Friday, August 17, 2018

Leaving Parkdale for Sunnyside #2018TOPWrs

This is an interesting stretch of Queen Street, it is the very west end of Parkdale, King St. curves north and becomes Roncesvalles, and Queen St. becomes the Queensway. At the west end of King, there used to be the Sunnyside Train Station that served Grand Trunk and later Canadian National, it was closed in 1967 when GO Transit having took over commuter rail service decided not to serve that neighbourhood. One can wonder what Parkdale and Sunnyside would be like if GO Transit did stop there in 1967 onwards. The train station most likely would would have been preserved and Parkdale would not have declined in the 1970s. It would also affect the neighbourhoods to the north like Sunnyside and Roncesvalles Village, at this point it is pure speculation. GO Transit decided to stop at Exhibition instead.

Walking up into Roncesvalles is always fun, it reminds me a bit of the neighbourhood I grew up in Montreal, particulary when you go further up towards High Park Boulevard. I love walkable neighbourhoods like this, sadly something you don't see in the suburbs much. I have to come back here at some point this year before the snow comes.

Camera: Minolta SRT 101, MC Rokkor 55 f1.7 lens.
Film: Kodak Tri-X 400, Xtol 1+1.

Lighting Shop

Grand Trunk

Looking East Into Parkdale

Looking East on te West end of Queen

504 King Car Peeking Through

Apartment Front Entrace Bike Parking

Galley Food Market II

The Fruit Village

Wednesday, August 15, 2018

Parkdale #2018TOPWrs Part Two

Parkdale is a constantly evolving neighbourhood always fun to explore.

Camera: Minolta SRT 101, MC Rokkor 55 f1.7 lens.
Film: Kodak Tri-X 400, Xtol 1+1.

Skyline Sign_

Waiting for the Walk Signal_

Bicycle Sign

North Side of Queen in Parkdale_

Wine Selection_

Monday, August 13, 2018

Parkdale #2018TOPWrs

The fun continues through Parkdale...

Camera: Minolta SRT 101, MC Rokkor 55 f1.7 lens.
Film: Kodak Tri-X 400, Xtol 1+1.

Pampered Old Pick Up

Mystery Shed Two

Looking Down Dufferin

Dufferin and Queen One

Mike and Madeline_

Parkdale Side Door

Tagged Tunnel

Patriotic Storefront


Under the Skyline_

Friday, August 10, 2018

Little Portugal and Parkdale #2018TOPWrs

Last weekend I went on a great photowalk in Toronto's Little Portugal and Parkdale lead by Mary Flint Crandall. I belong to a group called Toronto Photo Walks, and they explore neighbourhoods in the city. While mostly digital shooters TOPW are friendly and inclusive, if you're into photography regardless of medium, looking to meet new friends and explore the city, you'll love this group.

I've been on a Minolta kick of late, especially with my SRT 101, it is a fun camera to shoot with. I shot a roll of Cinestill 50D through my black 101 and you won't see those photos for a bit, my go to C-41 lab is closed for vacation. It was the perfect system for this walk, I might take my SRT 202 and XE-7 into the city for my stay at my brother's place.

Camera: Minolta SRT101, MC Rokkor 55 f1.8 lens.
Film: Kodak Tri-X 400, Xtol 1+1.

Safe House Coffee

Elite Plumbing Supply_

Vicki Looking for Subject Matter

End of the Street

St. Clarens Avenue

Posters for Sale


Co-op Cabs_

Wandering the Streets

Wednesday, August 08, 2018

Minolta SRT 101 in Yorkville

Going back from what I shot mid week in Toronto's Yorkville neighbourhood (our Magnificent Mile), leaves me with huge respect for what you could get out of an SRT series Minolta, particulary one roughly the same age as you are.

Camera: Minolta SRT 101, MC Rokkor 55 f1.7 lens, MC Rokkor X 28 f2.8 lens.
Film: Kodak Tri-X 400, Xtol 1+1.

Looking Down St. Thomas St

Kit Ace Alleyway

Looking Towards Cumberland_

Wooden Crossroads

Sitting in the Shade

The Gelato Shop 2018

Yorkville Alleyway July 2018

Walking in Front of the Oxley

Jittery Batman

Hazelton Ave Patio_

Exclusive Coffee Truck_

Monday, August 06, 2018

I have a pair of Minolta SRT 101's, one silver, pictured here made in my guess 50 years ago, and black one made in the early 1970s. Minolta was an innovator during their heyday, back in the mid 1960s while other brands were getting a handle on TTL metering, the SRT 101 had CLC (Contrast Light Compensator) or proto matrix metering. What I like about this on super bright days I can get better exposures, pretty good for a 52 year old camera design.

Camera: Minolta SRT 101, MC Rokkor 55 f1.7 lens.
Film: Kodak Trix-X 400, Xtol 1+1.

Silver Minolta SRT 101.

Union Station Crowds_

Peeking Onto te Union Station Patio

Looking Down Front St

Bay St. Half in the Sun

Crossing on the West Side of Wellington and Bay

Lunching in Front of the TD Centre