The Flying Canoe


These were more of an artistic curiosity than anything else…

I took my old Canon AE-1 out to the Winter Carnival lastnight.  It was frozen and dark, but the colors were just begging for some film.  It was -18, so no digital camera would have survived.   (even my iPhone shut down half way through…and it was in my pocket!!).

This is Fuji Natura 1600…I set the camera to f/1.4 and 1/60s and just shot.  Then I developed for an actual ISO of 6400.  Quite a few are out of focus, as it was actually too dark to properly fixate on anything.

Anyway that, my friends, is why we shoot film–when the sissy iPhones and digital cameras are packing it in, you can always count on the celluloid!


I hope you enjoy,















3 thoughts on “The Flying Canoe

  1. jkjod says:

    With all the “sensor wars” going on between various camera companies these days, it is pretty cool to see film achieve these results.

    • mewanchuk says:

      Thanks Jordan!

      I know what you mean…though some will correctly point out that these are not all that “tidy” and are *only* shot at ISO 6400.



  2. Karim D. Ghantous (@kdghantous) says:

    It looks like film is the only medium that can handle intense, pure colour. I am surprised that digital cameras don’t work at those temperatures – I assume it’s the batteries, not the electronics per se? And I’m also surprised that your film didn’t snap. 😉

    Look at the second shot, which features a car’s tail lights. On most digital cameras, the centre of each light would be blown out. And yet here we still see colour! Of course some digital cameras would preserve a lot of colour in bright areas, but most people don’t have those cameras and don’t want to pay for them.

    A bit of trivia I picked up many years ago: Kodachrome was often the preferred film for very cold regions as it was not as brittle as other films. I wish I remember where I read that.

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