A couple of test shots with Minolta Rokkor 50mm/f1.2

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So the other day I had a bit of time and decided to paint the back of my Rokkor Lens. The lens originally had a Monilta mount, but with a lot of patience and tons of sanding I've modified it to fit the Canon EOS mount. The only thing that bugged me about the conversion was the fact that I was getting these weird flares in some of my shots and most of my "good" shots had really low contrast (washed out colours).To remedy this I decided to grab some black car touch up paint from canadian tire and carefully touch up the inside of the new mount (which was silver since I sanded the aluminum down). Well I'm happy to report that everything went well (ie: I didn't destroy…
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Toronto Buskerfest 2009…..

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Okay so chronologically this post should come before the Airshow post, but hey better late than never right? Anyways, I had a couple of days off in august and decided to check out the Toronto Buskerfest again this year. For those of you who don't know, since its inception the buskerfest has featured hundreds of the best street performers from around the world, hosted hundreds of thousands of amazed spectators and has helped raise close to one million dollars for Epilepsy Toronto. Not only is it now the largest festival of its kind in North America it is also the largest Epilepsy awareness raising event in the world! The festival turned 10 this year and as part of their 10th anniversary celebration, the festival featured some of the best performers…
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Canadian International Air Show…….

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Celebrating Canada's centennial of flight and it's own 60th anniversary, the CIAS roared across Toronto's skies last weekend. It was a great show and it was made even more special, since it also marked the return of U.S. Navy Blue Angels to T.O. I was there on Saturday and came away with the following images......As usual you can find the complete set of pics here.....
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TAIR11-A 135/f2.8 Lens…..Old USSR lenses Rock….

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I just received this lens this morning. Purchased it from ebay seller in Greece (I've bought lenses from him before), and I have to admit, these old CCCP lenses are definitely different. They have a magical look to them. This specific lens has 20 Aperture blades and it's bokeh (as you can see) is fantastically smooth and beautiful. I've taken lenses apart a couple of times before (they usually had 5-7 aperture blades) and can not believe that someone actually managed to stick 20 blades inside this lens' aperture mechanism. Anyways, enough talk.....here are some images.....enjoy.You can check out the complete set here....
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Filmport studios, Cars/Bike Shoot and TPMG Prime Lens walk

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Well, I guess I need to catch up with the picture postings since I haven't updated anything here for a while....I've got a couple of new flickr sets posted. The first one is from a shoot I did at the Filmport studios in Toronto....This place is absolutely huge....You can see the rest of the set here.....Next was the Toronto Strobist Groups shoot in a warehouse complete with Classic cars, Motorcycles and Models....Lots of fun all day event...The rest of the set is here. And last but not least is the TPMG Ad-Hoc Prime Lens walk through King Street to Spadina, upto Dundas and back to Yonge. I went a bit crazy with my new Jupiter-9 Lens and did some crazy bokeh shots.Again the rest of the set is here...That's all…
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Flowers, People, Skaters and BMXers…..

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Well, I finally got around to edit last weeks outdoor shoot in the backyard. I used strobes on some of the shots, played around with my new/old Lensbaby Composer and my Zeiss Jena 135mm Sonnar lens....Next in the queue were the shots from the Toronto Flickr meetup group. The meeting was happening (I guess the spring/summer approach must have ended most peoples hibernation) and the back room at the Imperial Library Pub was packed....And last but not least was todays Toronto Strobist Meeting at the Leslie-Cummer Skatepark. The shoot went really well and thanks to the high speed sync I got from my D70S body I walked away with a bunch of nice pics....
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NAB2009 – Valley of Fire, San Xavier del Bac Mission, Tombstone, Bisbee, Arizona Sonora Desert Museum, Old Tucson Museum, Mount Lemmon, Pima Air and Space Museum, Titan Missile Museum, Aircraft Boneyard, Kitt Peak National Observatory

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Our NAB (National Association of Broadcasters) trip this year started with a pre-trip to Valley of Fire State Park on Sunday, April 19th. Valley of Fire State Park is Nevada's oldest State Park. It covers an area of 34,880 acres (141 km²) and was dedicated in 1935. The Park is located 50 miles (80 km) northeast of Las Vegas, at an elevation of between 2,000 and 2,600 feet (610 and 790 m). It abuts the Lake Mead National Recreation Area at the Virgin River confluence. It lies in a basin 4 miles (6 km) wide by 6 miles (10 km) long, 15 miles (24 km) southwest of Clark County, Nevada. The rough floor and jagged walls of the park contain brilliant formations of eroded sandstone and sand dunes more than…
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TPMG visits The Carlu and TSG shoots outdoor to celebrates one year at Ryerson

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Okay so the title is long....but now you know what's coming....right? TPMG (Toronto Photography Meetup Group) visited The Carlu courtesy of Jenn. We were group number four and there was 15 of us. The Carlu , for those of you who don't know, is the new name given to the 7th floor of Eaton's College Street store. An Art Moderne masterpiece, the Eaton's Seventh Floor was at the heart of Toronto's cultural life for many years. The Auditorium played host to the major performers of its day, including Billie Holiday, Duke Ellington and Frank Sinatra. The first performance of the National Ballet of Canada was on the stage of the Eaton Auditorium. Canada's own Glenn Gould, fond of the Auditorium's excellent acoustics, used the hall for a number of his recordings. I'm get to…
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Tilt-Shift fun……

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I came across Keith Loutit's work via an email Brad Fortner sent me a couple of days ago. I have to admit, I've never seen anything quite as good as Keith's work with the Tilt-Shift lens . Hop over to his Vimeo page  and/or his Photoblog to check out more of his work.Bathtub IV from Keith Loutit on Vimeo.
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