Ximending in Film

Canon Canonet QL17 GIII2015-60

Canon Canonet QL17 with Kodak Portra 400

Ximending has been one of my favorite areas in Taipei for photography since moving here 9 years ago. It is full of life, full of color, full of sound, movement, people, food… a photographer’s paradise. The biggest challenge I have shooting here is that it doesn’t really come alive until well after dark when the high temperatures and humidity take a short break.

Always looking for a way to work a bicycle in to the scene. (Canon Canonet QL17 with Kodak Portra 400)

I am always looking for a way to work a bicycle into the scene. (Canon Canonet QL17 with Kodak Portra 400 ASA)

Even shooting with modern, high ISO capable sensors is sometimes a stretch, but shooting film for the first time and only having ASA 400 at my disposal was a stretch to make things work. In the end, it worked, sort of. Hopefully, I’ll make it back down there in the next couple weeks armed with some 800 or 1600 ASA film.

This is near the heart of Ximending (Canon Canonet QL17 with Fujifilm X-TRA 400)

This is near the heart of Ximending (Canon Canonet QL17 with Fujifilm X-TRA 400 ASA)

One of the many pedestrian streets in the area (Canon Canonet QL17 with Kodak Portra 400)

One of the many pedestrian streets in the area (Canon Canonet QL17 with Kodak Portra 400 ASA)

Similar scene as previous shot this time with Fujifilm X-TRA 400

Similar scene as previous shot this time with Fujifilm X-TRA 400 ASA

Very poorly lit scene of a shoelace and repair vendor  (Canon Canonet QL17 with Fujifilm X-TRA 400)

Very poorly lit scene of a shoelace and repair vendor (Canon Canonet QL17 with Fujifilm X-TRA 400 ASA)

3 thoughts on “Ximending in Film

  1. First of of all, I’d like to thank for sharing your work, and congrat for this work too.

    A few questions about this serie..
    Do you have an idea (remember?) the shutter speed/aperture you worked with?

    Good to see x-tra/portra comparaison like that portra is much less “noisy”!.. do you see other differences?

    Thanks again
    Regards

    Grinsch

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    • Thank you, Grinsch. I noticed the same thing about the noise as you did and I also feel like the tones are a little softer with the Portra compared to the X-TRA. All of these were shot wide open, f/1.7 on the QL17, but I can’t recall the exact shutter speeds.

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  2. Great shots, and terrific results, considering you shot at 1.7. I find it difficult to nail focus wider than F5.6 on the Canonet. I like using Xtra 200 (rather than 400), overexposed by 1 stop. For fast film, Ilford Delta 3200 BW (pulled to 1600) is supposed to be good. Fujifilm Natura 1600 is supposed to be good too. Thanks for sharing! 😀

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