Wednesday, March 14, 2018

Oakville in the In Between Season

After the under exposure fiasco with the roll before this, I wanted to eliminate equipment error on a local photo walk around my neighbourhood. Yup, it was user error. That said the photos on this roll look fabulous, the Canon 50 f1.4 LTM lens from the 1960s renders beautifuly. If you shoot Leica, get a LTM-Mount adapter and find this lens, you can use the difference between the cost of the 50 f1.4 Summilux and this lens for a nice vacation.

Leica M4-2, Canon 50 f1.4 LTM lens.
Film: Ilford HP5 400, HC110 B.

Post Winter Cairncroft Rd

Accomodating Pine Tree _

Traffic Back up on Lakeshore Road on Sunday

Benches in the Sun Two

Sunshine on the Shoreline_

Grainary In the Sun

Monday, March 12, 2018

Toronto HP5 Pushed to 1600 with a Leica

It's been a while since I shot with one of my Leicas, and I also wanted to use up what's left of my bulk loaded HP5. For kicks and giggles I pushed it to 1600 ISO and processed in Tmax Developer with a 1+4 dilution. I went with my M4-2 with my Canon 50 f1.4 (Japanese Summilux) lens and kept it simple. It was liberating granted after a while slushy Toronto in February wears thin, even for those of us who like winter and ski every weekend.

I love pushing Tri-X, especially in Xtol, love what I get in that developer, same for HC110. Now I haven't pushed HP5 in a long time and had some Tmax Developer. Do I like this combination? It's not bad. I love HP5 around or slightly overexposed at box speed. I have to figure out the sweetspot for push processing.

Camera: Leica M4-2, Canon 50 f1.4 LTM lens.
Film: Ilford HP5 400, pushed to 1600, Tmax Dev 1+4.

Mid Afternoon Brookfield Place

Waiting To Cross at Wellington

Waiting To Cross at Wellington, the Sprint Begins

514 Dufferin Cherry St. Car at Bay St

Wednesday, March 07, 2018

The Freebie Olympus OM-2n with the $188 Overhaul

I was gifted a black Olympus OM-2n last fall up in Limehouse Ontario by my friend Dan before a photowalk. It came with two Tamron adaptall lenses. The 80-200 was good, the 35-80 had some fungus, so that was quickly segregated. The Camera body itself had seen better days, it had been stored in the basement and you could smell the mustiness which wasn't a good sign. I went local for the overhaul and figured around $150 will bring the camera from the dead.

The OM-2n had battery drain issues, and needed a circuit board from a donar camera, along with a thorough clean came back to life.  It cost me around $180 in the end, pretty much the same as a functioning OM2n purchased off Ebay from the used counter at your local indie camera store. So far, so good. I ran a test roll walking around Old Oakville on dismal Family Day Monday. Also gave me an opportunity to use up my HP5 stash as I'm switching to Rollei RPX 400 bulk rolls going forward.

Camera: Olympus OM2n, Zuiko MC 50 f1.8 lens.
Film: Ilford HP5 400, HC110 B.

Recently returned Olympus OM2n.

Lakeshore Rd. Family Day 2018

Grey Lakside View II

Dingle Park Shoreline

TOWARF Boat Hoist

Erchiliss House Winter 2018

William St

Thomas St. Row Houses

Monday, March 05, 2018

Mid Winter Photography in Caledon Continued

I had an opportunity to shoot my nephew Marcus on the Timber Tour when it stopped at the Caledon Ski Club a few weeks ago. It gave me to try out a zoom telephoto I bought the year before, it's great for sports photography, and the N90s was perfect for it. These shots were on Friday, the practice day. Marcus sadly came down with Strep throat and couldn't compete Saturday. I'm still proud he can pull jumps like this.

I don't ski with my camera gear too often anymore, there's one particular lift operator who has a hate on for the camera bag I use and channels his inner mall cop. Meanwhile ski patrolers wearing backpacks are ignored. Truth of the matter, I don't need the hassle, I've been skiing longer than this guy has been alive, I know what an acceptable risk is, and choose my gear carefully.

Camera: Nikon N90s, Nikkor AFD 70-210 F4-5.6 lens, Af 50 f1.8 lens.
Film: Kodak Portra 400

Marcus Sliding on the Ramp

Airborne Marcus

Marcus Landing_

Bottom of West Hill_

Top of Stapell's Chair_

Skiing down Larry's Line

Snowy West Credit River One

Snow Covered Bridge Across the West Credit

Bush St. Towards Main

Friday, March 02, 2018

Wednesday, February 28, 2018

Toronto Post Snowstorm.

Toronto likes to think they get hammered with a snowstorm, no, they don't. Toronto does create a lot of slush however, much to the joy of local dry cleaners.

Camera: Nikon FM, Nikkor Ai 50 f1.4 lens.
Film: Kodak Tri-X 400, pushed to 1600, Xtol stock.

Marching Across Queen St

Eastbound 501 at Queen and Victoria Two

Yonge and Queen Looking North

Dineen Coffee Corner

Scanning Email in the Black Mirror

Old City Hall at the end of the Bay St. Canyon

National Club Doorway

Monday, February 26, 2018

Toronto East of the Don Valley in February

Mark loved the RC Harris Filtration Plant in the Beaches, and the skies sort of cleared off a bit. It was sort of whirlwind due to time constraints so no aimless wandering around the neighbhourhood.

Camera: Nikon FM, Nikkor Ai 50 f1.4 lens
Film: Kodak Tri-X 400 pushed to 1600. Xtol stock.

Crossing Slushy Broadview Two

RC Harris Plant 2018 1

RC Harris Plant 2018 Snow Covered Stairs

RC Harris Water Plant Three Winter 2018

Snow Covered Secret Beach

Ice Covered Rocks 2018

Nursewood Road

Resting 501 at the Loop

Inside the 501