Wednesday, July 29, 2015

Toronto Photowalks

Toronto Photowalks is a grassroots group of people from Greater Toronto who meet up regularly to explore various neighbourhoods in Toronto. Founded by Paul Henman back in November 2009, TOPW attracts area photographers of all skill levels to explore the city and surrounding environments with a current head count of more than 1600 members on their Facebook page.

What I love about TOPW is the camaraderie among the members and the fact we stop at local pubs on route halfway through for lunch and at the end for dinner. The journey is indeed more fun than the destination.




Camera: Canon F-1N, FD 28 f2 SSC and 50 f1.4 SSC lenses.
Film: Ilford HP5 400, HC110 B.


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Toronto Photowalk July 17th


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Wednesday, July 22, 2015

Shooting with Minolta Again....

I missed my Minolta SRT 202, it was a nice tank of a camera, gifted it along with 99% of my Rokkor lenses along with a X700 to my brother to thin the herd out a bit. A few years later I came across my dead Minolta XE-7(no repair techie in Canada will touch it) and it had a MC Rokkor X 50 f1.4 lens that was still great. Found a restored SRT 102 on EBay along with some lenses and I'm back shooting Minolta. I forgot how nice the Rokkor series of lenses were. I can see why Leica partnered up with them back in the 1970s to share 35mm SLR technology.

Camera: Minolta SRT 102, MC Rokkor X 50 f1.4 lens, 135 f2.8 for Lindsey's portrait.
Film: Ilford HP5 400, HC110 B.

Minolta SRT 102

Start of Dominion St

Walking In

Edge of Brimstone

Ski Chalet

Riverside WillowII

Lindsay I


Thursday, July 16, 2015

Elora On Part Two

This is the perfect day trip destination.

Camera: Hasselblad 500 C/M, Zeiss 80 f2.8 lens.

Film: Portra 400 for colour, Fuji Neopan Acros 100 for black and white.

Rolling Into Town

Abandoned Factory

Before the Crowds

Before the Tourists

Doorway to Renovation

Wednesday, July 08, 2015

Up in Elora Experimenting Part One

I needed to fall of the grid last week. Monday became a play day and I drove northwest to the village of Elora, it's about an hour and a bit northwest of Greater Toronto. If you have never been take the time to go, especially during the week when it's not quite so busy. If you're looking for a nice place to eat, there are plenty of options, I have been to the Shepherd's Pub by the Grand River but this time had lunch at Wreckless Eric's.

While up there I wanted to experiment with some Cinestill 50  a niche C-41 colour negative film that's actually daylight motion picture stock from Kodak with the remjet layer removed. They weren't kidding there's no grain. I plan to use this film on the Algonquin Trip this coming fall if I can get the scans just right, digitizing colour film is still a learning process.

What I really love is the latitude, you have tons of it compared to Kodak Ektar 100, another one of my favourite C-41 films. The only real downside is cost, the Canadian dollar is taking one hell of a bruising in currency markets this Summer and at $9 and change USD per roll, this is for special projects.

Camera: Olympus OM-1MD, Zuiko 50 f1.4 and 28 f3.5 lens.
Film: Cinestill 50 Processed by Downtown Camera in Toronto.


Rushing Water by the Mill

Reflection on the Grand

Monday in Elora

Doors

Patriotic Jeep Pick Up



Thursday, July 02, 2015

My Friend Crystal

I do portraits. Yes you see a lot of landscape and street photography on my blog but I love shooting portraits when I get the opportunity.

My friend Crystal here just one Volunteer of the Year Award for the Toronto chapter of the  International Association of Business Communicators. We met volunteering on the Social Media committee and been friends since.

I shot Crystal's portrait in the evening after she received her award at the annual general meeting last week. By the time we got around to it, I had no choice but to shoot wide open. My one regret is Crystal has a beautiful smile and here, it looks like the day had caught up with her, I will be re-shooting at some point.


Camera: Olympus OM-2n, Zuiko 100 f2.8 shot wide open.
Film:  Ilford HP5 400, HC110 B.

Shot on the patio of the Paint Box Bistro

Crystal

Wednesday, July 01, 2015

Hot Town, Summer in the City

Sometimes you have to slow down a bit and be the water.  

Camera: Olympus OM-2n, Zuiko 28 f3.5 lens.
Film: Ilford HP5 400, HC110 b.



Waiting to Cross


Walking Down Bay St

Tuesday, June 23, 2015

Downtown Toronto in Colour

I love shooting with my oldest Nikon F, it belonged to my dad and dates from late 1960 if I got the serial number right. This never came with an on board light meter so I used a hand held Sekonic L398a and never get a bad exposure. Of course silly me forgot my lens hoods for both the the 28mm and 24mm lenses so I got some flare to contend with. At one point I would have been freaking out with that, now I've made piece with some imperfection.

Of course I decide to do some street photography with colour film just to be different. One thing that really surprised me as how quiet it was on a late Monday afternoon in early June.

Camera: Nikon F, Nikkor H 28 f3.5 lens, Nikkor N 24 f2.8 lens.
Film: Fuji Pro 400H

Looking Up Bay St

Commuters

King and Bay

Reaching for the Sky