Film Is Not Dead

Remember this post? Well, the long wait is over…that ancient roll of Ektachrome IE color infrared film has been processed and the scans are here. I’ve been told that the film was in pretty poor shape (as expected); the negatives are nearly transparent to the naked eye and there were issues with the hardening of the emulsion. As a result, the color component of the film did not survive the processing. However, I’m quite pleased with the B&W scans that the folks at Film Rescue International were able to salvage from this roll. I’ll be posting more frames in the days ahead.

After 15 years of shooting digital images, I’m really enjoying getting back into film, where I started in 1976. I’ll be using film much more frequently on future road trips.

Expired Kodak Ektachrome IE Color Infrared Film, B&W Processing
Nikon FE
Nikkor 35mm f/2.8 Ai-S Lens
No. 15 Deep Yellow Filter

The Irrigation Ditch


Walking down a country road in southeastern Alberta one evening (heading back to the farmhouse after shooting the images posted yesterday), I looked to my left and was struck by the beauty surrounding—of all things—an irrigation ditch. The first thing I noticed was the well-aged piece of wood angling into the water to join its reflected twin. Then I saw the reflection of the barbed wire, and the many shades of blue present on the water’s surface. The cold water was so clear that, even in the fading daylight, it was easy to see the plants growing on the bottom. And those final minutes of the sun’s rays did a wonderful job of bringing out the colors in the grasses and the clouds.

This image is presented “as is” from the phone’s camera, without any color or exposure adjustments (it was only reduced in size for web use).