Last night I came home to an email from the Canadian Film Lab to tell me that my Haida Gwaii film was processed. This mean I spent too much time downloading the ten rolls and starting to go through them to see how they came out, and how the Lab handled them. And now it is 1:30 in the morning and I am nowhere near finished my first look.

This image from the Village of Queen Charlotte is one that popped out at me. I wish the village had not incorporated, because under the rules for incorporation, it can no longer be called Queen Charlotte City, the name it held for a century. According to the rules it is not big enough to be a city, or even a town. But other than a name change, nothing else is outwardly different.

I have not used Canadian Film Lab before, but thought I should give them a try since they have recently moved to British Columbia from the UK (where they were the UK Film Lab). I have not been all that happy with the commercial processing I get done in Victoria – it is too low resolution and there is very little attention to detail in the scans. CFL offers a personalized service, and their small scans are the size of medium or even large ones in the local labs, which means their pricing is competitive. I have been very pleased with my interactions with CFL – they are timely, very good at keeping you informed of receipt of film, expected timelines and so on. It has been a very good experience dealing with them.

I am still assessing the quality of the scans but can say I like the look of most of them. I might need to adjust my personal instructions a bit, or even just cancel the instructions and see what they make of my negatives without paying attention to my potentially confusing direction. And of course, I can take better pictures as well!

This image is with Ektar, a film that I rarely shoot, and which when I do usually surprises me with the colours and the lack of grain. And then I forget about it again, or just can’t afford it, so don’t use it for another year.


Canon Elan 7N, Canon EF 50/1.4 lens, Ektar 100, processed at Canadian Film Lab, cropped.




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