Tuesday, March 31, 2009

Scenes from Georgette Peter's opening day at the Sidespace Gallery. Photos are taken with my Leica M3 with a Canon 50 f1.4 LTM lens with Kodak Tri-x processed in Xtol 1+1.

I pulled my Leica M3 out of hibernation for a workout, this time incident metering instead of spot metering and I had revelation at how nice my negs turned out. I was using a Canon 50 f1.4 Leica Screw-mount lens with adapter for the M3 with no filter on the front and got the below results. I did a short walk along St. Clair Avenue West in Regal Heights Toronto before going to Georgette Peter's (a fellow member of the Flckr Toronto tribe) gallery opening. I really have to use my Leica more often, it is a really sweet camera.

Monday, March 30, 2009

I have to do some more night photography, what I did last week after a Third Tuesday Toronto Social Media event and I was blown away with the results with Kodak Tri-x. I am planning to do an Oakville by Night series and submit a print for Capture Oakville '09.

Sunday, March 22, 2009

Welcome to Spring! I took advantage to shoot in the city for a change after a fine winter of skiing and wandering around the Forks of the Credit. I find with spending time away from Toronto, I get to see it differently when I return. Some neighbourhoods I have over photographed and need a break, the best example being Kensington Market.

I love midtown Toronto and if I had move into the city from Oakville, I would give this part of the city some very strong consideration. The first photo was shot on the way in at the mouth of the Humber River, I love this bridge as a photo subject.

For this set I used my Nikon FM with the Nikkor Ai 28 f2.8 lens, shot Fomapan 200 and processed it in Rodinal at 1:50.

Wednesday, March 18, 2009

Shot these over the past two weekends, my ski season is over and so are the winter photographs. Spring is pretty much here so I am enjoying the nice weather and the lack of windchill. Geographically, the photos start at the back hill of the Caledon Ski Club, the Maclaren Side Road five mintutes southeast, and ending at the Cheltanham Badlands. I am coming back to Forks of the Credit later in April for a hike, there are a couple of side trails on the Bruce Trail I want to explore. Stay tuned.

I used my trusty Olympus OM-1md with Kodak Tri-x with one roll processed in both Xtol and the other in D-76, both were 1+1 dillutions. I forgot how nice D76 is with Tri-x, it renders a classic look and I get nice shadow detail at ISO 250.

Monday, March 09, 2009

I was over at my brother's place on the weekend and I got a chance to take some photos of my neice Charlotte. I have seen her since Marcus'(her big brother) birthday back in January. I can't believe she's turning two in early April.

The shoot gave me a chance to give the OM2-n a workout and test out some three year old expired Tri-x 400, it developed nicely in Xtol 1+1, my prefered developer of choice for this particular film.

Sunday, March 01, 2009

I'm back! With the new air purifier parts working properly, printing in the darkroom is a joy.

I pulled three negs from last Summer from my roadtrip to Wallaceburg with the Be Tiresmart Care-van team. I tried out the New Tmax 400 black and white film from Kodak in my Olympus OM-1, nice to shoot and also really nice to print. I used some gifted Ilford Multigrade IV RC glossy paper and I know I will have to fiddle with the exposure times a bit if I switch over to Kentmere or another paper.

What blows my mind is how fine the grain is on this 400 ISO film, on thing to notice it in the scanning process for uploading to the 'net, something else when you print from an enlarger.