Comings and Goings


These photos are on the waterfront path at the Beacon Hill Park waterfront. It was interesting to take a shot with people (and animals) approaching a ‘milestone’ and then from the other side as they left it behind. Very tricky framing though, in such a rush. However, if you look at the bottom combined photo, you will see evidence that I did take some care in setting these shots up, even though I have yet to use a tripod with this camera. Considering that I moved locations twice between the first and third, and second and fourth shots, the similarity in framing is quite remarkable. I just should have tried to also get the level of the marker a bit more similar within the pairs.

I also think that the two sets go well together in one image, as in the last shot. It also shows the difference in pattern depending on which one order one shoots. The middle two frames in the combined image have a strong V in them, which I have exploited in subsequent shots.




Obviously this is more from my series of half-frame photos from the Olympus Pen. These are all adjacent shots on the film-strip, multiple frames scanned as single images. Click on any image to see it a lot larger – it makes a difference!


Olympus Pen, half-frame camera, Efke KB50, ISO50, 1/100th, ~f4 to f5.6.



10 thoughts on “Comings and Goings

    • Thank you Ben! I am having a lot of fun working out the possibilities of this little camera. I could of course transfer many of the ideas to the DSLR, but there is something much more gratifying about getting it to work on adjacent bits of film that I won’t see for days or weeks. It certainly is stimulating my imagination and that is a very good thing. All for 3 bucks + the price of film/processing.


      • I think its better with film because you actually have to be creative and technically minded to get two shots similar next to each other on the roll. With digital you can always cheat.


      • It is strange, because it feels like cheating to do much more than sharpen and adjust a few levels in these half-frame sequences. Digital enhancement I do all the time on DSLR images I just don’t feel good about doing with these, somehow it would ruin the point of the exercise.


  1. I really like these, especially the one with the dog. There is something very nostalgic but poignant about the subject matter, composition and quality of the photos.


    • Thanks Erin! Nice to have you visiting. The camera was a point and shoot of its day, more than 50 years ago. So that contributes to the nostalgic feel I think – millions of family photos were taken with cameras like these.

      I am still wondering if, in the dog pictures, the man and woman are walking together, lifelong companions that don’t need (or perhaps no longer want) to walk side by side and converse.


  2. I’m sure it must be extremely difficult to get everything exactly right – I think you’re doing a remarkably good job. But I so wanted to see what happened when you got to ‘0m’ !


    • Hi Andy, I have never followed these posts, on purpose, to their ends. This is actually the same post. Which shows that this path has two different “Mile 0” marks – kind of like the Trans Canada Highway which has a “0” marker just a few hundred metres from this location (and another one in Newfoundland). I can imagine where the ends are and you have certainly seen what happens at one of the – a recent photo of mine that you provided some great editing suggestions for of a sign post, bins and a bench would be at one of the zeros, very close in fact to yesterdays wall photos. That is assuming the posts mean you have gone 1000m, rather than you have 1000m yet to go. And if that assumption is backwards, then the 0 point is the storm drain which shows on these pages a lot. In fact, the vast majority of my photos around here come from a 4 km long stretch of coast.


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