Monday, December 25, 2017

Winter Weather Arrives in Caledon Part II and Merry Christmas!

I want to wish everyone a very Merry Christmas and a safe happy 2018! Just a note my blog posts are going to be a little random until the new year!

Nikon F2A, Nikkor Ai 50 f1.4 lens.
Film: Lomography F Squared 400

Wreath with a lot of Purple

Corner of Bush and Main Sts.

Looking Down Bush St. Towards Main

Belfountain Antiques with Snow Dusting

Snow Covered VW Bus

Main St. Becomes Missisauga Road_

Thursday, December 21, 2017

Winter Weather Arrives in Caledon Ontario Part One!

I really needed to get out of town for the day. I took advantage of the Caledon Ski Club opening up their lodges so members can drop their skis off in their lockers, so I headed north. Instead of shooting black and white I loaded one of my F2's with some Lomography F Squared 400 which I have mentioned in the past is repackaged Solaris 400 that was freezer stored for over a decade. I really hope Film Ferrania relaunches Solaris 400, I love the look I get from this film and I want to see what fresh stock looks like.

My Nikons are my go to "get stuff done" cameras when I need the shot bang on, it was also a chance to take my 2018 Christmas Card shot.


Camera: Nikon F2A, Nikkor Ai 50 f1.4 lens and Ais 28 f2.8 lens.
Film: Lomography F Squared 400 (Solaris 400, expired)

White Church in Winter II

White Church in Winter

Dusting on Wortley's Wiggle

West Credit River in the Flurries

Bridge Across the West Credit Part One

West Credit Fake Falls_

Bridge Across the West Credit III

Wednesday, December 20, 2017

Don Valley Brickworks Part Two

I have to get back to the Brickworks more often.


Camera: Nikon F3HP, Nikkor Ai 50 f2 lens, Ais 28 f2.8 lens.
Film: Kodak Tri-X 400 pushed to 1600, HC110 B.

Old Lathe

Lathe End

Windows and Light

Late November Reflection

Reflected Chimney_

Reflected Brickworks


Tuesday, December 19, 2017

Return to Don Valley Brickworks Part One.

It's been ages since I shot around the Don Valley Brick Works so the Toronto Photowalks Pre Anniversary Dinner walk was a great excuse to get there. I had fun, however I couldn't stay for dinner because I had another event I had to be at.


Camera: Nikon F3HP, Nikkor Ai 50 f2 lens. Ais 28 f2.8 Lens.
Film: Kodak Tri-X 400, Pushed to 1600 ISO, HC110 B.

Steel Map

RePurposed Bike Wheels_

Straight to the Door

Three Seats for the Water Reflection

Damaged Tank

Black Eyed Susan in the Window

Monday, December 18, 2017

More Adventures with Kodak Tri-x and a Nikon F3HP

Now the one drawback with Kodak Tri-X 400 in HC110, for me it curls, with Xtol not so much. The dreaded curl can be solved with flattening with heavy Pubic Relations textbooks for a few days. The weather in Toronto in late November-early December is capital G grey. If the Inuit have a thousand words for snow, Torontonians have a thousand ways to describe the grey skies (pale anthracite, polished cement, pale pewter, off black anyone?). Pushed Tri-x is great for shooting in this weather, and I'm willing to put up with the curl. I forgot how nice Tri-X is to photograph with.


Camera: Nikon F3HP, Nikkor Ai 50 f2 lens, Ais 28 f2.8 lens.
Film: Kodak Tri-X 400, pushed to 1600 ISO, HC110 B.

Broadview Rooster Coffee Shop Patio

Wet Broadview_

Broadview Station

Southbound 504


Thursday, December 14, 2017

Dismal Saturday in the City.

I haven't shot much with Kodak Tri-X in the past few years, I by and large have switched to Ilford HP5 and Rollei RPX 400 for my core shooting habits in 35mm and 120 format. This also the first time I've pushed processed in a while too. I'm really happy with what I got. Now for those who shoot pixels, pushing film is deliberate under exposure and over developing. What comes out is grittier than closer to box speed, but that's ok because I wanted that look.

The other thing is I shot with one of my Nikon F3HP's, the workhorse one my brother got me in NYC for my birthday a few years ago. Considering this camera was made 25-30 years ago, the meter is still bang on with exposure.

Camera: Nikon F3HP, Nikkor Ai 50 f2 lens, Nikkor Ais 28 f2.8 lens.
Film: Kodak Tri-X 400 pushed to 1600, HC100 B.

Two Trains on Plaform 26 27

Front St. In front of Union Station Nov 2017

Rent a Bikes on Wellington


Crossing Over Queen St. Towards the Eaton Centre_

Crossing Yonge at Queen Sat Nov 17

Crossing King at Yonge on Saturday Nov 17

Tuesday, December 12, 2017

Walking in the Woods

I haven't hiked much this year, I wanted to make up for this by heading out in the fall. I explored a section of the Bruce Trail between Limehouse and Hilton Falls north of Milton. Of course I had to choose the second most dismal day of the fall to head out. It was a nice walk in the woods but I really didn't find much to shoot compared to Limehouse, that said there are still some gems if you know where to look.

Camera: Olympus OM-1 MD, Zuiko  lenses.
Film: Rollei Retro 400S, HC110 B.

Bruce Trail Tag


22nd Side Road Looking Towards 4th Line

Gap in the Ground

Cedar Trunks_

Leaves on the Ground

Dufferin Gravel Quarry_

Canada Goose Trail Curve


Thursday, December 07, 2017

Overcast Day in Yorkville

I never tire of shooting in this neighbourhood.

Camera: Nikon FE2, Nikkor  lenses.
Film: Rollei Retro 400S, HC110 B.

New Street_

Dead End Yorkville Street II

Jacked Up coffee

The Oxley

Walking in the Mink Alleyway

Checking Texts by a Rock

Cumberland Boutiques_

Thursday, November 30, 2017

Bloor St. and Points North

A few weeks ago I was up in in the Yonge/Bloor Area and points north on a Sunday morning. I was meeting up with my friend John Meadows for a shoot. The lighting of course is the endless grey skies we get from the middle of October to about May the following year. I shot with my Nikon FE2 with Rollei Retro 400S which gives me the contrast I need to get through polished cement skies.

Camera: Nikon FE2, Nikkor Ai and Ais lenses.
Film: Rollei Retro 400S, HC110 B.

One Bloor St. East

Which Crosswalk?

Scollard and Davenport_

Concert Hall or Masonic Temple

Sidewalk Sale On Yonge