April 15, 2018
First Roll of Film in Ages

Over a year ago I couldn’t help myself and dropped a few pretty pennies on a beautiful vintage Leica M3 film camera. It looked and felt great in the store, everything clicked and whirred like it should. Home it went with me. It sat for a couple of months as the holidays passed and winter melted away.

With spring’s emergence, it was time to take my “new” camera out for a walk. I dropped a roll of Kodak T-Max 400 into the camera and excitedly headed out.

The rangefinder view was great. The camera felt great in hand. The lack of metering caused me many issues though as I over compensated by not shooting freely. I used an iPhone meter app and would over read a scene and fuss too much. Eventually I’d just go with the Sunny 16 rule.

The other barrier was an overthinking of every composition. Since it was film, every click was going to cost a dollar or two. The act of shooting a picture now cost money (it always used to, but since digital’s takeover, this hasn’t been a consideration when it comes to pressing the shutter in years).

So the camera travelled with me to many a location (Toronto, New York, Gallway, Dublin, Florence, Sestri Levante…) but was used sparingly. A shot here, a shot there… hard to explain but this first roll of film took about a year to click through.

After a concerted push to finish the roll in the fall I sent the film to Downtown Camera to be processed and scanned. I excitedly received the scans via Dropbox a few days later. And then the learning really kicked in!

Compositions were generally very good. The slow methodical approach resulted in hardly any bad snaps. The same was true with exposure. Through all my fidgeting (and general latitude of black and white film) I managed proper exposures across 90% of the roll. Not bad.

But, and there is a big but, many of the frames were only half exposed. Some had streak marks in a slight shadow on half the frame… A bit of research and analysis suggested that the shutter curtains were not opening / closing properly. The issue only seemed to effect shots I remember shooting at the fast end of the shutter (1/500 & 1/1000).

Regardless, this 1959 made camera needed a good CLA (clean, lube & adjust). So I packed it up and sent it off to the highly reputable Youxin Ye in Massachusetts. A few weeks later it was back in hand, shiny and operating like new. Roll two is in the camera, but seems to be taking as long as roll one to make its way through the camera. The endless winter hasn’t helped!

Anyway, here are the images (in all their ‘failed’ glory) from the first roll of film shot by me and my camera in ages.

Bryn, Soho, New York, March 20, 2017

Hearts Graffiti, Soho, New York, March 20, 2017

Cherry Blossoms, University of Toronto, April 22, 2017

Vintage Buick, Kensington Market, Toronto, April 22, 2017

St. Augustine’s Holy Well, Gallway, Ireland, April 14, 2017

St. Augustine’s Holy Well, Gallway, Ireland, April 14, 2017

St. Augustine’s Holy Well, Gallway, Ireland, April 14, 2017

Black Eyed Susans, Toronto, August 9, 2017

Ponte Vecchio, Florence, Italy, September 16, 2017

Rower on the Arno, Florence, Italy, September 16, 2017

Arno River, Florence, Italy, September 16, 2017

Statue on Ponte Vecchio, Florence, Italy, September 16, 2017

Statue by the Arno, Florence, Italy, September 16, 2017

Sestri Levante, Italy, September 20, 2017

Sestri Levante, Italy, September 20, 2017

Sestri Levante, Italy, September 20, 2017

Bloor Street Motorcycle Crash, Toronto, October 1, 2017

Taking a Puff, Toronto, October 1, 2017

Be Kind Love More, Toronto, October 1, 2017

May 20, 2017
Images by my father from his time in Afghanistan, 1977
April 26, 2018
Memories of time spent in a place that is dear to my heart.
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.

May 10, 2019

A couple of textures and a tonal crossing scene.

May 3, 2019

A great event put together by Downtown Camera had me out on the streets shooting a roll of Ilford HP5.

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 12, 2019

This series from a roll of Tri-X shot on my Canon 1N.

May 28, 2019

A few shots taken with a Leica M3 on Kodak Tmax film.

May 21, 2019

This guy was taking notes and planning his next mission.

May 18, 2019

A walk up Church Street with a roll of Tmax on my Canon 1N.

May 18, 2019

Shot a roll of Ilford HP5 on a long walk from my house to Downtown Camera, dog in tow.