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… Continue reading 5 Frames with the Minolta Maxxum 7000

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… Continue reading What to photograph next?

Photographic Jazz

There are some times when, to feel fully creative, one needs to just let go of the norms, open your mind to the great possibilities that are out there and break out into something new. I've been reading a lot of work by the Canadian photographer David Duchemin recently, both his blogs and some of… Continue reading Photographic Jazz

The power of black and white photography – give me colour or give me soul

#autismdoesntendat5 This week I went along to a rally outside Queen's Park, the Ontario provincial legislature building in Toronto. I was there to support my niece and her husband and family in their struggle against the cruel and callous cuts that the Liberal government are making in the funding for autism programs. Of course I… Continue reading The power of black and white photography – give me colour or give me soul

Making the most of any light

This weekend I went to Algonquin Provincial Park with a couple of friends/family from our little photography group. Our plan had been to see the spectacular fall colours that, on average, reach their peak on the last weekend of September. Well, unfortunately, Nature has been so good to us over the summer that she's now… Continue reading Making the most of any light

Still Life from everyday objects

Mention the words 'still life' to most, me included, and the first thought that comes to mind is the Renaissance masters, the Dutch school, Veritas and the classical, sidelit, muted tones of those wonderful 16th century masterpieces. Today the likes of Sergei Sogokon can reproduce those with cameras and lights, and for a while I… Continue reading Still Life from everyday objects

On your doorstep

I live in one of Canada's largest cities, Brampton Ontario, but for a photographer it unfortunately has very little to recommend it aesthetically speaking. There's an old (late 19th Century) downtown core which is rapidly being replaced by modern offices and the City Hall. But Niagara on the Lake it is most certainly not. The… Continue reading On your doorstep