Commuting impressions

When I retired I really didn't think that I would miss the drudgery of my daily commute, one and three quarter hours each way on train & subway. But what the travel did give me was the opportunity to take pictures and experiment with different techniques, such as long exposure combined with movement and saturation.… Continue reading Commuting impressions

No more sports photography?

Today it was announced that the Super League (an inappropriately named body if ever there was one) has decided not to readmit the Toronto Wolfpack Rugby League club following their forced exit from the 2020 competition during the pandemic crisis. Thus the small-minded Royston Vasey locals (League of Gentlemen black comedy program - Google it)… Continue reading No more sports photography?

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… Continue reading Once more with meaning – black and white

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

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… Continue reading Shooting with a dead format