Exploring Nova Scotia - Cape Split

The trail into Cape Split is well maintained, groomed and subjected to heavy traffic all summer long.  It's also challenging, largely uphill (heading in) and about 6km one way which makes it a great challenge while toting a camera bag full of gear.  The big question: is it worth it? 

In a word: Yes.

The views at the end are other-worldly, a phrase I've been using more and more often to describe Nova Scotia's incredible scenery.  Situated on the Bay of Fundy, Cape Split is subjected to tides that rise and fall as much as 10m every 6 hours.  Combined with the landscape, this has led to erosion and striking rocky formations that beg to be photographed.  My weapons of choice for this trip were all film - a Nikon 35TI loaded with some Fuji 400H and the Hasselblad (Which I saved for the end) loaded with Tri-X. 

It's worth mentioning that our excursion started just in time for us to catch the sunset at the end of the trail, so our walk back to the car was even trickier as we picked our way along the trail in near-complete darkness (with the help of a few flashlights).  I do not recommend this but unfortunately as photographers we often find ourselves in challenging situations in the pursuit of great lighting.....

Photos below, thanks to Scott Blackburn (@Scottophoto) and Jerry Lynds (@realtygeek)

Halifax Portrait Photographer - Prom with a Timeless Twist

Ilford FP4+ Film.  I don't recall the exact settings for any of these shots, just the film type.

(Click on any of the photos to enlarge them)

Graduations are not something I get to shoot often, nor are proms.  In Halifax, on a typical Saturday afternoon in June, you will see many limousines and finely dressed young men and women all over Public Gardens.  They usually start here, getting some of their group photos with friends and families among the beautiful structures and flora the gardens offers.  

 Nick and Abbie - Ilford FP4+

Nick and Abbie were among this group, but Nick's mom Carrie had asked me to get her something that was different, and special.  I could have brought along a lot of lighting gear to fumble about with but I didn't want to add anything to the already crowded spaces.  Instead, thankful for mostly cloudy skies, I picked up my Fuji GW690II Rangefinder and brought along a roll of Ilford FP4+ and TMax 400 black and white film. I wanted to provide her with a timeless look.

On the benches - Ilford FP4+

The camera delivered in spades.  The huge 6x9cm negatives provided a look that I couldn't get with even my nicest lens on the 5D Mark II.  The tonality and range of the Ilford FP4 film was epic.  The TMax was fantastic too, though I did sorely wish I had a second roll of the FP4.  

Public Gardens Bridge - Kodak TMax 400

Carrie was over the moon with the images, and I was too.  They look like they could have been taken years ago, or just yesterday, exactly what I wanted. 

Congratulations to Nick and Abbie, you've made it through the toils and torments of High School!

Tough Guys - Ilford FP4+