Debate: The light-field Camera

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The main feature is to be able to choose your focus point afterwards on your computer or tablet.

Lytro Illum! What is that? I assume a lot of you never heard of it yet. Well I’m excited to tell you a little bit about this new kind of camera as it might become a new photography category. Continue reading Debate: The light-field Camera

Amazing Locations: Key West, Florida

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For those who are not very familiar with geography, Key West is a tiny island at the end of the “keys” in Florida (Take a look at the map). The keys are an archipelago of very small islands connected by a dozen of bridges. It’s the state route number 1 in Florida and the old town of key west is the mile 0. One of the bridges is called the “7 mile bridge”. No need to tell you why. I got the chance to visit this marvelous city last june, let me take you to a city tour in this very exotic and photogenic atmosphere! Continue reading Amazing Locations: Key West, Florida

Rediscovering Toronto

After coming back to live in Toronto and living outside of Canada for the past 12 years, I feel like I am  a newcomer to this city I have always known as home.  It feels odd to come back to a place I was once so familiar with and suddenly feel like a stranger.

Now that I am more submerged in the photography culture, I am looking at the city in a whole new perspective.  I am involved in social media networking with like minded people.  People who share similar photography interests primarily through Instagram, Flickr and more recently 500px.  Through these media outlets, I slowly began to follow people mostly from the cities I have lived in and cities I have visited that are most familiar to me.  I slowly began to become reacquainted with my city.   I wanted to find where the best places to shoot were and educate myself on the newly developed areas of Toronto.

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Cult Cameras – The Yashica T4 Super D (Part 1: Intro)

This is a Yashica T4 Super D. It’s plasticky, not very pretty, and was discontinued in 2002. It doesn’t have a zoom lens, an LCD screen on the back, or come with built in Wifi. It uses one non-rechargeable CR123 camera battery, shoots 35mm film, and it is, for all intents and purposes, obsolete.  Oh yeah, it averages over $200 used.

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Much like the Holga or the Diana F+, this plastic point & shoot has a garnered quite the cult following. Cult following means high demand and high resale prices. Lomography has done an excellent job promoting lo-fi photography and toy cameras to the youth market. $5 plastic cameras are sold new for $50 and they have been just raking in the dough. But this Yashica’s got a little bit more substance than that.

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Film is Dead.

But it’s not extinct. Much like when automobiles took over for the horses, our equine friends didn’t disappear. Shooting film, much like horseback riding, has become a hobby but not as a means of everyday life. It’s not personal. It’s a matter of economics. The way we consume photography has changed. We no longer read the paper, buy magazines, or sit around the coffee table sharing vacation albums. The majority of us don’t anyways. The next generation certainly won’t. We get everything through a screen. It’s simply too much trouble to shoot on film and transfer them onto a screen.

Purists and traditionalists will cling onto the “good old days” insisting that “those” were the better times. Vinyl will always sound better. Film will always look better. Nostalgia will always feel better. We can either grow a hipster beard and pretend to live in the past, or try on a pair of Google glasses and learn to love the future. Let’s give film, a twenty-one gun send off. Here’s to you, an ode to film.

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