Toronto Street Photography on Kodak Portra 400 Film

March 22, 2018  •  Leave a Comment

After shooting my first roll of film in about 14 years in early 2017 - Black and White Kentmere 400 - I decided to try a roll of colour film. I selected Kodak Portra 400 and got to work, again with a Canon AE-1 and a 28mm 2.8 lens.

Kodak Portra film is known for producing more natural skin tones and having balanced colour and lower grain. If interested in learning more about this film, these pages from Wikipedia, The Phoblographer, and Flickr will help you dig deeper.

Images shown here were shot in May 2017 and are unretouched or have minor adjustments in Lightroom. My old Canon needs some servicing, hence the regular appearance of light leaks on many of the images.

My first images are from Eglinton Avenue West. I decided to do a photo walk there last May, despite the agressive ongoing construction taking place for the Eglinton LRT. Here are a few images...

 

- Midnight Prices

 

- Joe Terrone of Dynevor Furniture. Dynevor has been open for some 75 years, and Joe has been the owner for the past 50 years. Not many businesses stick around for that long any more!

 

- More and More

 

- $15 and Up

 

I later took a few shots around Queen Street West and Bathurst...

- Bathurst Bike

 

- Oak Leaf Steam Baths

 

- Power Lines

 

- James Dean on the Scene

 

- William's Shoe Store

 

Later I captured a handheld long exposure in the subway...

- Dundas West Light

 

And finally, an image of Sammy Younan, Program Director at Girth Radio, as he interviews me about my "Taxi Drivers of Toronto" exhibit for his podcast "My Summer Lair. (Click here to listen to the interview!)

 

- Sammy Younan and yours truly, at Girth Radio on King Street West (inside the Pacific Junction Hotel).

 

Thanks for looking! Stay tuned for more blog posts following my adventures in photography.

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Culture Snap Photography features the work of Toronto-based photographer Henry VanderSpek. Henry specializes in documenting the work of local and international non-profit organizations, special events, live music, street and art photography. To hire Henry for an assignment, please click here to get in touch.
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