Toronto Night Time

18 05 2011

I just got back in from Toronto late Sunday night. Monday, I had my manager process several rolls of film that I had taken from my ’75 Pentax KM, and a Holga 120N with 35mm adaptor. It rained all weekend, so the Holga didn’t much enjoy the trip, but the Pentax did amazingly well, as I was smart enough to bringĀ along my trusty old light meter (with dust on it still from college) in hopes of getting some awesome night shots. I was also very limited to where I could take photos since I didn’t have a tripod, so I had to set my camera down on anything that was flat enough. To prop up my camera, I used the lens cap and my hand sanitizerĀ bottle.

The shots below were generally taken at 1 second each, and between f8-11, on 400 ISO film. I even managed to make a dark room in our hotel room to take out film from the Pentax to rewind it, and I’m pleased to say I didn’t ruin it!

Toronto is a great place to hang out at night, so many lights, foot and car traffic, book and music shops open until late, great food spots, the tantalizing smells of street meat vendors, and a great subway system that runs until about 1:30 in the morning. These were all shot in one night, and it turned out to be a much later night than expected! I even brought home a new addition to the camera family, my new Diana F+ Parisian toy camera.

Self Portrait on Escalator


Start of May

10 05 2011

So far this year, our spring has been horrible! It’s rained every day I’ve been off of work, and sunny and dry every day I do work! But once in a while, I’ll fool the weather and get out and have some fun. Best way to have fun around here? Play with your vintage film camera with a friend. Film is a great way to have fun with photography when digital becomes too competitive and stale (and since I work in a cheapo Photo Studio, I appreciate this even more so).

Shooting with film is fun, my lenses are tack sharp, determining apertures and shutter speeds with a broken light meter is always interesting, and the thrill of waiting to finish a roll of film and getting it developed and put onto a cd (courtesy of my boss at work). Recently, I got my paws on 2 Holga 120N cameras. Expect some nifty photos to come soon!