Showing posts from June, 2016

A June Day in the Beaches Part One

I came into Toronto to visit the Beaches neighbourhood with fellow photographer John Meadows (he does amazing work and is one third of the Classic Camera Revival podcast) a few weeks ago. He was shooting some infrared black and white film on his Hasselblad 500 c/m, I was running with something a little less esoteric, my Pentax Spotmatic II and some Delta 100. It was a great day for wandering around taking pictures and talking about film photography.

Camera: Asahi Spotmatic II, Super Multi Coated Takumar 50 f1.4, Super Multi Coated Takumar 28 f3.5 lenses.
Film: Ilford Delta 100, HC110 B.

Mono Cliffs, an Ongoing Series

You never know what you are going to run into on the trails while hiking. The best time to go up to Mono Cliffs is during the week, you the park to yourself and a greater chance to see and photograph wildlife.

Camera: Olympus OM-2n, Zuiko 50 f1.8 lens, Zuiko 28 f3.5 lens.
Film: Rollei RPX 400, HC110 B. Kodak Ultramai 400

Off to Mono Cliffs Part One

Mono Cliffs is my happy place. The drive up is half the fun, if you're a British Sports Car nut there's a guy who sells MGB's at the corner Highway 9 and Mono 3 EHS, of course he also had a white series one Jaguar E-Tpe. If you want a project car, you know where to go, I rather have the red MGB, cheaper to restore and run.

What's so great about Mono Cliffs? It's far enough from the GTA you don't hear civilization, two you have a cellular dead zone in the Provincial Park depending on your handset which can be a good or bad thing and it's a really good hike. Now depending the time of the week and how many people there in the park you might see some wildlife in my case, I grabbed a couple of shots of a porcupine.

Camera: Olympus OM-2n, Zuiko 50 f1.8 lens and Zuiko 100 f2.8 lens.
Film: Kodak Ultramax 400 and Rollei RPX 400, HC110 B.

Auto Wreckers in Black and White

More wrecks.....

Camera: Nikon F2S, Nikkor Ais 28 f2.8 lens, Nikkor S 50 f1.4 lens and Macro Nikkor 55 f3.5 macro lens.
Film: Ilford Delta 100, HC110 B.

So I wander through Auto Wrecking Yards in Colour

I paid another visit to Maclean's Auto Wreckers a few weeks back with the Oakville Camera Club, it was a hot day and we had to deal with mosquitos to deal with. That aside,  this location never gets tired for me. I was here back in November with Toronto Photowalks and killed a few rolls of medium format film. This time out I used one roll of colour roll and one black and white.

Camera: Nikon F2S, Nikkor S 50 f1.4, Macro Nikkor 55 f3.5 Macro, and Ais 28 f2.8 lenses.
Film: Kodak Ektar 100

Toronto in Colour

I do shoot colour film too on occasion.

Camera: Canon F-1N, FD 50 f1.4 SSC lens.
Film: Kodak Ultramax 400

Test Roll with my Rehabilitated Canon F-1

I own three Canon F-1's, a pair from the mid 1980s and an early example from my guess 1971 or '72. Now the early Canon F-1 had this mystery light leak that was driving me nuts and testing the patience of my camera repair tech in Hamilton. We finally figured out what the problem was, there's a gasket between the focusing screen and the mirror box, well some repair tech forgot to put it back in, figured that out after four ruined rolls of film.

Now for the test drive, I took the camera in with me last Thursday in the afternoon before an IABC/Toronto panel discussion on trends in interactive design. The F-1 is a great camera, also a heavy one too especially mated with the FD 35 f2 lens. I'm not complaining because the problem's solved. Yay!!

The other thing I did is play around with Bergger BRF 400, to date I have been processing it in HC110, I get good results but curly negatives. This time out I used D76 1+1 (one part developer stock solution, other part water) and…