my film photography. During the summer I had a trip to B&H in New York and picked up a stack of film, which is now sitting happily in my film freezer in the basement.

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I also have plenty of film that I picked up over the last 18 months. All my film goes directly into the freezer so there’s no concern over expiry dates.

Winter should produce some ideal conditions to try out the new Film Ferrania P30 as well as some of the other colour films I have. I recently shot a roll of Lomography 400 which turned out beautifully, so I hope to get some more of that one done.

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The Zippo Museum, Bradford, PA. Lomography 400, Nikon F90x

We’re hearing that Ektachrome will be back in early 2018, so that’s something to look forward to. Fall also looks to be the ideal time to shoot 120 Ektar, which delivered some excellent, richly coloured, results the last time I shot it.

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Barn, Ontario, Kodak Ektar 100, Rolleicord Vb

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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.

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Ontario Farm – Kodak Ektar 100, Nikon F90x

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Kentmere 400, Olympus Trip 35

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Ilford Delta 100, Olympus Trip 35

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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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