Multiple Exposure: Sunset Waves

Sunset waves are a series of multiple exposures taken during a summer camping trip a few years ago to Lake Ontario The sun was just starting to go down and you could see it disappearing along the water’s horizon, so I captured the sunset and waves of the lake as one.

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A portrait of Victor on the shore watching the sunset.

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Summer in Instant: Part 2

summer in instant photography fuji mini instax filmI finally went to visit my friend Sarah a few weeks ago who has been living in Peterborough, Ontario for the last year or so.  I know Sarah from being her room-mate back in Vancouver years ago, and it was actually the first time I had seen her in 5 years which is just crazy.  I went up there with Zara as she was both mine and Sarah’s old roommate as well. We all use to live in a house together that Zara’s uncle owned back in the day.  Zara and me also decided to stop as this county called Prince Edward that’s along Lake Ontario to swim on the way down. It was so much fun and I’ll have a lot more photos of our trip in a few weeks taken with my digital camera! I love how the instant snaps I took of our road trip with my Fujifilm Instax Mini 90 turned out.

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Summer in Instant: Part 1

I’ll admit I have primarily been taking photos with my Fujifilm Instax camera this summer. I don’t why but anytime I go to pick up a film camera before leaving the house it’s always instant. I also haven’t been taking as many photographs as I did last summer even though the weather has been wonderful the last few weeks. Although that’s about to change as I’m going on a road trip today to visit a friend in Ontario and then when I get back in town my good friend is visiting from Vancouver. So I may just end up taking an obscene number of photos over the next few days (I hope my friends are ready). Road trips are the best and the worst for me because it’s so exciting being able to take photos of things outside of Montreal and friends who don’t live in town (which is 90% of my friends). The bad side is deciding which cameras to bring. Thankfully for this trip I’m driving up with my friend Zara in her car so I can really pack as many cameras I want and don’t have to worry about lugging them around too much. I’ll be sure to share photos from that trip over the next few weeks. We are hoping to swim in a random lake we find on our way into Peterborough – so that should be an adventure. These photos are from a few week’s ago when me and Zara went to pick blueberries at a farm outside of Montreal. Nom nom…

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Moments of Summer: Polaroid

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The last set of Polaroids from my amazing trip to Vancouver. These were taken on my second to last day there when I met up with a few friends (and meet some new friends too) to have a piknic at Trout Lake. Trout Lake is such a lovely park right in the middle of Vancouver – I highly suggest going there if you are ever in Vancouver it’s just very relaxing. It was a great time, we had an assortment of snacks thanks to my friend Pang and everyone seemed to have just randomly brought with them goodies for everyone to enjoy. I got to hang out with my brother for the second time that trip. He lives in Calgary and was travelling for the summer and decided to come to Vancouver to see me which was so amazing of him because we don’t see each other enough. We all just sat on the grass and watched all the dogs go by and enjoy each other company and chatted. It really made me miss Vancouver….honestly in that moment I realized how much I missed being around people I love. I tend to forgot how nice it is to be lost in conversation with people… My Polaroid Colorpack wasn’t agree with me much that day and ate a few shots but I love the ones I managed to get and wished I had brought more film. Enjoy!

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Ana was so nice to take a photo with me and my cute friend Pang-Pang (who is so adorable).

I wish my trip to Vancouver was longer!

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365 Challenge: August

August means I’ve reached the half-way point of my 365 Challenge. I am really excited to have made it this far and love getting the chance to share a part of my day with you guys. It can be tough especially on days when I work because I am stuck in a call center for most of the day.  Or when it rains – which in Montreal has been a lot and with Fall here that will not be changing anytime soon. It’s been great being able to capture all those summer moments that seem to pass by so quickly. I’ve been looking back over July and August the last few days and just marvelling at all the things I managed to do this summer and the things I forgot to do (swim in a pool). It was a great month all in all. I think next month I want to try doing more self-portraits!  If you want to check out the previous round-ups: March, April , May, June and July or my Tumblr!

