This image is from an outing on January 1st, in a valley park in central Toronto. It was quiet and cold. I think I saw one other person while I was there.
Canon 7, 21mm/4 Voigtlander Skopar lens, Polypan F developed in Diafine 3 + 3
For my last post this year, one more image from my “mystery roll” that had images from the VOX conference in Hamilton. For this image I used my Voigtlander 21mm/4, a lens that mounts on any camera that uses the classic Leica screwmount (in my case I used my early 1960’s vintage Canon 7 rangefinder). I love the sharpness of this lens, and I need to use it more!
Canon 7, 21mm/4 Voigtlander lens, Fomapan 100 developed in D-23 1:1 for 15 minutes
It was grey, dismal and rather soggy in High Park yesterday. All the jewel-like ice on the tree branches left by the ice storm in Toronto was all more or less melted. Everywhere you looked broken branches and other debris were scattered as reminders of the recent weather, and the fact that by some estimates Toronto has lost 20% of its canopy.
Canon 7 35mm Rangefinder, Voigtlander 21mm/f4 lens, Fomapan 100 film, developed in D-23 1:1 for 15 minutes
I have many “mystery” rolls of film, where I have no clue what is on the roll. I was finishing just such a roll today in High Park. When I developed it, I found some images from the VOX social media conference in Hamilton this past summer. I like this image as there is only one person in front of the camera, but a whole collection of friends (and me) represented by long late day shadows.
(Canon 7 35mm Rangefinder, 21mm/f4 Voigtlander lens, Fomapan 100 film developed in D-23 1:1)
Here is another image from the belly dancing in Kensington Market recently. This image is of a dancer Audra of the Dark Side Studio) waiting in wings for her groups turn to perform. I was struck by how the various groups enjoyed each others performances, in a supportive atmosphere.
(Canon 7 35mm Rangefinder, Leica 90mm/f4 Elmar lens, Tri-X developed in Microdol-X)
Yesterday afternoon I was shooting in Kensington Market again. The streets were closed to all vehicular traffic, making for a great atmosphere. A belly dancing show was taking place, surrounded by photographers, as in the image below. Sometimes it’s as much fun to watch the audience!
(Canon 7 35mm rangefinder, Leitz (Leica) 90mm/f4 Elmar lens,
Ilford Delta 400 film, developed in Kodak Microdol-X developer, 1:1 for 15.5 minutes at 20 degrees)
Much is said about communication in Social Media circles, specifically in the context of audience. When I use old film gear, like I did for this image of Rebecca below, I feel in a way that I am also communicating with photographers who have gone before me; holding an old film camera, I feel a connection to the history of photography that I just don’t feel with a digital camera, almost a ghost in the machine kind of thing.
Canon 7 Rangefinder camera, 50mm/f2 Summitar len, Ilford Pan F film)
This past weekend I had a shoot on Saturday at Sunnyside Pavilion in Toronto. While waiting for the couple to arrive (and more on them in a future post), I did some shooting of my own. This location has become a bit of a wedding photography factory, so I mainly skulked around the edges and did detail images.
(Canon 7 Rangefinder camera, circa 1961, Soviet Jupiter 8 50mm/f2 lens,
Fomapan 100 film developed in Tmax developer 1:9 for 9 minutes)