The First Batch

Yesterday, I dropped off a few rolls of film to get processed. Today, I picked up my first batch of pictures taken with the Yashica camera.

The camera's shutter hadn't moved in decades, so I wasn't sure what to expect, but after getting my pictures back I can see that the old girl's got plenty of life left in her.

I still need to play with the camera some more before I'm completely happy with the results, but we're off to a great start!
Here's a little preview of the pics...

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New Additions to the Family! - North Bay Cinematography

Yes, we have a few new additions to the family! Well, the camera family anyway. I mentioned something a few weeks ago about a new toy I had just been given, and yet another toy I was hoping to get. Well, a few weeks have passed and I've finally had a chance to play with both of them.

The first toy is one I got for my birthday from Derf Rellim, a sweet Yashica-A medium format camera. He bought it about 50 years ago when he was starting out as a photographer, and now it has been handed down to yours truly. A great addition to the camera family, and I'm sure it'll occupy a lot of my time.

The second toy is really more of a workhorse, the Canon 7D. I've been looking to get more involved in video work for a while now (and wanting to have a good camera to shoot our short film projects), but the cost of a good quality HD camera was something I just couldn't justify. All of a sudden, Canon and Nikon came our with SLRs that could also shoot video. WOW! The quality and manual options weren't quite up to par with those early models though, so they weren't a practical option for professional video work. Along comes the 7D, with full HD video capability, and all the manual options you could want. Did I mention it's also a 18MP SLR? I couldn't resist any longer. SOLD!

I was going to post some pics of my new additions, but instead I figured I'd post a short little video of the Yashica, shot with the 7D. HAVE A LOOK!!


Robot Monday!

There's something about Monday morning that makes me feel a little off. Getting up, and getting back into the cold routine, being a part of the machine, trying to make money, trying to spend money, trying to keep people in business, trying to stay in business, etc...

It's this never ending cycle that feels a little more odd and robotic than natural and human. Trying to keep some sort of creativity flowing through the gears in the middle of it all isn't always easy. So, on this Monday, when I happen to feeling a little more robotic than normal, I figured I needed to scribble something silly to get it out of my system.

Here it is!

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Toys, Toys, Toys!

Well, this has been a stupid week. Long days, and even longer nights, but I think everything's under control now. I don't know what has made things goofier than usual lately, because I'm always busy (aren't we all), but for some reason this past week I haven't had time to post anything to the blog, I've barely touched Twitter, and I've gone on facebook once for what seemed like 5 seconds. 

I haven't even taken a single photograph in 6 days!! Now that's unheard of!

Now, my mind is on new toys. A new toy I haven't had the chance to play with yet, and another new toy I might be getting soon.  I'll post all about that real soon but in the meantime, here are some old toys from when I was a kid.   

After I posted something about my GI Joe dude last week, I remembered taking out my old Micro Machines town and playing with the kids not too long ago. So, I decided to scan through my pictures to see if I had any decent shots of that. Here are a few of them...


It's Friday! - North Bay Industrial Photography

Alright, it's Friday just after five o'clock. Quittin' time for the weekend. I spent most of the day taking a whole bunch of shots in an industrial setting today. So, I figured I'd throw a few of them up here before I pack it in. These have nothing to do with what I was actually taking pictures of... Just goofing around between shots.  Have a good weekend!


I'm such a geek.

This will come as no surprise to anyone who has known me for more than five minutes, but I have to say I'm a pretty big geek. Sure, I always leaned towards the athletic side (played basketball for hours everyday during my teen years), and it makes me grumpy that I haven't had , or made the time to play any sports in ages. but aside from that, I'm 100% geek, and I always have been.

There are two things that make this very clear to me... Well there are way more than two, but I'll just mention two right now.

1) When I was younger, I had a pretty big crush on Seven of Nine.  Now, if you have to ask what that means, you're lucky, it means you're not a geek. If you don't have to ask, it's because you were either a young geek like me at the time, or you were a creepy 40 year old dude living in your mom's basement.

2) I watched The Young & The Restless pretty much every day from the time I was a little kid, until I was about 18 years old. Ya. really. My favorite character was Victor Newman, the powerful and feared businessman surrounded by all kinds of exciting drama. 

Why am I writing about this extreme level of geekiness? Well, I figure if you've been nice enough to follow this blog and read the nonsense I put out into the world, you deserve a good laugh. 

As a display of my complete geekdom, here's a little doodle of Victor Newman (Eric Braeden) I did when I was 14 or so. I don't know why high school was so rough on me. hahah. I'll post some more of my old sketches sometime soon. I went through them last night and found some pretty silly stuff I had forgotten about. 



As a kid, I wanted to be all kinds of things. For a while, I watched L.A. Law and I really wanted to be a lawyer, but aside from that, and a short stint wishing I was a ninja turtle (it was not meant to be), I just wanted to be in the army. More than anything, I wanted to be a stealth double agent, a clever and sneaky spy. A big part of that was due to my love of GI Joe. What boy didn't love GI Joe back then. The thought of being on these exciting missions to save the world from the forces of evil... that was huge for any young dude.

I'm not sure where it came from, but at some point, I got my hands on a form to fill out to get a personalized action figure. You'd answer a series of questions, and based on the responses, they'd send you an action figure that matched your profile (I'd assume they used the same action figure for everyone, regardless of the answers, but it was still cool).

When I got my guy in the mail, I was pleasantly surprised... not only did I have an action figure I never saw before (which was apparently me), but it came with a folder of top secret information on missions I needed to carry out, as well as some dog tags with my name on them.

I never did without as a child... always had anything I could have wanted, but this was more than a toy, this made me feel like I was a part of something important. Like I was a part of GI Joe.

That was such brilliant marketing. Not only did it make me so happy back then, but I still remember the experience so clearly over 20 years later. I still have the action figure too. I took a picture, have a look!...


Easter Weekend... a success?

This weekend, like most people, we went here and there and had a variety of easter visits, and meals (far too many meals). We got together with some family I haven't seen in quite a while, the kids got some goodies and little toys that they loved, they had fun dyeing and eating hard boiled eggs, I took some decent pictures and wore bunny ears, etc...

Overall, it was a pretty good weekend. Almost good enough to make me forget that my car is still dead on the side of the road in the middle of nowhere, 130 kms away. It died on the way to a family get together on Saturday afternoon, and nobody around there would even consider towing until some time tomorrow. So, I wait. Luckily my aunt and uncle were nice enough to sacrifice their car so that I'd have something to drive around until things get sorted. If it wasn't for everyone's help, things could have been a lot more painful and even more expensive than they already will be.

Ah well, enough of that. Here are a few shots of egg decorating/devouring.
I'm hungry now.

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