Thursday, March 30, 2017

More On Agfa Vista 400 in the Beaches

This was my only roll of colour film I shot in the Beaches during March Break. What I found with Agfa Vista 400 or the Fujifilm stock used, when it's bright and sunny, it pops. When you get cloudy skies, it looses it's sizzle compared to Kodak Ultramax 400 and Lomography 400 (pretty much the same stuff) which I've shot in utterly dismal lighting in the past. I do have some Lomography F Squared film coming my way which is cold stored expired Film Ferrania Solaris 400, and I heard really good things about that.

Camera: Canon FTb, FD 50 f1.4 and 28 f2 SSC lenses.
Film: Agfa Vista 400

Christmas Tree Valhalla_

Sunny Day on the Boardwalk_

Blue Skies over the Beaches

Plastic and Lots of It

Little Red Corvette

Ends One Queen

Fire Station Clock Tower

Tuesday, March 28, 2017

Agfa Vista 400

 I ordered a couple rolls of Agfa Vista 400 c-41 film on a recent order from to experiment with. Ok first off, someone out there owns the Agfa name after the German part of the company went bust ten years ago. Vista 400 is made in Japan and the safe bet that manufacturer is Fujifilm. Photographers speculate it's rebadged Superia Extra 400, I don't know, it could be an industrial film. The thing with Fuji products is they tend to go towards the blue and green part of the colour spectrum, Vista 400 pulls in red. To a point, I would be a little scared to use this for portraiture because it would make people look ruddy. I see this film for what it is, a cheap and cheerful C-41 film, I would be using Kodak Portra 400 for critical work.

Camera: Canon FTb, FD 50 f1.4, FD 28 F2 SSC lens.
Film: Agfa Vista 400.

Queen St. and Sarah Ashbridge Crosswalk

Wooden Sunshine

Woodbine Townhouses

Cone Structure

Reflective Installation Pieces

Reflective Installation_

Sunday Afternoon on the Beaches Boardwalk

Leuty Ave Lifeguard Station Under Blue Skies and Puffy Clouds

Red and Blue Seats

Thursday, March 23, 2017

March Break in the Beaches: Walking in the Sort of Snow Storm

March Break can be hit or miss for weather, last Tuesday we were under a winter storm advisory with upwards of 30 cm of snow, well that was a little optimistic. It was cold, windy and dismal, and of course, I went out for a photo walk along the boardwalk and looped back up to Queen St. Sometimes the best photographic work comes from the most truly awful weather and it was a mean cold damp wind that went straight through me. The other big with crappy weather, being able to get what you want in terms of an image without photo bombing your shot.

If anyone is interested in checking out the art installations along the Beaches, they come down I believe at the end of the month.

Camera: Canon EF, FD 50 f1.4 and 28 f2 SSC lenses
Film: Rollei Retro 400S, HC110 B.

Sarah Ashbridge Snow Dusting

Snowcoverd Path to the Lake

Cone Art Installation_

Front Row Seats for the Waves

Beaches Signpost

Leuty Beach Shelter in the Storm

Rough Lake Ontario in a Storm

Christmas Tree Afterlife on the Beach

Rough Water Hitting the Beach

Empty Martin Goodman Trail_

Tuesday, March 21, 2017

March Break in the Beaches, The First of Many

I was back house and dog sitting in Toronto's Beaches neighbourhood at my brother's place, of course,  I like to do a lot of shooting here because I get never get tired of this part of the city. For some reason, I felt off last week. The film shots are coming, I have no idea what I'm getting because the weather for half the week was awful. That said I got around to exploring the Upper Beaches for a change

For now, I have some quickie shots taken on my iPhone of the art installations along the water. Every year students build large sculptures around the lifeguard chairs. Each in some way provokes some thought, especially the one with the discarded plastic water bottles. The installations are up until the end of March, after that they and the storm fences come down as the city preps the beaches for the Summer season.

Camera: iPhone SE, native photo app.







