Once more with meaning – black and white

I've written before about the power of black and white photography when it comes to conveying emotion. Back in April, on St George's Day in fact, a lunatic in a van ran down people just going about their everyday business on Yonge Street in Toronto. Why he chose that way to express his frustrations maybe…

5 Frames with the Minolta Maxxum 7000

I was recently looking for another 35mm camera and, browsing the web one lunchtime, I came across some reviews of the Minolta Maxxum 7000. A while later I found one at a local camera fair with the classic 50mm f1.7 lens. The vendor assured me that it was in working condition and although I had…

Shooting with a dead format

In 1996 Kodak introduced the Advanced Photo System, or APS. Aimed largely at the consumer market, we could now buy film smaller than 35mm in a single cartridge, load it into specially designed cameras without having to spool film, so no risk of the film coming loose from the end spool, and shoot. You could…

What to photograph next?

So now that the rugby league season in Toronto has been brought to a successful conclusion, I'm left with the question as to what I should be looking to photograph over the winter. The Toronto Wolfpack won't be back in town until at least early May which leaves a bit of a void in the…

Still shooting film

About a year ago I started shooting film again. I thought it might be a temporary thing but the more I shoot it, the more I want to shoot and the less I feel like taking the digital cameras out. That's not to say that the D610 & D7100 don't have their place; if I'm…

Film Photography – the Holga

Those who have used a Holga know what a character it is; those who haven't heard of it need to get one and try it out. The Holga is a gem. Medium format, 120 film. Completely plastic camera - plastic body, plastic lens. Operation is as simple as it gets - exposure is 1/100 or…

Mountsberg and Kodak Portra

In my last post I talked about using film again and showed a few shots taken in black and white. Now b&w can cover up many sins and mistakes but colour can be a little less forgiving, so the next challenge I set myself was to see what the 'new' F90x could actually do with…