Welp, I meant to have this post up a week and a half ago. If only “real life” never got in the way…

Continuing on from previous posts of photos from the Peterborough folk festival, here we’ve got Nick Ferrio and His Feelings, Fish and Bird, and Tanika Charles and the Wonderfuls.

Nick Ferrio and His Feelings

Nick Ferrio and His Feelings at the Peterborough Folk Festival

Nick Ferrio and His Feelings at the Peterborough Folk Festival

Nick Ferrio and His Feelings at the Peterborough Folk Festival

Nick Ferrio and His Feelings at the Peterborough Folk Festival

Fish and Bird

Fish and Bird at the Peterborough Folk Festival

Fish and Bird at the Peterborough Folk Festival

Fish and Bird at the Peterborough Folk Festival

Fish and Bird at the Peterborough Folk Festival

Tanika Charles and the Wonderfuls

Tanika Charles and the Wonderfuls at the Peterborough Folk Festival

Tanika Charles and the Wonderfuls at the Peterborough Folk Festival

Tanika Charles and the Wonderfuls at the Peterborough Folk Festival

One more post of Folk Festival photos to come, with Tin Vespers and Donné Roberts.

Also photographed a show at the Spill last Monday, with Watershed Hour, Stuck on Planet Earth, and KAYO and The Blackeyes, which will find its way here eventually.

Nick Ferrio and His Feelings: Arista Premium at EI 800. Fish and Bird: Kentmere 400 at EI 800. Tanika Charles and the Wonderfuls: Kentmere 400 at EI 1600. Developed in ID-11. Minolta Maxxum 7000i, Maxxum 35-105mm f/3.5 and 50mm f/1.7.

Continuing my post from yesterday, here are some more photos from the Peterborough Folk Festival. I’ll be working through the main-stage line-up in order, so first off are the photos of Melissa Payne and Jos. Fortin.

Melissa and Jos. are the recipients of the Peterborough Folk Festival’s 2011 and 2012 Emerging Artist Award, respectively, so needless to say the main-stage event got started with some serious home-grown talent.

Sadly, as a newbie photographer I’m bound to make all sorts of mistakes when I’m processing film, and I managed to scratch up the roll that had these shots something awful. You live and learn, this is what survived.

Melissa Payne at the Peterborough Folk FestivalMelissa Payne

Melissa Payne at the Peterborough Folk FestivalMelissa Payne

Jos. Fortin at the Peterborough Folk FestivalJos. Fortin

Jos. Fortin at the Peterborough Folk FestivalJos. Fortin

Jos. Fortin at the Peterborough Folk FestivalJos. Fortin

Hosting the main stage, like last year, was the always amazing old-timey Sheesham and Lotus and Son. Like Sheesham says, “That old time music is better than it sounds.” Two snaps of them, from right after Jos. Fortin’s set:

Sheesham and Lotus and ‘Son at the Peterborough Folk FestivalSheesham and Lotus and Son

Sheesham and Lotus and ‘Son at the Peterborough Folk FestivalSheesham and Lotus and Son

Still working through processing and scanning the rest of the photos. Tomorrow I’ll have Nick Ferrio and His Feelings and Fish and Bird, and possibly Tanika Charles and the Wonderfuls, depending on how ambitious I am.

Melissa Payne and Jos. Fortin: Kentmere 400. Sheesham and Lotus and Son: Arista Premium 400 at EI 800. Developed in ID-11. Minolta Maxxum 7000i, Maxxum 35-105mm f/3.5.

I’ve spent a bunch of Saturday and today working through the photos I took at the Peterborough Folk Festival. I’ve still got a roll and a half to scan in and another on top of that to develop, so it might be few days yet before they’re all ready to go.

Until those are ready, here’s a few crowd shots I got while I wasn’t down at the main stage photographing the bands. I didn’t really expect any of these to be useful photos, so I was pleasantly surprised to find these on the negatives.

Hillside at the Folk Festival

Lunchtime at the Folk Festival

Dancing Kids at the Folk Festival

More Folk Fest photos to come over the next two or three days. In the mean-time, the friendly folks over at Electric City Live have a write-up and some great photos of the festival, which is worth checking out.

Kentmere 400 at EI 800 and 1600, developed in ID-11, Minolta Maxxum 7000i, Maxxum 35-105mm f3/5.

Since I started in on learning about and practising photography over the summer, one resource that I’ve found to be fantastic is the Art of Photography podcast, made by Ted Forbes.

There is far more content there than I’ve been able to work through, but I’ve been getting a lot out of it. Unlike a lot of the other photography resources out there, this podcast stays clear of focusing on high-end or brand-new gear, which makes it a good resource for people working with 25-year old second-hand equipment, like myself. So much of photography is all about practice – the practice of seeing, of composing, of exposing – rather than about equipment, which it seems sometimes gets forgotten.

