Thursday, July 26, 2012

Colour Photography with a Leica M4-2


Country Church in Colour

On the Corner of Main St.

Maclaren Side Road.

Dominion St. Southbound

When you drop name Leica, you first think of the black and white images of Henri Cartier Bresson, Alfred Eisenstadt and other greats. Nobody thinks much of colour photography with M mount rangefinder cameras which is a pity because C-41 film renders really well with this system. I should have brought this down to NYC back in the spring.

Camera: Leica M4-2, various M-mount lenses both Leica and Voightlander various focal lengths.
Film: Kodak Ektar 100.

Tuesday, July 24, 2012

Caledon Ontario Seen through Square Format.

Belfountain Antiques.


Sunday Morning Ride

Other Side of the Bridge

Yet More Badlands.

Camera: Series E 75 f3.5 Zeiss Planar Rolleiflex twin lens reflex camera.
Film: Fuji Neopan Acros 100 processed in Xtol 1+1 for 9.5 min.
(note: This is my new favourite 100 ISO film for medium format and I'm going to buy a lot of it in the next film re-stock).

Shot in and around Belfountain Ontario and the Cheltanham Badlands.

I don't own any property in this neck of the woods but I consider this part of Caledon Ontario my second home. There is something restorative to the psyche when I visit up here to hike or ski and I come back refreshed.

My Rolleiflex is getting a lot of action these days and I adore the results I'm getting with Fuji Neopan Acros 100 film. In fact it has become my favourite 100 ISO film if I'm shooting medium format square, especially processed in Xtol 1+1 dilution at 9minutes 30 seconds. There is no grain, at least none I can see on my year old Macbook Pro screen which is pretty damn good.  In my next film purchase I'm putting a lot of medium format Neopan Acros on the order. 

Monday, July 16, 2012

Family Farm and Barn Ruins.

Family Farm


Barn Ruins I

Barn Ruins III

Camera: Series E Rolleiflex with a 75 f3.5 Zeiss Planar Lens
Film: Fuji Neopan Acros 100 processed in Xtol 1+1.

Location: Caledon On. 

Tuesday, July 10, 2012

Further off the Path

One thing I love about the Oakville Camera Club I co-founded six years ago is members from time to time put together informal photo outings. The original idea I had was a mid town photo walk after dark and do some long exposure night photography.

the event morphed quickly when my friend Anna's cousin Xenia and co-worker Alicia came on board as models. Long time readers of my blog know I shoot usually black and white and mostly landscapes and streets capes with available light. Shooting with a flash after sundown, with colour film and a pair of gorgeous models, whom I can't thank enough for coming out was a fresh experience.

The end result was a shoot in a mid town Toronto alleyway learning the finer points of my Nikon SB-16b Speedlight which was prone to overheating. Couple that with dropping my portrait lens, I was surprised I got the results I did.

Sadly, my Nikkor Ais 105 f2.5 portrait lens has oil on the aperture blades, the big question,  repair or replace or buy a second portrait lens and get the first one fixed.

We had a blast (equipment issues aside) and we'll be returning to that alleyway for some available light shooting during the "golden hour" of light and dinner at the Rebel House soon.

The technical bits: 
Camera: Nikon N90s with either a Nikkor Ais 50 f1.4 or 105 f2.5 portrait lens. 
Flash: Nikon SB-16b 
Film: Kodak Portra 400. 


Xenia in Front of the Door

Alicia is on the Ball