Author Archives: Robert

the sky is falling …

Toronto. … or so said Chicken Little in the Children’s fable (I learnt the English version … ). For many years film and glass plates were basically insensitive to blue light (orthochromatic) so clouds and sky exposed for the landscape … Continue reading

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dancing with mr stanhope

Toronto. Did you know that microfilm images have been around since the beginning of photography? The role of John Dancer is recorded on the Collectors Weekly website under an article called, “Royalty, Espionage, and Erotica: Secrets of the World’s Tiniest Photographs … Continue reading

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making a brighter day

Toronto. In today’s world of smart phone ‘auto everything’ cameras, it is hard to imagine sensors so slow that sharp outdoor action shots are a no-no. But in the late 1940s, colour film was just that. Its sensitivity was abysmally … Continue reading

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getting to know you

Toronto. In the days of print, camera makers, photographic chemistry manufacturers, studios, etc. used printed media to promote their wares. In fact George Dunbar has used the various magazine ads and articles of yesteryear as a source of photographic history. … Continue reading

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when we thought ten pounds was light …

Toronto. In this day of smart phones, it’s hard to imagine an accessory that was about 10 pounds in weight and a six inch square ten inches high with a flashgun stuck on the top and a tripod thread stuck … Continue reading

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still into analogue (a.k.a. film)?

Toronto. After nearly 20 years of serious digital technology, many folks still enjoy the mystique of analogue (film). The folks at Lomography know this! For 30 years now they have offered cameras and films for the niche enthusiast. A recent … Continue reading

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Our America by Ken Burns

Toronto. I first learnt about Ken Burns via iMovie. The Apple App had a spot for effects and even came with one – the Ken Burns Effect. Burns as a documentary photographer used his effect to zoom and scan  stills … Continue reading

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a poet, a photographer, an author, a teacher …

Toronto. … and president of our Toronto branch 1985- 1987. Stan White at 93 has two more books to his name. Read more about Stan in this Hamilton Spectator/Toronto Star article by Jeff Mahoney. Stan was our resident Stereo expert … Continue reading

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send in the cameras …

Toronto. … never mind, they are here! At our Saturday, December 17th 2022 auction, of course. We are pleased to announce the live estate-only PHSC auction at the Legion Hall, Branch #101 just west of Brown’s line on the Lake … Continue reading

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and where will you be on December 17th?

Toronto. Our next auction is Saturday, December 17, 2022 at the Royal Canadian Legion Hall #101 on Lake Shore Boulevard West in Long Branch (South West Toronto). Pictures of sample lots will be posted as available.

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