Spring is coming in Toronto, rain is part of it.
On a trip out for lunch last week I decided to take my Holga 120N. It’s a plastic camera, with a plastic lens. Soft and dreamy. I loaded the camera with a roll of Fujifilm Acros and headed out.
The camera shoots 12 6×6 negatives on a roll of 120 film, but also comes with a replacement mask which changes the aspect ratio to 6×4.5, allowing for 16 shots.
I like my Holga for its mindlessness. Shutter speed and aperture are fixed, focus is by scale, so there’s not much to think about. Point, and shoot.
Originally coined by Chase Jarvis, I think, you’re best camera is the one that’s with you. You can’t really buy a bad camera, or a phone with a bad camera.
Good light is where it’s at.
I try to keep an open mind these days. Rather than jump to conclusions, have an open mind, and ask questions. We’re told we have all the answers, in the palm of our hand. But that’s not true. We have so much we can learn from each other.
I always wondered what happens to these bikes when they’re abandoned on the street. As with most things, a quick search of the inter webs will provide the answer. The City of Toronto removes bikes during their annual spring clean up, or when residents report them. The bikes are then sorted between those that can be salvaged for auction, and those that are scrapped for metal.
I guess the more interesting story would be, “Why was the bike abandoned?”
We all like to dream...
One thing that continues to amaze me since moving back to Canada four years ago, is just how brittle people are when it comes to cold weather. There’s not a cloud in the sky, yes the forecasted high for the day is -10 Celsius, but bundle up and enjoy the sunshine people! Instead, outdoor skating for the kids at school is cancelled because of cold. What kind of adults are we creating?
I decided to start the New Year a little different, by shooting a little 35mm film. Just before the holidays I found a Canonet QL17 on eBay which seemed to be in good condition, something that’s hard to come by these days. While I waited for the camera to make it’s way from Greece, I ordered some Japan Camera Hunter Street Pan film. I figure if I’m going to shoot some film I may as well look to some of the folks who are actively supporting the film community.
The camera arrived just after the new year, and I have to say, as far as eBay purchases go, I got lucky. It looked very clean, and appeared to be in good working order. That’s my main fear, I get into shooting with this camera, and the shutter seizes up, or something else goes wrong.
So this past Wednesday, despite a very dreary day, and no interesting light to speak of, I headed out with just the trusty Canonet and a single roll of film. The goal, to take the bus over to Yonge St, and walk my way down to my local camera store, and drop the film off for developing. I wasn’t looking for anything particular, and just shot along the way, trying to get used to the rangefinder focusing, and make sure I was exposing properly.
I decided to have the camera store develop and scan the film. If things go well I’ll look into doing my own processing again as it’s really the only way to shoot film at a reasonable cost these days. I picked up the film Friday, and a CD of the scans. I wasn’t sure what I could do with the CD, then remembered that my wife’s iMac has a drive in it. I didn’t do much with the files, imported them in to Apple Photos and made some minor adjustments, mainly just using the auto button to be honest. I was generally pleased with the results, and look forward to shooting some more with the little camera.