Tuesday, September 01, 2015

A Day Up in Elora Part One

Getting closer to the end of the Summer as people usually see it and I needed another day trip, my original plans for Prince Edward County got cancelled due to a friend's family health emergency so I pointed my car Northwest back to Elora instead of East along the 401.

Elora is a culinary hotspot deep in Wellington County roughly 20 minutes north of Guelph. Now if you are looking for a nice place to eat, I can recommend the Shepherd's Pub or Wreckless Eric's both are a great place for lunch and I can't recommend the Maclean's Pale Ale enough. I will recommend taking the Elora Culinary Walking Tour , think of it as a tasting menu for the town.

Sadly the Elora Mill Inn is still closed for renovations, the new owners seem to be distracted with other ventures as a result the village is quieter than it should be. I stayed there 15 years ago with my girlfriend at the time on a long weekend package and enjoyed myself. There are other places to stay through a quick search online you can find local bed and breakfasts, this is a great weekend or weekday get away with some great hiking over in Elora Gorge.

Colour Photos

Camera:Nikon FM, Nikkor 50 f1.8 Ais and 28 f2.8 Ai lenses.
Film: Kodak Ektar 100

Black and White Photos

Camera: Nikon F3HP, Nikkor 50 f1.8 Ais, 105 2.5 Ai and 28 f2.8 Ai lenses.
Film: Fomopan 200 processed in D76 1+1.

Wellington County Back Road II.tiff_

Building Reflection II

A really Calm Morning

Reflected Mill

Elora Mill Inn on the Grand River

Bridge over The Grand

The Mermaid Store

Overgrown Doors

Drooping Flower

Thursday, August 27, 2015

North Side of Queen St. in the Beaches

When most people spend the day in the Beaches neighbourhood, they spend it on the south side of Queen St. walking along the board walk and on the beaches proper. North of Queen St. is a different world, especially around Glen Stewart Park and Ravine, there are a lot of nice homes in that part of the neighbourhood. The big attraction is the ravine itself, a short hike in a valley where it feels like the middle of nowhere not in the biggest city in Canada.

The ravine itself starts where Glen Stewart park finishes and takes you up to Kingston Rd. along a well maintained pathway. I think the best time to visit would be in the fall when the leaves change colour, something I will have to do.

The other photo of note is the shot of the red barber shop, it relocated as the property is slated for teardown for a condo development, the neighbourhood is constantly re-inventing itself wether it wants it or not.

Rectangular Photos

Camera: Minolta SRT 102, MC Rokkor 50 1.4 lens
Film: Kodak Portra 400

Square Photos

Camera: Rolleiflex Series E 3.5 Planar TLR
Kodak Portra 400

Crossing Between Two Glen Manors

Ivy Covered Tudor

City Stream

Glenn Stewart Trail II

Glenn Stewart Trail III

Glenn Stewart Trail IV

The Artisans

Fire Station No. 17

Ready for Gentrification

Tuesday, August 25, 2015

Early August in the Beaches Part Three

I'm not done posting Beaches images just yet. Shooting colour negative (c-41) film is a nice change of pace from black and white and the Beach neighbourhood is full of colour. I shot most of these images south of Queen St., my next post will hight light images images on the north side of the street and deep into a neighbourhood ravine.

Funny how I just blink my eyes and it's towards the end of August already. I'm still not done with Summer, the official rollover into fall is not for another month. Did anyone else have any interesting adventures on staycations? Got something planned for the next two weeks?

A technical note, both film stocks I used are factory rated for 400 ISO, I deliberately overexposed at 250 ISO to get more punch with the colour, C-41 film has very wide latitude and I have seen results of Portra 400 exposed at 100 ISO with little change.

Rectangular Shots:
Camera: Minolta SRT-102, MC Rokkor Lenses
Film: Kodak Portra 400

Square Shots:
Camera: Rolleiflex Series E 3.5 Planar Twin Lens Reflex Camera.
Film: Kodak Portra 400 and Fuji Pro 400 H.

Getting to the Water

Action at the Leuty Ave Lifeguard Station

Leuty Avenue Shelter

Fluffy Clouds and a Boardwalk_

Kew Gardens Caretaker Cottage

Classic Vespa

Whitlocks and BigTown Smoke

Quiet In Front of Dufflet

Tuesday, August 18, 2015

Week in the Beaches Part Two

I forgot how nice MC Rokkor lenses are, especially on a bright sunny day. I'm blown away at what I got. I had very little post processing to do outside some cropping and dust removal, the negs were plenty sharp on their own. I love my Minolta SRT 102, it's a nice tank of a camera and I like the fact there are not one but two Cds meter cells so you get a more accurate light reading.

Most people who explore the Beaches usually make a beeline for the boardwalk, myself included every time I visit. What's more fun is exploring the streets north of Queen. The Beaches has it's own ravine trail and you will see that next blog post.

Camera: Minolta SRT 102, MC Rokkor X 50 f1.4 and 28 f3.5 lenses,
Film: Ilford HP5 400, HC110 B.

Houses on Beech Ave

House on Beech Ave II

Cedar Ave 1

The Fox Theatre


Afternoon in the East End of the Beaches

American Iron

Art on Queen 1

Friday, August 14, 2015

Week in the Beaches Part One

I spent the first week of August house sitting in the Beaches at my brother's place looking after a black lab, turtle, and gold fish. I also got a chance to wander through one of my favourite Toronto neighbourhoods. At the east end is an architectural gem the R.C. Harris Water Treatment Plant which also was non speaking character in the Michael Ondaatje novel In the Skin of a Lion. The best time to shoot this complex is on a bright sunny morning. I can see the buildings used for exterior shots for exterior shots from period pieces to science fiction if it hasn't already.

There's much more to come. Unfortunately I lost a roll during processing, it was an expired medium format Kodak Plus X. The emulsion was fine but the film itself, the polyester base had issues I just could not rescue. Pity. Stay tuned there's much more to come.

Camera: Series E  Rolleiflex Twin Lens Reflex Camera with the 75mm f3.5 Zeiss Planar Lens

Film: Kodak Tri-X400, Hc110 B.

Doorway to Water

Harris Filtration Plant 1


Walking Westward Towards Kew Beach

Woodbine Beach Boardwalk 1

Pretty Houses

Wednesday, August 05, 2015

Toronto on a Weekend

Sunday morning in the city.

Camera: Mamiya C220f, Sekor 80 f2.8 lens.
Film: Ilford HP5 400, HC110 B.

Deserted Wellington

Centre of Power


National Club

Canada Life

St. George Campus

Wednesday, July 29, 2015

Toronto Photowalks

Toronto Photowalks is a grassroots group of people from Greater Toronto who meet up regularly to explore various neighbourhoods in Toronto. Founded by Paul Henman back in November 2009, TOPW attracts area photographers of all skill levels to explore the city and surrounding environments with a current head count of more than 1600 members on their Facebook page.

What I love about TOPW is the camaraderie among the members and the fact we stop at local pubs on route halfway through for lunch and at the end for dinner. The journey is indeed more fun than the destination.

Camera: Canon F-1N, FD 28 f2 SSC and 50 f1.4 SSC lenses.
Film: Ilford HP5 400, HC110 B.

Click through on the image to see the album set on flickr.

Toronto Photowalk July 17th

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