Monday, September 24, 2018

History not forgotten



Fur Brigade Trail (No. 10-3, 11-4, 11-6) Peachland, British Columbia, Canada, September 2018. Copyright © Gary Nylander. Digitized from 2 1/4 x 3 1/4 negative. Baby Speed Graphic, 101 mm Kodak Ektar lens.

Several years ago I purchased a baby Speed Graphic along with a number of other photographic items. The camera once belonged to a well-known newspaperman, Alec Merriman of Victoria, B.C. Included was 3 boxes of old film (expired 1965), 2 1/4" x 3 1/4" Kodak Royal Pan (400 ASA), each box containing 25 sheets, one box was half used, the other two never opened. The camera came with a couple of film holders and a third holder that held 12 sheets and by "shuffling the deck" a new sheet of film was dropped into place by pulling a level after a photo has been taken.

 After a long period of procrastination, I decided to load up the old film holders and take it out for a walk with my sister and her partner who came to visit with me. We walked along the beautiful and historic old fur brigade trail that runs between Peachland and Summerland in the Okanagan Valley of British Columbia, Canada. The trail is known for its spectacular views of the lake and valley. I shot more than a dozen sheets of film, some of the view and others in a lovely little-forested area dotted with some small gnarly birch trees.

After my guests had left I processed the film in Kodak HC-110 film developer, dilution "B", aside from some overall fog and some edge fog, where the box might have been opened at some point, I was able to make some quite nice usable pictures, despite the film being quite grainy. At some point, I will shoot the remaining film to see what that yields. The images posted here were copied with a macro lens on a digital DSLR camera and then enhanced in my daylight darkroom (aka computer).

When I have used up the old film I will have to source out some new film of that size ( 2 1/4" x 3 1/4"), I think Ilford sells it as a special. A 120 roll film adapter would be handy, but apparently, my old speed graphic has an unusual back so there are not many roll film adapters around that fit it. The lens looks sharp, the rangefinder seems accurate and the shutter speeds are all working along with the aperture. So its worth using the camera and making some possibly great pictures with it.

Horseshoe Canyon #155

Horseshoe Canyon, Drumheller, Alberta, Canada, September 2017

Friday, September 21, 2018

Horsehoe Canyon #152

Horseshoe Canyon, Drumheller, Alberta, Canada, September 2017

Tuesday, September 18, 2018

Charlie's Trail #126


Charlie's Trail (No.126) Vancouver Island, British Columbia, Canada, August 2017. Copyright © Gary Nylander. Scanned from 4 x 5 negative. Ebony RW45 view camera, 120mm lens, Tri-X film developed in HC-110 (1:11). www.garynylander.com, www.patreon.com/garynylander, www.etsy.com/ca/shop/NylanderPhotography

Saturday, September 15, 2018

Charlie's Trail #125

Charlie's Trail (No.125) Vancouver Island, British Columbia, Canada, August 2017.

Wednesday, September 12, 2018

Hornby Island #124


Hornby Island (No.124) British Columbia, Canada, June 2017. Copyright © Gary Nylander. Scanned from 4 x 5 negative. Ebony RW45 view camera, 120mm lens, Tri-X film developed in HC-110 (1:11). www.garynylander.com, www.patreon.com/garynylander, www.etsy.com/ca/shop/NylanderPhotography

Sunday, September 09, 2018

Hornby Island #123


Hornby Island (No.123) British Columbia, Canada, June 2017. Copyright © Gary Nylander. Scanned from 4 x 5 negative. Ebony RW45 view camera, 120mm lens, Tri-X film developed in HC-110 (1:11). www.garynylander.com, www.patreon.com/garynylander, www.etsy.com/ca/shop/NylanderPhotography

Wednesday, September 05, 2018

Elena #98-42



Elena at Langley, British Columbia, Canada, May 2004. Copyright © Gary Nylander. Digitized from 120 medium format negative. Fuji GW690III camera, 90mm lens. T-Max film.

Every once and a while something magical happens in my photography, in this case, a beautiful model and some nice light. Elena who Europe was living in B.C. at the time had graced the European editions of Vogue magazine. She liked my black and white landscape photography so I traded her some of my landscape prints for her modeling time.

I photographed Elena at a couple of locations, an old building and a 1930's barn in rural Langley. I used film for the entire shoot which included, 35mm, 120 medium format and 4 x 5 sheet film, mostly black and white and a couple rolls of color. The light in the barn was especially beautiful with a beam of light that came through one of the roof vents.

For those that might like to see more of the Elena photo shoot and other some of my other photography please cleick here: "2004 Female Form: Elena — Nudes".