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! 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 yourRead More →

If you’ve used any of the modern Bronica cameras, you’ve mostly used them all. And that is the beauty of them because of they all act, behave and feel the same in both operation and general, cosmetic details. The only difference is the size of the negative. And while I’ve reviewed the smaller of the three, the ETRS earlier this year, I now switch up to the largest of the three the GS-1. As I’ve mentioned before, I’m not a fan of Bronica cameras, but I like the GS-1 and would easily rate it higher than the Mamiya as it stands up easier on fieldRead More →

I never thought that this little idea of mine would catch on. I never believe that my little social ideas would go over. And yet they usually do in some form or another. For example, the Toronto Film Shooters Meetup, now starting on its the fourth year. TFSM, a quarterly gathering of photographers in the Southern Ontario region who loves to shoot traditional film based cameras is an idea I floated back in 2013. I was still an active member of the Analog Photography User Group (APUG), and in the Toronto Sub-Forum, someone was complaining that there was not enough photo walks in the GreaterRead More →

Control of the lakes were key during the War of 1812 as the fastest way to move troops, equipment, and supplies was by water. Most the roads in the Canadas and the US weren’t the super highways we know today, they were nothing more than dirt roads that would easily become mud pits in the snow and rain. To maintain control of the lakes both sides maintained squadrons of ships that could keep the enemy pinned in their own bases. Unlike Lake Erie which was controlled first by the British because the US Naval Squadron had been captured in 1812 after Brock captured Detroit, andRead More →

During the War of 1812, Sackets Harbor was the major US Naval base on Lake Ontario, home base to Commodore Isaac Chauncy’s squadron and primary shipyard for the navy. In 1812 the Royal Navy had bombarded the base with little effect, but in 1813 following the American capture of Fort George. General Vincent having fallen back to Burlington Heights sent a message to Prevost and the newly appointed Commodore James Lucas Yeo that Chauncy’s entire squadron was at Niagara leaving Sackets Harbor for the most part undefended. The former navy point, serving today as a marina. The newly appointing commander of the Lake Ontario Squadron,Read More →

At the foot of Trafalgar Road is one of my two favourite locations in the town of Oakville, the downtown. Located along the old Highway 2, now Lakeshore Road is dotted with boutique stores, coffee shops and high-end restaurants. The snow and bright sun only made the place that much better in my view as I took a cold walk through not only the main street but the side streets that run down to the lake, taking in again the century homes, the small frame ones to grand brick manor homes, reminders of Oakvilleā€™s past, and current wealth in the area. Nikon F3 – AI-SRead More →

I had gotten a grand total of three hours sleep before my alarm clock woke me up. But I knew there was some strange reason I had done this to myself. So by five in the morning I was back on the road again aiming myself into Toronto. I reached Polson Pier just before six. The wind and cold was wicked that morning. My iPhone told me it was -10C. I quickly setup my camera at the edge of the pier, two huge cargo ships were busy getting loaded. But my interest was in the Toronto skyline. The sky was still dark, no sign ofRead More →

Welcome to the first entry in Project:1812. The Anglo-American War of 1812 a conflict born out of the greater Napoleonic War. The United States of America, a brand new nation on the world stage was already making ripples. Having little in the way of local manufacturing of goods they relied heavily on trade with the European powers, and the two biggest were England and France, two nations that had for the past several decades been in a constant state of war. So when economic warfare between the two heated up, the USA was caught in the middle. And did the best they could to stayRead More →

Using old film is fun, and a little scary also because you truly don’t know what you’re going to end up with. A couple years back I had acquired a roll of Kodak Verichrome Pan that had expired in the mid 1960s, and I got zero results from it, so when I found another two rolls of Verichrome Pan that expired in 1975 I figured what the hell and gave them a shot, but instead of letting a lab develop them I would do them myself. So with the old film loaded into my trusty Rolleiflex I headed down to the lake in Oakville toRead More →

Sorry about posting this late but I was on a week’s vacation and my server went down or I would have been posting this already. Anyways, another week another meet, this time in Hamilton Ontario with members of the Analog Photography User Group (APUG) forums. The five of us had an amazing sunny day to explore the HMCS Hiada and the rest of Hamilton’s water front. Pentax 645 – SMC Pentax A 645 35mm 1:3.5 – Shanghai GP3 Pentax 645 – SMC Pentax A 645 35mm 1:3.5 – Shanghai GP3 Nikon FM2 – Nikon Series E 28mm 1:2.8 – Kodak Ektachrome E100GX Nikon FM2 –Read More →