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Summer Film Party – Part III (August)

Summer Film Party – Part III (August)

Some time back I came across a sponsored post on Facebook. Now usually when I see these I tend to scroll past them, but the title grabbed my attention, 14 Towns In Ontario To Visit If You’re Too Broke To Go To Europe. While many of the sites mentioned in the article I had heard of and visited there were a couple that caught my eye, the one that I decided would be worth a visit is Almonte, Ontario.

Rushing Waters

Building on the Old

Having done a weekend wedding in Bobcaygeon, Ontario and the wife and I heading to a week’s vacation in Ottawa it was the perfect chance to visit this small historic town. It turns out the man behind Basketball, Dr. James Naismith, so my wife, who is a big fan of basketball. While Polypan F is no longer produced, I still had a roll left waiting for something special. So, why not use it for the final month of the Summer Film Party!

Water Power

Historic Town Hall

For some reason, the telltale glow that comes with the film wasn’t too present in this roll; maybe it was a combination of things. The pull to ASA-25, the yellow filter, or the Rodinal for developing. Heck, it could have even been the high-noon sun I was shooting in. Either way, the results are great in my mind.

Hydro

Tail Race

Wow, this is the last post for the Summer Film Party, I managed to get in all three months of this wonderful little project for Emulsive, of course, now you can stay tuned for their next project the #DeltaDefJam, and I already have a lovely roll of Delta 100 in 35mm waiting! Until next time film shooters, keep those shutter firing!

All Photos Shot in Almonte, Ontario
Nikon F2 Photomic – AI-S Nikkor 35mm 1:2.8 (Yellow-12) – Polypan F @ ASA-25
Blazinal (1+50) 8:30 @ 20C

CCR Review 14 – Contax G2

CCR Review 14 – Contax G2

Don’t let the top fool you, the Contax G2 isn’t actually made by the famous German camera manufacture that produced the same cameras that Robert Capa took with him during the Operation Overlord landings at Normandy, better known as D-Day. While proudly saying Contax, it’s actually manufactured under licence by the Japanese firm Kyocera. But the Contax G2 does hold one thing above any other rangefinders out there, it is one of two autofocus rangefinders ever produced, the other one is the previous G1 model. There are some out there that say that the G series aren’t true rangefinders, and they do have a point. But the general style of camera screams rangefinder, and it is one of my favourite systems to work with when size and space is an issue.

CCR - Review 14 - Contax G2
The G2 looks great when on a patio with a tasty European beer

The Dirt
Maker: Kyocera
Model: Contax G2
Type: 35mm Autofocus Rangefinder
Lens: Interchangeable, G-Mount
Year of Manufacture: 1996

CCR - Review 14 - Contax G2

CCR - Review 14 - Contax G2

The Good
If you love the rangefinder format but just can’t get the knack of the focusing system than the G2 is for you. While the autofocus isn’t perfect, it still is better than the older G1 models. Not to mention the size is perfect for tucking in a small shoulder back, or in a camera backpack is a great second camera if you’re shooting a large format system because it takes up very little space, even with a lens attached. It also feels great to hold and can be fairly quick in bright environments. And this camera is a solid piece of metal, very little plastic in the construction of it, so it can be bounced around a bit. For operation the camera has a good meter in it, with aperture priority or full manual mode. And finally the optics, against Japanese made under licence from Carl Zeiss, and when compared to the actual Zeiss made optics there is no difference in quality. The key is to the stick to the prime lenses, the zoom is a bit iffy. To go along with the optics, the viewfinder will automatically adjust its zoom range to match the lens you’ve mounted, from 28mm to 90mm. There is a winder lens that the viewfinder cannot accommodate so you’ll need the shoe mounted viewer to help with composing your photos.

CCR - Review 14 - Contax G2

CCR - Review 14 - Contax G2

The Bad
Oddly enough the one thing that makes the camera different is also the weak point on the camera, the focusing system. While better than the G1 the camera’s autofocus can be slow in lowlight and a bit unpridicatable. And when it comes to manual focus, don’t even bother, it becomes little better than a guess focus camera with a distance scale being displayed in the viewfinder, best to pack along and external rangefinder to help out if you’re doing manual. Another issue is that the command dials are very sensitive, make sure to check the EV, Focus Mode, and Drive Mode dials if you’ve pulled the camera out of the bag or had them bouncing against something because they have a tendency to move on you. The camera is also a bit of a battery hog taking 2 CR2 batteries (which aren’t cheap), so best to pack a spare set (or two).

