Author Archives: Robert

A couple of colourful guys

Toronto. For centuries various folk speculated on how we see colour. The postulate of Tom Young hit it on the nail although he had no means to absolutely confirm his theory. In 1802, Young theorized that humans and other primates … Continue reading

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PHSC News – December 2017

Toronto. Our latest pdf newsletter is out. Read and download this delightful issue filled with the wit and wisdom of our members by clicking on the icon at left. Editor Sonja Pushchak has pulled together a fabulous read for this … Continue reading

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“I can fix that”, he said.

Toronto. We have all heard or read about the famous processes by Daguerre and Fox Talbot that first opened up the art of photography.  I thought many other names in that fine art may be of interest as well. One … Continue reading

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Self capping miniature FP shutter

Toronto. When the Leica hit the market in 1924, it used a miniature focal plane shutter that was self capping.There are two curtains. The first moves across in front of the film followed by the second. The delay between the … Continue reading

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One way of doing it…

Toronto. The Graflex and Speed Graphic cameras were used everywhere in North America as the news photographers choice of camera. They were heavy, well built and rugged – ready for use in every kind of environment. To meet the demands … Continue reading

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Hats off to Larry

Toronto. On a summery day in July, 2004, I got a bad news phone call from John. Larry had just passed away. He left a big hole to be filled in the PHSC that fall. All this came rushing back … Continue reading

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Thinking of Ev

Toronto. George Dunbar recently sent me a note on the images of some Canadian Photographers. Amongst them was this photo of Ev Roseborough. Ev died at 99 years of age in London Ontario on April 8th, 2011. His friend and … Continue reading

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Front or back – that is the question

Toronto.  Around the turn of 1900, a number of Leaf shutters emerged, all at the front of the camera. For efficiency, the shutters were usually mounted between the lens elements next to the aperture diaphragm. Bausch and Lomb made a … Continue reading

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Strings and springs and things

Toronto. In 1888, George Eastman concocted a camera to use his newly invented stripping film. He famously named the well constructed box camera the Kodak. Since the film was too fast in sunlight to use a lens cap as a … Continue reading

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Thornton-Pickard shutter to update your camera

Toronto. When instantaneous dry plates became available, there was suddenly a market for an accessory shutter. Thornton-Pickard made just such an accessory well after the turn of the century. The shutter was made in many sizes to fit the front … Continue reading

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