Minolta and the Joy of Film Photography

Recently, I’ve added a new toy to the collection, a borrowed one, and very awesome. I was hanging out at a friend’s place, talking about photography with his parents, when his mom brings up the subject of film photography.

I had to admit that I never took photos with film before (well, I did, but not with a SLR, or since I started to get interested in photography), which made her reach inside a closet and pull out this huge camera bag packed with equipment.

She put the bag in front of me and told me to keep it, to play with it for a while.

I couldn’t be happier.

So now I’m experimenting with film, we shall see how that goes. I already took some exposures, and will have them processed by the end of the week. Luckily I just got hold of a negative scanner, I’ll keep you guys on the loop.

Ah, here is the gear:

Minolta X-700 film camera

Sigma 70-200mm f4.5

Minolta 50mm f2.0

Magnicon 28mm f2.8

Nissin 360WX flash

Several film rolls, both B&W and color.

Minolta and Gear

Work in Progress

It’s been a while. I must admit, I’ve neglected a bit my photography, because since the end of the school year, I’ve been working. I’m working 8h a day 4 days a week, and it’s a very hard job, so when I get home I’m exhausted.

However I decided to start to bring my camera to work, since I work outside, and maybe take some shots on my lunch break or on my way back.

Yesterday this paid off, for I was walking through the most gorgeous meadow and then through a very nice road. Those are the 2 keepers from the 30 photos I took:

Going home

After a long day

Flash – SB 600

I finally got a flash!! I found this too-good-to-be-true deal on  Kijiji for an SB 600 (retail $270), for $200. You might say that this is actually expensive, but the info said the flash was bought on december of last year for a trip and forgotten,  so it was “new”

I say the add 2h after the guy posted it, and send an email just in case. less than 6hours after I got a response, and we set to meet yesterday at a cafe. I went with the mentality that if it was any less than perfect, I would not buy it. I brought my camera and batteries.

As I got there, the guy was ultra nice, bought me coffee, and showed me the flash. It was even better than in the add. Completely in the box, almost untouched, not even a scratch. The guy turned out to be moving to Brazil in September, so he even gave me a battery set and charger. It was perfect.

So If I was going to settle for a SB-28, I got an amazing SB 600, cheap, in perfect condition, and through the internet. I’ll put up a series of posts when I have more time to play with it.

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Sacred Art – On Assignment

Hey folks, how’ve you all been?

I’ve been pretty busy with finals, essays, etc. and of course, lot’s of assignments to get better and better at photography.

Saturday I got an assignment I was pretty excited about, to shoot a Christian Tattooist in Orleans. Reverend Dave has his own place called Sacred Art, and I thought it would be a nice place to shoot.

I was going with the writer Oliver Sachgau to shoot stills and video, we had an interview schedule with the guy at 5pm.

Like the good journalists we are, we met at 4:45 at Place d’Orleans, and were at Dave’s studio at 4:55, ready to do our interview, take the shots and head home to enjoy our Saturday evening. Of course it could not be that easy and as we went inside, the guy came out, greeted us and said:

“Yeah, about the interview, I was going to call you because I’m running late…”

We said that there was no problem, we could wait, for which he replied:

“You might want to come back later, I will only be done in one hour, at 6. And after that I need to go home to let my dog out, so I’ll only be available at 6:30.

Oh snap. I live downtown and Oliver in Nepean, no way we could come back later… So we did a tour of the place by ourselves, took some photos of him doing his job, and went to the shopping centre decided to come back at 6, just to get a comment from the guy being tattooed, before doing the actual interview.

Here’s the shots I took then:

We came back at 5:55, perfectly on time, to find out that Dave was still late. He only finished the tattoo at 6:30. We grab a quick comment from Luke about the place and Dave left to let his dog out, saying he would be back by 7:05.

Me and Oliver were tired and did not want to walk to the mall, so we decided to go around the neighborhood, where I found this beautiful church to photograph, it was worth the time:

Church in Orleans, near the Tattoo Parlor

Same church with a dead tree in front of it

After walking for half an hour we went back to the place, and as you can predict, at 7:05 he was not there, only arriving at 7:15.

Finally after two hours and fifteen minutes of (almost) wasted time, we finally could sit the man on the studio to do the interview, and take some portraits. I admit, I was tired, grumpy and did not put all the possible effort into it, I just wanted to go home. We were done around 7:50, because Reverend Dave insisted on redoing several takes that he did not like…

As a final balance, it wasn’t bad, I got the shots of the church that I really like, and some of the minister/tattooist. He has a good spirit, but thinks way too much about himself, and he thinks he’s very funny, which he is most definitely not. I just hope to do not have to wait 2h15m ever again for a photo, luckily Oliver was there and at least we could chat.

To wrap it up, here are the two staged shots of him:

Rev. Dave and his piercings.

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Canadian Museum of Nature

Yesterday coming home from school I passed by the Canadian Museum of Nature, and took a photo with the sun passing through the “Queen’s Lantern”, the name of the new glass tower. I used f.22 so I’d get the nice sunstar, and the 18-55mm lenses.

 

Canadian Museum of Nature (Victoria Memorial Museum)

Specs: 1/100s at f.22, ISO 200. 20mm (18-55mm)

Photography

My name is Pedro Vasconcellos, and I’m a first year journalism student at Carleton University, in Ottawa Canada. I’m actually Brazilian and came to Canada in order to finish university.

Only recently I have discovered the pleasures of Photography, and I am decided to go as deep as I can get on the subject, hopefully to work with it in 4/5 years.

In this blog I’ll post anything related to photography, tutorials, discussions, comments… Also it will serve as the base of my portfolio for now, the public display of my work.

If you got here by accident or not, take some time to see my photos, see what I do. And feel free to comment and drop me an email, anytime.

And since this is a photography blog, one of my first images that I deemed good enough for my portfolio:

Oh Canadian Autumn...

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