Friday, May 26, 2017

Springtime in Elora Part Three

Elora is one of my happy places.... 

Camera: Nikon F2SB, Nikkor Pre-Ai 50 f1.4 lens, Ais 28 f2.8 lens. 
Film: Agfa Vista 400

Sheltered Entrance

Stone Elora House_

Turning Northwest on Metcalfe

The Elora Wedge on Metcalfe

Morgan Plus 4 II

Morgan Four Seater

Walking in Front of the Mermaid

Mermaid's Doors_

Main St. Gift Store

Mill St

Thursday, May 25, 2017

Springtime in Elora Part Two

One thing, even though I've been to Elora on several occasions but I never get tired shooting up here. If you haven't been, don't forget to explore the gorge, don't forget the bring the deep woods Off, it's bug season from now until early August.

Camera: Nikon F2SB, Nikkor Pre-Ai 50 f1.4 lens, Q 135 f2.8 lens, 55 f3.5 Micro Nikkor and Ais 28 f2.8 lenses.
Film: Agfa Vista 400

Elora Mill Inn Under Construction

Red Canoe on the Reflected Grand

Elora Riverside Edge

Elora Before the Crowds Show Up_

Rusty Gate in the Wall_

Elora backyard_

Stairs Up from Lover's Leap

Stairs Down to the Bottom

Wellington County Overpass

Driftwood in Training

Exposed Root Two

Ceder Trunk and Roots_

Branch of the Grand River Looking South

Tuesday, May 23, 2017

Spring Photowalk in Elora Part One

The Oakville Camera Club did a long awaited return to the Elora Ontario, on Mother's Day Weekend, we wound up with 10 members come up for an informal walk around and culinary tour. I love Elora as a nice day trip escape from the Golden Horseshoe.

I wanted to shoot colour and ran with Agfa Vista 400 through my mid-1970s vintage Nikon F2SB. The film is cheap, you're looking about $6 Cdn per roll for 36 exposures. Now, this is not the Agfa Vista of old, this is made in Japan by everyone's guess being Fujifilm. Now I have a friend swear it's Superia 400, I don't think it is, My guess it is either rebadged Industrial 400 or a contract run through Fuji machinery. This film is a contrasty hits you in the face colour film. Portra 400 this ain't. That said depending on your subject matter's skin town and you could get a decent portrait with almost a bleach bypass feel.

For shoots like this, Vista 400 is really nice, I've used it in the city on a semi-overcast day and used it in the bright sunshine like what we had up in Elora.

Camera: Nikon F2SB, Nikkor Pre Ai 50 f1.4 lens.
Film: Agfa Vista 400

Cast Iron Metcalfe Bridge In Colour

Grand River Relfections_

Elora Coach House Artist Studio

Abandoned Mill Channel

Grand River Dam_

Stephanie and Lesley

Grand River Above the Dam

Entrance to Downtown Elora

Monday, May 22, 2017

Spring in Toronto Part Three

The city came back to life when the temperature goes above +10c.

Camera: Nikon F2SB, Nikkor Pre Ai 50 f1.4 lens, Nikkor H 38 f3.5 lens.
Film: Ilford HP5 400, HC110 B.

Walking Along King St

Waiting at King and Bay

Looking Down the Bay St. Canyon

Crossing Temperance at Yonge St

Coffee on the Patio at Dineen _

Thursday, May 18, 2017

Spring in Toronto Part Two

I'm downtown a fair bit.....

Camera: Nikon F2SB, Nikkor Pre Ai 50 f1.4 lens.
Film: Ilford HP5400, HC110 B.

Suits At The Top of The Stairs

Lotsa Cattle

Detoured 501 on King St. Waiting for the Green

Black and White Tulips_

The TD Centre

New, and Old Streetcars

Tuesday, May 16, 2017

Spring in Toronto Part One

Spring has taken its time arriving in Southern Ontario, even then Toronto comes back to life in April.

Camera: Nikon F2SB, Nikkor Pre Ai 50 f1.4 lens.
Film: Ilford HP5 400, HC110 B.

Front St. In Front of Union Station and Royal York

Backside of the Flatiron_

Flatiron Spire_

Crossing South at Front and Church

Reflected Architectural Layers

Thursday, May 11, 2017

Elgin County Railway Museum Grounds, St Thomas Ontario

I last visited the Elgin County Railway Museum back in 2014, didn't really shoot all that much at the time and focused mostly on the exhibit inside. I stopped by on the way to Port Stanley in the morning to shoot around the grounds. This used to be home base for Canada Southern Railway. I have family connections to the Canadian Railway industry both with Canadian National and Canadian Pacific, but I never hear of CASO. It stretched from Windsor to Niagara Falls and was built in the 1850s, like a lot of 19th century railways, CASO was a financial failure and consolidated with a much bigger company, in this case Michigan Central, and later its parent company New York Central.

For much of the 20th century CASO was the railway short cut between Chicago and New York, the NYC Wolverine would pass through St.Thomas, major maintenance centre for New York Central. Even well into the 1970s you could hop an Amtrak Train along CASO in Ontario and go direct to Chicago or New York. In the end this railway was bought up by CN and CP for the trestle across the Niagara River and the tunnel under the St. Clair River, most of the rails were pulled up and the right of way left be. It's going to be while before the Wolverine is going to stop in St. Thomas again.

I wanted to capture the train station, the abandoned freight cars and what was left of the track. There was a lot to work with, I plan to go back and shoot in colour this Summer.

Camera: Nikon F2S, Nikkor S.C 50 f1.4 lens, Nikkor Q135 f2.8 lens, Ais 28 f2.8 lens.
Film: Kentmere 100, Rodinal 1+50

Flatbed Car End

CP Rail Box Car

THB Hopper Car

Train Yard Switches Removed II

Canada Southern Train Station

Been a While Since the Last Wolverine Passed Through

Former New York Central Tracks

CASO Train Station Doors and Windows

CASO Train Station Doors_

Canada Southern Train Tracks