I was greeted by a sea of people when I existed the City Centre Canada Line Station a while back. I wasn't sure of the number of people required to make it a "sea" instead of a puddle or pond of people. I digress. The streets were closed to vehicle traffic and the people were simply milling about. The crowd alone was a fairly intriguing sight especially when I wasn't aware of the event in town that day. After a few more steps, I saw the characters from Alice in Wonderland wandering the streets and taking pictures with people. They were fully in character the whole time. It felt like they escaped to our world through a magic portal, and they decided they wanted to simply help the masses indulge in their selfie pleasure. It turned out that I had just missed the local Santa Claus Parade. I have a tendency to miss out on the main event in town since I am never Downtown early enough. Nonetheless, I was happy to see the crowds around, so I could try my luck on some candid street shots.
I took some colour shots with Kodak Portrait 400 at box speed developed in a fresh batch of C-41 chemistry. I could see a noticeable difference when compared to my old, depleted C-41 that I was using until recently. There are so many variables in film photography, so it's hard to really nail down a specific factor that contributes or detracts from the quality of the negatives. For me to know for certain, I will have to do a more controlled test. Regardless, here are the colour shots below!
I always get the vibe that each Christmas does not have the same atmosphere as the one before regardless of the increasing crowd. Perhaps I was simply hanging out around the wrong area. I will make a trip to the Christmas Market next year to soak up the vibe and snap some shots. Maybe that will change my mind about the Christmas spirit around Vancouver.