Tuesday, January 31, 2017

Thursday, January 26, 2017

Throwback To Fall 2006 Caledon On on Kodachrome 64 in the Fall

I've been going through old work lately, in particular stuff I shot on Kodachrome 64. I really wish I used more of this back when it was still available. I shot this back in Fall 2006 a year after my dad passed. I was still dealing with his death and nothing was going quite right, I gave up my first attempt at online dating (in hindsight maybe not the best time while dealing with the loss of a parent but I was lonely, so there) and I was between jobs at the time. I needed to get out of the house and do some photography, I left early one weekday morning with one camera, one lens and one roll of Kodachrome and drove up into Caledon exploring the countryside during the week. I needed time alone to clear my head and explore.

Yes, Kodak Alaris has made noises about exploring the possibility of bringing Kodachrome back, I really want to believe that will happen, it sadly most likely won't. Here's why, Kodachrome was one of the oldest colour films on the market and had insanely good archival properties, photos taken in 1937 would look like they were taken yesterday. The big downside with Kodachrome, deep down it's a black and white film with a very involved 14 step developing process involving dye couplers to give the colour. Problem is some of those processing chemicals were quite nasty and were banned by the EPA in the United States. For now I can get a similar look with Cinestill 50D which is essentially Kodak Vision 50 with the Rem-jet coating removed. What would be cool if Kodak Alaris created a new E-6 slide film with the colour signature of Kodachrome. In the mean time I'm looking forward to E-100 hitting the market again. One can dream....

Camera: Nikon F Photomic Tn, Nikkor-S 50 f1.4 lens.
Film: Kodachrome 64

Lower Base Line Road in 2006

Badlands back in 2006

Mississauga Road in the Fall_

Wortly's Wiggle Off Season

Downtown Alton_

North Caledon Credit River_

Mississauga Rd South of Alton

Erinn Village Convenience Flowers and Video

Tuesday, January 24, 2017

Night Time on the Boardwalk

I haven't done a lot of night photography of late even less in black and white. I met up with my friend John Meadows, do click through and check out his blog, I love his photography, anyway, wandering off topic a bit. He wanted to test out a film for night photography on the boardwalk in the Beaches, I came along for the ride.

Shooting night photography with film is done 98% of the time on a tripod, a decent one like a Manfrotto, Gitzo or Vanguard and avoid the cheapie stamped aluminum jobs you used to find at Black's Photo. I chose Ilford HP5 400, I've shot kilometres of the stuff over the years and I know it behaves in my go to developers and it has great reciprocity characteristics. What does that mean? Say if I wanted to expose a shot at night the light meter says 15 seconds at F11, in reality, to get what I want, I have to expose for 50 seconds. Film manufacturers have tech sheets for reference here's an example from Ilford's HP5 400

I got great results in 35mm but I have to do more black and white night photography, especially in medium format, the results are even better.

Camera: Nikon FM, Nikkor Ai 50 f2 lens.
Film: Ilford HP5 400, HC110 B

Night Time on the Boardwalk Two


Thursday, January 19, 2017

Leslieville Just Before 2017

During my short stay over the Christmas Break in Toronto, I got a chance to wander around lover Riverdale and Leslieville along Queen Street. I like the east end more than the west end these days if I were asked to pick which part of Toronto I would rather live in. Short answer, food, there are a lot of great restaurants and pubs in this neighbourhood along with a microbrewery I've walked past on several occasions and never gone in, yet. The other thing development is not over the top compared to Queen West, especially near Dufferin.

Now the sun started to poke through and I got a chance to see how Rollei Retro 400S would handle bright sunlight. You won't be needing a yellow filter to bump contrast with this film. Again expose at around 200 ISO instead of box speed, process as per online instructions (the development chart in the packaging is way off) or the Massive Development Chart and you'll get some magic.

Camera: Nikon N90s (F90X), Nikkor AF 50 f1.8 lens.
Film: Rollei Retro 400S, HC110 B.