CCR - Review 14 - Contax G2

CCR - Review 14 - Contax G2

The Low Down
Despite the drawbacks, the camera remains one of my favourites for travelling when space is an issue or for travelling light at photowalks. It remains today a very polarizing camera, those who love it love and those who hate it hate it. And despite that remains the one camera in my collection that photographer friends of mine always want to borrow. It’s a camera that is certainly worth a try, but try it first, see if you like it before you go out and buy the camera.

All Photos shot in the Historic Center of Antwerp, Belgium
Contax G2 – Carl Zeiss Planar 2/45 T* – Ilford FP4+ @ ASA-125 – Ilford Ilfosol 3 (1+14) 7:30 @ 20C

52:320TXP – Week 50 – Hancock County

52:320TXP – Week 50 – Hancock County

52:320TXP - Week 50 - Hancock County

It wouldn’t be a 52-project from me without something from Findlay! Anyone who has attended an Film Photography Project meetup in lovely downtown Findlay, Ohio will immidiatly recognize this beautiful building. The Hancock County Courthouse was constructed between 1886 and 1888 to replace an older brick structure that once sat on the same site. This came about when Findlay was decided to be the seat of Hancock county. Constructed in three styles, Palladium, Victorian, and a favourite of mine, Richardson Romanesque, the building certainly strikes anyone who visits the downtown. If you get a chance or are driving past, stop by. The Irish pub is a favourite of mine to eat a meal at, or if you’re a film nut, head to 111 E. Sandusky Street and say hi to Leslie at The Mecca/Imagine That!

Pacemaker Crown Graphic – Fuji Fujinon-W 1:5.6/125 – Kodak Tri-X 320 (320TXP)
Movements: Front Rise
Meter: Pentax Spotmeter V
1/4″ – f/64 – ASA-320
Kodak Microdol-X (Stock) 7:45 @ 20C

52:320TXP – Week 07 – Crown Point

52:320TXP – Week 07 – Crown Point

52:320TXP - Week 07 - Crown Point

I was introduced to the small Indiana town of Crown Point last May by LeAnn and was instantly drawn to the 1873 Italianate/Second Empire historic Lake County courthouse at the center of the downtown. So I knew I had to include this beautiful building in this year’s project as well. Sadly with all the parking around the square it was hard to find a good angle, so this is the one I ended up settling on. Of course as soon as I started setting up the camera I soon found plenty of locals watching me closing, a young man with an Ontario plated car in a small town in Indiana, what else are you going to gawk at? At least the one older gentleman who actually spoke to me waited until after I had finished with the exposure. Also of interesting note, I have reintroduced D-76 into my developing chemistry shelf.

Modified Anniversary Speed Graphic – Schneider-Kreuznack Angulon 1:6,8/90 – Kodak Tri-X Pan (320TXP)
Pentax Spotmeter V
1/50″ – f/32 – ASA-320
Kodak D-76 (1+1) 9:00 @ 20C

400TX:365 – Week 50 – Lovely Downtown Findlay

400TX:365 – Week 50 – Lovely Downtown Findlay

There are three places you must visit if you pass through Findlay, OH. The first being Imagine That/The Mecca and be sure to stop and chat about anything film with the owner, the lovely Leslie Lazenby. The second is Logan’s Irish Pub, the craft brew selection is the best in the town, and the third is the Jones Mansion a Civil War Era mansion that is currently under going restoration. For for those who recognize the town name you’ll be thinking “oh wait, hasn’t Findlay already been featured?” and technically yes, back in Week 16 but that was focused mostly on the Film Photography Project Walking Workshop. This time I focused on the downtown itself with my much loved late 19th early 20th century architecture. My playing with pushing and pulling Tri-X continues, for this week I dicided to pull is just slightly to the classic speed of ASA-320 and develop in Dilution E. I’m fairly pleased with the results!

