New York City - August 2014

It seems that in all the madness this fall, I neglected to post all the photos from the New York City trip last August.  Truth be told, I still had one roll of 400H that wasn't developed until last week, so in my defence, the photos weren't really complete.

For this trip, I took 2 Leicas (MP and M2) with the 40/1.4 and the Summitar, along with the Mamiya 7 with the 43mm.  I also shot only colour film, which is rare for me.

The trip itself was just a quick weekend away for us.  We stayed at The Nolitan in (you guessed it!) NoLiTa, which is a wonderful little boutique hotel that offers a stunning rooftop terrace (see below) and a free wine and cheese happy hour every day at 5PM.  Splendid!

Did some shopping, walked about.  Had dinner with some friends.  You know; as you do, in New York.

I even managed to take care of a little business while I was there.

New York is one of those places that I could go back to again and again.  Which probably explains why I keep going back there.  It's just over an hour by plane from Toronto, which makes it easily accessible.  And it's a terrific place to visit all year 'round. 

Anyway, enjoy the photos.

England - Oct 2014

We visited England almost every year when I was a child, and so I have very fond memories of the place.  As such, I try to visit at least once a year.  This year, I'm quite fortunate in that I get to visit not once but twice (within a 6 week period, no less).

The first trip was this past October, when I was in London to attend a meeting at the Royal Overseas League.  Because of the eccentricities of trans-Atlantic air travel, I arrived in England a day early, and thus had some time to kill.  So I hopped off my Air Canada flight, took the train into the city, and immediate hopped another train to Brighton, where I spent the day shooting street photography (and enjoying more than one pint) with Tom Welland.  While I was absolutely knackered by the end of the day, it was well worth it.  When I'm in England, I generally spend most of my time in London, so it was great to get out and see a bit more of this great land.

For cameras, I took my Leica MP with the Nokton 40 f/1.4 and my Hasselblad 500cm with the Zeiss Planar 80 f/2.8 CF T*.  I shot a lot of slide film on this trip, along with a bunch of what I thought was Kodak 5207 (250D) motion picture film.  As it turns out, the film was actually mislabelled 5219 (500T) film, which is tungsten balanced.  This had the unfortunate effect of introducing a blue bias to all of the shots I took with it in daylight (virtually all of them).  Fortunately, I was able to colour correct most of them.  This is part of the charm of shooting film.

I hope you enjoy the shots below.  I'll be back in England for another meeting in two weeks, and I'll (hopefully) be taking the Wista VX 4x5 camera with me (along with the Leica and possibly the Mamiya 7), so watch this space.