Tuesday, September 19, 2017

Enjoying the Sunshine

Cinestill50D, this film loves bright sunshine, not cheap but I get a really retro look from a filmstock used by JJ Abrams and Quentin Tarantino for their outdoor shots. This is a great combo with Zuiko glass, and with the super wide latitude that you don't have to hyper exact with your metering.

Now shooting with the OM-1md, is much more old school body than the OM-4 with match needle metering. This particular one was given to me by a now-retired store manager of for a certain camera store chain that shall remain nameless. It came with a Zuiko MC 50 f1.8 lens and the whole kit was mint,  the bag it came in looked like it was stored in a garden shed for 30 years. The camera bag was tossed but I resealed the camera, got an MR-9 battery adapter and I was off to the races.

I shot with the OM-4 more in the Beaches this past August but, still, the OM-1md made things simpler. I'm done acquiring bodies but I'm looking for more Zuiko lenses, like the 35 f2 which is on top of my list along with a late production 50 f1.4 MC lens. I currently have an early production 50 f1.4, and yes, there is a difference with the lens coatings.

Camera: Olympus OM-1md, Zuiko lenses.
Film: Cinestill 50D.

Sunday Afternoon in the Park_

Kew House

Red and White House

Lone Sunflower

Bright Sunny Day at Leuty Beach

Busy Leuty Beach

Leuty Beach Cove

Drummers in the Boatshed

Thursday, September 14, 2017

Beaches Overcast

So I still had a half roll of Ektar left after the Bluffs, I went out Tuesday morning. The skies were overcast, I made my way along the boardwalk and the Beaches have a totally different vibe during the week if the weather is less than stellar. In fact by the time I got to the local Beach Institution The Goof, a nasty thunderstorm was like five minutes from starting. I got what I needed and took shelter inside Remarkable Bean across the street for a cup of dark roast.

Camera: Olympus OM-4, Zuiko lenses.
Film: Kodak Ektar 100

On a Path to the Lake_

Water and Rocks

Boats and Lifeguard Hut

Empty Muskoka Chairs on the Boardwalk

This Way to the Lake

Taking Advantage of the Green

August 2017 GOOF in Colour Backside

GOOF From Across the Street

Tuesday, September 12, 2017

Bluffer's Park

I don't get to Scarborough often. I visited the Bluffs last Summer and this year of course had to come back for more. I showed up Monday morning the day of the solar eclipse, I wanted to get the shots I wanted and be back at my brother's place before it commenced. Lake Ontario was dead calm, then all of a sudden the waters started to ripple on their own, there was no breeze to speak of. The time to go is a Monday morning because from what I understand from a friend who lives up on the Bluffs, weekends are zoo in the park.

Camera: Olympus OM-4, Zuiko lenses.
Film: Kodak Ektar 100

Bluffers Marina Houseboats Two

Bluffers Park Shoreline II

Don't Climb the Bluffs_

On the Path to the Bluffs_

The Bluffs Cliffs_

The Scarborough Bluffs 2017

Thursday, September 07, 2017

Back to Leslieville Part Two

I enjoy wandering around Leslieville taking pictures. To slow myself down a bit, I shot only medium format with my Mamiya C220f Twin Lens Relfex camera. It is a bit of a boat anchor but a small price to pay for interchangeable lenses. I prefer this system to the Hasselblad V series, yes I lose out with the interchangeable backs, but I gain a super quiet shutter without the mirror slap.

Camera: Mamiya C220f, Sekor 80 f2.8 lens.
Film: Ilford HP5 400, HC110 B.

Side Street Cafe

Leslieville Row House

North Dundas Garage Doors_

Leslieville Alleyway

Forlorn Saab 900

Empty Leslieville Sidewalks

Thursday, August 31, 2017

Back to Leslieville

Two things, one, Fuji Neopan Acros 100 in medium format sings in Tmax developer in the 1+4 dilution. The other, I still think the East End is cooler than the West End in Toronto.

Camera: Mamiya C220f, Sekor 80 f2.8 lens.
Film: Fuji Neopan Acros 100, Tmax 1+4 developer

Pair of Fancy Bikes

Art at 18


Secret Street Row Houses

Purple Penguin Coffee

In Front of the Leslieville Ed's


More Fun With Expired Fuji Provia 100F

I plan to shoot more slide film, while I love shooting Kodak Ektar 100 and Portrait 400, there's something about Provia 100F and Velvia 50. I can't wait until Ektachrome comes out...

Camera: Nikon FE2, Nikkor Ai 50 f2 lens.
Film: Fuji Provia 100F, expired a decade ago and freezer stored.

Saturday Morning in August on Lakeshore

Piazza Bistro Patio_

Quarter to Ten in the Morning

Super Quiet on Lakeshore_

Weekend Brunch at Sunrise

Tuesday, August 29, 2017

Sometimes I shoot Slide Film

I haven't shoot E-6 in a very long time, a year or two ago I came across a ziplock back full of Fuji Provia 100 slide film expired sometime last decade. Being freezer stored I wasn't too worried yet on the same token you don't want to be using this for critical work. I tried a roll out for a walk around Oakville a few weeks ago.

Actually, I think digital shooters would take to slide film like ducks to water as you have to expose for the highlights. Having shot Portra 400 and Ektar 100 for the past six or so years I kinda lost my groove a bit. I also found slide trickier to scan, I have to re-learn. Shooting slide isn't' cheap, you're looking at $20+ a roll for Fuji Provia 100 or Velvia 100, I have no idea what Kodak is going to charge for the soon to be re-introduced Ektachrome 100, as for Ferrania, who knows at this point, some day, maybe.

The other challenge is processing. You can go the Walter White route but the temperature is critical, it is easy to screw up and I don't have the comfort level. The other option is ship slide film off to Borealis in Montreal and I have to say they did a great job with a 10+ old roll of Provia.

Camera: Nikon FE2, Nikkor Ai 50 f2 lens.
Film: Fuji Provia 100F expired sometime last decade and freezer stored.

Dingle Park Path Looking West_

Rocks By the Lake


Summer Flower Setting_

Showing the Maple Leaf

Friday, August 18, 2017