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Film Photography - Canon AE-1 and Kiev 4

I still occasionally shoot film, mostly black and white films such as Ilford HP5 plus and Ilford Delta 100. Here's a few of my favorite film photographs freshly developed and scanned this week. I'll include a detailed description and additional information the on the camera and settings used below each photograph.
Under Construction
           This is a piece of construction equipment, specifically used for laying pipes and other underground utilities. It was laying on the sidewalk near a lawn and looked rather interesting inside, the cables in the center of the frame are used to lift this massive piece of steel into a newly dug hole, reinforcing the sides and preventing the walls from collapsing onto the construction workers inside.

           I took this photograph using my trusty but erratic Kiev 4 a rangefinder camera that's origins lay in the former Soviet Union. The Kiev 4 is a licensed copy of the Contax III a pre-war German rangefinder camera the design, manufacturing equipment and even engineers were transferred to the Soviet Union at the end of the second world war as reparations. The Soviets transferred the entire Contax III assembly line to the Kiev Arsenal in which the camera now known as the Kiev 4 would be produced until the late 1980's.

Crumbling Foundations
           Here's another shot from my Kiev 4, this time of the foundations of the West Lawn building at the former Riverview Psychiatric hospital. This is an endangered heritage building constructed over a hundred years ago from reinforced concrete interestingly, this is one of the earliest examples of this method of construction in British Columbia. The West Lawn building has become the subject of some controversy given its intangible hertige value, troubled past as an asylum and the high estimated cost of repairing the long neglected structure, left without heat or power since 1983.

          Unfortunately, I haven't recorded the precise shutter speeds and aperture settings used to take these photographs on paper so, memory will have to serve. Both of these photographs were taken at f/8 with a shutter speed of 1/125 second if I remember correctly.

           The controls inside the cabin of a bulldozer left in the middle of nowhere, it didn't seem unsafe and wasn't home to any spider or wasp nests so I climbed on in. This Bulldozer gave the impression that it had simply been parked and forgotten decades ago perhaps, at the end of a long forgotten construction project.

           I took both of these photographs of the interior of the bulldozer with a Canon AE-1, a famous SLR from the early 1970's that I was given by my great-grandmother after the death of my great grandfather . Despite sitting in a dry cupboard for well over a decade once I removed the flaking leather cover and cleaned up the exterior I found the Canon to be in perfect working condition; even the red flashing indicator of the cameras self timer works perfectly blinking a cheerful bright red.

Control Panel
           Here's a closeup of the Bulldozers instrument panel, I was able to move the steering wheel out of the way and fit my 1970's era Bushnell Automatic 28mm lens - from my great-grandfathers kit into the gap getting a fascinating close-up of the myriad of gauges, buttons and indicators. Due to the dim lighting of the interior of the bulldozer I used a fairly wide apeture of f/4 with a shutter speed somewhere around 1/60 of a second.

          All of these photographs were shot on 35mm Ilford HP5 Plus black and white film which I developed myself in a Paterson Two reel development tank using Ilford Ilfosol3 developer, Ilfostop stopbath solution and Ilford rapid fixer. I haven't used hypoclearing agent or photo flo as after treatments electing to rinse my film two to three extra times instead, will my negatives last as long as if I had elected to purchase hypo clearing agent...time will tell.


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