Wednesday, May 30, 2018

They Said It Was A Three Hour Tour, My Visit To Toronto Island

I haven't been to Toronto Island in ages, not since the disasterous night photography shoot from Olympic Island years ago. A few lessons learned from last time, first off, don't go in the afternoon, the line up for the ferry will stretch all the way to Queen's Quay, go in the morning, earlier the better for the decent light. Next tip get off either at Hanlan's Point or Ward's Island, everyone, and I mean EVERYONE wants to go to Centre Island. Once you're done, you will want to go home, don't go back via Centre Island Ferry Terminal, it will be a zoo.

It was a weird day lighting wise, when I left the house it was overcast, I decided to run with Kodak Tri-X 400 and I was going to process in Xtol at the other end, that would cover everything. By the time I got to the Toronto Island Ferry Terminal, the cloud cover started to break. I wanted the clouds to pop and put a yellow filter on the 50mm lens and got some great skyline shots. Walk just east of the Ward's Island and you have a great vantage points to choose from.

This and the next blog post are going to be photo heavy (it's a photoblog kids). What you see here is mostly shot on Ward's Island, the next post will be mostly Algonquin Island. Summer's here by and large and I one lunch recommendation, go to The Rectory Cafe, it's under new ownership by the braintrust behind the recently closed Merchant Tavern, the food is delicous.

Camera: Nikon FE, Nikkor S.C 50 f1.4 lens, Ais 105 F2.5 lens.
Film: Kodak Tri-X 400, Xtol 1+1.

Leaving the Ferry Terminal_

Sam McBride Docked

Harbourfront Skyline_

Toronto Skyline on the Water

West End of Harbourfront

Boarding for the Ride back to the Mainland

Toronto Skyline with Fluffy Clouds

Along Bayview

Ducks Lounging

Modernist Fixer Upper

Nice Spot for a Skyline View

Ward's Island St

First St. and Channel Av

First St. Cottage

Moored in the Inner Harbour_

Moored Speedboats

Monday, May 28, 2018

Wednesday, May 23, 2018

College St. Part One.

It's been ages since I have taken photos on College St. Now, that old saying, the more things change, the more they stay the same, really applies. Old spots I used to haunt like Bar Italia are gone, other places like Cafe Diplimatico aren't going anywhere.

I'm still experimenting with Fomapan 400, of course, I'm rating it at 250 ISO, this time I processed in Xtol stock developer as opposed to 1+1. I'm quite pleased with the results, there's a pleasing grain to the emulsion.

Camera: Nikon FE, Nikkor Ai 50 f1.4 lens.
Film: Fomapan 400, Xtol stock.




College St. Corner Patio_

Walking in Front of Kalander

Riding Home on College

Crossing Clinton at College

Three Umbrellas on Cafe Diplimatico Patio

Late Afternoon College St

Working on the Patio_









Monday, May 21, 2018

Colour of Spring Part Two

After lunch I doubled back through Cabbagetown and across the Don Valley. Bridge Point Health is an interesting complex to shoot with the modern wing and the old Don Jail. Wandering through Chinatown east the path went south into the Riverside neighbourhood.


Camera: Olympus OM-1n, Zuiko MC lenses.
Film: Kodak Ektar 100

Corner of Carlton and Parliament_

Tree in the Cabbagetown Front Yard

Cabbagetown One Lane St

Riverdale Farm Saturday Afternoon_

Afternoon Don Valley Crossing

Bridgepoint Health Spring 2018

Bridgepoint Health Spring 2018 Two

Former Don Jail in the Sun

Spring Flowers for Sale

Bricked up Front Entrance_



Wednesday, May 16, 2018

Colour of Spring Part One

Dry running photowalks is fun. As you figured out I went out with my Rolleiflex and
Olympus OM-1n, both are great cameras. Sadly something went wrong with my Olympus OM-1n meter, and relied on Sunny 16 for the remainder of the day, which was pretty easy as there was no cloud in the sky for most of the day. I wandered from my starting point at the Rooster Coffeehouse on Broadview through Cabbagetown and then doubled back after lunch and went south. My cardinal rule for photowalks, start with coffee, end with beer.

I haven't been through Cabbagetown in ages, it's a weird neighbourhood. There's a lot of affluence and a few blocks away in St. James Town and towards Jarvis, it is a little more rough around the edges. For how long, who knows? Real estate in the city is headed nowhere but up. That is just the ugly reality. Very least store level retail is occupied along Parliament, you can't say the same in the Beaches along Queen St.

The Olympus OM-1n will have a date with a repair tech at some point, it's not my only Olympus OM body so I'm not in a huge rush.



Olympus OM-1n, Zuiko lenses.
Film: Kodak Ektar 100.

Toronto Skyline from Broadview in Colour

Petnunia in a Tin

Saturday Morning Dog Walk Across the Don Valley

Don Valley Parkway on Saturday Morning

Action at the Goat Pen_

Working at the Goat Pen_

Park Snacks in Colour_

Cabbagetown Cottages

Cabbagetown Cottage With Volvo

Multi Coloured Row Houses

Daniel et Daniel_