Top 5:

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365 (166) (1024x678)167 Went to a Pick-Your-Own Bluebbery farm

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Popsicle of the Week: Dulce De Leche

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This week’s popsicle of the week is Victor’s favourite sweet, dulce de leche. He is from Chile were dulce de leche is a very popular snack even though it an Argentinian. He will eat a whole bottle of it in a few days just by eating spoonful’s so I knew I had to make him popsiclse flavored after it. I searched the internet for a recipe as I didn’t know how to go about making a popsicle that wasn’t fruit based but I didn’t have much luck. There were a lot of dulce de leche and lemon popsicle recipes (gross) but finally I found one with just dulce de leche. However the recipe called for 10 ingredients so I knew straight away I wouldn’t be using it but it gave me an idea on how to make the popsicle creamy…cream! However it seems that all recipes still had yogurt as the base so I decided to be creative and use coconut Greek yogurt. In Chile they have a dessert that is very common made with dulce de leche and coconut so I knew the flavors would suit each other well and off I went! This recipe only has 3 ingredients and is for 5 popsicles molds.
EDIT: I made these before going on vacation and didn’t have a chance to take photos of the final results. When I made them again I didn’t do the swirl effect that the recipe shows.

What You’ll Need:

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  • Dulce de leche
    *in Montreal it’s easy to pick up in the grocery store section where you find peanut butter
    *if you cannot find go to a store that has South American products
  • Coconut Yogurt
    *Organic if you can find
  • Cream (15%)
  • Whisk
  • Bowls and spoons

Time:

5minutes to prep the mixture, 4 hours in the freezer

Steps:

  1. Add 1 cup of dulce de leche to a microwavable bowl. Put in microwave for 10 second intervals until creamy texture.
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  2. Take 1/4th cup of cream to a bowl and add in 1 cup of coconut yogurt. Mix with a whisk until smooth.
    *I added a few more tablespoons of cream to make it smoother after mixing
    *the coconut yogurt I use comes with shredded coconut, if you use a different brand I would suggest maybe adding in 2 tablespoon of finely shredded coconut
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  3. Then add in 80% of the dulce de leche and mix until incoperated.
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  4. Add in most of remaining dulce de leche to the mixutre but do not mix beyond a few turns.
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  5. Put into mold, and add the last spoonfuls of dulce de leche to the top of the mold.
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  6. Clean top and put on lid and stickers before putting in freezer for 4 hours.
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 Final Thoughts:

These were more an experiment the first time I made them and I didn’t even need to adjust the recipe at all or try again – they turned out great. The combination of the dulce de leche and the coconut flavour is amazing and they turned out very creamy. I loved the added cream, it does such a great job at removing the usually yogurt taste and made it seem more ice cream in flavour instead. What I would suggest is when mixing the yogurt with the cream, start with what I’ve used here but then add a tablespoon of cream at a time and taste afterwards each spoonful. You want to keep the coconut flavor but make it creamer. I think the only thing I would change would to be to add more of swirl effect or just mix the dulce de leche in completely. I think having just a little bit of it for me at least not as texturally pleasing as it could be. If you know anyone who loves dulce de leche, these are a great treat to make them and I am sure they will be over the moon! If you have any suggestions for my next recipe let me know in the comments.

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Popsicle of the Week: Pink Lemonade

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There is nothing more refreshing and summery than homemade lemonade! I thought for this week’s popsicle of the week I would try a twist on lemonade and made pink lemonade popsicles! For my ‘pink’ flavour I used raspberries but strawberries can be used as well (and you can add vodka if you want to make your lemonade ‘hard’). My recipe for today makes 10 popsicles so for a small mold you will have some refreshing pink lemonade left over to drink or use later for more popsicles. Hope you enjoy this classic summer recipe!

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  • 3 Lemons
  • Sugar
  • Raspberries
  • Popsicle mold
  • Blender
  • Juicer or Fork

Time:

20minutes to prep the mixture, 3 hours in the freezer Continue reading %s

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Lomography Wednesday

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Last summer when me and Victor went by train to Quebec City for 2 days I brought along my Holga adapter for my Nikon camera. I had completely forgotten about these photos until last week when looking through old trip folders in preparation for my trip to Vancouver. I really loved the whimsical nature of these shots; it’s a very good presentation of Quebec City itself. I thought I’d show them off but I have quite a few so this week it’s more nature shots of trees and grassy hills and in two week  it will be all about the unique architecture of this beautiful city.

