A massive old flash bulb. Single use for illuminating large areas.
NEXT TORONTO MEETING: Wed, December 16, 2015.
Show and Tell, Gift Exchange, Silent Auction
**NOTE DATE: Erroneously shown as a week later initially. Thanks to Ms Cook for spotting it**
For the ever popular show and tell session some members bring in unusual items from their collections to share with others.
A gift exchange has been a feature of our annual December meeting for forty years. The rules are simple. Bring a wrapped gift worth about $15 and of interest to a fellow collector. Tickets are used to randomly select gift exchanging members.
The silent auction is a recent activity first recommended and coordinated by the late Christine Mackay. In recent years the items have been owned by or donated to the PHSC helping us to offset annual costs.
Below is a small sample of things to be auctioned. Click “Continue reading” to see the photos.
The public is welcome. Go to our Programs page for times and directions.
Toronto. A recent PHSC donation was made to the Museum of Inuit Art (MIA) to help it bring down south the results of youth photography in Canada’s far north. The north west of our country has spotty internet at best so the MIA decided to ship a selection of photographs to Toronto by air. The youths of our North West Territories took the photos mostly with Canon Rebel DSLRs plus the odd Nikon camera and Apple iPod Touch over three days. The MIA graciously hosted a monthly meeting and a talk by its Collections Manager Lauren Williams.
Hasselblad gear to be auctioned
Toronto. Take a break and purge or add to your collection! We are holding another auction tomorrow, Sunday, November 22, 2015. At the Legion Hall in Long Branch on Lake Shore Boulevard just west of the bottom of Brown’s Line.
A number of items just received including some Hasselblad equipment is shown here.
Look here for details and older photos of some items we will auction Sunday. NO RESERVE. Admission is FREE
*** Click above links for a new page and then on that page’s icon to see a few of the items to be auctioned! Click on any icon to see the item full size. Some items in the second link are shown twice to add details. ***
Daguerreian Society Members in Pasadena CA by Lansdale
Toronto. Photographic Canadiana Editor Bob lansdale is also the official photographer for the Daguerreian Society. Each year the Daguerreian Society holds a symposium in a different location. This year the society chose to visit Pasadena and the Getty.
Bob Lansdale flew down and once again captured the members and speakers. You can see his efforts here on Shutterfly.
Bob Lansdale (right) signs in at Pasadena
Bob assures us that everyone can view his work. And here areas suggestions in his own words:
“Everyone should be able to go in there without joining.
Look to VIEW ALBUM in the lower right and click it.
Then click the little blue box for SLIDESHOW at top left
Under OPTIONS you can change the speed.
– You can view as a slideshow
– Download the files
– Order prints or an album of pix
Toronto. Yesterday’s Globe business section had an intriguing graph in its visualization article illustrating the growth in annual camera sales since the late 1950s. Unfortunately the digital version of the article is behind a pay wall and since I already pay for a paper version of the Globe, I chose not to pay more for the right to get an electronic version of this column.
However; the column is of interest to photographers. The graph shows film cameras peaking at about 38 million sales per year in the late 1990s. Digital cameras blossomed and peaked at about 120 million sales per year in 2010. By this year, the cameras – film or digital – have been dwarfed by the sale of smart phones all of which include a camera. Last year (2014) saw over 1.2 billion smart phones sold! Now everyone who has a smart phone is a photographer and videographer. This year, the iPhone 6 even takes HD videos…
The article is slightly inaccurate as it deems modular cameras began in the late 1950s with the Nikon F, ignoring the pre-war Leicas, Contaxes, and Exaktas all of which offered interchangeable lenses and accessories galore. Or the even earlier larger format cameras with various lens/shutter combinations, flash guns, synchronizers, rangefinders, etc.
NB. The fire plug above is in Toronto’s Yorkville district and yes, I snapped it with an iPod Touch (an iPhone without the phone portion) as I walked with my wife to see her foot doctor.
Fully 25% of the web uses WordPress
Toronto. Some 412 posts ago on August 15th, 2008 I converted this site to WordPress. My first post was about the Japanese Hand Made Camera Club. I chose WordPress for one big reason: it was so easy to use anyone could quickly learn it and use it effectively. I had in mind that at some point I would have to turn over running this site to another person and WordPress would make that task easier for me and the incumbent.
The first versions of this site in the mid 1990s were coded by me directly in HTML. As this site and the web in general became more complex and sophisticated, I moved on to a variety of editors like Go Live and Dreamweaver; editors with a much steeper learning curve than WordPress. My goal was to make this site universally readable in any popular browser. Continue reading
Toronto. At my daughter’s the other day I saw the new era of television. Her set is a huge flat screen sitting over the fireplace in her downstairs family room. Fired up, it has many many icons for netflix, games, firefox, etc – a “smart” TV. No conventional tuner or station selector in sight, but tons of detail!
And speaking of detail (icon at left), few days earlier at our executive meeting downtown at Clint’s condo, a letter was circulated giving a link to a gigaplex image of a crowd of about 700,000 viewing the 2011 Canucks Hockey game in downtown Vancouver. Made with gigaplex technology, the 69,000 x 30,000 2,100 gigapixel image shows the individual fans in sharp detail once you zoom in! The icon shows a few fans after I zoomed in to see the amazing detail. It was similar technology that helped quickly trace the Boston Marathon bombers.
The PHSC saw at least two other examples of digital intense images, one taken more recently than the Canucks fans image and the other a talk and show about an earlier technology that promised such images.
In late October 2013, I did a post about a gigaplex shot of the Khumbu Glacier in Washington State. This shot shows the impact of climate change on our planet.
In our November 2008 Toronto meeting Felix Russo discussed modern panorama technology including an amazing device called a Gigapan Imager. This mechanical gadget takes any digital camera and “paints” a static scene creating a massive image by stitching all the regular sized images together.
Have a look at these massive detailed images and consider the new HD TV and forthcoming 4K TV technology. makes my youthful memories of low resolution black and white TV old and gloomy history these days.
Toronto. Fall is here and the PHSC will be holding another one of its popular photographic auctions. Once again we will be at the Legion Hall in Long Branch, Ontario on Lake Shore Boulevard just west of Brown’s Line (Highway 27) on the south west side of Toronto.
Click here or on the icon at left to see and print the bookmark.
We have over 200 lots covering a wide gamut of photographica. Below are just a few of the items on offer…
*** Click here or above for a new page and then on that page’s icon to see a few of the items to be auctioned! Click on any icon to see the item full size. Some items are shown twice to add details. ***
Everyone is welcome. First come first served – the number of lots is limited.
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Tagged auction, books, cameras, enlargers, film, images, Kodak, Leica, paper, tintype, Zeiss
Toronto. Clive Chan replied to my posting of Geroge Dunbar’s observation on Weegee…
Clive replies,”Just saw the Letter to the Editor post on the PHSC site regarding the origin of Weegee’s name. The following tidbit seems to confirm Mr. Dunbar’s assertions. Fellig is quoted by Harvey V. Fondiller in an article that appeared in Popular Photography, June 1978 (he interviewed Fellig some years prior) titled “Weegee’s New York”. Continue reading