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A Rainy Day at Home

Today there was some unscheduled rain. I had been sat outside enjoying a nice, albeit cloudy afternoon when it started falling and I had to retreat inside. I decided to shoot a quick roll of Kodak TMAX 400 (still my current favourite b&w film stock) through my Leica M6, just taking a few pictures around the garden. While it was developing I also took the opportunity to tidy up around the lab ready for another busy week ahead. Film Lab: Canadian Film Lab | Camera: Leica M6 with Leica 35mm Summicron f/2 | Film stock: Kodak TMAX 400


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Ross Lake Rain Storm | Hope BC | Aerial Photos

A few weeks ago we ventured to Ross Lake for the first time. We heard that that road had just been re-made and had been advised that it’s a good time to drive it before the summer RV traffic ruins it! The road to Ross Lake is an unmaintained gravel road that is re-made once a year after winter so gets progressively worse over time; after the first 20 minutes it all seemed pretty good and we were making good headway until the potholes started to appear. After a short while it was apparent that the road was not actually yet completed and after possibly a dozen “I think we should turn back”s from one or other of us after driving at a crawl speed for miles, we were eventually too committed to turn around and so pressed on. 2 hours and 60 km later we’d driven through the stunning Skagit Valley Provincial Park and arrived at Ross Lake which spans the Canada/US border. It was rainy on and off but I managed to get a few flights completed with the drone in between the rain showers, and this is one of my favourites.

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Hope on a Sunny Day | Kodak Portra 160

I love Portra 160 on a sunny day and it’s one of those film stocks where I know exactly how it’s going to look on film when I’m lining up the shot in my camera. When I look at scenes I have often thought that I have my own built-in filter that sees in hues of Portra 800 and Fuji 400H, which incidentally reminds me that once or twice I have had dreams that have been based in a Fuji 400H colour palette. I guess it’s not surprising considering I spend most waking hours each and every day looking at film! Today, though, I looked at the light and instantly thought ‘Portra 160’, and so coupled with my Pentax 67ii I headed out to see what the streets of Hope had to offer. The photo walk around Hope ended on a high when I chatted to a very stylishly dressed Harley Davidson rider and she agreed to one or two photos. Film stock: Kodak Portra 160 | Camera: Pentax 67ii | Lab: Canadian Film Lab

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May 21, 2017 - 3:11 am

Rvd - I really enjoy looking at your pictures!

June 18, 2017 - 6:17 pm

christian - Thanks Robert!

Coquihalla River | Hope BC

Last weekend we walked a short walk down to where Suckers Creek runs into the Coquihalla River. We’d heard that river otters had been seen around there, but as we’d not seen them before we didn’t set too much store in seeing them. Shortly after arriving, sure enough I saw my first river otter as it hauled itself out of the river, up onto a log and stared at me for a few moments before it hastily retreated to some undergrowth. Down by the river, someone had been busy building inukshuks so I spent a few minutes taking photos of the creations, new growth coming up between the river rocks, and the decided to build my own (visible in the last photo of this post). I’m still shooting my Leica M6 that needs repairing due to an issue with the 2 fastest shutter speeds, so some of these were knowingly very over-exposed; thankfully I know from past experience that Portra 800 can handle significant overexposure! Camera: Leica M6 with Zeiss 50mm f/1.5 | Film stock: Kodak Portra 800 | Lab: Canadian Film Lab

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Yale BC | Aerial Photos

We’re lucky that Yale is just a 20 minute drive from where we live in Hope. It’s lucky because (a) I can legally recreationally fly my drone there , and (b) because the river is a great place to walk along. In tourist season there is also the ‘Ward Tea House’ based in a house that dates back to the gold rush. If you’d like a sense of scale in the photo below, look for the road at the bottom and you can just make out the cars appearing as small dots! The Fraser Canyon is an awe-inspiring place!

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Silver Lake | Hope BC | Aerial Photos

We finally made it back to Silver Lake; we were last there towards the end of autumn and then the snow came. And came. And came more. The Silver Skagit Rd is an unmaintained road that leads to Silver Lake and further on to Ross Lake, and at the best of times it’s a rough ride, so over the winter it was absolutely impassable and under a meter of snow. The local word was that the road had since been graded (which on this road basically means clearing mudslides and redistributing the gravel and rocks to form a semblance of a surface good enough to drive on) so at the first opportunity we headed up to Silver Lake. I’m looking forward to returning with some film, but for now here are a couple of aerial shots from my Phantom 4 Pro.

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