Monday, May 22, 2017

Spring in Toronto Part Three

The city came back to life when the temperature goes above +10c.

Camera: Nikon F2SB, Nikkor Pre Ai 50 f1.4 lens, Nikkor H 38 f3.5 lens.
Film: Ilford HP5 400, HC110 B.

Walking Along King St

Waiting at King and Bay

Looking Down the Bay St. Canyon

Crossing Temperance at Yonge St

Coffee on the Patio at Dineen _


Thursday, May 18, 2017

Spring in Toronto Part Two

I'm downtown a fair bit.....

Camera: Nikon F2SB, Nikkor Pre Ai 50 f1.4 lens.
Film: Ilford HP5400, HC110 B.

Suits At The Top of The Stairs

Lotsa Cattle

Detoured 501 on King St. Waiting for the Green

Black and White Tulips_

The TD Centre

New, and Old Streetcars


Tuesday, May 16, 2017

Spring in Toronto Part One

Spring has taken its time arriving in Southern Ontario, even then Toronto comes back to life in April.

Camera: Nikon F2SB, Nikkor Pre Ai 50 f1.4 lens.
Film: Ilford HP5 400, HC110 B.

Front St. In Front of Union Station and Royal York

Backside of the Flatiron_

Flatiron Spire_

Crossing South at Front and Church

Reflected Architectural Layers


Thursday, May 11, 2017

Elgin County Railway Museum Grounds, St Thomas Ontario

I last visited the Elgin County Railway Museum back in 2014, didn't really shoot all that much at the time and focused mostly on the exhibit inside. I stopped by on the way to Port Stanley in the morning to shoot around the grounds. This used to be home base for Canada Southern Railway. I have family connections to the Canadian Railway industry both with Canadian National and Canadian Pacific, but I never hear of CASO. It stretched from Windsor to Niagara Falls and was built in the 1850s, like a lot of 19th century railways, CASO was a financial failure and consolidated with a much bigger company, in this case Michigan Central, and later its parent company New York Central.

For much of the 20th century CASO was the railway short cut between Chicago and New York, the NYC Wolverine would pass through St.Thomas, major maintenance centre for New York Central. Even well into the 1970s you could hop an Amtrak Train along CASO in Ontario and go direct to Chicago or New York. In the end this railway was bought up by CN and CP for the trestle across the Niagara River and the tunnel under the St. Clair River, most of the rails were pulled up and the right of way left be. It's going to be while before the Wolverine is going to stop in St. Thomas again.

I wanted to capture the train station, the abandoned freight cars and what was left of the track. There was a lot to work with, I plan to go back and shoot in colour this Summer.



Camera: Nikon F2S, Nikkor S.C 50 f1.4 lens, Nikkor Q135 f2.8 lens, Ais 28 f2.8 lens.
Film: Kentmere 100, Rodinal 1+50

Flatbed Car End

CP Rail Box Car

THB Hopper Car

Train Yard Switches Removed II

Canada Southern Train Station

Been a While Since the Last Wolverine Passed Through

Former New York Central Tracks

CASO Train Station Doors and Windows

CASO Train Station Doors_

Canada Southern Train Tracks

Tuesday, May 09, 2017

A Brief Stop in Port Stanley

I honestly wanted to show you more of Port Stanley, but there was a problem. I picked up a Nikon FM with a perfect Nikkor 50 f2 Ai lens at the London Vintage Camera Show the day before . The camera looked perfect, sounded perfect but I didn't crack the back open to see that the shutter was capping up to 1/125 and from 1/250 of a second the front shutter curtain was't opening at all. Copal shutters are bomb proof until they are not. I did my research and found out, what happens to me does happen on occasion, nothing a trip to the camera repair tech can't fix. Once repaired, the Nikon FM will get a lot of use this Summer.

That said, my Nikon F2S was working great and you got some beautiful black and white shots to look at. The colour will have to wait until Summer.

Camera: Nikon F2S, Nikkor S.C. 50 f1.4 lens mostly.
Film: Kentmere 100, Rodinal 1+50

Welcome to Port Stanley

Draw Bridge

Port Stanley Building

Lake Trawlers in Port Stanley

Royka Bros

Lake Trawlers

LR Jackson

Bastien Bros on Monday






Thursday, May 04, 2017

London Ontario, A Lighting Fast Road Trip

I drove down to London Two Sunday's ago to pay a visit to my old friend Jean-Pierre Faucher and check out the London Vintage Camera Show. It was an opportunity to wander around downtown London and do some photography on the way back to Oakville the day after we'll look at those photos later.

The London Vintage Camera Show is a cool event, it's more intimate than the Toronto Camera Shows and I find much friendlier. I managed to score a perfect Nikkor Ai 50 f2 lens (can't get enough that glass) along with a perfect looking chrome Nikon FM. I got a great opportunity to meet two people I met via two Facebook Photography groups. Anda Marcu is the next closest Film Shooters Collective member to me and it was great to place a face to the name and Dan Hebert who I know via Creative Film Photography.

 J.P and I went for lunch at a great brewpub called Toboggan and did a photo walk afterward.


Camera: Nikon F2S, Nikkor S.C. 50 f1.4 lens.
Film: Rollei RPX 400, HC110 B.

Hyman and Richmond St

Street Rod

The Dominion Building_

D&R Smoke Shop

Dundas St

City Lights Bookstore Entrance

Heritage Window Detail

Mr. Faucher_

Hotel Entrance on the Corner

Sherman Tank in the Park

Sheamus II

Tuesday, May 02, 2017

Efke 100, Part Two

Yeah, Efke 100, lovely film, as you can see below, even a few years past its best before date, it still sings, especially in Kodak HC110 developer. Now this film needs babying, my processing flow is this, pre soak for a minute or two as I mix up the B dilution, process like I always do. I use a water stop for a minute, then fix for about seven minutes, and then standard rinsing. You have to be careful with Efke as the emulation side is quite delicate, I use my fingers as a squeegee to get rid of excess water.

The film base curls like crazy, and is a dust magnet (more due to the drying environment). As you can see with the portraiture results below. Yes there are dust specs, I know. You have no idea how much I picked off with Adobe Lightroom. But the results...

Camera: Nikon F2 Photomic, Nikkor S 50 f1.4 lens, Nikkor Q 135 f2.8 lens.
Film: Efke 100, HC110 B.

Mom Sorting Puzzle Pieces

Vintage Topcon In Action_

Charlotte Looking_

Carpedia Entrance_

Lakeshore Road Looking East

Oakville Harbour