Thursday, March 16, 2017

Medium Format Cinestill 800T Alpha Roll

I got silly lucky to get access to an alpha roll of Cinestill 800T through the good folks at Downtown Camera a month ago. I had to shoot and get it back to them for processing as soon as possible as this was the very first production run and we had to document all the defects to work the kinks out of the manufacturing process. Life got in the way, or more accurately a cold that I managed to dodge for the longest time this winter finally caught up with me, so after a two week delay, I shot it off after an Oakville Camera Club meeting on Monday, February 27. I wanted a dead quiet downtown Oakville to get that one shot of Bru, a favourite local of mine, thankfully no one parked in front of it.

The thing with night photography is reciprocity failure, that point where the film just gives up. General rule of thumb if I'm shooting a roll of black and white Ilford HP5 at 400 ISO if I get a meter reading of eight seconds at F16 (we want lots of depth of field). the actual exposure time will be closer to 25 seconds to get the proper exposure. With Cinestill 800T being a tungsten balanced colour negative film based on Kodak Vision3 500T motion picture stock, you don't have to worry about that courtesy the super wide latitude, I can expose as low as 400 ISO or as high as 1200 without adjusting developing times, 800 ISO is the sweet spot. I did have to adjust the white balance in Lightroom a bit, straighten the image and crop slightly. Since these are lab scans and not my own in Jpeg files, I didn't fix the scratch in the one image. I much rather do that with a TIFF file which I'll do when I get the negatives over March Break.

Cinestill 800T rocks for long exposure night photography. You can expose for the meter reading without adjusting and would make a great indoor film for concert photography.

Camera: Mamiya C220f, Sekor 80 f2.8 lens.
Film: Cinestill 800T




Tuesday, March 14, 2017

More Back Half of Winter in Toronto

Note the lack of snow, this ain't good.....

Camera: Olympus OM-1md, Zuiko 50 f1.8 lens.
Film: Rollei Retro 400S, HC110 B.

Ryerson Image Centre_

Dundas Curves Right

Dundas St. Towards Yonge St

The Senator Restaurant

The Senator Restaurant Mural

At the Corner of Massey Hall

Storied Fire Escapes

Walking in Front of Massey Hall

Past the Elgin Box Office

Thursday, March 09, 2017

Back Half of Winter In Toronto

I love shooting with Rollei Retro 400S, and on a sunny day a few weeks ago I wanted to see how far I can go. If the Inuit have a thousand words for snow, we should have at least 500 words for the grey skies we've experienced this past winter (pewter anyone?). This film is great for those kind of days but how does it handle in the bright sun? Not too bad provided you expose at 200 ISO and develop normally.

On this little trip I tested out the MR9 battery adapter in my Olympus OM-1md, I rescued from the recycling bin. The camera itself was mint, everything worked perfectly including the meter but it was off due to the fact the camera tool the old 1.3volt mercury 625 battery. This is a handy solution and I'm quite happy with the exposures.

Camera: Olympus OM-1md, Zuiko 50 f1.8 and 35 f2.8 lenses.
Film: Rollei Retro 400S, HC110 B.

York St. Union Station Sign_

Front St. in the Bright Sun

Yonge and Temperance in the Shade_

Crystal at Lunch_

Tuesday, March 07, 2017

New to Me Canon P

I had a lightening strikes once opportunity to get a late 1950s vintage Canon P rangefinder camera. Back then it was considered an entry level camera into Canon's M-39 screw mount rangefinder system. The camera body itself is built like a tank, unlike the Leica M3 and M2 it was easy to load. Now the lens itself that came with the camera is going to need some TLC, there is oil on the aperture blades and I was told there was a small spot of fungus which isn't good for the lens. I still got the below images. The lens itself is going to be cleaned and overhauled soon.

Camera: Canon P Rangefinder, 50 f1.8 Canon Serenar Lens.
Film: Rollei RPX 400,  HC110 B.

Canon P

Queens Quay Wavy Deck Two

Another Moored Sailing Ship

Wavy Deck from the East

Queens Quay In the Slush