↑Nikon D500 + Nikon 70-200mm f/2.8E FL ED VR.
We had record-breaking rainfall this year and Centre Island was closed for visitors, up until very recently, because of flooding.
Today, we were finally able to make our annual trek to the Centreville theme park located there.
I know the kids have outgrown this place. They know it too.
This was the last call.
Last week, I took this photograph of my daughter to mark her 12th birthday.
But the image was created with film, so I didn’t know until yesterday that she had accidentally blinked (the loud shutter noise of the big Mamiya RZ67 is often startling).
I’m posting the image anyway because it’s painterly and beautiful and because I want you to know how much it’s killing me, LOL.
↑Mamiya RZ67 + Mamiya 110mm f/2.8 + Kodak Portra 400.
As I have been waiting for my Leica M3 to return from its total tear-down and subsequent re-build, I’ve been thinking that perhaps a new neck strap for it would be in order; something more befitting a 60 year old camera than the stock Leica nylon/rubber strap that I have been using for all of my rangefinders over the last few years.
(In the past, I’ve tried products from all over the world from all the various well-known strap manufacturers — and I mean all of the well-known ones — and for one reason or other I have always found them lacking.)
Recently, however, I stumbled upon the website of Mr. Harry Benz.
“Yet another hand-made strap purporting to be different than the competition“, I thought.
I was prepared to discard Mr. Benz completely because, frankly, I had never heard of him before. Yet as I read through the description of how Harry makes his straps, I realized that he was indeed creating something unique. He even uses a different leather — not cowhide (I’ll let you discover for yourself on his site what it is).
Given the level of craftsmanship and passion for detail, I expected to find Harry located in some venerable city known for its artisanal leather industry. Imagine my surprise when I instead discovered he was living in my very own city of Toronto, Canada.
After a few emails back and forth I had placed a custom order specifying the colour, design, and length of my strap. We also arranged to meet in person for pick-up and payment once the strap was ready.
Well today I had the pleasure of meeting Mr. Benz, and I wasn’t disappointed in either the man or his product. Although I don’t yet know how well my new neck strap will endure over time, I have a sense it will outlast me.
In the meantime, I can marvel at the beauty of it.
All photos above taken with an iPhone and © Prosophos.
It is my honour to report that JOERI VAN DER KLOET has featured me on his website.
For those of you who don’t know Joeri, he is an accomplished professional photographer and a genuinely nice person.
If you’re not interested in the interview (and I wouldn’t blame you if you weren’t), please have a look at the rest of Joeri’s site, for the wonderful photography, gear reviews, and tutorials (his “Work Your Leica M” e-book, for example, has sold more than 2000 copies worldwide).
Thank you Joeri.
I violated one of the photography rules here by having a blurry foreground element (the cup) as I instead chose to focus on the plate (specifically the De Mello “faces”).
I think it works, hopefully you do too.
↑Leica M9 (CCD Lives! – Prosophos Open Letter to Leica) + Leica 50mm Summilux ASPH.