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Pics @ Etobicoke Creek

Posted 2012.09.23 23.20 in Hobbies, Photography

I went for a bit of a walk this morning, to have a look at where the local river (the Etobicoke Creek) emerges from a concrete diversion channel and reverts to its natural riverbed.

The diversion channel thingy was built in the 1950’s (if I remember right) as a solution to prevent downtown from flooding every year.

I’ve never really looked closely at it before, though it is not far from my house. The diversion channel thingy is really small and makes the river look like a wee little stream, but it must be deep and it does move fast.

Now I’m curious to go see the other end, where they squeeze the river down into that little concrete channel.

The film was expired Shoppers Drug Mart “EasyPix” brand (made by Fuji I believe), ISO 200. It came out with some interesting colour shifts, kind of an overall pink tone. I’ll have to try and remember to overexpose it by a stop next time to see if that helps.

Shot with my Lomography LC-A+ RL and developed at home in my kitchen sink with my tired old Press Kit colour chemistry – 14 months old and still going strong.

Road to Redscale

Posted 2012.08.21 10.29 in Photography

Last week I was off for a day, on a little road trip to visit my friends Athena and Jason at a cottage somewhere in the vicinity of West Guildford. Naturally I brought a camera.

It was the Lomo LC-A+ which I’d loaded with their Redscale XR film. I’ve had mixed results with Redscale in the past… and this time was no different. It varies wildly between underexposed and sort-of-acceptable. If you intentionally over-expose, you can get some more-lifelike colours. If you let it underexpose, you get deeper reds and oranges.

Unfortunately, although I brought the camera, I didn’t actually get much chance to use it. The (three-hour) drive home had some opportunities for playing around with it. Then this past weekend I finished off the roll at a local park along the Credit River.

There’s nothing particularily memorable about any of the shots, but I enjoy the experimentation now and then. Playing with film, playing with light, and playing with chemistry.

Day Trip with Leanne

Posted 2009.08.19 17.17 in Hobbies, Photography

Yesterday I had a nice day with my sister, we drove around and visited some scenic spots and had some fun taking pictures and walking around. We visited the Forks of the Credit Provincial Park, the Cheltenham Badlands, and stopped at a few other unnamed places that caught our attention.

Here are the pics of this latest photo outing. All were taken with the 30mm f/1.4 lens.

Belfountain Conservation Area

Posted 2009.08.02 15.38 in Hobbies, Photography

Today I went for a little trip, to go and visit a picturesque spot where I could take some pictures with my digital camera and try to get myself back into the photography thing. (Outcome: I need more practice.) My eyes are out of the habit of framing shots and I found myself fumbling around with lenses and forgetting settings. Still, one has to start somewhere, and I’m not unhappy with the results.

One of the first lessons I learned in my first photography course was to take lots and lots of pictures. The more pictures you take, the better your chances of getting a great shot. And that was in the days of film! With digital, you don’t even┬áhave to worry about wasting money for processing. Out of over 70 shots, I have selected eight that I like. And of the eight, only two or three are better than adequate, IMHO.

Tell me which ones you like the best, I’ll be interested to see if people like the same ones I like.

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