Double Exposure: Polaroids

I absolutely love taking double exposure with vintage Polaroid land cameras, although not always successful it’s really fun to test and see what you can get. I’ve shared these photos before but wanted to reshare them as after a year of taking multiple exposures with instant film these are my personally most successful. I find using trees as one of the shots usually results in an interesting result however putting this post together I realized how often I use them and really want to explore this summer on using more variety. I’d love to do a series of double exposures with graffiti from around Montreal so hopefully I will get a chance to explore that idea more. Man it feels like a really long time since I’ve actually used my Polaroid Colorpack or Super Shot cameras, I really need to pick up more film and get back into shooting. Hope you enjoy the shots.

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Double Exposure: No Escape from Autumn

multiple exposure autumn trees (4) multiple exposure autumn trees (6) multiple exposure autumn trees (7) multiple exposure autumn trees (11) multiple exposure autumn trees (12)multiple exposure autumn trees (10)multiple exposure autumn trees (5) multiple exposure autumn trees (2) multiple exposure autumn trees (3)Today’s double exposures were all taken at Mont-Royal here in downtown Montreal during a nice day back in earlier October. I have been to the ‘mountain’ a few times this Fall but haven’t been lately (I probably should although I fear I’ve missed the prettiest trees by a few weeks). We sat in one of the fields there between a bunch of trees and had a mini-picnic that only consisted of strawberry cheese cake slices and tarts. I love the name of this set of photos, “No Escape from Autumn” – me being clever I guess. I’d live in a land of infinity autumn just as long as there wasn’t any rain.

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Things That Make Me Smile

This month’s “Things That Make Me Smile” features photos from walks around Montreal I’ve been going on with Victor plus Halloween bits and bobs. I’m always excited in October, as Goth Christmas used to be the biggest deal for me. The last few years (heaven forbid I’m getting old and losing my touch) I’ve haven’t gotten too crazy to Halloween but it’s still fun.  I miss having a front door to decorate and give out candy to neighborhood kids or going to the Basement for a big party. I really should have just convinced Victor to go to the Rocky Horror Picture Show with me this year – I’ve never been before but have always wanted to go. Regardless it’s been a great month, here are the moments that really made it…

things that make me smile - CopyPicking flowers  to press! Although I think I enjoy the picking process more than the pressing process. Flowers look so amazing when they are fresh.

things that make me smile (4) things that make me smile (3)This house has some impressive vines. I love that we have vines on our balcony but I dream of the day I can own a house covered in them.

things that make me smile (2)Victor and I’s initials carved into the sidewalk outside of our house. They did construction on our street for 5 months and just finished in the beginning of October – even though they had a security guard I managed to write in the cement before it dried for all the days woken up to drills.

forest cemetery (61)This photo isn’t from October but I had to include it. This portrait of John on his tombstone was really touching.

things that make me smile (1)Maple Leaves! Even though these are the icon of Canada we don’t have many maple trees on the West Coast so living in Montreal gives me a chance to enjoy them and their amazing colors.

things that make me smile (7) things that make me smile (6)Starchild Stela had a show here in Montreal during October, it featured a wide range of her work from paintings, illustrations, to photography of her graffiti, and her newest work with silk screening and doilies. She included two photos that I took in her show (in the first picture) which was really awesome. Check her out if you haven’t already!

things that make me smile (8)things that make me smile (9)I love the flowers that are still kicking around in Fall. I find Montreal looks the most pretty as a city in October. My little unicorn container is where I put all my flowers that I need to get home safe to press.

things that make me smile (2)What’s more perfect than a walk surrounded by this?

things that make me smile (10)All the Halloween goodies I managed to find around town. I love the skull decanter & shot glasses the most.

things that make me smileMy snail mail setup with spooky postcards/cards, stickers, and stamps. These stamps are holographic and feature various ghosts apart of Canadian folklore – so awesome.

things that make me smile (1) things that make me smileThis is my anniversary present! I found this Halloween snow globe just waiting in line at Winners. I immediately picked it up and shock it so all the black sparkles went everywhere and was delighted. The best thing though – it plays music too. Probably the best anniversary present I will ever get from Victor – honestly it’s so cool. He wanted to buy me another one but when we went back a 2nd time they had all disappeared.

