Monday, July 30, 2018

Friday Night in Oakville

I went to Midnight Madness for the first time in a really long time (10-15 years), I wanted to do some street photography. Midnight Madness is a long time street festival put on by the downtown BIA, kicking off summer clearance sales with local retailers and restauarants set up temporary patios on Lakeshore Road. This has been going on for decades. 

Well reality creeps in, street festivals are a big soft target for someone with an axe to grid with society.  Midnight Madness was fortified with salt trucks and other vehicles from Oakville Public Works Department at each end of Lakeshore Road  and on side streets feeding in. I also noticed a lot of the merchants didn't have tables outside anymore as in the past, the sales were in the stores proper. 

Out of all the photographs, the shot of the DJ is my favourite. It hit Flickr explore and the metrics went off the charts on that site. 

Camera: Nikon F2SB, Nikkor S.C. 50 f1.4 lens. 
Film: Decade old freezer stored Kodak Max 400

Midnight Madness Dinner at Reyonlds and Lakeshore

Dining Italian on Lakeshore

Walking Down  Lakeshore Midnight Madness 2018

Spinning Tunes on Lakeshore

The Grainery For Lease

16 Mile Creek Friday Night_

Friday, July 27, 2018

Minolta XD Wandering Through Moore Park and Rosedale

I have a newfound respect for Kodak Portra 400, I usually shoot Ektar 100, oh wow, no grain!

Camera: Minolta XD, MD Rokkor X 50 f1.7 lens.
Film: Kodak Portra 400

Toronto Beltline Trail_

Concrete CP Trestle

Walking Along the Beltline Trail

Bridge Over the Beltline II

Moore Park Corner House I

Moore Park Corner House II

Purple Cone Flower_

Original Fiat 500 and Honda

Mt Pleasent Looking north

Crescent Road_

Camel and Paris Grocery

Wednesday, July 25, 2018

Minolta XD Mania Part Two at the Brickworks.

I last visited the Don Valley Brickworks last November and had some fun shooting in that environment. I didn't go in and explore the oven area because I wasn't packing a tripod, and you needed one in that lighting environment. Out back, the former pit where the clay was mined is now a park. What's really cool is the Brickworks is a community hub, on the weekends there are all sorts of events booked and in the past I've been to a Toronto Underground Food Truck event.

Getting there you have options, one, drive and pay for parking, two, get off the Broadview Subway Station and catch the free shuttle bus that runs half hourly, and three hike in along the Beltline Trail.

Camera: Minolta XD(11) MD Rokkor X 50 f1.7 lens.
Film: Kodak Portra 400, Ektar 100.

Lathe Parts_

Lathe Parts II

Lathe Parts III

A Corner of the Don Valley Brickworks

This lovely View Looks Familiar

Reflected Brickworks Park_

Brickworks Pond Path

Reflected Brickworks in Colour

Reflected Trees_

Brickworks Pond Path Three

Monday, July 23, 2018

Minolta XD Mania Part One, The Evergreen Don Valley Brickworks

I got my crhrome Minolta XD back from Garry's Camera a few weeks ago and I wanted to give it a good workout so I packed it along with my black XD-11 for a photowalk through The Evergreen Don Valley Brickworks and along part of the Beltline Trail. With bright sunshine, this is going to be a colour film weekend, end of discussion.

The XD (Japan home market) and XD-11 (North America) are the same camera, in fact with a different outer shell and lens mount, it's a Leica R4 and R5, take out the electronics, an R6. Wish I  could swing a Leica R system but lens prices are just plain silly these days thank you mirrorless full frame digital bodies. With the Minolta XD system you're getting pretty much the same experience. The XD system is pretty close in size and shape to the Nikon FM/FE platform with pretty similar ergonomics and was best in class in 1977/78 in terms of technology.

If you're looking for one, the XD(7/11 I really hate how Minolta designated their models in different markets), expect to spend around $100 to $150 and budget another $80 for a CLA with Garry's Camera. From my experience, a lot of camera techs in Southern Ontario won't touch electronic Minoltas from the mid to late 1970s. If you're a Minolta fan and have some MD Rokkor lenses, you NEED this camera.

