I was born and spent the first 12 years of my life in Montreal. I still root for the Habs just to annoy all my friends who support the Leafs.
I was not born in Montréal, but my parents were. I always considered myself a Montrealer, even before I lived there. Of course, when I moved from my country hellhole to the city, I was a stranger, a country bumpkin, but I eventually learned the ways of urbanity.
What I miss from the Montreal of my youth: The original Chalet BBQ Chicken (not Swiss Chalet) on Decarie, Coloseum Pizza on Rue Westminster in my old neighbourhood of Montreal West/Ouest and real Montreal smoked meat. Let's not forget a NHL team that acually won Stanley Cups in my lifetime.
I grew up in Montreal West/Ouest where Sherbrooke begins in the west end. It was a great neighbourhood to grow up in. I found it a tough transition when the family moved the suburbs of Toronto.
Join the group.
Same storyline as mhv I guess
Ok, time to stir up this group.
Next week, I move back to Montreal
Anyone doing something in October?
How about the Jardin botanique? There is an exposition of Chinese lanterns till the end of the month. Night time exposure galore
Yeah, the thing I don't like about the groups is that they do not show up in the list of news posts for the forums, so I keep forgetting....
October, well the leaves are turning colourful on the Mont-Royal, and the Football season will end soon with the Grey Cup.
I've been a member of APUG for about 4 years or so but just noticed the Montreal group! Well, it's good to know that there are some traditional enthusiasts in the city. With the dwindling selection at L.L.Lauzeau, I was begining to think I was the only one.
So, as an introduction, I'm a father of three, teacher, psychologists, and former research scientist for the department of National Defence. My interest in photography began when I was about 10 years old with my father's Kodak instamatic. I've been at it, more or less non-stop , since then (about 30 years). About 2 years ago I finally built a darkroom I'm hapy with. I have a lot of learning to do with regard to making pictures but I am enthusiastic about it.
Looking forward to reading about the other members in this group.
Welcome to APUG.
Sad but true, the film section at Lauzau is becoming thinner by the minute, but you can still buy Kodachrome. And the new Ektar is on the shelf.
Welcome to APUG!
Amir Khadir got elected in my riding just a few minutes ago! It's the first time tiny Québec Solidaire sends someone to the parliament. Now we're 100% orange: QS provincial, and NDP federal.
Back on topic, Lozeau's film shelves haven't got thinner over the last few years, but the chemistry and accessories have.
I worked at Lozeau this summer, and had the chance to go sniff in their backstore. Found some rare colour chemistry kits there...
That guy worked hard for years before being elected.
A new voice and an indication that we have a healthy political system.
And I agree that the shelves of accessories and chemicals are getting thinner.
just bought my Pentax K1000, apparently everyone's got this model...funny,
i got a couple of lenses, 50mm, 24mm, and a 70-200...but theyre really bad ones...produced by some company called Image...i'm trying to get some nice used lenses for it...craigslist is dry, and camtec/royalphoto/simon's are all out of good material...any pawn shop or anything to get better ones?
I know this group gets very little attention, but I suppose I'll drop a line here. I am moving to Montréal this autumn for graduate study at McGill. I'm looking at places east of campus to probably Préfontaine and as far north as Jean-Talon. I visited once last December and really enjoyed being there. The food variety and opening hours simply put Toronto to shame.
As I get to know la ville de cent clochers better, I will want to find the places which still accommodate film photographers. Where should I go for used cameras, camera repair, film variety, and anything else? Are there any local photography groups which meet periodically?
If anyone reads this in the near future, I'll greatly value whatever advice you have. Thanks!
Hi all --
I have opened a forum topic on the Toronto sub-forum to ask the moderators to create a Montréal/province de Québec sub-forum. I would like to see a place where social networking for film photographers in Montréal and throughout the province could participate. If you would like to chime in on this, please leave your reply on that forum topic. Merci!
