Wednesday, December 31, 2014

Happy New Year!

It's time 2014 got shown the door, while my year was pretty good in the grand scheme of things, most of my friends and colleagues had in one form or another a tough year.  Some of them it was career setbacks or relationships going sour, others bad life events, the majority it was a loss of a loved one.  If you suffered a bad case of horrible year, regardless what happened, repeat after me, "2014, I'm kicking your sorry ass to the curb, and don't come back!"

I wish you all a safe Happy 2015, it's a clean page, what are you going to put on it?


Flurries on the Credit River

Wednesday, December 24, 2014

Closing in the End of the Year.

I'm back on familiar ground and happy to have a camera in my hand for a change. This past weekend I was up in skiing at the Caledon Ski Club, unlike last year when we had real winter, it's looking a lot more like a brown/green Christmas with a bit of half melted snow for accents.

Exploring the back roads of Caledon On before and after skiing is going to be the activity over the next few months. Now if we can only get a nice dump of the white fluffy stuff....

Have a Merry Christmas and a safe happy New Year!



Camera: Olympus OM-1n, Zuiko 50 f1.8 lens
Film:  Ilford HP5 400, HC110 B.

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Top of Wortley's Wiggle



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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

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The other Flatiron Building



Wednesday, December 10, 2014

Headshots

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.

Lindsay

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.



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