The Greenwhich-Mohawk industrial brownfield site provided the backdrop for Week 20. This massive complex in Brantford, Ontario has been up for development for years since the last business left late last century. The site dates back to the mid 1800s, providing homes to many companies such as Massy-Furguson and the Cockshutt Plow company. Recently they hosted an open house that allowed local photographers to come and visit and photograph the location to raise awareness for the project.
It was a cold damp day like many have been over the course of spring here in Ontario, so I opted for a fast black and white film trying out Ilford Delta 400, I’m not a fan of the T-Grain film (like TMax) but I was rather surprised with how the Delta 400 turned out.
What a great wedding to kick off my 2011 wedding photography season with! Despite the early hour of starting, and the slight cloud coverage when we woke up by the time the portrait sessions started, the light was perfect. Laura and Mark (and their associated families) were wonderful to work with. The portraits were taken out at Laura’s family farm, the rural setting was beautiful.
A Wedding for week 19, specifically the wedding of Laura and Mark, and the first wedding for me of the season as the official photographer. So why not break out the film for the project and to do some formal portrait work. May 7th dawned a little grey but by the time we arrived on the farm for the formal work the light was perfect. I would have preferred to try out the new Portra 160, but I only had the new 400 available to me. And man did that film do wonders.
So for the past 17 weeks, each week has been about one camera, and one type of film…so why not celebrate film shooting, and more specifically the April 30th Film Photography Podcast and APUG meet up in Toronto’s Distillery District that I organized.
The meet itself was an amazing success, I was very pleased with the turn out, about 20 people showed up and the weather was spectacular! (I had the sunburn on my face to prove it the next day). I was still recieving compliments this past Sunday at the PHSC fair.
After spending five hours inside the amazing McCormicks Candy factory in London’s east side we took a break before grabbing dinner at a local pub and wandered around the Thames River in Central London. The weather was perfect!
Another rainy Saturday in Toronto. But rather than set the mood again with a black and white film, why not let the colours of a spring rain sing. So once again my trusty Nikon F4 was loaded up with another roll of Kodak’s new Portra 400 and off I set. Walking from University Ave west along Queen Street to Dufferin. Yes I did make a quick stop at the Lomography Store at Queen and Bathurst. At least this time around the rain actually held off so I wasn’t soaked by the time I reached Liberty Village.