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Toronto Film Shooters @ The Beach

Toronto Film Shooters @ The Beach

The Beach neighbourhood in Toronto is not one that I have explored much. Sure I’ve done a wedding there, the 2015 spring Toronto Film Shooters Meetup happened here, had a week of my latest 52-Roll project there, and even recorded an episode of Classic Camera Revival out there. Okay, so maybe I have spent more time in the Beaches than I thought I had. But, it’s always fun to go and check out a part of the city I don’t often have a chance to visit. Bill Smith, while an Oakville resident often finds himself in the area, and offered to host a little photo walk in the area.

Wrong Stop

Bank Turned Retail

The Beach

The trouble was that I ended up taking the subway one stop further than I should have, also not realising that Main Street does not run all the way down to Queen Street. With a bit of jogging about I finally was on the right path to get to my first destination, the RC Harris Water Treatment Plant.

RC Harris

If you have a keen eye and a love of 1990/2000s Sci-Fi television you’ll probably recognise this place as the shadowy think-tank “The Centre” from The Pretender or the headquarters of the hacker Augur from Earth: Final Conflict. From there it was a short nine-minute walk to the meetup point, The Remarkable Bean, a lovely coffee shop nearly at the furthest stop on Queen Street.

Jumping Off Point

Wondering The Source

It turned out I hadn’t needed to visit RC Harris earlier in the day, as we headed back out to the iconic treatment plant, after sticking around there, it was off along the shores of Lake Ontario where the neighbourhood gets it the name, The Beach. While the chance of rain stayed small, we had to dodge the weather several times as we moved west along the beach, taking shelter mostly under the trees along the boardwalk.

Resovior Dogs

Cold Day for a Dip

Alone on the Rock

This ain't no Baywatch

At the historic Leuty Lifeguard Station, we drove north through Kew Gardens back to Queen Street returning to the urban environment. Our final destination on Eastern Avenue is a new craft-brewery in the city, Rorschach Brewing Co. You’ll need a keen eye, it’s easy to walk or drive right past this small historic home, and while it may look small from the outside, like a TARDIS, it is much bigger than it appears. Try their Black IPA; it’s my favourite.

Kew

In Memorial

No. 15

End of Line

If you’re in Toronto and have a love of film photography, we run these meets at minimum four times a year with a handful of specialised events scattered in between. You can find the Toronto Film Shooters on Facebook! It’s a closed group, but if your profile looks like you’re a fellow film nut, we’ll let you in!

All Photos Taken in Toronto, Ontario
Nikon FA – AI-S Nikkor 50mm 1:1.4 (Yellow-15) – Efke KB100 @ ASA-100
Pyrocat-HD (2+2+100) 8:00 @ 20C

Toronto Film Shooters – Summer 2017

Toronto Film Shooters – Summer 2017

Ah the dog days of summer, and yet there’s still the draw to get out, no matter the weather, and just enjoy shooting. This summer meeting saw me visit two areas of the city for some shooting. The first part of the meet was in a part of the city that I don’t often explore, the Riverside neighbourhood on the eastern side of the Don Valley. Fellow film shooter, Bill Smith, did the heavy lifting in planning out the meet. The day started with coffee at the lovely Rooster Coffee Shop. The whole area is a hidden gem in the city with lots to see and photograph. I decided that I would shoot with something a little different than I normally do at these meets, an 85mm lens, look for detail rather than the big picture.

Who the ... Uses a Payphone

Lost Shoe

The Riverdale Cannon

The Jupiter-9 lens is one that I had meant to shoot a little more often, but just never mounted it because it’s somewhat tricky with the double bayonet mount, unlike the standard 50mm lenses (Jupiter-8 and CZ Sonnar). But man it certainly is fun to get away from my usual fare of shooting wide, allowing me a little extra reach and being able to exploit creamy out of focus elements that the lens is known to produce and focus in on details rather than the big picture. Sadly the trouble with the Jupiter-9 is that it suffers from a bit of a focus issue and some shots that I was looking forward to were out. But such is life.

Meet at the Sign of the Rooster

Justice

PVBLIC

We made a point to stop by the Old Don Jail, now part of Bridgepoint Health and then it was east along Gerard Street. A visit, of course, was in order as we walked south on Carlaw to another shop that is close to a few folks in the group, WonderPens! WonderPens is a lovely mum & pop shop that specialises in fine writing. Ink, Pens, and Paper. With a trip to Disney and a historical photography project in the works for next year, it gave me a chance to pick up a couple of new notebooks. Because as you know, every new project needs a new notebook, right?

Wheeled Transport

Film & Fountain Pens

Finally Lunch

Back west we headed along Queen Street almost to where we started at Broadview, sadly the initial stop; Eastbound Brewery opens at 4 pm, so we were a little early to stop in for a taste of some of their beers. But Prohibition Gastro Pub provides a fantastic selection of beers from around Ontario and the world, even some of my favourite from Europe. After lunch, it was a change of pace.

Hot Dog Vendor

Resistance is Futile

But I had swapped out my Contax IIIa that I had been shooting with earlier in the day with the Crown Graphic. However, I was shooting it a little differently than I normally do. I decided to use the Crown as it historically been shot, handheld. Armed with eight sheets of Rollei RPX 400 film, I headed back out into the downtown core with the aim to make it out to the Distillery District.

