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I don’t know why I would go back to shooting film again. A couple of months ago I found my old F60 and it still had a roll of film in it, only half-shot. I wondered, this last decade of shooting digital, of learning how to shoot, had it actually made me a better photographer? Remembering the years that I shot only film, because there was no alternative, I also remembered the anticipation of waiting for films to come back from Boots the Chemist or wherever else I had sent them. That anticipation often didn’t measure up to the final product, sometimes I had blurred the shot, or shooting with flash I had never understood the concept of sync speed, leading to a portion of the shot being blacked out by the moving shutter. Had I actually improved as a photographer? Well, at least I now understand sync speed and can recognise the problem for what it was, so maybe the rest of my ‘skills’ have also improved.

The F60 is a pretty lousy camera by comparison with some of the others out there, and you can pick up a great film camera for very little money these days. When I knew the bug was back I quickly bought a F90x (N90s in the US) and a Nikon FE for next to nothing. Poles apart, but both in great condition and fully functional. It took me a while to stop looking down at the back of the camera after each shot (seriously!), but I realised that I do understand f-stops, and ISO, and exposure in general and I think this will be more than just a passing fancy.





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After 2012’s almost non-existent winter it was a shock to the system to be reminded what Canadian winters can actually be like. Long and cold, plenty of snow and this year, unfortunately, not too much sunshine. I can happily cope with winter when we get those beautiful cold but sunny days, a brilliant blue sky and bright sunshine making the snow positively glow. Not so much of that this year, winter 2012/13 reminded more of the cold and damp winters I went through in England. Combined with some personal stuff that kept me away from my camera since October, there’s been little opportunity to shoot before now.

But finally over Easter we got a break and it looks like Spring finally arrived. I managed to get in a couple of short hikes over the last week, one to Rattlesnake Point in Milton and another to the Albion Hills conservation area in Bolton. Both of them offered something in the way of photo opps and it was good to take some shots again.

Rattlesnake Point has some great views over the landscape, this one was taken from one of the lookout points on the Red trail (the easy one!).

View from Rattlesnake Point

Rattlesnake Point walk

And a couple from Albion Hills also. The trails were too slippery and muddy for much decent walking, especially with a couple of dogs along for the exercise, but later in the year they’ll be perfect.


Albion Hills

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