Tag: Xtol

The Silence of Snow and Ice

This image was taken in a park in Lethbridge, Alberta on a Sunday morning in my recent trip out west. The trees were covered in a frost from a combination of fog and very low temperatures. There was no wind, and the sky was softly overcast. The silence was lovely.


Rolleiflex 3.5E3, Xenotar lens
Tri-X developed in Xtol 1+1 for 9 minutes @ 20 C


Banff 3: The Bridge

For my third image from Banff, here is a foot bridge. There is some flare, but I don’t mind it. I like the shadow lines 🙂

Banff and LB Jan 2015056

Rolleiflex 3.5E3, Xenotar lens
Tri-X developed in Xtol 1+1 for 9 minutes @ 20 C

Back to Banff

I have just returned from a two week work trip in Alberta, and I did have one weekend for photography, so it was up to Banff on Saturday. The day was brilliant, clear and cold.

Banff and LB Jan 2015047

Rolleiflex 3.5E3, 3.5 Xenotar lens
Tri-X developed in Xtol 1+1 for 9 minutes

Snow, Not Sand

I finally finished a roll of Eastman 2366 duplicating film yesterday, both started and finished at the shores of Lake Ontario in Toronto’s Beaches district. 2366 is a slow (EI 15) very sharp film that I am really learning to love the look of! In this image, a casual glance might lead one to think it was sand, but this is all snow, on a bitterly cold January day.

Snow, Not Sand


Pentax K1000, 28mm/f2.8 SMC Pentax lens
Eastman 2366 film, E.I. 15, developed in Xtol 1:1 for 10 minutes


It’s been a chilly weekend (by Toronto standards) by that hasn’t gotten in the way of doing some street photography. I saw this man carry a fair sized dog, and managed to pop off a quick image.



(Nikon F2, 50mm f.14 lens, Tri-X at box speed developed in Xtol 1:1 , 9 minutes)

Water Pipes

I was out recently in downtown Toronto with my Nikon F 35mm SLR, with a 105mm.f2.5 lens attached. This lens is a classic, and is certainly one of my favourites. I was drawn to take this image by the gleaming metal, surrounded by salt and snow.

Water Pipes

(Shot on Tri-X film, box speed, developed in xTol 1:1)

A Simple Portrait

This image is from a photo yesterday afternoon with a multi-talented actress/model/poet. It is simply lit, with a simple backdrop, and no funky post processing. And it just may be my favourite portrait from 2011. After years of shooting anything but formal portraiture, then forcing myself to try it this year, it is ironic that it has now become far and away my favourite genre, because of images like this. It is simple on one hand, but on the other there is a lot happening with the model’s expression and her energetic and bright personality. Faces and expressions like this are as much a monument to the human spirit  as any cathedral or crumbling ruin.

Portrait with Rollei Pan 25