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Noe Todorovich is a Washington, DC based lifestyle photographer, and this is her blog. She shares musings, travels, photographs, tips, suggestions and more.

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Wild Belle at the Black Cat

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I first heard Wild Belle back in October 2012 at the 930 Club when they opened for Passion Pit. I immediately fell in love with their sound & Natalie's voice, so I was excited to find out they would be back in DC this past weekend. I decided to keep up the trend of shooting more film and also experiment with pushing some film. Here are some of the pictures from the roll of Ilford HP5+ pushed to 1600.

Camera: Canon AE-1
Film: Ilford HP5+ pushed to 1600
Self-developed & scanned

Seattle

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My dad's side of the family is from the Pacific Northwest, and many of them still live there. I remember visiting Seattle over the years as a kid and going to the Science Center and taking the ferry, bundled up to stay warm in the wind with a cup of hot cocoa in my hands. I remember visiting the Fremont Troll...although none of my family remembers taking me so that remains a mystery. I have lots of fond memories of my trips to Seattle and time spent with family.

Recently, I've been finding myself returning to Seattle more often for a mix of work and play. This past trip, I tried to focus on taking more film pictures with my medium format twin lens reflex as it's become one of my favorite cameras. I drove around Port Defiance in Tacoma one day and decided to take the ferry to Bainbridge on another...something I hadn't done in years, since those childhood visits of long ago. It was fun to explore somewhere new and revisit an experience of old.

Camera: Seagull 4A-109
Film: Kodak Portra 400 & Fuji Acros 100
Develop & scans: The FIND Lab (color) & self-developed and scanned (B&W)

Montreal

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In June, I visited Montreal for the first time to accompany Patrick as he finally got his tattoo from the venerable artist Yann Black. I was excited to tag along and see a new city. I debated bringing my DSLR but opted to take my medium format camera instead, loaded with some of my newfound favorite film, Kodak Ektar 100. Here are some of my favorite pictures from the trip. You can also scroll down to see a list of some of my favorite spots we visited.

I love Montreal.

I had heard great things and expected to enjoy the trip, but I have to say it exceeded my expectations. I’m already looking for an excuse to return and thinking about doing so in the fall and taking the train.

I highly recommend Airbnb, which opens up the neighborhoods you can stay in and can get you off the typical, tourist-only path. We stayed in the Plateau and loved it! I also used the Spotted by Locals app in addition to Foursquare and Google Maps.

Here are just a few of my favorite places we visited.

Kem CoBa
Delicious ice cream (scoop & soft serve)

Mount Royal
Easy, fun walk with beautiful views of the city

La Banquise
All of the delicious poutine

Patisserie Kouign Amann
Incredible pastry goodness that was well worth the three attempts it took me to get it (I was out of bed before 7 am, y’all. That serious.)

Casa del Popolo
Chill bar and music venue

Pastaga
One of my favorite meals I had on the trip...delectable small plates

Drawn & Quarterly
Bookstore in Mile End

Jean-Talon Market
Open but covered market with lots of fresh fruit, veggies, flowers and more

Wesmount Greenhouse
Expansive greenhouse complete with plumeria tree, taking me back to my Hawaiian roots

Ilford SFX200

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Throwback to my first batch of film when getting back into it!

Throwback to my first batch of film when getting back into it!

When I first got back into film photography, I excitedly ordered a few different rolls of film from B&H. Alas, my camera I was so eager to use had a jammed shutter. Lesson learned that day: test the shutter BEFORE loading the film (duh). One roll of film I got was Ilford SFX200 because I wanted to dabble in infrared. While it's not a "true" infrared, it is more sensitive and used for creative effects. 

After about two years, I finally used this roll at the tail end of my trip to Chicago and then back in DC and on my first visit to the Arlington National Cemetery. I used some of the film without a filter but also got some great tips on filters to use for special effects by asking for input on Twitter. (Thanks, @ILFORDphoto & @believeinfilm for sharing my tweet and to all who responded!)

When using the IR720 filter, I metered normally with the filter off and then dropped the exposure five stops as my base. I bracketed my shots in most cases but found this base to be pretty accurate for my exposures most of the time. I really like the results, both with and without filters. I'll definitely try experimenting further with this film... 

Chicago

No filter

No filter

No filter.

No filter.

Washington, DC and Arlington, VA

With IR720 filter. f/3.5 @ 1/30

With IR720 filter. f/3.5 @ 1/30

With IR720 filter. f/3.5 @ 1/30 and f/3.5 @ 1/60

With IR720 filter. f/3.5 @ 1/30 and f/3.5 @ 1/60

With IR720 filter.

With IR720 filter.

With IR720 filter.

With IR720 filter.

With IR720 filter. 

With IR720 filter. 

No filter.

No filter.

With IR720 filter. 

With IR720 filter. 

With IR720 filter. f/5.6 @ 1/125

With IR720 filter. f/5.6 @ 1/125

With IR720 filter. f/8 @ 1/30

With IR720 filter. f/8 @ 1/30

With IR720 filter. f/5.6 @ 1/60

With IR720 filter. f/5.6 @ 1/60

San Francisco and Seattle on Film

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Things have finally slowed down a little bit for me to catch my breath after a crazy last month or so. I thought this would be a great time to take a look at some of the film I've shot but not yet shared. So here's a little time travel back to February and March when I went back to the West Coast to shoot a wedding and visit friends out that way. 

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Camera: Pentax K1000
Film: Kodak Portra 400
Scanner: Epson V600

Film: Philly + DC + Wedding

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When I first got back into film photography, I would fly through a roll, eager to see the results and seeing enough potential images that I wanted to create. Now, it's starting to take a little longer to work my way through, as I think about the probable result of each shot and then think "Do I REALLY want to take this photo?" 

I couldn't remember when I loaded the latest roll of 120mm film into the Seagull twin lens reflex camera. I couldn't even remember what film it was, honestly. I seemed to remember it being B&W and maybe ISO 200 so I metered accordingly. I wasn't too far off when I unloaded the exposed roll yesterday to find it was expired Ilford FP4 (ISO 125). So no real push processing required, but as you see below the result of shooting both indoors in low light and outside in ample light resulted in varying tones and contrast. I love it. I love that film can surprise you with the results. And that you have to wait to see those results (although let's be real, I have tried to look at the viewfinder to see what I've gotten from time to time). 

It turns out this roll was started in Philadelphia back in September. The camera actually went back to Philly with me on this last trip in March and then concluded here in DC at the wedding of two of my favorite people ever: Jim Darling & Amy Martin. I think between that wedding's jackpot of sweet moments at an incredible venue (Josephine Butler Parks Center) and my slowing down with this roll, I actually got results that I like as a whole...the entire roll. That doesn't happen too often.

I am also glad that I decided to bring along the Seagull to the wedding. I have been wanting to incorporate film photography into wedding photography and know of some photographers who either do a hybrid approach or even shoot the entire wedding just using film! I attended Jim & Amy's wedding as a guest, so I figured it was the perfect opportunity. Plus, Jim is an amazing photographer and dear friend, so I figured he might appreciate the film photos as well. :)