The First Post Office

Always Watching

I never made it that far as I had shot all eight sheets when I hit the end of King Street where it merges onto Queen. My legs tired I hit up Eastbound Brewing to pick up their two offerings that are for sale before going back to the 3 Brewers for Dinner at Yonge/Dundas Square. A long day? Absolutely, worth it? Totally.

Eastbound

Technical Details:
Contax IIIa – ЮПИТЕР-9 85mm f/2 – ORWO UN54+ @ ASA-100 – Kodak HC-110 Dil. H 7:30 @ 20C
Crown Graphic – Schneider-Kruzenak Xenar 135mm f/4,7 – Rollei RPX 400 @ ASA-320 – Pyrocat-HD (1+1+100) 18:00 @ 20C

Real People are More Interesting

Real People are More Interesting

Paparazzi, Paparazzi…the taunts seemed almost to be sung as I grabbed a shot of two women walking across the street. They don’t bother me, besides I’m far from a paparazzi photographer, these two women are not famous nor am I going to be selling these photos. Besides I can barely hear the voices over the History Extra Podcast about Richard I and the Third Crusade.

TFSM Winter '16 - Real People are More Interesting

TFSM Winter '16 - Real People are More Interesting

Having just come from a beautiful photowalk in the High Park Area I had some time to kill before meeting up with my buddy James at Trinity-Bellwood Park to head up to the Dakota Tavern to catch the Silver Hearts playing live so I popped down to Downtown Camera and picked up another roll of film to load up and do some street photography as I walked along Queen Street.

TFSM Winter '16 - Real People are More Interesting

TFSM Winter '16 - Real People are More Interesting

I don’t practice Street Photography that often, I have to feel in the right mood, the camera I have has to sit right and the film has to suit the light. The film I ended up grabbing was Rollei Retro 400s a film I hadn’t ever used but my gut was telling me this would be a good film to use in the slowly dying light of downtown Toronto.

TFSM Winter '16 - Real People are More Interesting

TFSM Winter '16 - Real People are More Interesting

Some of the people whom I caught on film noticed me, well with the gear I was using there really wasn’t any surprise, there’s a reason many street photographers prefer the smaller silent cameras to the bulk of a professional SLR. I flashed a quick smile which was returned and then I was gone, carried on west by my quick pace the camera settled back into my arm waiting to be used again.

TFSM Winter '16 - Real People are More Interesting

TFSM Winter '16 - Real People are More Interesting

And it just goes to show…that in the long run, I’ll leave the stars to the paparazzi, for me, real people are more interesting.

Nikon F5 – AF DC-Nikkor 105mm 1:2D – Rollei Retro 400s
Kodak TMax Developer (1+4) 9:30 @ 20C
Epson V700
Adobe Photoshop CC (2015)

Queen Street

Queen Street

Street photography is not something for every photographer. Getting out there and taking pictures of random strangers in the street. Sure you get some people who turn away, or make a face, or even confront you about it. But for the most part, people are generally unaware. Back in August I went out and wandered up then down Queen Street in Toronto along with some fellow film photographers to capture a little slice of life on a typical Saturday afternoon in the city.

Poster Girls

Clasp

Probably one of my favourite combos for shooting in the Street is my Nikon F4 and 105mm f/2 lens sure not a ‘typical’ setup for street many famous ones perfering to work with rangefinder cameras and short lenses. But the 105mm is just that ‘perfect’ focal length for what I like to shoot and how I like the final images to look. A nice level of seperation between me and the subject without being too distant.

Standing Out

Look Right

Film of course is my favourite, Kodak Tri-X, purchased fresh that day from Downtown Camera. Something I’ve been doing more of, when I go on photo walks and trips I go and buy fresh film. Better results and keeps the companies and local stores knowing that there are still people out there who support film. And I mean, you can’t beat the classic Tri-X.

Don't Mine Me

I Always feel like, somebody's watching me

Nikon F4 – AF DC-Nikkor 105mm 1:2D – Kodak Tri-X 400 (400TX) – Kodak HC-110 Dil. B 4.5 Minutes

400TX:365 – Week 5 – Doors ‘N Things

400TX:365 – Week 5 – Doors ‘N Things

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 still use the 50mm for my wide open spaces (I’ve done it with my Rolleiflex which has an 80mm lens, an equivalent to the 50mm in 35mm). So for week 5 I wandered around Toronto looking for doors, any sort of door I could photograph. Big doors, little doors, transit doors. Neat doors.

Doors, lots of doors.

400TX:365 - Week 05 - Doors

400TX:365 - Week 05 - Doors

400TX:365 - Week 05 - Doors

400TX:365 - Week 05 - Doors

400TX:365 - Week 05 - Doors

400TX:365 - Week 05 - Doors

400TX:365 - Week 05 - Doors

Nikon F3 – AI-S Nikkor 50mm 1:1.4 – Kodak Tri-X 400 (400TX)
Kodak HC-110 Dil. B 4:30 @ 20C

Project:52 – Week 16

Project:52 – Week 16

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.

Project:52 - Week 16

Project:52 - Week 16

Project:52 - Week 16

Project:52 - Week 16

Project:52 - Week 16

Project:52 - Week 16

Project:52 - Week 16

Nikon F4 – AF DC-Nikkor 105mm 1:2D – Kodak Portra 400