I’ve been feeling uninspired lately.
I’m not sure if it’s the new work, or the more consistent schedule, or that I’m always tired. I just haven’t been taking that many photos lately, nor did I have the desire to. I was kinda burnt out, maybe? But the streets of Vancouver makes such interesting scenes everyday, but something about having to walk around with the heavy fully decked out Sony makes me almost shy to take photos of strangers on the street, like I’m back to when I first started street photography. I don’t have many friends here, and certainly no photographer friends, so I can’t grab a buddy and go on a photowalk as before.
Maybe I should go meet more people, maybe I should spend more time outside, maybe I should stop playing so much video games in my spare time. Maybe.
But as a guy who likes to buy things in order to fill the holes in his life, of course I went on eBay, and bought this cute little thing for 40 bucks. Then I bought a giant box of film from B&H, Q-tips, rubbing alcohol, small screwdriver, etc.
After some work cleaning the little Canonet, relining the sealing foam, aligning and cleaning the viewfinder, I got a nifty little rangefinder on my hands.
I wasn’t sure if the rest of the stuff worked okay, or if I did a good enough job on sealing it. As far I could tell the shutter and aperture was fine, the light meter also worked.
Of course, then, I’d load it up with some film. It’d had to be film that’s not too expensive, and good enough for bench-marking the camera, and that’s none other than the Fujifilm C-200. A staple in C-41 colour film these days.
Without further ado, the follow are what I consider decent shots from the roll of 24 exposures (wasted some on accidental exposures). They were scanned with an Epson V600, which has (shamefully) a measured optical resolution of 1560 ppi, but that’s good enough for me, for now. Color correction was done by the scanner, and I processed the rest with Lightroom and VSCO (real film shooters will probably lynch me for this).