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Paper Negatives

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Paper Negatives

A great alternative process for use with a large format camera such as a 4×5 or a pinhole camera, but it can also be done with a 35mm or even with digital equipment. The paper negative process involves, using photographic printing paper as a negative instead of film. the results have a unique textural appearance, most noteably a strong grainy appearance. ( the fibers in the paper )

The paper negative is an extremely versatile process that allows all manner of reworking and retouching of an image, and is the perfect medium to bridge the gap between photographer and artist. Because paper is much slower than film Paper negatives do require  longer exposures than “normal” photography. The process for printing a paper negative is essentially a contact printing process. To develop the paper negative follow the same process you would for a print just exposed in the darkroom – all the way through to the water bath. At this point you can dry the negative
Retouching the image is simply a matter of adding density to the back of the print, using a soft pencil such as a 4B,  or a charcoal stick. Because the marks are on the back of the paper, they are not clearly visible on the contact print.


Cable Release 

Threaded cable release ( Nikon )

A cable release is an attachment that screws into a shutter release, allowing you to trip the shutter mechanically while not touching the camera – to reduce camera shake or to operate the camera from a distance. A cable release is useful for long exposures in dim lighting, portrait photography and close- up work

Most cable releases consist of a flexible tube. with a steel cable running through the tube, with a press-button at one end and a piston to press the release at the camera end. Most have a lock, to hold the shutter open for long time-exposures and to make sure that the sutter is not tripped accidentaly

The cable release has largely been replaced by “wireless” electronic remote releases in modern DLSRs



Side Projects

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Working Boats of the Great Lakes

Since I was a boy I’ve alway found the working ship’s and Boats of the great lakes fascinating,  nodoubt aided by fact my father was a Toronto longshoreman

This is a small side project I’m currently working on

Bagotville ... by Ken Hill


Tuscarora details... Ken Hill

Bridge Canadian Miner ... by Ken Hill


Side projects  offer photograghers ways to develop new skills, can give you a new perspective, can help keep your main work from becoming stale, and can expose your work to new markets which can lead to new clients.

Most photographers I know have at lest a few side projects on the go at any one time

Gear  Yashica ML 50mm F/2 

Yashica ML 50mm f / 2


This multicoated  lens is very sharp, with good bokeh and saturated colours, It was a standard kit lens for yashica cameras so it has a contax/yashica mount witch means if you don’t have a yashica/contax camera you’ll need an adapter for it

  1. max. aperture  f / 2
  2. min. aperture  f / 16
  3. min. focus  50cm
  4. filter size  52mm
  5. focus type  full manual focus
  6. Optical construction  6 elements in 4 groups


George Hurrell

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Influence…George Hurrell

Anna May Wong - George Hurrell


George Hurrell ...Greta garbo


Humphrey Bogart...George Hurrell


For sixty years, George Hurrell defined the world of glamour. The one time head of MGM portrait gallery photographed some of hollywoods biggests stars such as Jean Harlow, Clark Gable, & Rita Hayworth…and later on people like Brooke Shields & John Travolta…Hurrell’s  training as a painter enhanced his understanding of exposure, composition, and contrast. His artistry included a mastery of lighting and shadows, an expertise at retouching negatives and an ability to capture the mood and expression that defined his subjects. His technique has often been described as “Painting with Light”. Many a Hollywood career was made or enhanced through his artistic touch…He died on May 17 1992


Carl Zeiss Jena  Tessar 50mm F/2.8 lens

carl zeiss jena tessar 50mm f/2.8

Produced from 1952-1978 in East Germany …the carl zeiss jena tessar 50mm f/2.8  M42 mount lens, was often used as a standard kit lens …Being only f/ 2.8 its a little slower than other primes, still this is a carl zeiss lens, the center is vary sharp with soft edges giving this lens a unique character and bokeh that only a tessar lens can give. With a M42 screwmount it can be mounted on DLSRs or any 35mm SLR ( with adapter )…a fairly common lens it can be found at local camera derlers and on-line sources like E-bay…if you need a dirt cheap, quality lens this is a  good pick…

  1. max. aperture   2.8
  2. min. aperture   22
  3. min. focus   .35cm
  4. filter size   49mm
  5. focus type  full manual focus
  6. Optical construction  4 elements in 3 groups



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known as” the father of mexican photography” is considered a major influential figure in contemporary Mexican and Latin American Photography, his work is widely published around the world.

Alverez Bravo ... Centro Fotografico


Alverez Bravo... Daydream 1931


Alverez Bravo fruta-prohibida


“for photographers, anything and anyone can be an influence”

He is one the photographers I consider an Influence on my work…it’s not so much what he shot, but how he approached what he photographed…


Nikon F80/F80D/F80S   Type – 35mm SLR

Nikon F 80 35mm SLR

The F80 was introduced on January 27, 2000 to the  consumer market. It was the successor to the F70 and was based on the highly successful F100 and was the first Nikon camera to feature on-demand grid lines.  The F80 has many pro features such as…                                                                                                                                                                                              

  1. Excellent matrix metering
  2. Viewfinder indication of P, S, A, or M exposure modes
  3. Real depth-of-field control that stops down to the camera-selected aperture in automatic modes                     
  4. Viewfinder displays [+] or [ ] AF mode
  5. Viewfinder display of fill-flash compensation level
  6. Professional threaded cable release socket
  7. On-demand grid lines 

The F80 takes two CR123A lithium batteries  and you can also get a grip that uses 4-AA batteries, the MB-16

Overall this is a great camera, light, low cost and packed with many pro features… some people have complained about build quality, I have taken my F 80  455 km through the Canadian bush, taken it into caves, shot in rain, sleet, snow and down  to -40c …no problems would I do these things with some other cameras I own…no way !


