An Extended Holiday to the Eastern Hemisphere

Kodak Ektar 100 Film - Thailand

This spring I had the fortunate opportunity to travel to 4 different countries for a little over a month. I purchased a few rolls of Kodak Ektar 100 Professional exclusively to use while I was abroad. I used the film with my Canon AE-1 Program. I mainly took photos in bright outside settings as it was late summer and just extremely hot in most of the places that I visited. I only used one lens which was 75-150mm.

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Stroll Through Olvera Street

Canon AE-1 Program

In my line of work, which involves testing out multiple cameras at any given time as well as films, I am generally not sure how any of my photos are going to turn out. The camera might have a broken sensor or slow shutter and all my photos can be dark or over exposed. My film may be too expired to produce anything good or just become a completely weird color. So I have learned to always take along at least one true and tried camera from my collect. Generally if it is a local excursion or checked back kinda location I take my Canon AE-1 Program. It gives very reliable results and I understand how it works from years of working with it.

I took it recently to my first trip to LA and had it while we were walking along Olvera street. It was recommend as a touristy spot but still fun to explore. It was not disappointing and reminded me of a similar area from downtown San Antonio, TX where I am from.  I found that all the wonderfully colored stalls were great to photograph. I was able to work my 70-150 Lens to get some great shots (at least according to me lol).

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Adventures in Black and White Film

Black and White

Recently I have gotten quite a bit of film developed that was taken in black and white with my Holga and Canon SLR AE-1 Program. It just so happens that black and white builds up on me because it’s more expensive to develop than regular color negative film. Both of these sets of film are from last year in 2014 and were taken in the Boston area and during my cross country trip across the United States.

The majority of these were taken on bright sunny days without the use of a flash. It’s 400 speed film which I think added to the amount of grain that some of the photos had.

These were taken during Earth Day where the Neon Trees had a free concert at the half shell near the Charles River.

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