Summer in Canada with Praktica MTL 5
Aktualizace: 21. bře 2019
One broken camera from 80s, two rolls of a budget film and a big trip over the ocean.
It was year 2016 when I decided to go with my friends to Canada. Travels all around the world are quite common nowadays and not so unique, but for me, it is the biggest trip so far. I live alternately in the Czech Republic and Poland and I have never left my hemisphere (let's say the "Euroasian-African space" not counting Greenwich meridian as a border).
These were still the days when I was dividing negative films on two halfs - black and white films and colour films. I had been shooting analog photos for a while, but - likewise as now - just for fun. I had no idea that there could be such an amount of different films, which vary in prizes, tones, saturation, contrast, level of grain etc. What I understood... ok, what I comprehended a little bit, was the ISO. But I always bought the cheapest rolls, so when I was ready for black and white, I took our famous Czech film Fomapan (100, 200, 400). However, I was going to fly to Canada, the country of beautiful nature and breathtaking landscapes, so I wanted to shoot in colours. I didn't know that there is for example (FujiChrome) Velvia 50, professional film made exactly for these occasions. Never mind, I purchased Kodak ColorPlus 200. Twice.
It was a huge mistake to take only two rolls of film. It's an absolute disgrace not to take photos at these such an interesting places. I am a perpetual beginner.
Equipped by my pretty Praktica MTL 5 (with 50 mm lens), which as I noticed later and you can see it on my pictures was broken and had a little leak, I made some photos during two months spent mostly in the wild. But not many pics. Unfortunately.
Apart from the light leaking, some photos were bad due to my inability to focus well. Formerly lot of my pictures were not sharp in spite of the viewfinder and the lenses being ok. I was just lef-handed. I was able to ruin a half of the film by bad sharping.
Before you can see some of my Canadian pictures taken in British Columbia, Alberta and Northwest Territories, I have to admit to something. I also took my digital Nikon D3300 (Nikkor 18-105 mm) with me and did a lot of "better" photos in the sense of documentation and illustration of Canadian aesthetics, "Nordic" nature in summer and our trip... you can check the photos out here.
And now for something completely different - no post-processing, no filtres, just raw Praktica filled by Kodak ColorPlus 200.
Just as matter of interest, also the title picture of this blog was taken in Canada. In beautiful British Columbia to be more precise.
As you can see, for taking pictures of people Kodak ColorPlus seems ok, but for nature, woods, lakes and generally landscapes I would choose different films next time.
Looking back, I am still a little bit dissapointed that I took only two rolls of film (well, if I tried, I should buy another somewhere in Canada, but we were in most cases out of civilization) and that I took "only" Kodak ColorPlus. There are plenty of different options.
Nevertheless! Kodak ColorPlus is a great film I can highly recommend despite its low price and from that embedded worse reputation.