Thursday, December 14, 2017

Dismal Saturday in the City.

I haven't shot much with Kodak Tri-X in the past few years, I by and large have switched to Ilford HP5 and Rollei RPX 400 for my core shooting habits in 35mm and 120 format. This also the first time I've pushed processed in a while too. I'm really happy with what I got. Now for those who shoot pixels, pushing film is deliberate under exposure and over developing. What comes out is grittier than closer to box speed, but that's ok because I wanted that look.

The other thing is I shot with one of my Nikon F3HP's, the workhorse one my brother got me in NYC for my birthday a few years ago. Considering this camera was made 25-30 years ago, the meter is still bang on with exposure.

Camera: Nikon F3HP, Nikkor Ai 50 f2 lens, Nikkor Ais 28 f2.8 lens.
Film: Kodak Tri-X 400 pushed to 1600, HC100 B.

Two Trains on Plaform 26 27

Front St. In front of Union Station Nov 2017

Rent a Bikes on Wellington


Crossing Over Queen St. Towards the Eaton Centre_

Crossing Yonge at Queen Sat Nov 17

Crossing King at Yonge on Saturday Nov 17

Tuesday, December 12, 2017

Walking in the Woods

I haven't hiked much this year, I wanted to make up for this by heading out in the fall. I explored a section of the Bruce Trail between Limehouse and Hilton Falls north of Milton. Of course I had to choose the second most dismal day of the fall to head out. It was a nice walk in the woods but I really didn't find much to shoot compared to Limehouse, that said there are still some gems if you know where to look.

Camera: Olympus OM-1 MD, Zuiko  lenses.
Film: Rollei Retro 400S, HC110 B.

Bruce Trail Tag


22nd Side Road Looking Towards 4th Line

Gap in the Ground

Cedar Trunks_

Leaves on the Ground

Dufferin Gravel Quarry_

Canada Goose Trail Curve


Thursday, December 07, 2017

Overcast Day in Yorkville

I never tire of shooting in this neighbourhood.

Camera: Nikon FE2, Nikkor  lenses.
Film: Rollei Retro 400S, HC110 B.

New Street_

Dead End Yorkville Street II

Jacked Up coffee

The Oxley

Walking in the Mink Alleyway

Checking Texts by a Rock

Cumberland Boutiques_

Thursday, November 30, 2017

Bloor St. and Points North

A few weeks ago I was up in in the Yonge/Bloor Area and points north on a Sunday morning. I was meeting up with my friend John Meadows for a shoot. The lighting of course is the endless grey skies we get from the middle of October to about May the following year. I shot with my Nikon FE2 with Rollei Retro 400S which gives me the contrast I need to get through polished cement skies.

Camera: Nikon FE2, Nikkor Ai and Ais lenses.
Film: Rollei Retro 400S, HC110 B.

One Bloor St. East

Which Crosswalk?

Scollard and Davenport_

Concert Hall or Masonic Temple

Sidewalk Sale On Yonge

Tuesday, November 28, 2017

Part Two with the Pentax ME Super (the $35 Special)

The ME Super is a pretty stealthy SLR, in fact, smaller than the Olympus OM2n it competed against. Like I said earlier, I scored this camera for $35, body only (I already owned the lens). The meter is spot on and the seals were good. This is going to be a regular in my briefcase for trips into the city and I can't take a full kit.

Camera: Pentax ME Super, SMC Pentax 50 f1.7 lens.
Film: Ilford HP5 400, HC110 B.

Not Bay 1 Bay 2

Cumberland Looking West on Thursday

Outdoor Coffee Seating

Top End of the Mink Alley

Yorkville Ave at Avenue Road

Waiting at the Light in a Range Rover

Prince Arthur Sidewalk

The Bedford Academy_

The Bedford Academy III

Thursday, November 23, 2017

Fun with a $35 Camera in the City (Pentax ME Super)

On a whim a few months back I picked up a Pentax ME super off the classifieds on the Pentax Forums for the all low price of $35. I already have a couple of K mount bodies (a pair of KX's and an MX), it would cool to have an AE body in the line up. This is a fun camera to shoot with on AE, actually quite intuitive. Switching over the manual, you realize quickly there's a bit of a learning curve because, instead of a dial Pentax went with two buttons to control shutter speed. It is a no tears,  no regrets camera, I paid very little for it, works great for now but if something goes wrong, I'll be more pissed at losing the roll of film and not the camera.


Camera: Pentax ME Super, SMC Pentax 50 f1.7 lens.
Film: Ilford HP5 400, HC110 B.


Parking Do Not Enter

Art Deco with Modernism

Plenty of Cabs_

Cherry Beach-Dufferin Loop Car

Walking Past the Stairs


Tuesday, November 21, 2017