Monthly Archives: April 2020

the Jack Roy of photography

Toronto. Jack Roy used the stage name of Rodney Dangerfield. As Dangerfield, his catch phrase was, “I don’t get no respect”.  The vast majority of professional and amateur photographers viewed Polaroid in the same light. Polaroid had very innovative cameras … Continue reading

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Yousuf Russia LIFE 1963

Toronto. One of our most famous portrait photographers of all time was Karsh of Ottawa. Some members strive to collect portraits taken by Karsh. One member – Shelton Chen – even wrote and published a book of Karsh Portraits. In … Continue reading

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just before dawn

Toronto. Hard on the heels of its ISO 8 monochrome film, Lomography has announced Babylon – its ISO 13 film, another dark, moody monochrome beauty with marginally softer contrast. If you are into film, take a close look  at what … Continue reading

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gearing up for great pix

Toronto. In the early decades of photography, the media were so slow a hat or lens cap worked just fine to control exposures. Lenses were left open or used waterhouse stops inserted into a slot in the lens barrel until … Continue reading

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the last picture show

Toronto. Over a century ago, it was discovered that a rapid sequence of still images would seem to show motion. This phenomenon was based on human  “persistence of vision” which neatly fills in the brief gap between images. This concept … Continue reading

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diversions

Toronto. We all need a bit of diversion just now in light of the pandemic that has all us law abiding folk house-bound. Photographic Canadiana editor Bob Lansdale sent along a suggestion that we visit a French site with oodles … Continue reading

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binocular vision

Toronto. My first visit to Toronto Camera was in 1960 when they were on Church Street. I remember buying a Hansa Enlarger and Braun slide projector plus some chemicals and paper. I also picked up a copy of their July … Continue reading

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pus ça change

Toronto. It is said that the more things change, the more they are the same. Like the Zeiss Sonnar lens for example. Larry Gubas in his massive text “Zeiss and Photography” shows the Sonnar as it was initially sold in … Continue reading

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really, really, retro …

Toronto. Years ago I abandoned Kodak B&W products for Ilford. By then everything was panchromatic and ortho was but a bad dream and weird filters were no longer necessary. The world moved on to digital a decade or so ago … Continue reading

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one-eyed monster

Toronto. Our PHSC News for April, 2020 (issue 19-10) features the odd looking Cyclops camera of the mid 1950s. Editor Sonja Pushchak and her team put out another tasty issue in spite of the nasty COVID-19 virus affecting countries world … Continue reading

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