Monthly Archives: August 2019

something’s wrong with this picture

Toronto. Over half a century ago, I was struggling with my black and white prints. They were terrible. I resolved to focus on improving them and eventually did so by matching my negative contrast to the print contrast and choosing … Continue reading

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you’ve seen Marilyn Lightstone

Toronto. Marilyn Lightstone is a Canadian actress and artist. One media she uses is photography. Have a look here at her photographs. My thanks to George Dunbar for bringing Ms Lightstone to my attention.

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land of the setting sun?

Toronto. I remember Japan being known as the land of the rising sunĀ for its flag and post war recovery. A few decades after the second world war, they trashed the German Camera Industry other than the odd high end camera, … Continue reading

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it’s a Nicca not a Leica

Toronto. The Western Canada Photographic Historical Association has been around for years. The late EvRoseborough swapped correspondence with the WCPHA over their logo and ours many years ago. Their latest 5 page pdf newsletter covers the history of the NICCA … Continue reading

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now everyone is a photographer…

Toronto. In the beginning photography was limited to those with both scientific ability and artistic skill. Making a good daguerreotype image was challenging. Over the years the processes were simplified and streamlined. Near the end of the film era, almost … Continue reading

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what the heck is a Darb?

Toronto. In 1957, Polaroid tried a new means and a new medium to show how easy their system was to use. At the time Steve Allen was popular on evening American TV (competing for audience with Ed Sullivan). A demo … Continue reading

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making it big – making it better

Toronto. We often hear that Leitz turned photography on its head with its revolutionary 35mm camera, the Leica. But then what? How could you make such tiny negatives into larger prints? Fortunately enlargers were around before the little marvel and … Continue reading

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time after time

Toronto. Back around 1960, I built my first darkroom. After an enlarger, my first purchase was a Gralab timer. This was when I first began developing and printing at home – high school and my time in Labrador and northern … Continue reading

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Our Unsung Hero

Toronto. Many of our members receive news of the society via a copy of Photographic Canadiana, but I wonder just how many members realize the efforts and research necessary to complete each issue? In the upper right hand corner of … Continue reading

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docs on docs

Toronto. Movies and videos are either fiction or non-fiction, the latter we call documentaries. The documentaries cover people, places or things from various perspectives to help the viewer understand more about them. Many people view television for entertainment, news and … Continue reading

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