Revisiting the Cemetery

I’ve been to the St. James Cemetery in Toronto a few times to shoot, and I went again this past Saturday. It was a dull day, but the combination of EDU 400 film (from The Film Photography Project) and TMax developer brought out some nice light.

In the Graveyard


Voigtlander Bessa R Rangefinder, 15mm/4.5 Voigtlander Super Heliar lens
EDU 400 film developed in Tmax Developer 1+9 for 12 minutes @ 20 C

Finally a New Photograph!

Preparing for the show, so little time for new photos, finally got a roll developed today. A couple of weeks ago I was at Koerner Hall in Toronto to take in an amazing concert. It is a lovely hall, so I decided to take a chance with a photograph. No flash of course so I had to use a shutter speed of 1/8th of a second. Pleasantly surprised!

Before the concert



Voigtlander Bessa R, 15mm/4.5 Voiglander Heliar lens
FPP EDU 400 film, developed in Tmax 1+9 for 12 minutes @ 20 C

What Am I Working On These Days?

My friend (and talented author) Alice Dugan contacted me today, to ask me if she could tag me in a “Work in Progress Blog Tour” that she was involved in. I said it sounded like fun and it has been a couple of weeks since my last blog post, so it serves as a kick in the pants to get me going.

The ironic thing is that I have no time for making new photographs right now, since I am very busy preparing for my upcoming photography exhibit The Silver Path. It’s been pretty labour intensive, since all the prints are hand-done by me in the darkroom. I’ve gotten to the point where all the printing is done, and now I have to select forty prints from the roughly sixty I’ve done to be hung at the exhibit. Next, I need to hand retouch any dust spots etc. from the prints, then cut mattes and frame the prints, plus various other logistical items in advance of the opening show reception on April 10th. Exciting and scary times!

I’ve also started podcasting again, after a multi-year absence! I am involved in two podcasts: The first is Classic Camera Revival, which I do with three friends, where we geek out on film-based photography. (No surprise, right?) The second podcast is my new personal journal podcast called MPP. What MPP stands for changes with each episode :-)

Next, I am thoroughly enjoying being with the Exultate Chamber Singers this year, after attending their concerts for a quarter century. I’m looking forward to our next concert this Friday, where I get some solo quartet work. Another exciting/scary combo!

Finally, my other two big goals this year (along with the photo exhibit) both have to do with writing. I am trying my hand at writing an urban fantasy novella, inspired in no small part by Alice’s enjoyable efforts in this genre. I have posted three snippets so far, here, here and here. My other writing goal this year is to finish the first draft of my musical done (started in 2014). Here is a sample of one song.

I think  I must be out of my mind! But I don’t think I could handle life any other way: if I keep my life crowded, I can keep the demons on the waiting list forever.

Now I am going to tag my good friend (and fellow film photography fanatic) Mike Bitaxi: a talented and clever fellow!


Channeling the Winter

Yesterday I had a film and digital shoot with my friend and frequent collaborator Cate Hopkins. I’m going to start with one of the digital images. By the icy shores of Lake Ontario, on a very bright (if cold!) day, Cate wore a white dress and and white wig, and the combination was perfect for high key photography.

Ice PrincessNikon D7100, 50mm/1.8 Nikkor lens
Post-processing with Lightroom and Nik Efex


Three for the Show

My mission tonight is to make 11″ by 14″ prints of these images taken yesterday at the bitterly cold shores of Lake Ontario. I was very happy at how the images turned out, so I think they merit a place in my upcoming photo exhibition. All three were taken with my Pentax 6×7 medium format camera, an oversized beast that  works well in gloved hands :-) I shot one roll of my limited stock of Kodak Plus-X film ,sadly no longer made.

Toronto Beaches, -22 C

Toronto Beaches, -22 C

Toronto Beaches, -22 C