Wednesday, December 17, 2014

Wandering Around Toronto with a Pentax Spotmatic SP. Part One.

I confess I'm a camera collector as well as a user. One of my systems is the Pentax or M-42 screw mount system, I own a Spotmatic F, a pair of SVs, a S1a and an Asahi Pentax model K from the late 1950s (not to be confused with the K1000) which is a rare beast. So my brother (and worst enabler) told me an independent Leica Repair tech out of the US mid west was selling a batch of overhauled Pentax Spotmatics for $40USD. Granted this was before the Canadian dollar started melting in currency markets so it came to about $55Cdn with postage, how can you go wrong?

The Asahi Pentax SP was considered the first SLR camera to offer through the lens metering (TTL) in the mid 1960s and I would consider it the VW Beetle of cameras. Now here's the deal with the Pentax screw mount lens family, their optics were on par with Leica and Zeiss. It the day comes I add a digital body to the camera kit, it will most likely be a Sony A7 MkII with an adapter.

Camera: Pentax Spotmatic SP, Super Multi-Coated Takumar 50 f1.4 lens,
Film: Ilford HP5 400, HC110 B.

Arrived on 12/13



The other Flatiron Building

Wednesday, December 10, 2014


I do headshots for Linked In and other social media platforms.

Camera: Hasselblad 500 C/M, 80 f2.8 Zeiss Planar Lens.
Film: Fuji Pro 400 H.


Wednesday, December 03, 2014

Some Throwback Love: Cataract Falls November 2007

What you see below was from my first and only time at the bottom of Cataract Falls inside Forks of the Credit Provincial Park. There's a story behind this set, seven years ago I met with some members of the Toronto Photography Meetup Group and we hiked into Forks of the Credit Provincial Park, one of my favourite haunts.

We were told, it would be not a too hard a climb down, famous last words. The climb down was tricky but the climb back up with a camera backpack and tripod without climbing ropes was downright scary. Park staff have now blocked the path to the access point along the rail line and have made it clear that climbing down is not tolerated. I take those warnings seriously.

I decided it was time to re-scan the negatives this time with a decent scanner (an Epson V600) into TIFF files for better editing and re-sharing.

Camera: Olympus OM-1,  Zuiko lenses
Film: Ilford FP4, HC110 B.




Thursday, November 27, 2014

November Hike In Caledon On, Part Two

More from the November hike up at Forks of the Credit Provincial Park.

Camera: Canon AE-1, FD 35 f2 lens, (Thorium element version),
Film: ORWO UN 54, Xtol 1+1.






Fork in the Trail



Wednesday, November 26, 2014

Early November Hiking in Caledon Part One.

I really have not done a whole lot of hiking this year. My hiking buddy has a lot going on her life both personal and a career wise so when I have been going out, it's by myself and that's ok there are times I need my alone time to think and to just get away for a few hours.

This is my last roll of ORWO UN 54 for now, I buy it in 100ft lengths and I have another can of it on order. In the mean time I'm revisiting Fomapan 200 which I used a few years back and found it an interesting black and white film to shoot with. I'll talk more about my experiences with the new film when I get a chance go out again and shoot. We're in that part of the year where daylight is disappearing fast and the weather is crappy, not quite fall anymore, not quite winter either.

Camera: Canon AE-1, FD 35 f2 lens (the one with the Thorium laced glass)
Film: ORWO UN 54, Xtol 1+1


MacLaren Side Road.



Wednesday, November 19, 2014

Toronto in September Part One

Feels so long ago with the recent dusting of snow on the ground and a forecast for more.

Camera: Asahi Pentax Spotmatic F, S-M-C Takumar 28 f3.5 and 50 f1.4 lenses.
Film: Ilford HP5 400, HC110 B.

Union Station Track 12/13






Wednesday, November 12, 2014

The 2014 Algonquin trip, The Model Post

As mentioned in a previous post we had two models come up with us to Algonquin Park this year. I have worked with both Alicia and Xenia in the past and they are both great. The last shoot we did was in the Beach in Toronto a year ago and had a totally different feel. I still have to work on the use of reflected light in Xenia's shot.

Camera: Nikon F2A, Nikkor Ais 50 f1.4 lens, 200 f4 lens on the last image.
Film: Kodak Portra 400