Saturday, July 31, 2010

Take me to the ball game... And nothing much really happened at the ball game... Like any other ball game -- boring.








Kentmere 400 B&W film, shot on Canon Canonet QL17 GIII, developed in Rodinal 1+25, 7.5min.

Friday, July 30, 2010

CN Tower at night. Toronto, ON


Kentmere 400 B&W film, shot on Canon Canonet QL17 GIII, developed in Rodinal 1+25, 7.5min.

On the street: Yonge & Dundas Square -- Canada Day 2010/07/01

When we are born, we cry that we are come
To this great stage of fools. 

-- King Lear, William Shakespeare.


 

 Kentmere 400 B&W film, shot on Canon Canonet QL17 GIII, developed in Rodinal 1+25, 7.5min.

Wednesday, July 28, 2010

On the street: Yonge & Dundas Square -- Canada Day 2010/07/01


Kentmere 400 B&W film, shot on Canon Canonet QL17 GIII, developed in Rodinal 1+25, 7.5min.

Tuesday, July 27, 2010

On the street: Batman is Canadian (Yonge & Dundas Square) -- Canada Day 2010/07/01


Kentmere 400 B&W film, shot on Canon Canonet QL17 GIII, developed in Rodinal 1+25, 7.5min.

Monday, July 26, 2010

On the street: Drumming at Harbourfront Centre -- Canada Day 2010/07/01

I used to rule the world
Seas would rise when I gave the word
Now in the morning I sleep alone
Sweep the streets I used to own

...

It was a wicked and wild wind
Blew down the doors to let me in
Shattered windows and the sound of drums
People couldn't believe what I'd become
Revolutionaries wait
For my head on a silver plate
Just a puppet on a lonely string
Oh who would ever want to be king?

--Coldplay, Viva la Vida




Kentmere 400 B&W film, shot on Canon Canonet QL17 GIII, developed in Rodinal 1+25, 7.5min.

Sunday, July 25, 2010

On the street: Harbourfront Centre -- Canada Day 2010/07/01

O, no! it is an ever-fixed mark
That looks on tempests and is never shaken;
It is the star to every wand'ring bark,
Whose worth's unknown, although his height be taken.

~ William Shakespeare, Sonnet 116

Kentmere 400 B&W film, shot on Canon Canonet QL17 GIII, developed in Rodinal 1+25, 7.5min.

Saturday, July 24, 2010

On the street: Harbourfront -- Canada Day 2010/07/01

  A BOAT beneath a sunny sky,
Lingering onward dreamily
In an evening of July --
 
...
Long has paled that sunny sky:Echoes fade and memories die:
Autumn frosts have slain July.

...

 In a Wonderland they lie,Dreaming as the days go by,
Dreaming as the summers die:
Ever drifting down the stream --
Lingering in the golden dream --
Life, what is it but a dream?

A Boat beneath a Sunny Sky - Lewis Carroll


Kentmere 400 B&W film, shot on Canon Canonet QL17 GIII, developed in Rodinal 1+25, 7.5min.

On the street: Queen's Park -- Canada Day 2010/07/01


"Do not destroy your city" he screamed, in a barely audible voice. No one really heard him.

This happened on Canada Day, just 4 days after the violent protest at G20 that happened in the core of Downtown Toronto. A group of a few hundred youths wearing black face masks broke away from an otherwise peaceful protest and started burning police cars and breaking store windows, looting.

What bothers me is that instead of asking the question of who will take these youths to justice, some of my associates (who happen to be young socialists) are asking the question of what did society do to push these youths to doing such extreme actions.

My reaction: do not blame the toilet is you're constipated -- that's just clutching at straws. My answers to their question, albeit overly simplistic and generalising: attention seeking, opportunistic, sense of adventure, boredom...

A question that is independent of political views: why did the youth have to put the aged through such pains on a sunny day such as this, when he should have been celebrating his heritage and accomplishments?

Anyways, that's my two cents worth for today. Have a good one.



Kentmere 400 B&W film, shot on Canon Canonet QL17 GIII, developed in Rodinal 1+25, 7.5min.

Thursday, July 22, 2010

On the street: Kensington Market -- Canada Day 2010/07/01


Ah, the irony. How does a car get more hair than a guy?