Pro Canadian photographers, great talent working in smaller Canadian citys…

-Thunder Bay



-St. John’s

Black & White

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Black & White

Why Black & white ? ….To me it’s all about mood, texture, shape’s & form’s …it give’s photo’s a classic timeless look that’s hard to get with colour…don’t get me wrong I love colour photo’s ( esp. HDR and hand colour ) But try grain with colour , try showing mood or texture …colour has it’s place but so dose mono and both shine in there right setting

Carlaw Avenue

Thaw at Mono Cliff's ... Ken Hill

Creating a black and white photograph means seeing things in a different way, taking time to notice  forms, textures, shapes and tones and not just colour 


Asahi S-M-C Takumar 55mm/1.8

S-M-C Takumar 55mm f1.8 M42 

 Super-Multi-Coated Takumar 55mm/1.8 lens M42 screwmount

The Super-Multi-Coated Takumar lenses from Asahi was manufactured from 1971-1976, during the development of multicoating. This is a M.42-lens with manual focus and aperture. You can use it on a DSLR but you’ll need a M42-adapter. Like many of the Asahi lenses from the time it has a button for Auto / Manual-mode and you can use this to open and close the aperture while focusing.
It’s a slim lens like many other manual, primes of the 70’s, build quality is excellent you can see & feel the quality.  Takumars  go for under $ 50 on ebay.

This lens strength is at it’s shallow depth of field, and yet it still produces vary sharp result’s though out it’s focus range.  On DSLR’s the cropfactor is 1.6 making this lens a 88mm lens 

  1. Max aperture   F/1.8
  2. Min. aperture   F/16
  3. Min.  Focus     45cm
  4. filter size         49mm
  5. Focus type       full manual focus
  6. Optical Construction     6  elements in  5  groups 

 Overall the Asahi s-m-c Takumar is compact, light , well engineered lens with excellent build quality, who’s optics produce nice soft bokah and yet excellent sharpness



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Just some shot’s of Toronto….

Toronto-Dominion center

Brookfield Place photo by Ken Hill


The Courtyard photo by Ken Hill

Abstract-pattern's photo by Ken Hill

Cities are a great place for taking photo’s with so much subject matter at hand, the possibilities are endless….





A Quick look at three Black & White Film’s… 

ILFORD Delta 100 ( ISO 100 )

Introduced in 1992 this film boasts great contrast, vary fine grain & razorsharp print’s.  A great all-round choice when fine grain and sharpness are more important than speed.

KODAK Tri-x 400 ( ISO 400 )

Tri-X is a classic ( 1954 ) high-speed black and white photographic film from Kodak with small grain pattern and low contrast, With excellent skin tones recorded in portrait’s. This is one of the Best B&W film’s in the world today

FUJI NEOPAN 1600 ( ISO 1600 )

A high speed film great for low light level’s, with high contrast it’s not the kind of film you’d use for general photography work. But it will handle the most difficult light and still produce excellent print’s. For a high-speed/medium grain film it’s suprising how much detail it captures

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Working with a 5×7 camera, Brad Cole is one Hell of a photographic Artist

Buck produce’s some vary beautiful work esp. his panoramas

The Ilford photo company website, a great resource for the Black & White photographer


Old Massey ferguson

Old Massey ferguson - by Ken Hill

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Bokeh refers to the technique of blurring an image to add to the aesthetic quality of a photograph The word bokeh, derived from the Japanese word “boke” (pronounced “bo-keh”), literally translates to ‘fuzziness’. When a photographer wants to make an image appear softer, bokeh will put the object slightly out of focus without completely destroying the integrity of it’s definition.

Often, bokeh is confused with the idea of a picture’s “sharpness.” Rather than describing the point of focus, however, bokeh is the blurring of the background or foreground.

When an image within a camera’s lens is “in focus,” the camera has positioned the image at the point where most of the light has converged on the image to a fine point. Yet, if an image appears out of focus, then the light appears as a blurred disc, rather than a focused point. To create bokeh in a picture is to put the image out of focus without making it unrecognizable.

Correctly performed bokeh produces an image with no sharp edges. Instead, the blurriness produced by bokeh suggests the image without distinct borders.

Bokeh occurs for parts of the scene that lie outside the depth of field. Photographers sometimes deliberately use a shallow focus technique to create images with prominent out-of-focus regions. Bokeh is often most visible around small background highlights, such as specular reflections and light sources, which is why it is often associated with such areas. However, bokeh is not limited to highlights, as blur occurs in all out-of-focus regions of the image.




Yashica 124 & 124G TLR

Yashica 124 G 6x6 TLRYashica – YashicaMat 124 & 124G  Medium format film camera was made from 1970 to 1986 and was the last TLR produced by Yashica.

The 6×6 124/124G can handle both 120 & 220 film

As a Rolleiflex clone build quality is vary good. Len’s is a 80mm 4 element Tessar type design “Yashinon”

Shutter speed 1 to 500 + bulb

& self-timer

weight 38.88 oz/1055g

The light-meter use’s obsolete 1.35v mercury batteries…But work’s with modern 1.5v alkaline batteries.  As to accessories len’s cap, camera case etc.  A Len’s hood is the most useful accessorie

All in all the Yashica 124/124G is a vary good entry-level medium format camera

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Classic West Coast Pinup…top photographer for West coast chopper’s.  Her image’s are classic yet with a modern twist… sexy, stylish & classy think James Dean as a art desiger and you get an idea of the look…

Outdoor sport’s, Climbing and Adventure Image’s  One of canon’s ” Explorer’s of light ” named by Men’s journal  ” One of seven World’s Greatest  Adventure Photographer’s….”