Didn’t expect to see this at the beer festival…

An owl?

Last night, I developed and scanned the negatives from my trip to the Toronto Beer Festival at the end of July. Lots of the breweries there – especially the larger ones – had “brand experience areas”, which for the most part, like the Molson and Labatt ones, were the sort of disappointing nonsense you’d expect from a huge brewery.

On the other hand, some of the smaller breweries that shelled out for “experience areas” did more interesting things. Lake of Bays, for example, had a whole series of wildlife presentations, and I chanced upon this woman showing off a none-too-pleased looking owl while I was – what else? – getting a beer.

I think I might attempt to do a photo-a-day format for this blog, at least for the time being. Since I’m working on 35mm and it’s not every day that I have the chance to do any developing or scanning, it won’t be quite the “real time” sort of thing that lots of blogs seem to go for, but I think it could be a worthwhile exercise all the same.

I’m slowly but surely getting more adept at film development, which is gratifying. I did managed to scratch up one of the other rolls I developed along with this one, which is a bummer, and I’ve yet to see what’s salvageable from it. Live and learn, right?

I’m also itching to get into a darkroom and do some proper prints of these photos. Getting my exposures into the digital world is great, of course, and I’m learning plenty from seeing the photos this way, but it defeats a bit of the purpose of this film photography expedition. Maybe a trip down to Toronto to rent a darkroom at Toronto Image Works for a day is in order.

Kentmere 400 developed in ID-11. Maxxum 7000i, Maxxum 35-105mm f/3.5

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