Tuesday, August 22, 2017

The Toronto Film Shooters Large Format Meetup


This weekend is the Toronto Film Shooters large format meetup.  I'm really looking forward to getting my big camera out into Toronto again.  I've been to High Park a few times with that beast, but this time we go en masse! It's going to be a great  outing!

I know, large format is slow, cumbersome, heavy and quite daunting at times, but it's going to be fun. I'm planning on practicing some shallow DOF shots, maybe a portrait or two, never know...

Stay tuned... but for now, enjoy some of the Large Format images I've shot previously....

.... and keep those shutters firing!



Rundown
Calumet CC400 - Ektar 127mm - EFKE 820C
Farmland
Calumet CC400 - Schneider 180mm - Kodak TriX (1971 Expired)
Returned To Kodak
Calumet CC400 - Ektar 127mm - Ilford FP4+
Frozen Humber
Calumet CC400 - Agfa Anastigmat 105mm - FP4+
IR Garden
Calumet CC400 - Schneider 210mm - EFKE 820C

Friday, August 11, 2017

TFSM Informal August Long Weekend Meetup


On the 5th, the Toronto Filmshooters Group, as suggested and Organized by +Bill Smith, got together for a walk in the Beaches.  Starting at "THE REMARKABLE BEAN" and finishing at a little craft brewery on Eastern Avenue called Rorschach Brewing Co.

Along the way made for some interesting shooting, but I didn't just have a 35mm SLR around my neck.. Nope, I had a dSLR to capture some quick shots around and to get some shots of the gang out there shooting ...










Of course, what TFSM photo walk is complete without some film shots, considering it is a TFSM meetup!







All film images were taken on the Argus A2 Pre-War model on Rollei Superpan 200 and developed in TMAX Developer.

Until next time everyone, keep those shutters firing!

Sunday, August 6, 2017

Getting Things Back Underway

Contaflex Super BC - Pro-Tessar 35mm ƒ/3.2 - Polypan F
So I admit, I've been absent from the Blog Scene for a bit.. But I'm coming back to it. Life is less hectic and much more relaxed now that I've managed to find a groove in things. I was taking a break for the summer from work and focusing on just relaxing and shooting film.  I made a point, also, of, during my days at school, to take a camera every single day, except during exam week. I took a new camera to school every week until the final week of school, because I literally was there for an hour or two at most, then back home to not study and develop a roll or two.. Maybe veg in front of the television and watch Netflix...

Ended up getting into woodworking and thinking of a couple projects... yes, a few are photography related, but I won't get into that.. Wait until they're done, then I'll post about them.

For now, I plan on posting a new blog a minimum of one a week, possibly as many as 4 or 5 per week, depending on how things go.
Kodak Pony 35 Model C -
44mm ƒ/3.5Kodak Anastigmat
Polypan F 50

I'm also starting up a small gallery website.. Nothing fancy, which currently is basically... nothing.. But I'll be posting images up there for viewing and, of course, to order a print or two... maybe even a photobook!

It'll be nice to finally have a public gallery instead of just Flickr or Facebook... Of course this blog, or even my Google+ profile, which has very limited photos

Anyway, stay tuned, we've got more things coming.. Also, don't forget, I'm broadcasting every month from the revolving Classic Camera Revival studio...

Talk to you all soon!

Remember, keep those shutters firing!



Zenza Bronica SQ-Ai - Zenzanon 80mm ƒ/2.8 - Kodak TMAX400



Saturday, August 5, 2017

Empty Road

I took this photo as I have passed this spot several times, almost every single day to be exact, have wanted to shoot it very similar to how I did, however the issue has always been a matter of 'how to shoot it' and 'how to frame it'.  I decided on having the road into the forest to be out of focus and the T junction to be in focus. I find that the back elements being in focus and the front elements, such as the road, if it was out it wouldn't have the same effect. At least in my mind, plus I didn't like how it looked when I had tested that in camera.  It would have been a huge challenge to shoot this in 35mm the same way as I'm sure the focusing would have been a real trick and I doubt I would have got the same effect out of focus as I would here.  Especially at around ƒ/16 or so, as I was here. Maybe the image isn't quite what I had in mind, but it's pretty close.  I'll have to try this again when the fogs return.

County Sideroad 22
Calumet CC400 4x5 Monorail - Schneider-Symmar 180mm ƒ/5.6 @ ƒ/16 - 11:48PM August 1, 2017
1s Exposure - Rollei RPX25 - HC-110 Dil. B 5:00 20°C

Friday, August 4, 2017

Mamiya M645 1000s First Look


I took my wife's Mamiya 645 1000s out for a first look. I haven't used a Mamiya before this and I tell you one thing, I am very happy I got the chance to take it out. Wish I hadn't shot the second half roll of +Donna Bitaxi, but I am sure she'll understand.
The low down is that this is a very light modular camera with a lot of options and a lot of promise.  A camera I would highly recommend you give a second look at, but be forewarned, there is only one film back, which is non-removeable. So if you want to be able to change film-backs mid-roll, you might want to look elsewhere.

Mamiya M645 1000s - Mamiya Sekor 80mm ƒ/2.8 - Ilford HP5+ - TMAX Developer 1+4

Mamiya M645 1000s - Mamiya Sekor 80mm ƒ/2.8 - Ilford HP5+ - TMAX Developer 1+4

Mamiya M645 1000s - Mamiya Sekor 80mm ƒ/2.8 - Ilford HP5+ - TMAX Developer 1+4

Thursday, August 3, 2017

Expired Tri-X Farm

It never ceases to amaze me at how well Expired Film can still look, even almost 50 years later. Here is a shot using Expired Kodak Tri-X from the early 70s (expired 1971) yet it still looks fantastic.  Sure there are some anomalies with the film, but nothing I am worried about considering the age.

I tell you one thing, it was definitely nice to get out there shooting my 4x5 again!


Calumet CC400 - Schneider Kreuznach Symmar 180mm ƒ/5.6 @ ƒ/22 w/#25a Red Filter - ½s Exposure
Kodak TriX Expired 1971

Wednesday, August 2, 2017

Found Film

Kodak Tri-X Found Film

After buying a 4x5 Graphic film pack of Kodak Tri-X off EBAY I noticed it was on photo 10/16 when I got it.  So I did what I learned from experience shooting other old expired Tri-X. Rate for 50 and don't expect miracles.  Needless to say, I got more than I expected.  Not only did I find this, a previously exposed image from whoever originally owned this pack, but a super clean negative that I can really work with!  Just incredible.. When I pulled it out of the tank, I am telling you right now, the low amount of base-fog , you'd swear this was shot yesterday!  It's just that clear... Sure, you can see some degradation of the substrate and emulsion, but nothing that doesn't hurt the image at all.

Always amazed at the power of film!  This is one of the reasons i usually buy this old Tri-X. It's inexpensive and usually gives acceptable results with unique looks.