Sunday, December 31, 2006

Happy New Year!

I am glad 2006 has come to a close, I learned a lot this year both becoming a better photographer (mastering at home developing of black and white film and fill flash) and with my public relations training at Ryerson for my next career.

My New Years Resolutions are as follows:

Make prints at home, make really good prints by the end of winter 2008, continually improve my composition and master another developing chemical.

I am looking for work in the Public Relations/Corporate Communications/Marketing Communications field. I am currently between careers at the moment hence the huge amount of photographic output. The challenge however is I need cash for the photographic hobby/habit. I am also passionate about communication in getting the right message to the right audience at the right time. School is going well and I have good foundation of skills to draw on, it's that getting the first paid opportunity that's challenging me at the moment. So if any fans of my photgraphy out there are aware of a position with a legitimate organization in Downtown Toronto/ GTA west, please let me know. I am eager to get to work in the new year doing what I am going to school for.

The below three photos were taken with a Pentax Spotmatic F SMC/Super Multi Coated Takumar lens with Ilford HP5 processed in Ilfosil S.

All the best for 2007!

Monday, December 18, 2006

I am happy with my first attempt at push processing. I used Ilford HP5 exposing it at 1600 asa instead of 400 asa (box speed)using my Minolta XE-7. I shot the street scene in Yorkville, note there is no snow on the ground a week before Christmas and the interior shots were from the Toronto Photography Meet Up Group annual holiday party at the the Bedford Academy.

Tuesday, December 12, 2006

A random set of photos I took wandering around Toronto A Sunday morning two weeks ago. I have a real weakspot for the Nikkor 24 f2.8, I used it on my Nikon F2 with this set. I used Fortepan 400 rated 400 on the indoor shots and anywhere between 320 to 200 on the outdoor shots processed in HC110 Dil B for 7.5 min.

Sunday mornings are an interesting time to photograph as everyone is either sleeping in, at brunch or in church or a combination of the previous. I am really partial to the Balzac's (where I go for coffee in town) shot taken looking down from the stairs and the old BMW R90.

Saturday, December 02, 2006

I took a stroll in the Annex over a month ago when it was much less grey. I went with my Nikon F with one lens, a Nikkor H 50 f2 lens. I used Kodak Tri-x 400 film with HC110 Dilution B to process. I am definately asking for Tri-x in my Christmas Stocking.

Monday, November 27, 2006

This is the results from a really bleak day, Fortepan400 a Leica M3 with collapsable Summicron lens and a Lunapro meter. I got a lot of grain out of this roll and I used HC110 dilution H I think at about 15 minutes. Who knows why it turned out the way it did. I would not mind printing a couple of them to see if there was a difference from the scans.

Classicpan/Fortepan400 when shot right with a camera with a decent meter on board, it sings. I came back to the Beach because I was not happy with the results of the prior weekend which I will post later. I used an Olympus OM-1 and played with a new lens: a Vivitar Series 1 75-210mm telephoto zoom lens made by Kiron.

Tuesday, November 21, 2006

Toronto by Night,

I went out after dark to work on a photo assignment with the Oakville Camera Club:long eposures at night. I used my OM-1 and Nikkormat Ftn along with Fuji Superia 400. The lenses are set to f16 with 30 second exposures.

Thursday, November 09, 2006

More concert photography. I got the email from my friend Ian, he was looking for a photographer to document the Shanks CD Release Party. Trading under the stage name St Pistolwhip Von Shankenstein, along with the drummer Furious Homecooked tore the roof off of Lithuania House back on Friday November 3, 2006. I hope the CD goes far.

Sunday, October 22, 2006

This is a reminder of what a nice sunny day looks like. It has been grey, damp and miserable for the last week and I am wondering if I am coming down with a case of SAD before even winter hits. I took these shots Thanksgiving Weekend up in Caledon Ontario at the Forks of the Credit Provincial Park and Belfountain Ont. The secret is go first thing in the morning as the park itself on a nice day is busier than a shopping mall at Chirstmas. I am itching to go out and shoot,I am just not keen doing it on a rainy day. I plan to head back up if its a nice weekend, if we get one in the next few weeks. I used my Nikon F2 with Fuji Velvia 100 and Kodak E100GX slide film. I also tried out my new Nikkor 24 f2.8 wideangle lens on the Befountain General Store, really cool lens.

Friday, October 06, 2006

Fall Colour! The only real way to document this is with colour slide film and I used this time out Kodak E100VS in my Nikon F2. Who needs a Polariser, I got eye popping colour and the best time is in the morning before the tourists hit the road. I am comparing Fuji Velvia 100 with the E100VS (very saturated) and E100GX which has a warm tone. Stay tuned for the results. I also picked up a pre AI Nikkor 24 f2.8 and that will also get a workout on the F2 this weekend.

Saturday, September 30, 2006

Welcome to University of Toronto, my alma mater. I really should take more pictures around here more often because there is a lot of subject material. The other part is the fun documenting with one camera and focal length, in this case my Contax IIIa, a 50 year old 35mm rangefinder with a 50 f2 Sonnar lens. I used Agfa Silvertone 400 film with 1:25 Rodinal for processing. I heard an urban myth that Minox picked up Agfa's production line and will continue production of Silvertone/APX. I will believe it when I see it. Enjoy the photos.