I love Ontario summers. The sun is warm, the nature is abundant, there is pollen in the air, the grasses are tall in the fields and the trees are full of leaves. You get out of the city into the nature and summer calmness fills you. Get in a hammock, relax, sip on a cool drink, read a book, take some photos? There is plenty of opportunity for outdoor photography.
Last month we were in Toronto for couple of weeks to visit Jenn's parents, and went up to Blue Mountain for a weekend. We stayed at Club Intrawest, they have a nice property at Blue Mountain. It's a bit dated, but very well landscaped - got a cottage/country feel to it.
We had a wonderful time, very relaxing. I had my a7R and three lenses on me that weekend - Voigtlander 15mm, 35mm Summarit-M and Sony Zeiss FE 55 f/1.8.
I am still on the fence about the CV15 (the Voigtlander). It's a sweet little lens, but images it produces require a lot of post-processing. I might sell it once Sony Zeiss FE 16-35 f/4 is out. Or maybe not... This was shot at ISO100, f/11, 1/8sec with a 6-stop ND filter. Even after processing vignette is heavy and there is some loss of detail in the corners.
While visiting there I dug up a treasure - my father's in law old camera kit. In the kit there were three cameras - a Canon AE-1 with a stock 50mm lens, Asahi Pentax with couple of lenses and Yashica Minister D rangefinder.
Yashica Minister D is a cool little camera. It has a fixed 45mm f/2.8 lens, exposure metering, and sensitivity setting. Exposure is measured using LV scale and shown on a little dial. Both aperture and shutter speed are set on the lens, in conjunction with the LV scale. Once you know how it works the camera is very easy to shot with.
We were having a little family get together and I wanted to test the Yashica, so I went to nearest Henry's camera store and got a battery for the meter and two rolls of Ilford XP2 Super 400 black and white film. It is one of the few black and white films on the market that can be developed using C41 process, same process used for color films, meaning you don't need to send it to a specialist lab. I think the photos turned out ok. Very grainy, but not in a bad way. And surprisingly there wasn't a single over- or under-exposed shot. After 40 odd years exposure meter was still perfectly good.