Showing posts from July, 2015

Toronto Photowalks

Toronto Photowalks is a grassroots group of people from Greater Toronto who meet up regularly to explore various neighbourhoods in Toronto. Founded by Paul Henman back in November 2009, TOPW attracts area photographers of all skill levels to explore the city and surrounding environments with a current head count of more than 1600 members on their Facebook page. What I love about TOPW is the camaraderie among the members and the fact we stop at local pubs on route halfway through for lunch and at the end for dinner. The journey is indeed more fun than the destination. Camera: Canon F-1N, FD 28 f2 SSC and 50 f1.4 SSC lenses. Film: Ilford HP5 400, HC110 B. Click through on the image to see the album set on flickr. or click here instead:

Shooting with Minolta Again....

I missed my Minolta SRT 202, it was a nice tank of a camera, gifted it along with 99% of my Rokkor lenses along with a X700 to my brother to thin the herd out a bit. A few years later I came across my dead Minolta XE-7(no repair techie in Canada will touch it) and it had a MC Rokkor X 50 f1.4 lens that was still great. Found a restored SRT 102 on EBay along with some lenses and I'm back shooting Minolta. I forgot how nice the Rokkor series of lenses were. I can see why Leica partnered up with them back in the 1970s to share 35mm SLR technology. Camera: Minolta SRT 102, MC Rokkor X 50 f1.4 lens, 135 f2.8 for Lindsey's portrait. Film: Ilford HP5 400, HC110 B.

Elora On Part Two

This is the perfect day trip destination. Camera: Hasselblad 500 C/M, Zeiss 80 f2.8 lens. Film: Portra 400 for colour, Fuji Neopan Acros 100 for black and white.

Up in Elora Experimenting Part One

I needed to fall of the grid last week. Monday became a play day and I drove northwest to the village of Elora , it's about an hour and a bit northwest of Greater Toronto. If you have never been take the time to go, especially during the week when it's not quite so busy. If you're looking for a nice place to eat, there are plenty of options, I have been to the Shepherd's Pub by the Grand River but this time had lunch at Wreckless Eric's. While up there I wanted to experiment with some Cinestill 50   a niche C-41 colour negative film that's actually daylight motion picture stock from Kodak with the remjet layer removed. They weren't kidding there's no grain. I plan to use this film on the Algonquin Trip this coming fall if I can get the scans just right, digitizing colour film is still a learning process. What I really love is the latitude, you have tons of it compared to Kodak Ektar 100, another one of my favourite C-41 films. The only real downside

My Friend Crystal

I do portraits. Yes you see a lot of landscape and street photography on my blog but I love shooting portraits when I get the opportunity. My friend Crystal here just one Volunteer of the Year Award for the Toronto chapter of the  International Association of Business Communicators. We met volunteering on the Social Media committee and been friends since. I shot Crystal's portrait in the evening after she received her award at the annual general meeting last week. By the time we got around to it, I had no choice but to shoot wide open. My one regret is Crystal has a beautiful smile and here, it looks like the day had caught up with her, I will be re-shooting at some point. Camera: Olympus OM-2n, Zuiko 100 f2.8 shot wide open. Film:  Ilford HP5 400, HC110 B. Shot on the patio of the Paint Box Bistro

Hot Town, Summer in the City

Sometimes you have to slow down a bit and be the water.   Camera: Olympus OM-2n, Zuiko 28 f3.5 lens. Film: Ilford HP5 400, HC110 b.