Saturday, December 24, 2011

Family Shot

Glenn Anne and Will

Back in October an old dear friend Anne Headon reached out to me via Facebook with a favour, she wanted some family portraits taken with her partner Glenn and son Will. I have known Anne since high school and I'm friends with her older brother David. Turns out her partner Glenn and I grew up in the same part of Montreal (Montreal West/Western NDG), it felt great meeting someone from the old neighbourhood who remembered landmarks and I wound up making a new friend from this photo shoot.

From what I took that day in the fall I think this image captures the joy of this family and Will is the spitting image of his dad.

Saturday, December 17, 2011

Walking Up Hazleton Avenue

Nice Rowhouses


Row Houses

Looking Up Hazelton Ave.

Photography in December in my part of the world is a fleeting opportunity with the late sunrises and early sunsets. I was fortunate to have a nice afternoon walking around Yorkville in Toronto last Sunday. I like the residential part of Hazleton Avenue with it's late 19th century architecture. If you have to ask how much the row houses are, you can't afford them.

Camera: Series E Rolleiflex with a 75 f3.5 Zeiss Planar Lens.
Film: Ilford HP5 400 processed in Xtol 1+1.

Tuesday, November 29, 2011

Hilton Falls On

Took a morning walk in the woods to scout out a future Oakville Camera Club outing. The original thought this would be the winter photography outing but I think this would work better as a late May/early June photo walk instead.

Hilton Falls

16 Mile Creek #1


On the Edge of the Escarpment

Camera: Series E Rolleiflex with 75 f3.5 Zeiss Planar Lens
Film: Ilford Delta 100 processed in Tmax 1+4 developer.

Tuesday, November 15, 2011

Wandering Around Downtown with a Leica in Hand

Camera: Leica M4-2 with either a Canon 50 f1.4 or Voightlander 35 f2.5 Color Skopar Lenses.

Film: Legacy Pro 400 processed in Xtol 1+1.

Location: Downtown Toronto very late afternoon on a Sunday late last month.

Alleyway Between Front and Esplanade

Behind the King Eddie

Crossing Bay

Crossing Wellington @ Bay

Side Street

Monday, November 14, 2011

The Nines at the Rivoli

Taken at the International Pop Overthrow at the Rivoli, Friday November 11.

An audio taste of the Nines:

I met the lead singer Steve Eggers back in university years ago and have been a big fan of the band since the early 1990s. I wish the Nines play a bit more often because most pop music these days is dreck.

Sunday, November 06, 2011

Cannington On.

Cannington Ontario is roughly an hour's drive North East of Toronto and my family settled there in the 1830s after coming over from Forres Scotland. George Smith was a merchant with his son (my great grand father) William George Smith taking over in the latter half of the 19th Century. It's a real small town and I can see why a bunch of Smiths (my branch of the family) moved down to Toronto before WW I. I went back up to explore, I think I was the first one back in two generations. It's nice to visualize where your family put down roots and later leave. The Smiths were a prolific bunch and have a lot of relatives spread out over Durham region and other parts of Ontario. Some I have met and others I have not. Cameron St. East. Sidewalk Scan-111031-0013 Scan-111031-0012 Scan-111031-0011 Hall Tower Family Plot (Meet the relatives) Concession Rd 11

Tuesday, October 18, 2011

Nikon F There's something cool shooting with Nikon F's and this one makes number three for me. This particular camera basically sat around a dry storeroom for almost 40 years and never got used and the meter works just nicely with Wein cells. Front St. Looking West Behind the King Edward Hotel Scan-111018-0007

Tuesday, October 11, 2011

The Hand Scan-111011-0007 Credit River Farm From Friday's hike up at Forks of the Credit Provincial Park after lunch. Camera: Rolleicord IV Film: Fomapan 100 processed in Xtol 1+1.

Tuesday, October 04, 2011

I have been using Vuescan as my software interface with my Epson V500 since I got my Macbook Pro back in July and with my black and white workflow, it's amazing. With colour film, still trying to get it just right and I think I'm getting there. Brimstone Side Trail Down Into the Valley Red Leaves. OCC Group Shot. This past weekend the Oakville Camera Club had an outing up at Forks of the Credit Provincial Park, thankfully the rain held off until 1 PM. It was fun even though I was leading a large group of photographers and one Australian who was scared she would get lost. The fall colours I found this year to be muted, partially because 40% of the leaves were already down after a storm that went through and it was a dry Summer.

Monday, September 19, 2011

Spring Spring Miriam Miriam 2 From the Friends of Bill Project, an open ended portrait series of friends and colleagues shot on a variety of gear and film. In this case: Mamiya C220f, 105 F3.5 Sekor lens (great for portraits). Film: Kodak Tmax 400, Tmax developer 1+4.

Thursday, September 08, 2011

Looking Down Bay St. Wow, City Days and City Nights opens this Saturday at 1 PM at Sovereign House in Oakville A little background on this project: I tapped my friend Les lengyel who was part of the In the Shadow of the GTA Greenbelt project last year and my brother Alex to do something really different in terms of subject. Everyone loves landscapes in the countryside but there is beauty in the city too. The goal of City Days and City Nights is highlight the urban landscape not to make a grand statement but to show when you start looking around you will see some interesting stuff, sometimes in the morning other times late at night. I hope to see you there, for further information and directions please visit the City Days and City Nights site.

Thursday, September 01, 2011

Mono Cliffs August 2011

You can never keep me away from Mono Cliffs Provincial Park for too long. Camera: Asahi Pentax Spotmatic F, various Super Multicoated Takumar lenses. Film: Legacy Pro (Fuji Neopan) 400, Xtol 1+1. Scanned with Vuescan interface and tweaked in Aperture. Just outside of Mono Cliffs Corner Barn Side Trail Scan-110831-0009 Scan-110831-0010 Ceder Trunks. Scan-110831-0013 Scan-110831-0015 Scan-110831-0014

Monday, August 08, 2011

The July Night Photography Outing on Toronto Island with the Oakville Camera Club.

Ok, we had the best of intentions when we planned this night shoot from Toronto Island back in the dark depths of winter. Who knew Taylor Swift was playing the Air Canada Centre and parking went from the usual $10 flat rate to $30. We got to Centre Island and migrated over to Olympic Island and I got this:

Toronto at Dusk

Toronto Island security came along and kicked us off Olympic Island with the reason being it was closed for an event. All I could see was the remains of an event with a stage being torn down, what ever, we migrated over to Centre Island and I then captured the skyline in all its glory:

Toronto Skyline

That was the easy part, getting off Centre Island was a challenge after 10 PM. It seems there was a large Indian cultural festival and the City of Toronto in it's infinite wisdom did not schedule extra ferries to get people off the island. We spent an hour and a half in line, it got annoying when Western Hare Krishna converts started chanting non stop with a good natured fanaticism only converts to any new religion embrace.

Personally I don't care what you believe in, please don't share in a long slow moving line with hordes of other tired people who just want go home and sleep.

Camera: Mamiya C220, various Sekor lenses.
Film: Kodak Portra 160 NC.

Harbourfront 2011

I had a chance to do a solo photo walk of Harbourfront before the July Oakville Camera Club photo outing on Toronto Island where we shot the skyline at dusk and after nightfall. I love Harbourfront, busy in the Summer and bitter cold in the winter and there's always something going on.

Camera: Nikkormat Ftn, Nikkor O 35 f2 lens.
Film: Ilford Delta 400 processed in Tmax 1+4.

Tourist Boat

Gift Shop

Busker II

We all want a boat moored here.

Tugboat and the Empire Sandy