Down at the Sewage Plant

 

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This is my Roll 4 taken with a Canon Elan 7N and EF 50mm/f1.4 using a roll of Fuji Pro 400H that came in the camera body when I bought it earlier this week. The photos are all taken at Clover Point in Victoria BC inside of which is hidden a sewage “treatment” facility.  I have posted many shots of this location which can be found here. Today’s post is published simultaneously with one on my blog (here) that has many more photos from this roll,  including the colour versions of ones I have converted to black and white and posted here on 52 Rolls, as well as some black and white conversions of ones posted below in colour.

 

 

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If you get  a chance to view my other post you will also find out more about the camera and a discussion about why I was on the lookout for this kind of camera. In a nutshell I wanted a film body that would use the array of lenses I have available for an EOS mount. I wanted that body to have many of the more sophisticated controls found in the last generation of Canon’s 35mm film cameras. The Elan 7N (EOS 33V in Europe) was advertised at a very reasonable price and it fits the bill, including being able to meter properly when manual lenses are mounted. My research suggested that accurate metering was something that slightly earlier versions of the Elan do not do, and worse, that the difference in exposure value changes with different apertures and thus is not easily compensated for. Since I have adapted a lot of old lenses to use on my Canon DSLR, it would be a shame if I were unable to use them with an EOS film body.

I have never used Fuji Pro 400H and this roll, which has waited unused in the camera at least 2 to 3 years, was a very pleasant surprise. For one thing, it has many of the same colour tones that I love in the Fuji transparency film which I find too expensive to shoot. It does seem quite sensitive to incorrect exposures, but so does the slide film. It is expensive, but with processing is about half the price of the transparency film, at least when purchased and processed locally.

 

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A combination of this film in a camera which has such great control and very predictable results (if handled appropriately) is just what is wanted for those special occasions where a film look is desired, and clean high quality results are needed (for example: weddings, band shots, formal portraits and many others).  I am now officially a huge fan of this film, after just one roll! It will find its way into my medium format camera as well as this body, and probably some of my other cameras too, though cheaper and expired film is going to be the mainstay of my point and shoot work.

 

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As I mentioned in the companion post on my blog it is slightly off-putting that this camera handles and feels very much the same as Canon DSLRs. With the LED display (including options in menu trees), autofocus, many exposure options and so on, the camera does not feel like an analogue manual camera, even in manual mode.  One main thing I like about shooting film is the way it slows me down and makes me think more carefully about each shot as this has a positive effect on my creative process. I don’t sense any of that with this camera, which is a big tick in the minus column. However, it does take very nice pictures and I am sure I will be using it quite often. Also, when out of town for field work where I have to pack quite a lot of DSLR gear, adding just this one body will give me access to film and a variety of lenses and other accessories that all work with this camera. This should (if I can control a desire for variety) save carrying around a bunch of film cameras and their lenses and thus save quite a lot of space and so on.  In other words, there are lots of good reasons for this camera to become an important even if specialised part of my film gear, which I fully expect will happen.

 

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13 thoughts on “Down at the Sewage Plant

    • Thanks Richard. I like that bench shot too – I took two of them (both are on my blog), one under exposed in case it needed more of a contrasty silhouette, but the camera selected a good exposure for my purposes. If I had been shooting digital, I probably would have taken a lot more photos which is one of the best things about film, how it concentrates the mind, and stills a twitchy shutter finger

      BC is an amazingly diverse place, it is huge (the size of California, Oregon, Washington and Idaho combined) with dry deserts in the southern interior, mountains all over the place, subarctic conditions in the north east, and a range of coastal environments from extremely wet to quite dry and phenomenally exposed to extremely sheltered. Fortunately I live on the quite dry and sheltered coast. I spent a few years in London and found it a major relief to return to BC; I guess I am not a big city person.

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    • Done with Elan was the title of the post at my blog about this camera 🙂

      Unfortunately, for the time being anyway, it is not done with élan at all here. The “treatment” plant really just chops it up into a mush so it can be pumped out a pipe into very deep water a mile or two offshore. Highly controversial, and illegal according to legislation that that is considerably newer than this system. A new regional system is in final planning stages, but is perhaps going to add $800/yr to our property taxes! As you can imagine, it is a not getting a lot of support from many property owners.

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    • Thanks Alexandra. The stuff on the bench is flowers, the bench has a memorial plaque on it. It is more like a headstone than a park bench when it has flowers on it.

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