Not doing an overall film project over the course of the year has not stopped me from getting out and shooting and it’s freed me up to join in on the year’s film contests that the fine folks over at Emulsive have put on, well, for the most part, I joined in on their TMax Party for the two months, although I missed the Acros Party. But with the sun finally starting to shine I decided to make a point to get in on the Summer Film Party. Running the three summer months here in North America with June being the first up. Now theRead More →

Ah yes, the winter, cold, snow, and frozen shutters. Back in January, a small, brave group from the Toronto Film Shooters community decided to head out to Milton’s Hilton Falls Conservation area. I, deciding to ignore my own advice brought my Crown Graphic along for the trip. While we had a decent snowfall at the end of December, a warm spell through early January melted everything, and when the temperature dropped, everything was frozen over, and the trails were ice rinks. I was started to think I should have brought a simple 35mm camera to run with. Despite this, it was good to get outRead More →

Most of my experiences with communist built cameras have been gear from the failed Soviet Bloc, which is all well and good, but those cameras were not exactly known for their quality control, offset by the ease of repair by the layperson. However, there is still another communist state still producing cameras even today, and that’s China. The Shanghai Camera Factory started production of their Seagull 4A line in 1968, and by the 1970s the Seagull 4A-103 came into being. At first glance, you’d probably think that the camera in question is a German Rolleicord and you would be partially right. The 4A-103 is aRead More →

Probably one of my more interesting cameras in my tool kit, but one that I really like but don’t take out often enough. I guess that’s the biggest problem with having a lot of working cameras. This Lomography camera is a copy of the Zenit Horzion 202, a panoramic camera designed for use in the Soviet Space program during the height of the cold war. This odd camera certainly caught my eye so when I netted a good discount with Lomography I went and picked it up. While not one work with every day, it’s still a really fun camera for a different look. TheRead More →

Well it’s been nearly a year before writing this Blog entry about a fantastic meet run by John Powers out of his backyard, I probably eluded to it in my 52 roll project last year. But with the meet coming up in a few months and my life starting to get busy again I decided to take a morning and set myself to printing some of my favourites from last year’s meet to show off this year. I don’t often scan my darkroom prints, my old V500 scanner really didn’t do them justice. But after posting a simple iPhone photo on the APUG thread aboutRead More →

At the suggestion of a friend, and taking advantage of a beautiful Sunday afternoon I visited Limehouse Conservation area just a half-hour drive from my hometown. I never realized such a wonderful trail system exsisted so close! Ruins of old lime kilns, being able to climb up and through the Niagara Escarpment. Just made for an enjoyable afternoon. I should go back here again this summer, then fall, and of course winter. It’s so close, and the best part is that it’s free! Nikon FM2 – AI-S Nikkor 50mm 1:1.4 – Kodak Portra 160 Rolleiflex 2.8F – Carl Zeiss Planar 80mm 1:2.8 – Ilford DeltaRead More →

One of the joys of working in Oakville is having access to a wonderful water front within a ten minute drive from work. Taking advantage of one of those really nice days we’ve been having I took my trusty Rolleiflex out and some Kodak Portra 400 out for a lunch hour photowalk. Have I mentioned how much I love Portra 400? Rolleiflex 2.8F – Carl Zeiss Planar 80mm 1:2.8 – Kodak Portra 400Read More →

Through most of January my part of Ontario had been denied a proper winter, so when I had the urge to go out and shoot in the snow I decided to head a little further North to the little town of Belfountain. I had been tipped off to a conservation area by a fellow photographer Bill Smith and decided to check it out for myself. I saw a couple people when I first got to the park but for a majority of my time there it was blissfully empty. Photography has always been a solo thing for me, so being able to enjoy the snowRead More →

Hidden behind a hospital and a massive shopping mall a tiny road dead ends at a park. You can still see the old light standards continuing down. I had some time to kill on a Saturday afternoon so I decided to stop and check it out, having a camera with me I naturally brought it along for the hike. Down at the base of the road I was drawn out onto one the side trails that ran along a river bank, following it around I noticed something in the distance, it looked like a bridge, but not a bridge one would expect, it looked likeRead 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 →