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let’s see what develops

Toronto, Ahaaa! Those were the days! You guarded your paltry few shots as if your life depended on them. Why take a dozen and choose the best one when with care and framing you could take and use a single … Continue reading

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pocket boxers – 1903

Toronto. trick photography in films goes back over a century. Take this Pathé home movie film short from 1903 called the pocket boxers. An image of two boxers is superimposed on a pub table top using the dark curtain as … Continue reading

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springtime in Alaska

Toronto. In the late 1950s I worked in Labrador and at a Christmas concert in Schefferville, Quebec. Some of the girls sang this song which Johnny Cash recorded in 1965. This tune came to mind when my friend Harold Staats … Continue reading

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a far wider point of view

Toronto. Even before Photography there were painted mural panoramas. With the advent of the art of photography various cameras were created to create the super wide angle  panoramas. My mother had a panorama photograph of her and her first sister … Continue reading

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our November 20th talk – Celio Barreto on Japanese Photography

Toronto. Celio Barreto returns to talk on the “Closed Darkroom of the East“. Celio is an authority on Japanese photography. He currently teaches at Seneca College in Toronto. The material on Celio’s presentation is courtesy of Sonja Pushchak and the … Continue reading

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Zeiss and Photography book goes on sale

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Toronto. Larry Gubas has asked Petra Kellers at Camerabooks to discount his opus on the iconic Zeiss organization and its involvement in photography. This massive 7 pound book has letter size pages in full colour plus an added DVD containing … Continue reading

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isn’t it ironic

Toronto. As Alanis Morissette sings on her 1993 album “Jagged Little Pill“. The irony is that the camera with the highest Mpx in the house is a P30-Lite smartphone by Huawei with a 27mm (equivalent) ASPH f/1.8 24 Mpx rating. … Continue reading

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Lenses in Photography

Toronto. The late Rudolf Kingslake was born and educated in London, England. In 1938 he joined Eastman Kodak in Rochester NY as a lens designer. By the time he published this book in 1951, he was the Director of Optical … Continue reading

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a blast from the past…

Toronto. … to borrow a line from a local radio station. Aires cameras were made in Tokyo, Japan. The Aires Camera Industries Company lasted less than a decade (1952 – 1960). While short lived, the company rode the wave of … Continue reading

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the long and the short of it

Toronto. Those photographers wishing to get closer to their subject than their camera allowed had two choices: an auxiliary lens could be added to the front of the normal lens, or if the lens was interchangeable, the lens could be … Continue reading

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