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New Year in the Beaches One

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This past New Year's I stayed at my brother's place to look after Maya and of course, I walk around with my camera gear. The weather didn't feel all that wintery, more like late November, in fact it felt more like Winter in November.

The weather to be honest was choose how you describe the grey skies. So it's black and white film only and in some cases pushed to 1600. In this case I shot box speed and stay in when it was really miserable with rain.

Camera: Canon New F-1 AE, FDn lenses.
Film: Rollei RPX 400, HC110 B.






















From Cherry St. To Church St.

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The Classic Camera Revival host and Toronto Film Shooter FB Group Admin photowalk continued along to our destination, the stalwart gastro pub C'est What at Church and Front Streets. We cut through the Distillery District where it started to drizzle, reminding me of the June photo walk last year with Dan Novak from Buffalo. As mentioned in earlier posts this was part of a dry run for a future walk.

Canon New F-1 AE, FDn 50 f1.4 lens.
Film: Ilford HP5 400 pushed to 1600, HC110 B.






























Riverside and the Borderline.

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Toronto is defined by it's rivers and valleys, in this case while some say the border between east and west end Toronto is Yonge St. I've said this before it is the Don River, once you cross the bridge along Queen be it on foot, driving or on the 501 Streetcar, the vibe instantly changes.

Camera: Canon New F-1 AE, FDn 50 f1.4 lens.
Film: Ilford HP5 400 pushed to 1600, HC110 B.















Wandering West Through Leslieville

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You can't go wrong with HP5 400 pushed to 1600 on a day where the skies were pale lead, and the next day will be dirty cottonballs left by a diesel exhaust for two weeks. It looks great at box speed but it also sings pushed to 1600, almost more so than Tri-X with the added bonus, no cupping!

Camera: Canon New F-1, FDn 50 f1.4 lens.
Film: Ilford HP5 400 pushed to 1600, HC110 B.





















Wandering Through Leslieville, and catching the Last 501 CLRV

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Times, they are a changing. I got a chance to witness and later on in the afternoon ride on one of the last CLRV streetcars the Toronto Transit Commision had in service, December 29, 2019 was the last day. They have been around for over 40 years and had seen better days. Originally designed in Switzerland the CLRV was the replacement for the classic PCC cars the TTC had in service for decades. Yeah they were hot as hell in the Summer due to the lack of air conditioning, and seeing the salty brine slosh back and forth along the floor in the winter months add to the charm. That said I'm going to miss the CLRVs, the new Bombardier low floor street cars while air conditioned and AODA compliant, don't have the same soul as the old ones.

The Classic Camera Revival and Toronto Film Shooters Facebook Group brain trust were out for a host/admin only walk on the last day of the CLRV. One to dry run a potential walk on a future date (nothing to see here, move along now) and two bounce i…