Wednesday, December 26, 2012

X, Y & Z!

I have been a bit behind on my posting since the end of November - report cards, research proposals, birthdays and Christmas preparations took over my life. But now that it's the holidays, I have a chance to catch up and wrap up the year of the Film26 Project!
I can not believe that it has been a full year already! And I can't believe that I actually made it the whole way through! So without further ado... here is x, y, and z!

X is for:

X-Ray like effect

eXcess bark

Y is for:


Yum! (Pulled Pork Benny from Pronto on Cambie)

Z is for:

Zany husband


Zoomed In
These photos taken with my Olympus Pen F and Fuji Color Superia 400 film.

Happy New Year Everyone! May 2013 be filled with wonder and beauty. :)

Sunday, November 18, 2012

W is for Wide-eyed & watching, Windstorm and Worship

Only 3 letters left!! That means there is only 6 weeks left of 2012! Can you believe it? Things are ramping up here as we near the end of the first term of the school year (both at work and in my masters) which means paper writing, readings, plenty of marking and the dreaded report cards.

Still I am trying to get out to shoot some film because I feel like I have exhausted the 10 rolls that I took back in the summer. I knew that the fall would be busy so I tried to overshoot in the summer to give me lots to work with when things got crazy. I just finished a roll and though I usually wait until I have a few finished before I develop them (it saves on the cost), I might just go ahead and get it developed so I have something fresh for the next few letters.

At any rate - here are my entries for W.

W is for...

Wide-eyed and watching
 Portland, Oregon
Taken with my Olympus Pen F and Ilford Pro 3200 film.

 Family Vacation - Okanagan Lake
Taken with my Olympus Pen F and Ilford Pro 3200 film.

I was so disappointed when I came across this church and had black & white film loaded because the statue on the top was gold and was shining in the sunshine like it was glowing! I decided to snap away anyway in the hopes that at least some of the light would still show up in black and white. The result isn't nearly as impressive as it was in real life.
Montreal, Quebec
Taken with my Olympus Pen F and Ilford HP5 Plus 400 film.

Monday, November 12, 2012

Van Dusen Gardens

The sun returned here on the West Coast for a few brief days and the fall colours were still vibrant! With a 3 day weekend ahead of us, Jeffrey I decided to take advantage of the weather and head out to Van Dusen gardens.
Back in September when Jeffrey's parents were visiting, we took them around this beautiful garden oasis in the middle of the city. Since it isn't far from our home, we thought we should buy a membership so we could visit as much as we wanted! It has totally been worth it so far.
The pictures I took on this weekend's visit were all on film, so it will be awhile before I get them back, but it reminded me that I had a bunch of digital photos that I took from our visit with the in-laws. And I thought I should post some of them. It really is a gorgeous place.

How rude!

Oh my, that's a lot of bull!

The Helms at the top of Queen Elizabeth Park
 These are actually taken at the gardens in Queen Elizabeth Park, but the flowers there were equally gorgeous.

Saturday, November 10, 2012

V is for Venture, Vertex, and Vote!

My Film26 Project entries for V:

V is for...

Venture out into the wild blue yonder!
 Jeffrey & Makenna hunting grasshoppers this summer
Family Vacation - Okanagan Lake
Taken with my Pentax K1000 and Fuji Superia 400 film.

I have to admit that I have a serious addiction to taking photos of the peaks of houses, buildings, etc. Anything where I am looking up. I have yet to master these types of shots though.
Montreal, Quebec
Taken with my Olympus Pen F and Ilford HP5 Plus 400 film.

Please, please my dear American friends to the south - remember that a government is more that just an economy machine. They support the people of the country, they watch out for those who need protecting, they guide what it means to be a citizen of your country. Please vote with your hearts... the world needs more acceptance not more discrimination.
For the Film26 Project.
Portland, Oregon
Taken with my Pentax K1000 and Fuji Superia 400 film.

*This post was written pre-election results. Thank you American friends for giving me hope in a better future.

Sunday, October 14, 2012

U is for Uninhibited, Unaware & Urban Decay

We are starting to get into the tough letters now for the Film26 Project. In the next few weeks... U, V, W, X, Y & Z !?! Awww man, I better get those creative juices flowing!

U is for...

Uninhibited - the greatest gift of childhood
 Taken with my Olympus Pen F and Ilford Pro 3200 film.

Unaware - of the jealous, roasting adults sitting on the sidelines wishing they could follow these kids' lead
Taken with my Pentax K1000 and Fuji Superia 400 film.

Urban Decay - normally Jeffrey's specialty. Old grain factory & silos in Old Montreal
 Taken with my Olympus Pen F and Ilford HP5 Plus 400 film.

Saturday, October 13, 2012

The Orpheum Theatre

This summer, my friend Mandy and I took a walking tour of the Orpheum Theatre here in Vancouver. The Orpheum has always been one of my favourite theatres in Vancouver... I even briefly considered getting married there (just in a whimsical day dream once). Every time I go there, I feel like I am transported back into a different time where the theatre was a place of elegance and imagination.
Though the tour broke down much of the mystique around the theatre itself, and revealed that in fact, it isn't quite as regal as it would make itself out to be, I still love it - because the theatre, after all, is about make believe, and the Orpheum still makes me believe.

The grandiose ceiling mural and chandelier in the main theatre

The view from the other side of that ceiling...
 It is basically a plaster dome that is suspended from the roof. This view is from above the ceiling, looking down through one of the hidden light holes. You can see the theatre seats below.
The mural also wasn't actually painted in the theatre itself. It was painted on a canvas, then applied to the ceiling afterward.

Wall sconce and lattice which hides acoustic paneling

Looking down towards the stage
In the lobby - chandeliers and detailing everywhere (detailing which is painted plaster)

Chandelier and gold painted detailed ceiling

The view from the stage - Probably the only time I will get this view of the Orpheum!

See those black circles on the mural? - those are the light holes from which I took the other picture

Well Orpheum - despite the plaster, and mish-mash of architectural eras, you still remain a grandiose and beautiful theatre in my eyes. I am so happy that Vancouver saved you.

All photos taken with my Olympus Pen F and Ilford Pro 3200 ISO film.

Saturday, October 6, 2012

T is for Tender Moments, Theatre, Tasty & Tie the Knot

Keeping up with the film 26 project... T is for:

Tender Moments - with my nieces; moments that are much too few and far between

Theatre - The Orpheum Theatre (my favourite in Vancouver)
Tasty - Wedding snacks
Tie the Knot! I heart this couple and this shot so much!!

Black & White photos - Taken with my Olympus Pen F and Ilford Pro 3200 film.
Colour Photos - Taken with my Olympus Pen F and Fuji Superia 400 film.