Tuesday, February 09, 2016

Winter In Caledon So Far

Meet my brother Alex, my best friend, fellow film photographer and sometimes enabler when it comes to camera equipment. I haven't used the Nikkor H 50 f2 lens before for a portrait and I like what I got. Usually I use the Nikkor S 50 f1.4 lens instead but when skiing and I ski with my camera gear, saving weight is paramount, especially with Nikon gear which can be heavy if you're packing more than two lenses. The camera I used to take Alex's picture, a 46 year old Nikkormat FTN was a birthday present he gave me. The meter is spot on, which is amazing for a camera this age.

As for skiing, we got skiing up at Caledon Ski Club even though the surrounding countryside looked a lot more like mid to late March. I'm concerned that the season could come to an abrupt end because the base isn't that deep compared to other seasons. That said I'm enjoying taking pictures on the side of the road in Caledon on the way home at the end of the day.

Camera: Nikkormat FTN, Nikkor H 50 f2 lens, Nikkor O 35 f2 lens.

Film: Ilford HP5 400, HC110 B.

Alex Smith at Lunch

Looking Down Keene's Kicker

MacLaren Side Road Mid Winter 2016

Dairy Farm under Fluffy Clouds_

Tuesday, February 02, 2016

Gone Skiiing 2016 Edition

We're paying for the last couple of winters, I didn't start skiing until mid January which is the latest in my 41 year skiing career. Caledon Ski Club has an extensive snowmaking system, as long as temperatures cooperate, we got snow. Meanwhile south of Lower Base Line Road, there's barely a dusting on the ground and when you go south of Steeles, it looks like November.

This is going to be one of those quality over quantity seasons, I signed up for Podcamp at the end of February, however if it's a nice sunny day with temperatures hovering around -3c, guess what, I'm on the slopes.

Camera: Nikon F Photomic Tn, Nikkor S 50 f1.4 lens.
Film: Iford HP5 400, HC110 B.

Launching Point

Riding Up Beside Steepside

Top of Eaton's Annex III

Tuesday, January 26, 2016

Oakville in January

Recently the US Northeast got sucker punched with two feet of snow, irony in this part of the Great White North, Southern Ontario doesn't have a lot of the white stuff. The other think I got my early Canon F-1 back from Cam-tech (damn you auto correct), it had a problem with mystery flare in the middle of the negative that appears at random every few frames. My tech Roger re-sealed the back of the F-1 and was otherwise stumped. My theory now is there's something inside my camera that's shifting causing the flare, what's even crazier I got it on frame zero when the lens cap was on. Usually you need light coming in to create lens flare.

That said, I love the early FD 50 f1.8 lens, it's a contrasty piece of glass. I put on my FTb and use that for a little while.

I don't shoot a lot in Oakville partly because I have lived here so long I can't see potential photographs as well as I would elsewhere. One thing I'm doing is shooting a bit  more in my backyard to up my game a bit.

Now any old school Canon repair techs out there have a clue what's causing my mystery flare?

Frozen Bronte Creek


Curved Walls

Bottom of Bronte Road

Oakville Interurban Station

Trees Along Church

Waiting to Cross Lakeshore

Trees on Robinson

Tuesday, January 19, 2016

New Year's in the Beaches Part Three, Land Rovers Rock.

Yes I'm milking this for all it's worth because I haven't finished a roll yet, that will happen soon.

I have a soft spot for old Land Rovers, to me they are the true off road vehicle that has seen some very serious action on battlefields and other rough parts of the world. This one I shot looks like a Series II not to be confused with current models that compete with Mercedes G series. Personally I would love a Land Rover Defender 90, unfortunately they are very thin on the ground in North America and since they were recently discontinued will become collectable.

Land Rover 4

Land Rover 5

Wreath on the grill

More Beach Semis

Wednesday, January 13, 2016

New Years in the Beaches Part Two, the Street Crawl

It was a little sad wandering along Queen St. East in the Beaches over New Years. I noticed some stores that were around back in the Summer didn't make it through the fall. Same for restaurants, some went bust, others like Green Eggplant moved down the street to another location. It's not unique to the Beaches, here in Oakville Lakeshore Road is seeing the same thing, a lot of retail turnover due to crazy rental rates and a very seasonal traffic. I don't like it when I see neighbourhood retail shopping districts look like this.

Camera: Nikon F2 Photomic, Nikkor S 50 f1.4 lens.
Film: Ilford HP5, HC110 B.

Vacent Storefronts

Grey Woodbine

One Thirty at Firestation No 17

Waiting in Front of Ends

Binz and Bud's

Selling Hats

Sidewalk Gifts

The Waiting Game

Supermarket Ghost

Wednesday, January 06, 2016

Happy New Year from the Beaches Part One

As you note, there's no snow on the ground, otherwise I would be skiing. Instead I spent New Year's at my brother's place in the Beaches in Toronto house and dog sitting. Along with the lack of the white stuff, there was nothing but non stop cloud cover, in fact it had been like that since Christmas.

The Beaches by the lake take on a whole new personality off season, even more so without the snow and ice. I work with what I had and enjoyed the change of scenery.

What did you do photography wise this past Christmas?

Camera: Nikon F2 Photomic, Nikkor S 50 f1.4 lens, Nikkor H 28 f3.5 lens.
Film: Ilford HP5 400, HC110 B.

Pathway to Lake Ontario

Bleak Afternoon by the Lake

The Lifeguard is Really off Duty

Wednesday, December 23, 2015

Merry Christmas!

Alrighty, it's going to be +13c today and +17c Christmas Eve, a year ago we had something more along the lines of this:

Really off Season for a Cone.

Camera: Nikon F3HP, Nikkor Ai 28 f2.8 lens.
Film: Kodak Tri-X 400, Xtol 1+1.

Pinnacle and Main

Camera: Mamiya C220f, Sekor 55 f4.5 lens.
Film: Kodak Tmax 400, Tmax Dev. 1+4.

It just feels weird being the Christmas season with it feeling like more late October out there so I went back into the archives to pull some gems I shot up in Belfountain a few years back when there was snow on the ground.

Have a very merry Christmas, or an extremely belated Happy Hanukkah and all the best for a happy healthy 2016. Hopefully we'll get some winter because I want to go skiing!