Beaches, the Urban Retreat.

 It was stinky hot this past August when I was doing house and dog sitting duty, To put a blunt point on it, it was fucking hot, With enough humidity in the air as mentioned in a previous post I had to be bery sparing in changing lenses. because of condensation forming on the rear lens element. The same could be said leaving an air conditioned environment to the outside. That made photography trickier, I pretty much stuck with the 50 F1.8 Ais lens. I could do a lot worse with that choice of glass.  The camera of choice for this stint in the city were my Nikon FE2's one was loaded with black and white film and the other colour. Both had pancake Ais Nikkor 50 f1.8 lenses, and I had an Ais 28 f2,8 and 105 F2.5 lenses in the bag which I didn't use lest I get condensation issues.  Camera: Nikon FE2, Nikkor Ais 50 f1.8 lens.  Film: Ilford HP5 400, HC110 B. 

Looping Up Through the Upper Beaches.

 I met up with my friends John Meadows and Ori Carmona for an Upper Beaches photowalk while I was staying at my brother's at the back half of August. Toronto was in the middle of a heatwave, however this day it wasn't so bad. I could change lenses without incuring consdensation on the back lens element. Other days, I only shot with the 50 F1.8 lens i had on the camera.  The Upper Beaches don't get quite the same love the Beach(es) gets, it's an interesitng neighbourhood. Our walk started off at Bodega Henrietta and we woundered into the Williamson Ravine which is a nice hidden gem, granted I wouldn't want to explore it have a heavy rainstorm as it would get really muddy. The one thing that continually amazes me is how people can back down the narrow shared driveways that seems to be the defining feature in older Toronto neighbourhoods.  Camera: Nikon FE2, Nikkor Ais lenses.  Film: Ilford HP5 400, HC110 B. 

Birthday Present: Nikon FE in the Beaches.

 My annual Summer house and dog sitting duty also coincides with birthday season. This year I got a black Nikon FE to go along with the chrome one. Testing the camera out with Kodak Color Plus 200 yeilded nothing but one brilliant frame after another.  Shooting this Summer has been a challenge with one heat wave after another, during my stay in the Beaches, I ran with a pair of FE2's, I kept the 50mm lenses on most of the time because they would fog up from the humidity because it was that hot, as in 40+C or almost 100 F with the humidity factored in.  Note, the FE looks less beaten up in person. I cleaned the camera up when I got home.  Camera: Nikon FE, Nikkor Ai Micro 50 f3.5, Ais 50 f1.8 lens.  Film: Kodak Color Plus 200.