A noon-hour Downtown photo walk. Highlights include the 360 Main Street re-cladding, which is coming along quite nicely, and the great new signage at the McKim Building (formerly the Crocus Building, and the Ashdown Hardware Store before that).
A walk down Main from Inkster to Kingsbury (or thereabouts).
A few photos from a sunny Monday morning back in May.
The leveling of the southwest corner of Portage and Main (almost entire block really, from Portage to Graham) in the late 1970s is one of the great tragedies in Winnipeg’s history. It’s hard to blame the city for allowing it though; the promise of not one but two sexy new skyscrapers was hard to resist. What better way of fast-tracking Winnipeg into the 21st century?
When only one of the proposed towers materialized, Main Street was left scarred, and as today’s photos demonstrate, Main and Graham became a decades-long dead zone.
There is good news though, as it looks like this wrong will soon be righted. A new proposal for the corner looks promising and may finally bring life back to the once great corner.
I rarely talk about equipment on this site but due to the relative shortness of today’s post, it seems as good a time as ever.
I’ve been shooting with a new camera body as of late—a Sony A7ii. Without boring you with details, it’s a full-frame mirrorless system, giving it several advantages over my previous camera body (a Pentax K3). My favorite feature—the one that made me bite the bullet and pick one up—is that practically any lens, from any era and any manufacturer, can be easily adapted to fit the camera. All of a sudden I’ve got a world of lenses at my disposal.
Despite their excellent optics, vintage lenses for older film cameras can be had for cheap. Today’s photos, for instance, were taken with a Vivitar 135mm f2.8 lens—a lens I picked up for around $30, and whose modern-day equivalent would have cost at least $500. Although not as crisp as modern-day lenses, the character and charm of these vintage lenses has completely won me over.