things that make me smile (5)The coloring on this graffiti piece is sublime.

things that make me smileMy sticker table! I spent so many hours this month getting this all together. It always rewarding when a project works out wonderfully.

things that make me smile (3)This part of pressing flowers is not as fun as picking them but I love laying them out and seeing how pretty they are.

things that make me smile (1)things that make me smile (2)Enjoying both the best strawberry cheesecake in Montreal and Mont-Royal on a warm day.

things that make me smile (4)things that make me smile (5) things that make me smile (6)We found the best street in the Plateau area of Montreal for Halloween decorations.

Well this month was cramped packed. I honestly had a lot more that I could have chosen as well. Everything about this month and Halloween make me grin from ear to ear. At work I plan on dressing up and having even more fun and I’ll also be doing a special Halloween post tomorrow.

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52 Weeks of Self-Portrait: Autumn

30/52 Autumn

citizen erased photography 52 weeks of self portrait  (1)Spent so much of my week going for walks and enjoying Montreal while I can before it’s hide-inside-season. This self-portrait was taken at Parc LaFontaine while I was passing by. I was taking photos of the trees as I just love the ever changing colors of the leaves and this tree seemed to have every color imaginable. After a few shots of the tree I decided I wanted to be a part of it and devised this shot. It took a few tries to get one I really like but this feels the most special and is only the 2nd double exposure I shot of the day. I’ve included another one below that I also really like – it’s hard to choose some weeks what photo to feature. Also my inspiration for this week and worth a listen is my wonderful boyfriend’s mixtape. It’s his first one he’s made and he decided to feature only Montreal electronic artists, I think it’s really mellow and perfect for the season!

Inspiration:

Vic Mella ‘MTL Fine Cuisine Mixtape’

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Double Exposure: Mont-Royal

Today I felt like sharing some of my less recent double exposure from back in November when me and Victor went on a walk to Mont-Royal. One of our goals this spring and summer is to go for walks every weekend and I was remind of one of my favourite places to walk to. I will have to go back when the weather is a bit warmer to attend Tam-Tams and perhaps to go to the massive graveyard that’s on the opposite side of the hill. They even had a gaint pond you can rent paddle boats at but it’s pretty small. I don’t think we even went to Tams-Tams once last year which was a shame because laying on a blanket with the sun on your face is really unbeatable way to spend Sunday afternoons.

I also have these as postcards: here!

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Vintage Tuesday

More Kodak Dualflex II shots this week, thought I’d share some of my black and white snow photos taken at the same time as last weeks photos. The weather has definetly gotten better here, I’m so glad!  One of the greatest things about older vintage cameras is the ability to do multiple exposure so I decided to try doing it with the viewfinder and the shots turned out really fun. 

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Hope you enjoyed these shots. I had a lot of fun testing out the Kodak Dualflex camera and really hope to soon take photos using film with it instead. I have researched how to make 120 film fit and be like 620 film so the next step is just to do it :) If you have a 620 film camera too and are looking to convert 120 film to fit it, I suggest these two turtorials: here, and here.
If you’ve tried it yourself let me know how it goes and the results, I’d love to see.

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Apple-Picking with friends

My friend Tammy and her boyfriend was in town a few weeks ago and we decided to do some apple-picking near D’Oka.
It was my first time apple picking, and I had a lot of fun. And eat a lot of apples!
I made 4 apple pies, apple crumble, and apple muffins from just 1 bag of 10lbs of various apple varieties.
Which made the whole trip a really yummy endevour.
I wanted to show some of the shots of the day.
First time I was using my one of my 2 ‘new’ vintage Polariod cameras, the shots turned out great although I kept forgetting how long it takes them to dry and ruined a page of my 70’s manuel. I think it’s a good idea when taking shots on the go to leave them in the package until your home.
I heard you can scan the negative side of the film as well, however haven’t had a chance to test that.

Here are some of my favourite shots.
For more you can always check the album on my Facebook page.

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