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Another Three Hour Tour, This Time with the Toronto Film Shooters FB Group

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The Toronto Film Shooters Facebook Group held their fall meet up at the Toronto Islands back on November 3. The weather was prime November by the water, if you dressed for it, you would be comfortable.

The vibe outside of Spring and Summer is totally different, the ferries to Centre Island and Hanlon's Point are offline for the season, so if you wanted to visit the west side of the island chain, you had to walk. You don't think Toronto Islands for hiking in the fall, yes it's pretty flat but oddly enough, it works. The obvious thing, the crowds aren't there and the only challenge is dodging goose shit in spots.

Due to the lighting, I didn't load up my only roll of fresh Ektachrome, it was a Kodak Portra 400 kind of day, where latitude is required.


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

















Remember Summer?

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More fun with slide film of an uncertain vintage and home processed by a friend up in Milton On. Fuji Velvia isn't my first choice for slide film, I prefer Provia 100F and Kodak Ektachrome 100 (haven't shot my new roll yet, it's in the fridge and will be shot in the spring). I really love what I got out of my FDn 50 f3.5 lens. at the bottom with the flower shots.

I plan to shoot a lot of Ektachrome next year when it becomes more widely available.


Camera: Canon FTBn, Canon FD lenses.
Film: Freezer stored and expired Fuji Velvia 100 home processed by a friend.























Wandering Around Downtown Toronto Continued

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We're now in the grey season for the next few months in Toronto

Camera: Nikon F Photomic Tn, Nikkor O 35 f2 lens.
Film: Rollei RPX 400, RPX D 1+11.

















Wandering Around Downtown Toronto in October Part One

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Well, getting into the middle of fall the weather starts to get a little more changeable in terms of lighting. I spent Sunday afternoon in the city with my friends from Toronto film shooters James, John, and Ori. We met up at Downtown Camera and made our way west via a coffee stop at Dineen Coffee.

I went with a classic Nikon F Photomic that's six months older than I am along with a Nikkor O 35 f2 lens. Film wise I used Rollei RPX 400 and processed it in a proprietary developer RPX D 1+11 dilution. I like trying out new developers on occasion, I might grab some Supergrain Developer next time which is a little more versatile and I get a lot more concentrate for my money. Rollei RPX 400 is the descendant of Agfa APX 400 and I shot A LOT of this film over a decade ago so I'm glad to see it back and it's a nice black and white film to shoot with.

The Nikon F (Tn) was really nice to shoot with and was my second F body after inheriting dad's camera and put me onto the Nikon…

Fall In Caledon

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Should read despite the super sunny day, winter is coming and I'm stoked for the upcoming ski season. 
What struck me is the little things you don't see at the Club in season like the stream at the bottom of West Hill that's covered with snow and actually just how much base is made because minus the snow,  you have to climb up to the bottom deck. This was a polar opposite to my Saturday at Kelso, not a cloud in the sky and the roads were jammed with city people trying to catch the fall colours. 
I also wanted to make up for the expired roll of Kodak Ultracolor 400 I shot in August that was too expired. It was a much better day.


Camera: Nikon F Photomic FTN, Nikkor H 50 f2 lens, Nikkor H 28 f3.5 lens.  Film: Lomography 400 C-41 









Saturday at Kelso Conservation Area with the Oakville Camera Club

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I haven't been to Kelso Conservation Area in Milton for a very long time. The Oakville Camera Club held their fall outing at the inagural Hops and Harvest Festival. The weather that weekend was chageable, we had mostly overcast skies that day, and my go to film for that sort of light is Kodak Portra 400 for it's sheer latitude. I also had an opportunity a new to me Micro Nikkor Ai 50 f3.5 lens I bought of my friend John Meadows, the results were really good with the old trunk with the fungus growth.

The main reason why I don't go to Kelso for hikes is the constant din of the 401, kinda kills the being one with nature feeling. What also took me a back a bit is the mount of development creeping towards the Escaprment from the west side of Milton. If you're looking for a more "get away from it all" in the Conservation Halton network, check out Lime House, Rattlesnake point, Mt Nemo or Crawford Lake Conservation Areas. Personally next year I'm going much fur…