May 3, 2019
Downtown Camera Scavenger Hunt

Downtown Camera (Toronto) announced a Photo-Scavenger Hunt via their newsletter and social platforms. This 2019 version featured analog photography and was supported by Ilford.

The premise was sign up, pick up a roll of Ilford HP5 35mm, receive a list of ‘challenges’ on April 16, go shoot the list on the one roll, return the film for processing by the 23rd and then show up May 3 at the store for a meet and greet where the selects from each challenge were shown and polling done to select a winner. The reality was the winning was in the doing, not the outcome. There were many great photos and interesting takes on the challenges which were open to some interpretation.

I dove in with the sign up, dutifully picked up my roll, received the list and then got very busy with everything except the challenge. I wasn’t able to shoot until the afternoon when the film was due. Oh well, nothing to do except load the film and hit the streets.

I shot with a Canon 1N which I picked up a couple of years ago but haven’t shot with since acquiring. I packed a bag with a range of lenses (35mm, 50mm, 100mm macro and 70-200mm zoom). This was more than enough equipment. I had formulated a few ideas in my head but given the time challenge (I had 4 hours to shoot) it was going to be an on the fly exercise and somewhat daunting: new equipment, film (I shoot 99% digital), a fixed list of shots, limited frames…. all pushing me out of my usual comfort zone.

Before I get to my images, special thanks to Ameet Zalera of Downtown Camera and all the team there for putting on this Scavenger Hunt. It was a fun and rewarding experience and the extra effort this store puts into the photographic community in Toronto is what separates them from the ‘competition’. And also thanks to Michael Bain of Harman Technology/Ilford Photo for supporting the event with film and prizes. Much appreciated.

So here are my shots in order of the challenges with a couple of bonus street shots at the end as there were a few extra frames to shoot! Presented as shot, processed and scanned. No cropping or digital post. All shot on April 23, 2019 in Downtown Toronto.

1. Spell HP5

1a. Spell Ilford

2. Gossiping

I had already shot the above street scene when I passed a restaurant with two young women in the window leaning across the table talking which was a great shot of gossiping but my camera was down. My instincts said shoot quick so I shot blind from the hip though by the time I aimed I was spotted and the moment not as I envisioned. Still the exposure turned out ok, though this might have served the ‘Awkward’ challenge better!

2b. Awkward

Two shots here, one a low pants guy walking down the street and the other two objects, one placed, one found in place…

3. Pattern/s

3b. A Subject going against the grain

4. A Subject framed with something or in a way that is unconventional

4b. A picture in a picture

5. Self Portrait of you making a gurning face

Look up gurning! Fun concept but not at all in my zone (I like the back side of cameras for a reason) but I gave it a go. Wrong lens in the end, missed half my face!

5b. Yourself and 2 other people making gurning faces

Failed to capture this! Oh well.

6. Beatles Abbey Road Walk in a non-road place

7. Fog, mist, clouds, smoke

Went for clouds but the sky was pretty flat and there was no fog or mist to be found…

8. Drinking with pinky finger up

9. Wrinkles

10. “A head out of nowhere”

Bonus Frames – non challenge shots from the same roll

October 30, 2018
This is Charlie!
May 10, 2019
A couple of textures and a tonal crossing scene.
July 18, 2019

A collection of Charlie portraits from various dates.

July 12, 2019

Free Friday at the Honda Indy was an opportunity to catch some practice and snap a few racing shots.

July 23, 2018

Blue Jays pitchers warming up in the bullpen from the front row of the bleachers.

June 24, 2018

Life, love, diversity and pride were on full display at the Pride Toronto 2018 parade.

August 24, 2019

A long sunset walk east along Dundas and Dupont from Runnymede to Spadina.

August 24, 2019

A few collected shots from recent outings around Toronto.

July 18, 2019

Took a long walk from Union Station to my house in the blazing sun.

June 30, 2019

Took my Leica M-P (240) with a late ’50’s vintage Summarit 5cm lens out for a walk around my neighbourhood.

June 25, 2019

A man passes under the rail bridge in Summerhill.

June 25, 2019

Ran an errand up at Yonge and Eglinton and took my 100mm macro lens out for a spin.