Stanley Park on Christmas Day, in Colour(Portra 400)

I’ve always wanted a rangefinder and I finally got myself one as a birthday present from me to me. Not only is it a rangefinder camera but it also shoots 6 x 4.5 format.

There are some people that argue that 645 format does not count as true medium format. I say: nonsense. With the the 645 format being 2.6 times bigger than a full-frame (35mm equivalent), I would say there is definitely a difference and if these numbers mean nothing to you, it’s fine. The camera is not important. The camera is just a tool.

Waiting for the sunset by Siwash Rock, Portra 400

After consistently gloomy and wet winter days, the sun decided to come out on Christmas morning. Naturally I thought this would be an excellent opportunity to shoot my new-to-me camera with an infamous film stock that I have not featured on this blog before, Kodak Portra 400. It was a sunny Christmas morning so it was a perfect day to walk the seawall.

Lost Lagoon, Portra 400

It seemed like the entire city felt the same way. It was quite crowded along the seawall. I started the afternoon with a roll of black and white TMax 400 and eventually switch to Porta 400 for the sunset and yes, I’m very glad that I did.

On the seawall, Portra 400

It took us about 3.5 hours to walk the seawall all the way around at a leisurely pace, stopping to take pictures.

Siwash Rock sunset, Portra 400.

I’m still working on framing this camera. This camera by default, shoots in portrait orientation. Strange at first if you are used to working with any modern day digital cameras and yet, oddly intuitive if you are used to using your phone for quick pictures. I had wanted to take more pictures on 120 film and after getting this camera I feel like I’ll be more willing to take a photo using this rather than my phone.

I metered all these images using the built-in light meter which seems to work well.

Random squirrel.

The rangefinder is a learning curve. I’m trying my hand at ‘zone-focusing’ but honestly it seems to me like I’m just cranking the shutter speed to compensate for the very low aperture hoping that the image is exposed and something, anything, is in focus.

Now, the only question yet to be answered is where the chromatic aberration is coming from: the lens or the scanner. Probably the lens, I’m guessing.

Important takeaways:

  1. Christmas 2019 was beautiful
  2. Stanley Park is always beautiful
  3. Portra 400 colours are beautiful
  4. I’m a little obsessed with new toys at the moment
  5. I hope the new year brings everyone beautiful memories, love, peace and good fortune.

Happy new year everyone!

3 thoughts on “Stanley Park on Christmas Day, in Colour(Portra 400)”

  1. An absolutely beautiful post. Love, love, loved your photos. There is nothing better in the world to photograph than nature. Such a lovely place.

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