Amazingly last Fall, I have met in person Uncle Bill in Toronto - who sold me at that time some Rodinal that were not available in Montréal - and now on the net in the Montréal Group !!! Film photography has been now my passion for the last three years. I keep learning as I keep shooting. So much fun. I cannot figure out how come I missed the point all those years without films & gears...
Doesn't seem to be a lot going on with this group. I'm here near Montreal, live on the south shore in the Chateauguay valley. I shot only film for my serious photo stuff, but I do have a pocket digital camera for snap shots and family stuff. It would be nice to chat with other people in this area who are still using film.
WOW! film photography is alive and well in Montréal. I just found out about this Montréal group from Ginette Clement whom I have been supplying with fogged paper for her kind of work. I met Michel Hardy-Vallée over a 100 foot roll of Kodak 5302 film. I shoot strictly analog, from 35mm to 8x10, and do all the developping and printing in my own darkroom. I use a Omega D2V with condensors and a another D2 with Zone VI cold light, and will soon be installing a Durst 138 laborator for 5x7. I have also also become the dumping ground and repository of darkrooms that were destined for the scrapheap.... Have several enlargers sitting in the basement and sundry darkroom equipement. I have stuff I need to get rid of and somebody else might find it useful. If somebody is starting a darkroom, give me a shout.
I don't know what the protocol is for this group is but are we allowed to trade. And there is equipment that I can't just mail to somebody, ie. a SEAL 200 press and various other enlargers. If you do weights, this is for you. I have FOR SALE ADS on APUG...... Can I point to them in this group?
Somebody mentioned that the were looking a for a good camera repair person. I know one that has done all my Exaktas, Hassies....and whatnot, does film and digital. Is Borealis still alive? I have 8x10 positive Provia to have developped. Haven't been there in several years.
I was thinking that maybe we can pool our collective buying power and ask Lozeau and Photo-Service to maintain a certain level of inventory relating to film and chemistry. If they have what we want, then we'll buy it.
Anyway, if anybody needs a SEAL 200, please get in touch, via this group, and we'll work something out. If somebody feels that this is out of line, then let me know.
Eventually learned the way
Unfortunately, I'm finding that it is easier and overall cheaper to buy film and most chemistry online. So I'm not sure that I'm interested in whether Lozeau or Photo-Service have anything analogue. In fact, I'm tired of going to Lozeau, asking someone who is younger than any of my cameras a question, and who clearly doesn't know or care about my kind of photography, only to be told "I think it's discontinued"!!! B&H ships for free on all orders over $100. I order supplies about every 3 months. Cost for a box of 4x5 or 8x10 film, including postage, customs, and exchange rate is lower than what it cost me at Lozeau (if they have it in stock), and it is delivered to my door in about 3 days! I recently bought a Lumix GH4 for a video project and went shopping at Photo Service. After telling the very nice salesperson what it would cost me to buy it from an Ontario seller online he said that the only way he could sell it to me at that price is if he paid for it out of his pocket. He strongly suggested that I NOT buy the camera at Photo Service! I saved $350 with his advice. We all work very hard for our money, and I gave up trying to finance the local sellers a long time ago.
Regarding camera repair in Montreal, I've tried several over the years. The best (price and service) is Marc Carriere.
Good luck with your photography.
I quite agree with your evaluation regarding Lozeau and Photo-Service and their lack of support for analogue photography. I've found that there is a new player that caters strictly to analog photography. I can actually buy 100gr of Metol or Potassium Bromide and most other chems to mix the most exotic of developers or fixers. I suggest checking out "Argentix.ca" who is located in Quebec. He has everything I need to mix some special developper for doing Double XX film, namely ADOX Borax MQ. No more worrying that I can't get a chem from the US because of Postal Regulations. I can get Sodium ThioSulfdate (hypo) locally for $85 +tx for a 25Kg bag. lasts me 2 years and keeps very well.... I suggest we draw up a list of locally available resources for our film and darkroom needs. I quite agree regarding Marc Carrière. I have availed myself of his services for several years now and am always satisfied with his repair work.
"may the light be with you"