Thursday, August 31, 2017

Back to Leslieville

Two things, one, Fuji Neopan Acros 100 in medium format sings in Tmax developer in the 1+4 dilution. The other, I still think the East End is cooler than the West End in Toronto.

Camera: Mamiya C220f, Sekor 80 f2.8 lens.
Film: Fuji Neopan Acros 100, Tmax 1+4 developer

Pair of Fancy Bikes

Art at 18

10A

Secret Street Row Houses

Purple Penguin Coffee

In Front of the Leslieville Ed's

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More Fun With Expired Fuji Provia 100F

I plan to shoot more slide film, while I love shooting Kodak Ektar 100 and Portrait 400, there's something about Provia 100F and Velvia 50. I can't wait until Ektachrome comes out...

Camera: Nikon FE2, Nikkor Ai 50 f2 lens.
Film: Fuji Provia 100F, expired a decade ago and freezer stored.

Saturday Morning in August on Lakeshore

Piazza Bistro Patio_

Quarter to Ten in the Morning

Super Quiet on Lakeshore_

Weekend Brunch at Sunrise

Tuesday, August 29, 2017

Sometimes I shoot Slide Film

I haven't shoot E-6 in a very long time, a year or two ago I came across a ziplock back full of Fuji Provia 100 slide film expired sometime last decade. Being freezer stored I wasn't too worried yet on the same token you don't want to be using this for critical work. I tried a roll out for a walk around Oakville a few weeks ago.

Actually, I think digital shooters would take to slide film like ducks to water as you have to expose for the highlights. Having shot Portra 400 and Ektar 100 for the past six or so years I kinda lost my groove a bit. I also found slide trickier to scan, I have to re-learn. Shooting slide isn't' cheap, you're looking at $20+ a roll for Fuji Provia 100 or Velvia 100, I have no idea what Kodak is going to charge for the soon to be re-introduced Ektachrome 100, as for Ferrania, who knows at this point, some day, maybe.

The other challenge is processing. You can go the Walter White route but the temperature is critical, it is easy to screw up and I don't have the comfort level. The other option is ship slide film off to Borealis in Montreal and I have to say they did a great job with a 10+ old roll of Provia.

Camera: Nikon FE2, Nikkor Ai 50 f2 lens.
Film: Fuji Provia 100F expired sometime last decade and freezer stored.

Dingle Park Path Looking West_

Rocks By the Lake

TOWARF Boat

Summer Flower Setting_

Showing the Maple Leaf

Friday, August 18, 2017

Sunday in the Beach

Funny how weather can change in a day....

Camera: Olympus OM-2n, Zuiko lenses.
Film: Lomography F Squared 400

Woodbine Beach Pond

When Lakeshore Becomes Woodbine

Tale of Two Roadsters

Great Day for a Walk on the Boardwalk III

Action at the Lifeguard Station

Rowing out Onto the Lake_

High Water Protection for the Beach

Saturday in the Beaches Continued

There's trouble in paradise, there always been high retail turnover in the Beaches, but it has gotten worse over the past two or three years. A lot of retailers are either calling it a day or more moving up to Kingston Rd. Gerrard St. or the Danforth for cheaper space. I don't blame them. The big problem is rent is steep and getting steeper. My guess a few landlords who have the retail strip sewn up got greedy. The recent commercial property tax increases are probably not helping either.

Here's the challenge with the Beach, it's a desirable neighbourhood, people will pay stupid money to get a piece of heaven in the 416. My guess there's a more than a few people who are over mortgaged, you could say that with Oakville too. That doesn't help the local retailer because people aren't spending, helps to have a viable business and marketing plan too. One thing I am happy about is Bud's Coffee is still around for now.

Camera: Olympus OM-2n, Zuiko 50 f1.4 lens.
Film: Ferrania F Squared 400

Black Eyed Susans

Kew House I

Kew Gardens Path_

Passing In Front of Bud's

Binz for Rent and Bud's Staying Put

Ends Winding Down

Beaches Fire Hall

Shopping at Meat on the Beach

Corner of Murphy's Law

Concrete Tank

Rorschach Brewery_


Saturday in the Beaches.

Summer 2017 in Toronto has been awful. I spent the August long weekend in the Beaches like I always do and organized a Photowalk with some friends. The forecast for Saturday was 30% showers. Who would have thought we actually would get them. Let's just say the weather has been positively British  (cool and damp) and leave it that on Saturday.

I'm running down my supply of Lomography F Squared 400 which any savvy film photographer knows is nothing more than freezer stored (aged) Ferrania Solaris 400. Out of the camera systems I own, the results through Zuiko glass is my favourite. So yeah, Ferrania, get your shit together and make a new batch of Solaris 400 already.



Camera: Olympus OM-2n, Zuiko lenses.
Film: Lomography F Squared 400

Water Pumpin Station

Doorway with Lamps_

Sandy Spot

East end of the Beach

Lots of Seats_

Front Row Seats to Awful Weather_

Lifeguard Boat

Leuty Ave Life Guard Hut with Clouds




Thursday, August 17, 2017

Uxbridge Ontario

I've always driven through Uxbridge but never had a chance to stop and look around. A lunch date gave me that excuse and I have come back up here at some point in the fall to explore some more and pay another visit to Second Wedge Brewing company.

Camera: Olympus OM-4, Zuiko Lenses
Film: Rollei RPX 100, Xtol 1+1.

Diagonal Parking on Brock St.

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Corner of Brock and Toronto

Roxy Cinema

Uxbridge Library

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Looking Into the Second Wedge

Second Wedge Sign

Quaker Hill Barn

6th Concession Rd.