Ted’s been focusing a lot lately on film development and printing, which is relevant to my interests. Yesterday I put together this quick video response to one of his, explaining my setup and the sort of workflow I’m working with right now:

Yeah, I am no YouTube superstar. But making this was good fun, mayhaps I’ll do it again sometime.

(Yes, just squeaked by for my goal of doing a post every day – 11:59pm, baby!)

Lately, I’ve been trying to remember to carry my camera with me as I go about my business, just in case inspiration strikes while I’m out. I’ve captured a handful of scenes in Peterborough in the last week or two, here are some of them:

Charlotte St., Peterborough, Ontario
Charlotte St., Peterborough, Ontario
Bell Building, Hunter Street, Peterborough, Ontario
Park & Sherbrooke, Peterborough, Ontario
The Avenues by night
Charlotte and Aylmer, Peterborough, Ontario
Rotary Park, Peterborough, Ontario

As you may notice, this probably isn’t the best town for dramatic street photography, but hey, it’s home. These photos are pretty representative of what I see on a typical day – other than stopping for a minute or two to compose and take the shot, none of these involved going out of my ordinary routine.

I started in on developing the photos from the Peterborough Folk Festival today, hopefully I’ll start being able to upload those tomorrow after I get back from Keene.

Kentmere 400 developed in ID-11, Minolta Maxxum 7000i, Maxxum 50mm f/1.7 and 35-105mm f/3.5

GLB Dancer

I haven’t had a chance to do any more developing or scanning since my last post, so here’s another shot from the Toronto Beer Festival. This was the scene at the entrance to the Great Lakes Brewery’s “brand experience area”.

This weekend I have a lot of catching up to do – 4 rolls from the Peterborough Folk Festival and 3 from the Keene Amateur BBQ Competition are waiting to be developed, and I was hoping to get out and do some shooting as well. Sadly, I don’t think I’ll have time to do both and I think catching up on the development and scanning side will have to take priority.

Scheming to go down to Toronto in September or October to do some enlarging in TIW’s darkroom, and do a shoot up on Milvan Drive if there’s time for both.

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

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

Now that I’ve got my workflow for developing and scanning 35mm film up and running, I’m working through the many, many photos I’ve taken over the last month or so.

On August 11th, we had the Hootenany on Hunter Street, and then later that evening No Pussyfooting played a show at the Pig’s Ear Tavern with our good friends the Venisons. I took the opportunity to play around with some push-processing and low-light photography, with mixed results.

The Express and Co.The Express and Co. at the Hootenany

Crowd on Hunter St.The crowd at the Hootenany

Amplifier (homemade)Some sort of hand-built amplifier

Andy (El Racoono)El Racoono, from the Venisons

The VenisonsThe Venisons at the Pig’s Ear

Electric GuitarThe Venisons

Kentmere 400 pushed to EI 3200, developed in ID-11. Maxxum 7000i, Maxxum 35-105mm f/3.5

All in all, I’m reasonably happy with how these turned out, but I’m looking forward to doing better next time I try this. The daytime photos turned out really well, but the negatives from the indoor shots are so thin they’ll probably unprintable on an enlarger. (But I intend to try if I get my hands on one.) I was able to bring up the contrast in Photoshop, but it’s really not there on the film.

3200 seems like a heavy push for the Kentmere / ID-11 combination, and the exposures themselves could be much better: the backlight from the lamps on stage was fooling my poor Minolta’s meter, and f/3.5 probably wasn’t quite wide enough for how dim the lights were, so even for EI 3200 some of the shots are likely underexposed a stop or two. Lessons learned, I suppose. I have a much better idea of how to expose a backlit scene like these, now, and I’ll be sure to have my 50mm prime handy for when I need that extra stop.

Yesterday was the main day for the Peterborough Folk Festival, and I took a good number of photos there. There were a handful of other photographers there, and I got a few pointers on concert photography while we were at it. Was playing around a bit more with Arista Premium as well, and I’m curious to see how that turned out.

Self-portrait

After waiting patiently as I could, finally all my orders have come in and I’m able to get some sort of 35mm photography workflow set up in my apartment. I’ve got a 2-reel spiral tank, some ID-11, a few different types of film and an Epson V500 scanner.

Of course the first thing I did when the film came in was fire off a test roll and develop it as quickly as I could. The film got a little mangled in my ham-fisted attempt to load the reel, which did a number of a bunch of the exposures, and I didn’t really put any thought into what I was taking.

Also my first time shooting on Arista Premium 400. I really like the look of it, and am looking forward to giving it a whirl when I’m shooting a bit more seriously.

Arista Premium 400, developed in ID-11. Maxxum 7000i, Maxxum 50mm f/1.7

Some photos from earlier this summer. Taken on my trusty Minolta with Shoppers EasyPix film.