Short Trip to Toronto, Fuji Provia 100 Slide Film

Kate and I took a trip to Toronto, Ontario over the weekend. She ran the Toronto Marathon (and beat her previous time by almost three minutes!) while I acted as her support crew. This mostly meant bugging her about drinking more water, making sure she barely walked or moved the day before the marathon, and then being at a couple key points during the race to hand her fluids. In other words, I had an easy weekend. We had our "victory dinner" on Sunday night at Yours Truly. As luck would have it, we had an hour free before dinner and were able to meet up with the super cool Lisa, who we had only previously known online. While Kate and Lisa caught up, I shot a few rolls of film in the surrounding neighborhood of Little Portugal. I know next to nothing about Toronto, but I loved this area. There were plenty of interesting storefronts, signs, bicycles, etc for me to take pictures of and after 45 minutes I had burned through two rolls of medium format (I only took the Hasselblad for the trip) Fuji Provia 100 slide film and two rolls of Kodak Portra 400.

Here's about a roll worth of the slide film pictures. I'll post the Portra pics tomorrow.

These first six pictures were all taken on Dundas Street West in Little Portugal.

Auto Repair, Toronto, Fuji Provia 100 Auto Repair Shop, Toronto, Fuji Provia 100 Slide Film

Soo Ling Beads, Toronto, Fuji Provia 100 Soo Ling Beads, Toronto, Fuji Provia 100 Slide Film

Super Variety Grocery, Toronto, Fuji Provia 100 Super Variety Grocery, Toronto, Fuji Provia 100 Slide Film

Discount Mart, Toronto, Fuji Provia 100 Toronto Star Discount Mart, Toronto, Fuji Provia 100 Slide Film

Laundromat Sign, Toronto, Fuji Provia 100 Laundromat Sign, Toronto, Fuji Provia 100 Slide Film

Easy Driving School, Toronto, Fuji Provia 100 Easy Driving School, Toronto, Fuji Provia 100 Slide Film

I first met Kate at Mile 14 to hand her Gatorade, water, and a bag of ice. It was a gorgeous day, but hot when you are running 26.2 miles. After Mile 14, I hopped on the trolley that crawled down King Street to the waterfront. It must have taken me an hour to get down to Lake Shore Boulevard. I had hoped to see Kate at Mile 19 and Mile 25. She beat me to mile 19 by a long shot. Yes, she was winding through the streets on foot and STILL beat the trolley that slowly traversed King Street towards Lake Ontario. So, I gave up on Mile 19 and stopped at Mile 25. Here I was about 15 minutes early. Kate was still remarkably on schedule - much better than Toronto's public transportation system. I took a few minutes to snap pictures before she arrived.

Lake Ontario Waterfront, Toronto, Fuji Provia 100 By the Water, Toronto, Fuji Provia 100 Slide Film

A Hasselblad medium format camera loaded with 100 ISO slide film is not the best tool to capture the action of a marathon. But you work with what you have. I took turns cheering and snapping a few pictures while I waited for Kate. The race shots look pretty good. I prefocused on a line in the street and shot at f11.

Toronto Marathon Runners at Mile 25, Toronto, Fuji Provia 100 Mile 25, Toronto Marathon, Fuji Provia 100 Slide Film

Mile 25, Toronto Marathon, Fuji Provia 100 Slide Film

Mile 25, Toronto Marathon, Fuji Provia 100 Slide Film

Gentleman Entertaining the Runners, Toronto, Fuji Provia 100 Musician Around Mile 25, Toronto Marathon, Fuji Provia 100 Slide Film