Cameras: Minolta XD(11), MD Rokkor X 50 f1.7 lenses.
Film: Kodak Ektar 100, Portra 400.

My Minolta XD back from its CLA.

Metal and Plant Map of Toronto

More Yellow Daisies_

Faded Black Eyed Susan on te Builting

Walking Down the Path At the Brickworks

The Sipping Container

Loading up the Gelato_

Friday, July 20, 2018

Milton Ontario on a Really Hot Canada Day and Podcasting

I was up in Milton Ontario Canada Day (July 1) to record some Classic Camera Revival Podcasts over at my friend James Lee's place. I had some time to kill and wandered around the downtown. The Canon FTBn was for an upcoming episode on cameras that got passed around the group, this case Mike Bitaxi sold me the Canon for $40. Tossed another $60 for a CLA and she works.

Some people ask me if I'm a professional photographer, the answer is no, I do sell prints on occasion and if you ask me really, really nicely, give me complete creative control, and don't be an ass about it after the fact, I'll photograph your portraits. Just to prove I'm not in it for the money, I shoot film, only film unless I'm grabbing a snapshot or event photo on my iPhone.

The film photography community is very welcoming, even more so in the film photography podcast community, I was invited onto the Classic Camera Revival, I guess going on two years ago, and I am happy to count Alex, John, James, Mike and Donna as dear friends/co-conspiritors/enablers.

The other thing about podcasting about film photography is meeting other film photography podcasters, in this case online. I have a lot of respect for Mike Gutterman and Andre Domingues for pumping out two episodes per week with the Negative Positives Film Photography Podcast and their Facebook group has become hangout for other film photography podcasters.

I also had the privilage of meeting Mark O'Brien from the granddaddy of them all The Film Photography Project and Podcast back in the winter, showed him around Toronto during a snowstorm, and chatted with Mike Rasso online. One day I'll get a chance to hang out with the rest of that group.

While I'm on the subject of film photography podcasts, I also listen to Analog Talk, Studio C-41and on the odd occasion Sunny 16.

If I were advising someone who is trying film photography out and is looking for more information and community tap into, listen to podcasts, not just the one I'm on.

Canon FTBn, FD 50 f1.4 chrome nose lens.
Film: Fomapan 400 Action, Tmax Dev 1+4.

Former Milton Town Hall_

Former Milton Town Hall Door Detail

North Side of Main St. Near the Post Office

Corner of Main and Martin_

Downtown Milton in the Heat_

Hot Rod Chevy

Hot Rod Chevy II

Canada Day Ceremony I

Canada Day Ceremony II

Milton Subdivision_

Wednesday, July 18, 2018

Summer 2017 in the City, The Misplaced Roll

Funny what you find in the Lightroom catalogue, I had a bunch of photos from the rare nice day last Summer and I never published them. I'm thinking the FE2 was one of Nikon's best cameras after seeing these images, again as mentioned in a previous post I wish there was a battery check lever like the FE. I sent the camera off for a CLA to deal with the over exposing meter issue, I'm trying a repair tech in Quebec City who was highly recommended to my by fellow Classic Camera Revival host John Meadows.

What also got my attention was Portra 400, I've been shooting mostly Kodak Ultramax, Lomo 400 C-41 and Kodak Ektar, I forgot the Portra series of films. Oh wow, I have to shoot some more. Now, what I should do is try some Portra 160. My brother shot some in medium format and I was in awe with what he got out of it.

Camera: Nikon FE2, Nikkor Ai lenses.
Film: Kodak Portra 400

Receding Water at Harbourfront

Chilling at the Artificial Beach

Yellow Umbrellas of Toronto

Fire Boat And Tall Ship

Two Silver and One Black Bike

Inner Marina

Outer Marina

Capt. Matthew Flinders In the Shade Partially

Foot of Bay St

Front Street, The Sunny Side

August Dominion Building

Summer on Bay

Rent a Bike_

Waiting at on the West Side of Bay and Wellington_