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Lomography Wednesday

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One of best places to be on the weekend in Montreal is the Piknic Electronik with a beer in hand and listening to amazing djs. This year the dj line-up hasn’t been as steller as in the past but the best weekend to be there is always the Mutek one. I toke my disderi robot camera with me and got some really fun shots of everyone dancing and enjoying the sun and music. San Proper’s live set was really good, and the rest of Mutek Piknic as well. I am in love with my disderi toy camera and will have a lot of photos to share in the next few months from the summer as it’s my go-to camera right now. Hope you enjoyed and if you are in Montreal or ever visit make sure to check out Piknic!

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Lomography Wednesday: Holgaroid Review

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  Holgaroid: A Review!

The Holgaroid is an attachment for your Holga camera that converts it into a Polaroid and costs around $200. The original attachment used Polaroid film that is no longer available however its easy online to get Fuji FP-100C and FP-100B instant film which is black&white or color respectively. I got my Holgaroid attachment this summer locally and used. I have always wanted to get this attachment for my Holga, so I picked mine up used for $100 including a Holga 120N camera and the shutter release attachment included. It was a really good deal considering, even though I already had a Holga camera. I’ve taken about 3 rolls of film with the Holgaroid however, and I am not really satisfied with the results. The best way to show you what this camera can do, and what it doesn’t do very well is with examples.

1. Size
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The Holgaroid attachment will turn your medium size Holga camera into a monster. Its almost the same width of the Holga excluding the lens and it taller then the Holga so the Holga hovers if you have it sitting on a counter. The attachment will also make your Holga much heavier. Personally though I don’t mind the size unless I have to carry it in a bag, as its almost larger then my NikonD7000. 

2. Darkness
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Its really…really dark. This shot below was taken in the shade, but on a really bright summer day. I wasted about half a roll trying to figure out what lighting works with the Holgaroid. The lighting from what I found is no shade, no overcast, and no indoors shots, only on bright sunny days otherwise you will get very dark shots or completely exposed film. And even once you figure out what lighting works you still end up wasting film with shots that are too dark to look any good, and this is not cheap film. For every shot that worked, I got one that was black. Even on the bright days, the shots that came out were still dark in appearance.

3. Light Leaks
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Now for some people this will be a pro. And definitely on some shots it looks cool but for others this will be a con. I like the light leaks but on some shots its definitely very distracting and I got frustrated that its completely random and I cannot control it. Another thing to note is that you CANNOT leave film in this camera. After the summer, I put away the Holgaroid for a few months because it was much darker outside and I was worried about not getting any shots…..well the light leaks exposed all of the film that normally would be protected. Wasting a whole package that I had just put in.

4. Size
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This is another thing that some people may consider a pro instead of a con. Because the Polaroid back was made for another type of film that is square and the Fuji film is larger then the square image of the Holga, you will get a whole section of your film that doesn’t get an image. I’ve cropped certain images shown below to show you the different but this is what your images will come out as. I really like the cropped images more and from what I’ve seen of people who either had the Holgaroid before Polaroid stopped making the film or purchased expired film it looks really different in its intended square form.

5. Flash Shots
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Flash is really tricky with the Holgaroid. If your too close, its usually over exposed and if your too far away the shot will be too dark. You’ll also get the circular exposure. I don’t know what causes this but all my flash shots had this when my regular day time shots did not. It is nice that you can use the Holga flash with the Holgaroid though considering most lighting situations will require this.

Conclusion:
These are the common features and concerns with the Holgaroid attachment that most people have so I thought I’d share my experience with it. I think I am going to retire my attachment as its not very fulfilling even when it does take good shots. For $200 and $10 a pack of 10, you’d probably have much better luck just buying a Fuji Film Instanx camera (one version even has a Holga lens attachments) or if you want that vintage feel what I suggest is looking on Etsy, or your local vintage store for an old Polaroid camera. This isn’t to say the attachment doesn’ t take good photos, its definitely possible but the amount of work I had to put in, and the amount of film that was wasted fustrated me. I got my Polaroid Colorpack III for under $50 on Etsy a month after getting the attachment, and have not experience any of the fustration with it, like I did with the Holgaroid – its been love ever since (which isn’t to say there wasn’t a learning curve) .   So if you want to save yourself some cash to put towards film and some grief get a Polaroid camera that’s either compatible with Fuji film or film made by the Impossible Project and make sure it doesn’t require a speciality battery to function and you’ll be on your way to getting great instant shots.

Click below at all my shots taken with Holgaroid attachement:
(and if your thinking to yourself, wow that’s only 8 shots – I KNOW.
Out of 30 shots I toke and only got 8 shots that even turned out)

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