Tag: Riverdale Farm

A New Combo

Another image with the old Nikkor 80-200/f4 zoom lens, this time using Eastman Double-X film and TMax developer. I like the combination!

Nikon F5, Nikkor 80-200/f4 lens
Eastman Double-X film @E.I. 400, developed in TMax Developer

Under the Arch

This image is from a recent trip to Riverdale Farm. It was a bright sunny day (the kind that Toronto doesn’t get enough of), so the challenge was to manage the contrast between light and shadow.

Rolleiflex 3.5E3 (Xenotar lens)
Kodak Tmax 100 film, semi-stand developed in Rodinal


It’s hard to beat black and white for capturing the texture of wood. In this image from Riverdale Farm I used my Mamiya 645 Pro TL camera and Kodak Tmax 100 film developed in Rodinal, a developer known for enhancing sharpness (at the cost of increased grain, which is not really an issue with slower speed film and larger medium format negatives). I love the combination!


The Paper Matters Too.

Another cyanotype this time around. This picture was made at the Riverdale Zoo in Toronto, again using my Rolleicord Twin-Lens Reflex. I created a digital negative and then made the cyanotype below.  The paper has a fairly coarse texture, and I like the effect it has on the image. Just one more reason why it matters to see a print in your hands, not just pixels on a screen.

Path at Riverdale Farm, Toronto

More Questions Than Answers

I like this image because of its ambiguity. To me it looks like it could have been made anytime over the last ninety years or so; there isn’t much in the picture that would give the actual date it was taken. (For the record, I made this image just this month, with my Rolleicord Vb Twin-Lens Reflex medium format camera.)

The viewer gets to fill in the blanks, and there are no wrong answers.