Situated high above the rushing waters of the grand river sits the tiny town of Elora Ontario. And in all my time living in the area I’ve never actually visited the small town. But taking advantage of a cold bright Monday morning (we had a long weekend here) I drove the hour or so north to visit the town. I was inspired to visit here after seeing an entry in the recent contest for the Milton Camera club of an old mill on a river. I wanted to see this place for myself. I was plesently surprised I have to say. The local residents whoRead More →

As you may know the human eye can only see a small part of the full light spectrum in the world. This is known as the visible spectrum, and it is what photography works with…mostly. Using special films and filters you can actually photograph in the infrared spectrum. I recently came into possesion of several rolls of Infrared film, sadly not the famous Kodak HIE, but two rolls of Konica IR750, a bunch of (highly sought after) Efke IR820, a roll of (sort of infrared) Ilford SFX200, and bought some Rollei Infrared film. So I purchased a nice Kenko R72 filter big enough to screwRead More →

Taking advantage of the wonderful video work from last year’s Mid-Atlantic Meet-up (MAMU) IV, I pieced together my own video of the event. Digital video has always been a weak spot for me, I look and the files and go “okay, now what” but this time it all fell into place after I found the right backing track. I guess all my work in Super 8 editing is starting to pay off. If you watch on YouTube you can view it in glorious 720p HD video! Just think, MAMU V is in a couple months!Read More →

For the first time in a couple years now I had a snow day, one of the perks of working for an educational institution is that if the college closes, I don’t have to work. However most of that Friday was spent shovling the snow we got, but Saturday dawned bright, clear, and snowcovered. The beautiful aftermath. So taking advantage of this I headed out and travelled along the backroads and rural areas of Hamilton, capturing the snow covered beauty that I missed last year. Nikon F3 – AI-S Nikkor 50mm 1:1.4 – Kodak Tri-X 400 Kodak HC-110 Dil. B 4:30 @ 20CRead More →

So after Friday’s winter storm, Saturday dawned bright and clear so I loaded up three cameras and went to Hamilton. For these shots I really slowed down my shooting, one maybe two shots each place I stopped with the Rolleiflex. I carefully looked at each area, pre-visualized what I’d want the final print to look like. Using a Pentax Spotmeter V, I metered for shadows I wanted the most details in, then underexposed by a stop (Putting the shadows in Zone IV), focused, and shot. Then made notes on the exposure. It was basically like shooting large format (I did see a guy with aRead More →

Many fellow photographers that I know shy away from Street Photography, the idea of taking photos of another person without their permission is a bit of a polarizing topic both in and outside the photography realm. But there are many well respected and famous photographers who made their career doing that. It’s a subject I dable with on occation, mostly sticking to shorter lenses, or more unique cameras (like a Polaroid, or my Rolleiflex). A trip into Toronto to see my friend Sean’s Gallery opening gave me a chance to capture some street images, mostly on the long subway ride to and from my carRead More →

Details, Details, Details. I’ll be the first to admit that I am, hands down a sucker for ultra-wide lenses, big sweeping views and wide open spaces. I love my 14-24mm lenses, 28mm, ect. The wider the better. I was originally planning on getting a manual focus 35mm lens for this project. But then I thought to myself. Why not force myself to go back to when I was first learning photography when all I had with my Minolta SRT-102 was a 50mm lens. The AI-S Nikkor 50mm was firmly attached to my F3, to help me pay attention to something, details. Sure I can stillRead More →

I’ve honestly smelled better in abandoned buildings than this dark brown almost black solution sitting on the counter in my film lab (read: laundry room), but will it actually develop film, everything I’ve read and seen online says it will, my brain and nose say otherwise and I pour it into the tank. So as I agitate the tank, I am hoping that this strange brew (with apologies to Bob & Doug McKenzie) does its job. So before I continue, let me answer the question that some of you may be asking, what exactly is caffenol? Caffenol is a film developer that you can makeRead More →

It was back when I was still in college and would take back roads to and from the school from my home town of Milton, there were about ten abandoned farmhouses along these roads, and one day I just decided to stop and poke my head into them, and decided to bring along my camera, at that time a Minolta SRT-102 loaded with cheap Fuji Superia film. Well as many who know me I’ve gone far beyond exploring houses, so much so that I find them kinda boring these days. But when a new to the community explorer invited me along, I wasn’t going toRead More →

This is what it’s all been leading up to. A print, there’s something unique about holding a print in your hand, looking down at the patterns of light and shadow being brought out in blacks, whites, and grays, it’s magic. Well actually its science, the perfect blend of art and science. Creating the print is a rather neat process from start to end and when you sit down and think about the sheer amount of control you have over the whole process is fantastic. You get to pick the camera (and in some cases the lens), film stock. Then you can meter it the wayRead More →