Kentmere 400 B&W film, shot on Canon Canonet QL17 GIII, developed in Rodinal 1+25, 7.5min.

Wednesday, July 21, 2010

On the street: Canada Day Chinese Parade -- Dundas & Spadina -- 2010/07/01


Kentmere 400 B&W film, shot on Canon Canonet QL17 GIII, developed in Rodinal 1+25, 7.5min.

Tuesday, July 20, 2010

On the street: Dundas & Spadina -- Feefa Wirld Cup 2.010 -- 2010/07/01


Kentmere 400 B&W film, shot on Canon Canonet QL17 GIII, developed in Rodinal 1+25, 7.5min.

Monday, July 19, 2010

On the street: Dundas & Spadina -- Canada Day 2010/07/01

Kentmere 400 B&W film, shot on Canon Canonet QL17 GIII, developed in Rodinal 1+25, 7.5min.

Sunday, July 18, 2010

The Village Idiot Pub

"A good pub could not function without an idiot." - Respect!


Kentmere 400 B&W film, shot on Canon Canonet QL17 GIII, developed in Rodinal 1+25, 7.5min.

Wednesday, July 14, 2010

Retro: ZAF vs. URU

Taken at the pub (2010 / 06 / 16)
0 - ZAF : URU-3

There are few things that really piss me off in life: cheaters is one of them.

The temporary reprieve of taking an afternoon off work to recharge my batteries backfired - I ran off to see a football game where my team lost 3:0. The scoreline was probably fair for the game, but it's the way that the game panned out that really annoyed me. A cheating striker dived and fooled the referee to give a red card to the goal keeper and awarded a penalty. This trend then somehow lasted for the entire tourny. The same diver went on to knock out another team by a deliberate handball off the goal line. Some people would call him a hero. I call him a cheat. And a gloating cheat at that too. Moral of the story? Life is shit. Life is unfair. I'd better get used to it

There, my typical South African whinge.

Photos taken on Canonet QL17 GIII on EasyPix 200 (totally wrong film for the occasion: it was dark) colour film, cross-processed in Rodinal BW chemical at 1+100. Stand processing, 60 minutes. Focusing was messed up because, well, it was too dark to focus. It was quite an accomplishment that I could frame and compose.








The Canonet, like I alluded to above, is difficult to focus.So O got myself another analogue rangefinder, an Olympus 35 RC.  Saw it on ebay for 5 pounts plus 6 pounds shipping. Decided to have a go at it, didn't have much to lose. The thing arrived and appeared to be working mecahnically. The metering system was DOA even with a battery, so manual exposure here I come again. Not a bad camera for an outlay of 11 pounds. Busy testing with another roll of cheap Easypix 200. Will post results once the film is exposed and developed.

Sunday, July 11, 2010

The Dutch love the smell of coffee in the mornings

So I was MIA for a little while. The thesis is back and work was chaotic. There are days when I wanted to jump on a flight back to SA to strangle my research supervisor for his crimes against sanity and all logic, but the price of the flights into SA at the moment discouraged me from doing just that. So presevere I did.

The darkroom is up and running. This is the my second self-developed roll. Ironically, the first roll that I developed was (intentionally) cross-processed: colour film developed using black and white chemicals. Those didn't work out too well - very low contrast. The images from the second roll came out ok, a bit grainy. That's the characteristic of the cheapish Kentmere 400 film. Hated it initially, but I think it's starting to grow on me. I have another 9 rolls of the stuff lying around, so I will see at the end of this trial whether or not I will stick with this film.

 So the Dutch love the smell of coffee in the mornings, and the Brazillians... not so much...Nothing wakes you up in the morning like neon orange and a large Tim Horton's coffee in the subway.

Dutch supporter, outside Tim Hortons, Finch Subway Station. Taken on the day of the SWC quarter-final playoff between the Netherlands and Brazil (2010/07/02).

Watching the game at the food court, Standard Life Centre. Taken just after the second Dutch goal. Guy on the left of the picture was wearing orange, dude on the right wearing yellow and blue.

Oh, and I have to say this. HOP HOLLAND HUP!