400TX:365 - Week 50 - Lovely Downtown Findlay

400TX:365 - Week 50 - Lovely Downtown Findlay

400TX:365 - Week 50 - Lovely Downtown Findlay

400TX:365 - Week 50 - Lovely Downtown Findlay

400TX:365 - Week 50 - Lovely Downtown Findlay

400TX:365 - Week 50 - Lovely Downtown Findlay

400TX:365 - Week 50 - Lovely Downtown Findlay

400TX:365 – Week 15 – St. Jacobs

400TX:365 – Week 15 – St. Jacobs

I seem to be going on a small town kick for this project. Week 15 brought be out to St. Jacobs. After an early start to the day and a run up to Lindsay to pick up a puppy with my friend Nicole I headed out to the Kitchener-Waterloo area for a friend’s stag-and-doe. But I took some extra time to head up to St. Jacobs. I usually stick to the area around the Highway as that’s where there’s this awesome antique store. But I never ventured into the historic downtown. Like many towns that grew up in this part of Ontario it was based around a mill, St. Jacobs is no different. The mill operations are long gone, however the mill is now an arts complex.

400TX:365 - Week 15 - St. Jacobs

400TX:365 - Week 15 - St. Jacobs

400TX:365 - Week 15 - St. Jacobs

400TX:365 - Week 15 - St. Jacobs

400TX:365 - Week 15 - St. Jacobs

400TX:365 - Week 15 - St. Jacobs

400TX:365 - Week 15 - St. Jacobs

400TX:365 – Week 08 – Elora, ON

400TX:365 – Week 08 – Elora, ON

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 who saw this strange young man all bundled up lugging around two cameras were friendly and engaged me in conversation as I wandered through their downtown. I need to go back in the summer when the folliage is out to check out the conversation area, and water sports going on in the rapids. So you may just see this place again!

400TX:365 - Week 08 - Elora, ON

400TX:365 - Week 08 - Elora, ON

400TX:365 - Week 08 - Elora, ON

400TX:365 - Week 08 - Elora, ON

400TX:365 - Week 08 - Elora, ON

400TX:365 - Week 08 - Elora, ON

400TX:365 - Week 08 - Elora, ON

Downtown Bristol

Downtown Bristol

This one is for my friends at Kodak!

Despite Ektachrome being cancelled in 120 and 35mm formats, I happened to find a decent sized stash in the back of my stores, mostly E100VS.

Over the Easter weekend I had a chance to go south…to Tennessee, and one of my stops was the towns of Bristol. Why towns? Simple there are two Bristols, one in Virginia and one in Tennessee, and they share a common downtown along State Street, as the name implies is the State line. When I stopped in on the town on my way down I was quickly rained out, but Monday as I started the long drive back home, the weather was perfect so I took an hour and just wandered along State Street.

Of other interesting fact…Bristol is the birthplace of Country Music.

Downtown Bristol VA/TN
The Town’s train station.

Downtown Bristol VA/TN
State Street, very idilic with the Stars and Stripes moving softly in the slight breeze.

Downtown Bristol VA/TN
I just love these old school signs.

Downtown Bristol VA/TN
Or even older painted on for businesses no longer there.

Downtown Bristol VA/TN
Sadly it was still too early for lunch

Downtown Bristol VA/TN
More old school signs…sadly this business is gone.

Downtown Bristol VA/TN
I wonder what’s behind these shutters…

Pentax 645 – SMC Pentax A 645 35mm 1:3.5 – Kodak Ektachrome E100VS

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.

End of the Line

End of the Line

So I’m weird (if you haven’t already guessed) and one of my more interesting goals is to drive in their entirty as many King’s Highways as I can. I have already done Hwy 7. But Hwy 6 I have been meaning to do for a while having done a vast majority of the Highway, but it was the section between Hamilton and Port Dover. So here it is, the town at the end of The King’s Highway Six, Port Dover.

The Beach

Tug Tug

Will Your Anchor Hold in the Sea of Life

Modern Fishing Village

Old Warehouse