Jonathan Canlas Part 2: Personal work in Berlin and Madrid

So as promised here is the second part of our Jonathan Canlas post.

This time we wanted to feature something that Jon himself can’t stress enough for its importance: personal work.

Both in Berlin and Madrid he deeply emphasized the importance of shooting for yourself. It could be anything. It could be a long term project which has a clear direction or it could be just discovering a vacation spot you’re in through your lens or just finding out what it is you wanna shoot besides payed client work. The added benefits of this are invaluable. You can try to experiment with technical stuff you don’t wanna try out during a payed job, maybe a new camera, or just “exercise” your composition skills or perhaps the subject matter is of utmost interest to you, i.e. your loved ones!

So yeah, staying true to what he teaches Jonathan shot a bunch of personal work both in Berlin and Madrid which he then handed to us to develop and scan (read more about that on Part 1 post ).

Of course we’re pretty emotionally involved with these shots, taking into account that we were right next to him most of the time while he shot these and that we’re on many of the photos ^_^

Hope you enjoy these and again: “Jon, thank you SO much for everything”


PS: for the camera geeks out there the color shots were shot on a Pentax 645nii with a 105mm f2,4 Pentax 67 lens and Kodak Portra 160VC pushed one stop. The black and white was all shot on Fuji ACROS film on a Rolleiflex 2,8 F (sometimes using a Rolleinar close up filter for portraits). Needless to say developed and scanned by yours truly Carmencita Film Lab 😉



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Carmencita Tote Bag Promo

Hi there everyone!
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It’s a “funny” Friday for us at the lab since yesterday it was a National Holiday here and specifically in Valencia we pretty much burned down the whole city ( like literally … watch this or google “fallas” and you’ll freak out).
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Today we’re launching a promo that we hope you love:
We’re giving away amazing Carmencita tote bags to any shop orders of 10 or more rolls of film.
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This is a beautiful 41cm long x 38cm wide cotton tote bag that is basically the coolest thing around town and of course it’s way more eco-friendly than using a thousand plastic bags every time you need to grab something at the grocery store.
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The promo starts today and is good until we run out of them so go for it!
Besides, who doesn’t need 10 more rolls of film at reduced costs?
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Go ahead an grab some Portra, Fuji 400H, Acros or even FP4 at
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PS: mad props to client/friend Marcos Pérez for being our model for a while!
For the geeks out there the shots are taken on Fuji 400H overexposed 2 stops using a Contax 645 by our very own Buenaventura Marco
PS2: no, we don’t sell the tote bags, you GOTTA BUY SOME FREAKIN’ FILM in order to apply 😛

Jonathan Canlas Part I: Carmencita meets FIND Berlin

Last February we teamed up with film photography master Jonathan Canlas in what was officially his final FIND workshop after 8 years of spreading his film knowledge around the world. For this final round up the format was a little different than what he’s been doing. Since it was his last time doing FIND and last time in Europe we wanted to reach as many people as possible and therefore did two one-day condensed FIND workshops. Also we as a lab gave a lecture on what we do and assistance throughout both workshops.
For us this was a dream come true, since we’re all fans of Jonathan and we also got to finally meet a lot of customers that have been with us almost from the beginning.
The internet has changed the world, and actually our business model wouldn’t even exist without it, but meeting clients face to face after all those emails and Wetranfers was amazing.
Same goes for Jonathan. Admiring a photographer’s work (whether online or on paper) is one thing, but actually hearing him give advice to other shooters and watch him direct couples while he is shooting? That’s somethin’ else!
Needless to say besides the ton of theory Jon and us taught there was a lot of shooting those days regardless of the freezing temperatures (Berlin in February, great idea hahaha!). Day 1 had four couples to shoot (it was a huge group!) and Day 2 had two. Everyone had a chance to shoot one of the couples and when Jonathan did we all watched, asked, learned and basically drooled at his master skills at directing!

Jonathan shot a ton of film before, during and after both workshops and we took good care of it at the lab. We really appreciate that having his own lab ( theFINDlab ) he trusted us to develop and scan his work. In a sense it was an easy task since his look is so defined and we know it well since we’ve been following him like forever. Also the way he (perfectly) exposes and his film stock choices pretty much dictate his look, but still it was a challenge and that we took with pride and determination.
For this “Part I” post we tried our best to come up with a “small” selection of the couples he shot during the 2 workshops and we threw in a few shots of the attendees (sorry we couldn’t fit you all in!).

These were shot with Portra 160VC pushed one stop, Portra 400UC pushed 2 stops and Portra 160 pushed 2stops and … a Pentax 645nii with a 75mm f2,8 lens! Yep, you heard it right, not Contax 645 but Pentax 645nii. So yeah, add to the mix the fact that Jonathan was trying out a new camera for this whole thing, and that’s pretty epic. Wanna know Jon’s verdict on the Pentax 645nii? Well, let’s just say the images talk for themselves 😉

Thank you so much Jon and everyone who attended for such great times!

PS: Watch out for Part II coming soon 😉