Ever since I got my scanner working I dug out some cameras and unloaded the film that was inside to get developed. I was using film sparingly as digital is more or less free. One camera had a roll of 120 E6 which I couldn't finish as the camera needed to be serviced so I went to my local pro-lab to drop it off. I knew that they only opened till noon on Saturdays so when I drove by it looked closed so I went to another lab. This Saturday I thought I would drop by and see Mike, the owner. It still looked closed but then I noticed some notices on the window
It's not good news. I had been dealing with G King Photo for nearly 40 years, but not since I had been using digital for my snapshots. In the digital generation most photos reside on hard drives or DVD archives and few get printed. For my enlargements I preferred to use my medium format film cameras and have optical enlargements printed by G King. George King was the original owner and got his start at Mortifee Munshaw Photo Service on Richards Street. He worked in the professional department upstairs while I as a student at high school used to come in 3 days a week to hand develop 16mm Minolta-16 film in my own darkroom . During the summer holidays I worked full hours hanging film to feed the black & white dunk machines. This would be around 1961 when I was in grade 9 . The exclusive distributor of Minolta 16 film was Mortifee Munshaw but under the name Minolta 16 Processing labs. This is how I got started collecting sub-minature cameras. I still have a drawer full of various Minolta 16 cameras and Minoxes.
George ran his business until he decided to retire a few years ago and sold the business to Mike who obviously got caught in the economic downturn and also the demise of film being replaced by digital. Mike was the head printer at G King and he worked on many of my negatives. I am saddened that he had to close down his business. It would appear that not many knew that George had sold his business as it was still operating as G King Photo which I am sure is causing problems with bill collectors knocking on George's door looking for payment.
Today I was on a quest to purchase some 4x5 film. I looked at my meagre supply and noticed that it had long expired
The box of Ektachrome E100s had expired back in 1998 and was still factory sealed.
The Tri-X expired back in 1999 which is over 11 years ago.
The B&W is still useable but perhaps a little loss in film speed. This box still contains 25 sheets of film. Back then, I loaded some film holders and a Grafmatic and unloaded them yesterday to be refilled with fresh film
Kodak has just released a new film which everyone is talking about, Ektar 100 Professional. It is reported to be the finest grain C41 colour film ever produced. I was lucky to have managed to snag a box
With taxes (ie: HST) this works out to around $37. for 10 shots. Developing a sheet would probably be around $3. or slightly more so every click of the shutter would cost you around $7.00 and this is without even making a proof. My intention is to start shooting with my 4x5 camera again and reduce costs by using a 6x12 roll film back which I have already ordered from China. I like the panoramic ratio
It was always my intention to take my V-strom for a ride but it was too frosty in the morning to even consider it so I ran my errands in my commuter (car). I came hone in the early afternoon to check my tires
I had to check the label to see what tire pressures I needed. It had been a while since I had pulled out my tire gauge and the last time I rode it didn't feel quite right . Lucky thing I did
The rear tire is supposed to be 41 psi but was only 34 psi. The front was also down around 4 lbs. It didn't take very long and soon all was well
For some reason my right arm still isn't back to normal. It hurts when I hold it at certain angles. I decide it isn't worth the chance if I need to do an emergency maneuver and besides the road is still very slippery in my area. Today we have had the best weather in weeks but I will live to ride another day. I put my bike on its centre stand, and put wood blocks under the front wheel to get it off the cement and replug in the battery tender and head downtown
Down in False Creek our "dome" Rogers Place is getting a new retractible roof installed
Sunday brunch finds us at a waterfront restaurant
watching the BC Ferries come and go
I get to order the Eggs Benedict (one ham, one smoked salmon & one shrimp)
when we make these at home, I make the hollandaise sauce from scratch and scoop globs on rather than a few drops from their anemic teaspoon There will be ample time to make them at home when the weather turns bad and you don't want to venture out.
This time of year it seems that sunset arrives too soon. We are heading home after a relaxing day cruising around and taking photos .
(Nearly sunset: Eagle Harbour, West Vancouver, BC)