Thursday, November 30, 2017

Bloor St. and Points North

A few weeks ago I was up in in the Yonge/Bloor Area and points north on a Sunday morning. I was meeting up with my friend John Meadows for a shoot. The lighting of course is the endless grey skies we get from the middle of October to about May the following year. I shot with my Nikon FE2 with Rollei Retro 400S which gives me the contrast I need to get through polished cement skies.

Camera: Nikon FE2, Nikkor Ai and Ais lenses.
Film: Rollei Retro 400S, HC110 B.

One Bloor St. East

Which Crosswalk?

Scollard and Davenport_

Concert Hall or Masonic Temple

Sidewalk Sale On Yonge

Tuesday, November 28, 2017

Part Two with the Pentax ME Super (the $35 Special)

The ME Super is a pretty stealthy SLR, in fact, smaller than the Olympus OM2n it competed against. Like I said earlier, I scored this camera for $35, body only (I already owned the lens). The meter is spot on and the seals were good. This is going to be a regular in my briefcase for trips into the city and I can't take a full kit.

Camera: Pentax ME Super, SMC Pentax 50 f1.7 lens.
Film: Ilford HP5 400, HC110 B.

Not Bay 1 Bay 2

Cumberland Looking West on Thursday

Outdoor Coffee Seating

Top End of the Mink Alley

Yorkville Ave at Avenue Road

Waiting at the Light in a Range Rover

Prince Arthur Sidewalk

The Bedford Academy_

The Bedford Academy III

Thursday, November 23, 2017

Fun with a $35 Camera in the City (Pentax ME Super)

On a whim a few months back I picked up a Pentax ME super off the classifieds on the Pentax Forums for the all low price of $35. I already have a couple of K mount bodies (a pair of KX's and an MX), it would cool to have an AE body in the line up. This is a fun camera to shoot with on AE, actually quite intuitive. Switching over the manual, you realize quickly there's a bit of a learning curve because, instead of a dial Pentax went with two buttons to control shutter speed. It is a no tears,  no regrets camera, I paid very little for it, works great for now but if something goes wrong, I'll be more pissed at losing the roll of film and not the camera.

Camera: Pentax ME Super, SMC Pentax 50 f1.7 lens.
Film: Ilford HP5 400, HC110 B.

Parking Do Not Enter

Art Deco with Modernism

Plenty of Cabs_

Cherry Beach-Dufferin Loop Car

Walking Past the Stairs

Tuesday, November 21, 2017

Thursday, November 16, 2017

Limehouse On, Part One

 I have not been hiking all that much this year, thank you crappy Summer weather and a tender left knee. I've been out a few times this fall and I guess this is my "Fall Colours" hike. I like Limehouse Conservation Area, it has a lot of photography opportunities. I want to squeeze one more hike in before the snow flies, whether or not I will will all depend on the weather.

Also, I got my first generation Canon F-1 back from a CLA, I wanted to get rid of the shutter bounce at higher speeds, by and large it's gone. This camera was Canon's response to the Nikon F and early F2, it is a system camera and built like a tank, I wanted to try it out, normally I would roll with something lighter like an Olympus OM-1 or OM-2n if I'm on the trail. The F-1 is a fun camera to use, price wise they are all over the place depending on condition, and the seller.

Canon F-1, FD 50 f1.4 and 28 F2 SSC lenses.
Film: Kodak Portra 400.

Eastbound Via Train at Limehouse

Motoring in North Halton

Quarry Powder Magazine_

Black Creek

Light Through the Leaves

Inside the Hole in the Wall Two

Multiple Cracks

Crack in the Ground

Crack in the Escarpment 1

Ceders on the Edge

Tuesday, November 14, 2017

Fall in Elora Part Two

Compared to the older AE-1, the Canon AE-1 Program is a joy to use, and more intuitive than the
A-1 which was the all bells and whistles prosumer camera in Canon's line up. Sometimes simpler is better. I really love the bright viewfinder and with the AE-1 Program, changing film speed is no longer an arthritis inducing exercise.

As for shooting on a less than wonderful day in the fall, Kodak Portra 400 rocks. It has super wide latitude, personally I over expose at around 200 ISO to get the saturated look you see here.

Camera: Canon AE-1 Program, FD lenses. 
Film: Kodak Portra 400 

Yellow Maple Leaves

My Favourite Elora Property

Facepalmed Gargoyle_

Elora Flatiron Oct 2017

Metcalfe and Geddes Meet_

Creature Head

Door Options_

Mermaid Emporium Boat

Walking Past the Mermaid

Metcalfe and Church Sts

Backcountry Road

Thursday, November 09, 2017

Fall in Elora

Back in mid October I went up to Elora with friends for the Fall Toronto Film Shooters meet up. We decided to head outside the GTA slightly for some fresh territory for some. I always like an excuse to head up to Elora for the day. For some shooting even if the weather was threatening rain. I also had a chance to try out a new camera.

I was gifted a black Canon AE-1 Program courtesy my friend Joe Folino, a Toronto area film photographer who runs groups on Flickr, Meet Up and Facebook. The camera was in great shaped but needed some serious lubrication as it was squealing like a pig, once that was sorted out, it was  joy to use

Camera: Canon AE-1 Program, FD lenses.
Film: Kodak Portra 400

The Elora Mill Inn October 2017

Reflected Elora and Bridge

Karger Showroom

Mill Street Before the Action

Reflected Cast Iron Bridge

Inside the Courtyard

Wooden Gates

Bridge in the Distance