Around Toronto with the Fuji Natura Classica

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When I arrived in Toronto I met up with a friend and Toronto legend, Pete, and he handed me his Fuji Natura Classica, together with a roll of Fuji Superia 1600 film and asked me to finish the roll while I’m in Toronto.

Challenge accepted.

If you haven’t heard of the Natura Classica (sold in Japan only unfortunately), it’s a neat little film camera that tries its best to get a good light combination into the picture, even with dark shadows and bright sunlight in the picture at the same time. And I gotta say, it does a pretty good job.

Supposably you can even through in the flash as a fill-in, and use it indoors to get as much natural light into a picture as possible while not making everything look blown out, but I haven’t gotten around to trying that, because the weather in Toronto was outstandingly awesome while I was there.

Unfortunately the Natura Classica is a bit expensive, Lomography sells it for $ 299, which is not too bad compared to the prices you get on eBay for direct imports from Asia. I’d definitely get one if I had that money to spare. It’s beautifully light and takes very nice pictures. It’s no Contax T2, but a great camera to carry around all the time.

I spent most of my first day walking around Toronto, taking pictures here and there, and sitting on the harbour front, video-chatting with Mari and J. It was a pretty good day. Obviously I visited some coffee shops, but more on that later. More pictures below.

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Last Days of Summer

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This year’s summer in Berlin was crap. It was nonexistent. It’s pretty sad, because we all love summer at The Germans’ house. Thankfully, in September, we had a couple of weeks of beautiful weather. One Sunday we headed out for a bike ride and ended up cycling a good chunk of the Berliner Mauerweg, a bicycle track that takes you all around Berlin along what used to be the wall.

The particular leg we rode along consist mostly of smooth asphalt, with no cars in sight, just pedestrians and other cyclists here and there. It’s perfect for workout too, I did my share of long bike rides here, it takes you straight down to Schönefeld airport, adding up to almost 50km return. If you’re curious, you can find the leg of the Wall Trail I’m referring to here. My favorite path for cycling workout for sure. Shame it’s now almost too cold for long bike rides.

Mamiya Adventures

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While the Mamiya C33 is not a camera that you carry around lightly, because, well, it’s not light at all, I like to use it very much. It is incredibly sharp when you get the focus right, and the blur is wonderfully soft, and the bellows allow focussing up to only a few centimeters away from the lens. So I get it out from time to time to shoot a roll of film at home. Because, why the hell not?

The roll is already a bit older, because I’m a lazy bum who’s way behind with scanning film. The late summer we had in September was most excellent, and so was our little trip to London. Photos and a coffee coming up.

Copenhagen

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I spent two days in Copenhagen for a conference, and although I didn’t get to see any representative parts of the city, I managed to squeeze in a photo walk in between sessions. Conveniently, the Coffee Collective was pretty close by, so I had a target for my walk. Hope I get to see the city center next time, though I already liked what I saw on my walk.

So many bikes in Copenhagen, I love it. There’s a lot in Berlin, but Copenhagen (and Amsterdam of course) are way ahead. Proper bike lanes everywhere, and really everyone is on their bikes, and there’s bike racks everywhere, bike shops too, duh.