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TL:DR rant about developing film.

So here is how it works for getting film developed these days. Drop off film. Pay between 15-20 bucks to get it developed and put on a CD. It then, in this case, it goes to +Henry's Camera  HQ in Toronto and then to Fuji Canada   as Henrys doesn't develop film at all any more. Two plus weeks later you can pick it up. The CD only has low res Jpeg scans of 3-4MB each. So essentially nothing can be done with the file except print a 4x6 if the low res scan noise isn't terrible. (look at the jet black arrows on the sign for noise).

The Henrys manager indicated that wanting files you can actually do something with is not the norm and most people will then come back and get a high res scan of a frame or two done. If you want that done, it is outsourced to another company called Elevator, and they charge $75.00 and up per frame - all for changing settings to a higher resolution on the scanner... Another two weeks goes by and you get your file on CD. People. actually. pay. for. this.

When I emailed the manager and later talked to her in the store, she didn't seem phased at the absurdity of paying $1800 to get 24 high res scans done. I told them a consumer could buy 4-5 film scanners for that price and that they should have one in store to offer the service. She said she would suggest that to head office. 

People these days who develop film are not getting snaps done at a one hour photo. They are likely people wanting to work them in post and maybe make good sized print enlargements.
Total utter BS.

At the very least I could get film developed at Henrys - which is the cheapest to do it so far at about $7-8 dollars if I just want the negs developed and no prints or CD,, and then get a high res scan done by someone else who can do it economically but it would still cost likely $30-40 a roll of 24 when all is said and done. Which is nuts. I had intended on doing a film related project this year, but that isn't economically feasible now. 
#believeinfilm   #film   #HenrysCameras   #TLDR  
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Analog film shooter question:
Got test roll back from being developed at +Henry's Camera  (a large reputable photography store here in Canada) and it is noise city. Canon AE-1, film was ISO400, not expired Kodak Gold. Not over or under exposed. The noise is terrible. If I made prints they would be unusable even as 4x6s - have not printed one yet. I know something is wrong here. Has anyone had film put on CD from Henry's and encountered this issue? They output 300dpi jpegs to CD (not offered diff dpi or Tiffs as options). Example of a right from CD full res Jpeg here if someone wanted to download and pixel peep. Thoughts anyone?
#analog   #filmphotography   #filmdeveloping   #Kodakgold   #AE1  
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While light tables & loops help, any bright flat white light source and a hand held magnifying glass will work. Absolutely must assess the negatives themselves. Could be a problem with developing or scanning as discussed.

With older lenses, could also be mold between elements in the glass. That is difficult to see, and impossible to remove. Happened to me with one of my old 65mm lenses for my C330.
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Amazing Choir!Choir!Choir! of 500+ Sings David Bowie's Space Oddity at the Art Gallery of Ontario in Toronto. Completely worth six minutes of your time.
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Calamity, the Sherman Tank
Outside Royal Canadian Legion Branch 62
Front Street, Sarnia, ON
A bit about the WWII era Sherman:
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#Sarnia #SarniaON #tank #ShermanTank #1H #1stHussars #CanadianArmy #armouredcorps #RoyalCanadianLegion

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Detail of the Astronaut memorial plaque at KSC in Florida with the Challenger and Columbia crews in the centre. Shot in April 2004 - a year after Columbia.

I was in Mr Wardle's history class in my last year of high school and they brought in the AV cart to watch the Challenger launch live. A teacher going into space was, and still is, a big deal. I remember stunned silence and crying and confusion. Not much else after that. I imagine today there would be grief counselors available for students.

From the next launch on, right through to the last flight of a shuttle with Atlantis on STS-135 in July 2011, I held my breath waiting for the ominous 'go for throttle up' moment to pass. The moment when it all went pear shaped for Challenger STS-51-L. 30 years seems like yesterday.
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Ah so that's what the close up filter looks like. Very cool results with it. :)
Have you ever wanted to create close up photos with your Holga? Have you tried using the single person icon on the lens dial, and found that you still can't get as close as you'd like? Well, I've got a few great tips for you on how to master this technique (as much as you can "master" anything ...
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A really nice tribute to Alan Rickman who just passed away. #RIPAlanRickman  
 
Alan Rickman is undoubtedly one of the greatest actors I will ever work with. He is also, one of the loyalest and most supportive people I've ever met in the film industry. He was so encouraging of me both on set and in the years post-Potter. I'm pretty sure he came and saw everything I ever did on stage both in London and New York. He didn't have to do that. I know other people who've been friends with him for much much longer than I have and they all say "if you call Alan, it doesn't matter where in the world he is or how busy he is with what he's doing, he'll get back to you within a day".

People create perceptions of actors based on the parts they played so it might surprise some people to learn that contrary to some of the sterner(or downright scary) characters he played, Alan was extremely kind, generous, self-deprecating and funny. And certain things obviously became even funnier when delivered in his unmistakable double-bass.

As an actor he was one of the first of the adults on Potter to treat me like a peer rather than a child. Working with him at such a formative age was incredibly important and I will carry the lessons he taught me for the rest of my life and career. Film sets and theatre stages are all far poorer for the loss of this great actor and man.
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John Deere 290G excavator during sewer work in London. May 2015.
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"There are no rules for good photographs, there are only good photographs." - Ansel Adams

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I am an artistic photographer shooting nudes, landscapes, and some fashion inspired portraiture in Southwestern Ontario, Canada. I grew up in Toronto and moved to the area before Y2K. I have been shooting for seven or eight years now and have had a few exhibitions of my work - most recently in January 2012 in London, ON.

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