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Abandoned Farms

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Two separate farms, both in Caledon, and both abandoned. The GTA Green Belt is protected green space that surrounds the Greater Toronto region much the chagrin of real estate developers who probably own both farms. I'm not saying where both locations are to protect them but they are easy enough to find. There are still a lot of working farms in the area but low density suburbia is not far away with the north end of Brampton butting up against the border with Caledon.

My Nikon FM and FM2n are my go to cameras when the weather gets less than wonderful in the winter, they work in pretty much any temperature and just don't quit.

Camera: Nikon FM, Nikkor Ai 50 f2 lens.
Film: Rollei RPX 400, HC110 B.
























Well Hi There Comrade, the Zorki 4 Rangefinder

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Long time ago I had a Kiev 3 rangefinder, my brother Alex was on former Soviet Union camera kick and since we're each other's enabler, I wound up with a Kiev kit. Shot with it for a while, and then traded whole thing off for a Nikkor 105 2.5 Ais telephoto lens. Decade rolls by and a friend had some surplus Soviet rangefinders, Zorkis, a 2S and a 4 he wanted to re-home. So I took them, a few more years roll by and I pop some Svema 100 I was gifted by Alex Luyckx to try it out.

Ok first off I'm not a fan of Ukranian polyester based film which feel tissue thin, in fact tissues have more backbone, and Rollei Retro and Japan Camera Hunter Street Pan 400 are thick in comparison. They are a royal pain to load onto Patterson reels and can wrinkle easily. Rant concluded.

The Zorki 4 had a long production run with roughly 1.7 million units made from 1956 to about 1973 by Krasnogorsky Mekhanichesky Zavod near Moscow. Over the course of its production run the Zorki 4 had many variations…

Caledon Ontario and Real Winter Shows Up (For a Little While at least)

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We actually got a snow storm in January! The worst hit overnight so driving up skiing was fine, driving back, yeah, that was a treat. Photographing during snowstorms and other crappy weather can give you great shots. The secret for winter photography in winter wonderland, overexpose around a stop and a half, or more, otherwise, your snow will be grey, not white.

The OM-2n, held up nicely in the elements, and I'm impressed. I finally got a chance to try out my Tamron Adaptall 2 SP 70-200 F3.5-4 zoom lens. I only shot two frames at around the 80mm focal length, and the first two images show the results. Tamron made a ton of different lenses, some that were on par with tier one OEM glass, others, not so much. If you are on the hunt for a zoom telephoto, Tamron's adapatall system is an interesting one.

I hope we get some more real winter weather weather because I love shooting in it.


Camera: Olympus OM-2n, Tamron Adaptall 2 SP 70-200 F3.5-F4 zoom lens, MC Zuiko 50 f1.8 lens.  Fil…

Caledon Ontario and Sort of Winter.

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Winter, isn't quite as cold as it was last year. I'm using my Olympus OM-2n, generally I stick to mechanical cameras, specifically my Nikon FM, and Nikkormats because they can take the cold. Daytime highs on average are around 0c or freezing, so the chrome OM-2n gets a workout. The results speak for themeselves. For the most part the weekends in January have been varying degrees of grey and snow on the mild days retreats quickly.

Getting that Christmas card shot is going to be a tricky one this winter.

Camera: Olympus OM-2n, Zuiko MC lenses.
Film: Rollei RPX 400, HC110 B.























Little Portugal Later Afternoon

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I can come up with a few photo walks with Little Portugal as a starting point. I have to explore this part of Toronto a lot more.


Camera: Nikon FM2n, Nikkor lenses.
Film: Rollei RPX 400, HC110 B.