Published: The Ballad of Kim Campbell

Yay! My video The Ballad of Kim Campbell and accompanying blog piece is now published on the Dancing with the Octopus blog!

Oh Kim Campbell, what could have been…

Click HERE to read it and to find out more about Dancing with the Octopus and their initiative involving women and politics in Canada!

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Anthropology of Love @ Backstage Lounge

This past Sunday, Anthropology of Love played the Backstage Lounge on Granville Island and I photographed most of their set. Other bands that played: Blake Acoustic, The Ponderosas, and Mercy Years. All were great in their own way so check them out.

Although I wasn’t feeling that well, and although my camera and film scanner were acting hellish, the photos turned out pretty decent. With the Konica c35, I used one roll of expired film [2008] and one roll of Fujifilm. Editing through Photoshop was pretty time intensive. Scanning left a lot of dust which I removed with the Filter->Noise option and the Clone Stamp tool. Other than that, the only changes I made were with cropping and a bit of Color Balance, Image->Auto Tone/Contrast/Color, and Adjustment->Brightness/Contrast and Levels. Also, some of the photos didn’t turn out that great in color, but changing them to grayscale improved the picture vastly.

I know some photographers don’t like Photoshop, but if it can improve the photo without removing its integrity, then why not? Photos were and are constantly touched-up and changed so I see no real problem with this. Besides, Cindy Sherman says its ok!

Anyway, this was my first time photographing a small venue with stage lights aka no flash. Beforehand I had googled how to do this and read tips on concert photography, but really all y’all have to do is get in there and try to see what works.

The following are more panoramic, so please click on them to enlarge!

Vintage Camera Windfall

I landed upon a very great find: a bunch of vintage cameras! Woop woop! [Not an ICP call]

A couple of the cameras take 126 cartridge film so for now they are just for decoration [Though there are a few tutorials on the net about converting an empty 126 cartridge for 35mm film. A little too much effort at the moment. Where would I even find 126 film other than online?]

Anyway, the other camera is a Konica c35. Running on a small mercury battery, the camera is a nice introduction for those interested in the focus feature. Before, my only experience with focusing was with a foreground, large group, and an infinity option. This camera allows one to control the depth and focus of the picture with easily maneuverable rings around the lens of the Konica.

A lot of you reading may be thinking ‘I already know that!’ but I am a beginner and it is all new to me. Seriously, it is like I am seeing a three storey library for the first time! I never knew they existed!

To know more about the Konica c35, visit where many film camera manuals are listed.


As well, included in the batch of cameras was another flash attachment which still works! Score!

When we stumbled upon the cameras my sister was opening each one to see if they worked and inside the Konica was film. Oops, already exposed. So I decided to use up the rest of the film and develop it. After winding the film I took it out and the roll was labeled 1991, making the film about 22 years old!

Took it to Walmart and was charged 3 dollars because the negatives came out very dark. Boy was I surprised when images started to appear after scanning them though my film scanner! Turns out the focus works great. The fuzziness of the pictures must be a result of the old film. Here are the results and as always, hover over the picture to learn more.