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.

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

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.

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