Victorian Commerical Building

Lucky Star

North Side of Queen St. in Leslieville_

Passing 501 Streetcars in Leslieville

Fish Head

South Side of Queen St. in Leslieville_

Waiting Patiently for Master


Monday, January 16, 2017

Lower Riverdale Between Christmas and New Year's

I took my Nikon N90s with me to the Beaches over the hump time between Christmas and New Years and got a chance to try out my Christmas present, a Nikkor second generation AF 50 f1.8 lens. It's been ages since I messed around with an autofocus lens and found it fun to work with. I used the camera on manual and on single focus as opposed to continuous autofocus (great for moving objects).

This was also a chance to test Rollei Retro 400S, now first off it is not really 400 ISO in HC110 B which is my go to developer, more like 200 ISO. With all the recent hype with Japan Camera Hunter's Street Pan 400, I wanted to try another near infrared film and see what it can do. Oh baby this has fine grain and handles lousy grey days as well as JCH400. Rollei Retro 400S is coated on a clear polyester base which means you have be careful loading the camera, stay away from windows, otherwise you will fog the first three frames! I just ordered some more of this film and I want to try it on brighter days to see how it will handle.

Camera: Nikon N90s, Nikkor Af 50 f1.8 lens.
Film: Rollei Retro 400S, HC110 B.

The Don River Trench_

Don Valley Parkway Mid Day

The Davies Ave

Davies Ave and Don Valley Parkway Entrance

Merchants of Green Coffee

Doorway to Good Coffee

Lower Riverdale Side Street

Hamilton Street_

Broadview Station Bound Street Car_

Standing in front of Dangerous Dan's_

Thursday, January 12, 2017

Winding Down in the Beaches.

I spend New Year's Eve in the Beaches, my brother takes his family to Montreal, I look after Rufus and the house. It's a nice change of scenery any time of the year and I decided to compare JCH 400 to Rollei Retro 400s (upcoming blog post). I do want to support Japan Camera Hunter's film. It's good for film photography to have another emulsion on the market. There has been some controversy within the community, some photographers think JCH400 is dead stock Agfa product when it's a traffic surveillance film put back into production. I think people are annoyed at paying $15 a roll for a niche film. It's not cheap but the more people buy the cheaper it gets due to the volume in the manufacturing process. So let's hope Bellamy of Japan Camera Hunter gets an opening order for a skid load of Street Pan 400 from B&H Photo.


Camera: Nikon FM, Nikkor Ai 50 f2 lens.
Film: JCH 400, HC110 B.

Seriously off Season

Gloomy Late December Afternoon Walk

Plastic Walkway to the Beach

Infill Town Houses

The Sun on the Post

Looking up to 17_

No Patio Action at the Breakwall

Strolling on the South Side of Queen St

Neville Park Bound 501

Whitlocks in December

All Seeing Heads

Queen St. East Rush Hour




Tuesday, January 10, 2017

New Year Season in Toronto

Again, Japan Camera Hunter Street Pan 400 is a great film for dark gloomy days, in particular just after a winter snowfall that left behind a lot of slush.

Camera: Nikon FM, Nikkor Ai 50 f2 lens.
Film: JCH Street Pan 400, HC110 B

Slushy Chester

Messy Danforth

Gloomy  Danforth

Houses on Chester_

Tuesday, January 03, 2017

JCH Street Pan 400 In My Neighbourhood

Two things have been re enforced with me, one JCH Street Pan 400 is a great lousy day film and shooting around your own neighbourhood is tough if you lived there a long time...

Camera: Nikkormat FTn, Nikkor H 50 f2 and 28 f3.5 lens.
Film: Japan Camera Hunter Street Pan 400, HC110 B.

Mothballed Boats

Semi Thawed 16 Mile Creek

Cedar Texture_

Gairloch Mansion

Rough Lake Ontario_

House on William St

51 Reyonolds_

Larry Cain Trail to Allan St