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A Winter’s Walk

A Winter’s Walk

What do you do when you have a morning to kill and your clients cancelled their Christmas photoshoot? Why you gather up your fellow podcast hosts and hit the streets!

CCR - Hosts Only WalkCCR - Hosts Only Walk

It’s always fun to hit the streets to test out a new camera and lens combo like the Mamiya m645 plus the stupidly wide 35mm lens. The quick morning walk was exactly what I needed to clear my head and hang out with my awesome co-hosts, John, James, Mike, Donna, and Bill. And despite having shot through the old section of Oakville many times, it’s always good to make a return to see if your eye catches anything new.

CCR - Hosts Only WalkCCR - Hosts Only Walk

I also had the chance to hit up two local spots, Tribeca Coffee and the new location of Bru. Both of which are well worth the visit. Good Coffee, Good Food, Good Friends, you can’t ask for anything better to kick off the Christmas holiday season.

CCR - Hosts Only WalkCCR - Hosts Only Walk

Be sure to check out Bill’s photos from the walk as well! He got to test out his newly repaired Rokkor 58mm f/1.5 lens!

Technical Details:
Mamiya m645 – Mamiyia-Sekor C 35mm 1:3.5 N – Kodak Tri-X Pan @ ASA-200
Blazinal (1+50) 9:00 @ 20C

52:320TXP – Week 51 – Getting in the Spirit

52:320TXP – Week 51 – Getting in the Spirit

52:320TXP - Week 51 - Getting in the Spirit

The malls have been playing Christmas carols since the end of November, heck today I heard a Boxing day commercial on the radio. Yep, it’s that time of year again, Christmas! I had originally planned to get an exterior shot of my home church, but after checking what the exposure should be (metered for 4 minutes), then compensated for reciprocity failure (the more a film is exposed to light, the less sensitive to light it becomes, and tri-x has a terrible reciprocity) and the app spat out 52 minutes. I love photography and tri-x, and all…but standing outside at 8:45pm on the main street in the snow for an hour…I think not. So I found this lovely Christmas tree inside my church’s narthex. Just one week left to go!

Pacemaker Crown Graphic – Fuji Fujinon-W 1:5.6/125 – Kodak Tri-X Pan (320TXP)
Meter: Sekonic L-358
5′ 3″ – f/22 – ASA-320
Kodak Xtol (1+1) 8:30 @ 20C

400TX:365 – Week 25 – Frankenmuth

400TX:365 – Week 25 – Frankenmuth

It wouldn’t be a drive up to Photostock without a stop in the lovely little German town of Frankenmuth, MI. This lovely town is a slice of bavaria in Michigan, and it shows. The downtown is a unique mix of traditional German architecture with a flavour of late 19th century American. Little shops selling sausage and cheese, even a brewing company. Even the hotels both chains and local are built to resemble lodges from Europe. It also happens to be home to the largest Christmas store, Bronner’s Christmas Wonderland, which will make you feel in the Christmas spirit even if it’s 80F outside and humid. (If you pass through, at least check out the Silent Night Memorial Chapel).

400TX:365 - Week 25 - Frankenmuth

400TX:365 - Week 25 - Frankenmuth

400TX:365 - Week 25 - Frankenmuth

400TX:365 - Week 25 - Frankenmuth

400TX:365 - Week 25 - Frankenmuth

400TX:365 - Week 25 - Frankenmuth

400TX:365 - Week 25 - Frankenmuth

Project:52 – Week 52

Project:52 – Week 52

The Numbers match.

I can’t believe it, fifty-two weeks of analog, an entire year, 365 images posted to the blog for the project…I feel…sucessful, I actually did it. Yet, oddly sad the project is done.

In it’s own way, it was…fun, not a burden.

So to end it off I ventured out into the cold night and wandered through downtown Milton, had to give my hometown the final spot in the project. Milton’s downtown features all those wonderful late 19th century early 20th century buildings and thankfully many still standing however there are a lot still missing. Being Christmas Eve I took in some decorations of the historical homes in and around the core of ‘Old Milton’ and yes, I used Kodak Portra 400 for the final week.

Project:52 - Week 52

Project:52 - Week 52

Project:52 - Week 52

Project:52 - Week 52

Project:52 - Week 52

Project:52 - Week 52

Project:52 - Week 52

Rolleiflex 2.8F – Carl Zeiss Planar 80mm 1:2.8 – Kodak Portra 400, Shot at ISO-1600, no push in Development.

Project:52 – Week 48

Project:52 – Week 48

For the past ten years Milton churches have been putting on a living christmas pagent I have been several times, and even volunteered to be a person in the pagent. So for the tenth year I decided to take my Bible Study group along and a film camera for Week 48! So let’s take the journey to tell the story of the birth of Jesus.

Project:52 - Week 48

Project:52 - Week 48

Project:52 - Week 48

Project:52 - Week 48

Project:52 - Week 48

Project:52 - Week 48

Project:52 - Week 48

Nikon F4 – AF Nikkor 35mm 1:2D – Kodak Portra 400

Milton Help-Portrait – Event 2

Milton Help-Portrait – Event 2

This was my second year at the Darling House for Kids in Milton for Help-Portrait. This home in the rural areas of Milton is designed for families with children who have medical conditions as a space for them to be a family. This year I wanted to try something different (in addition to doing the portraits), I wanted to give them something but without using a computer and printer. Something unique, one of a kind, something that they may not have even seen before, or if they had, hadn’t seen in years.

Milton Help Portrait - Nov 26th, 2011

Yep, that’s a Polaroid, an Automatic Land camera from the late 1960s. I loaded it up with some new Fuji FP-100c film and went to town. It was a gimmic, something that would draw their attention and give them that print. Working outside made using it much easier to work with the people and the camera. I would pose the family, shoot the polaroid and give the pack to some of the members to keep warm while we did the digital images, and then I’d ask for it back and peel off the freshly cooked print. Their smiles kept me warm working outside in the slightly chilly air.

Milton Help Portrait - Nov 26th, 2011

Brent (above) put together an awesome video of the event which you can find on Facebook.