Wednesday, October 15, 2014

Hardwood Lookout Trail, Algonquin Park

It looks peaceful, but in reality the Hardwood Lookout Trail off Highway 60 was a zoo full of people from all over the world. Think busier than the Eaton Centre in downtown Toronto at Christmastime. Fortunately there was another trail we took later Saturday afternoon that wasn't crowded, more on that later...

Camera: Nikon F2a, Nikkor Ais 50 f1.4 lens, B+W polarizer filter.
Film: Kodak Portra 400





Tuesday, October 07, 2014

Paradise Found, Muskoka Highlands Edition

This is my second visit to Bella Lake and Billie Bear Resort. Unlike last year, we had company, then again it was Indian Summer with not one cloud in the sky and yes the colours are that bright. What blew my mind Friday night was the sky. I could not believe what I could see with my naked eyes, like nothing in Greater Toronto where we suffer from light pollution. I could see the Milky Way, I have never seen that before, can't put my feelings into words after that night.

Rolleicord Vb, 75 f3.5 Schneider Xenar Lens
Film: Kodak Ektar 100

Sunday Morning on Bella Lake

Calm Morning.

Reflected Shore

The Explorer Lodge

Nikon FE, Nikkor Ais 35 f2 lens,
Film: Kodak Portra 400



Thursday, October 02, 2014

Driving up Highway 35, the Colour Edition

Like I said last post, I only shot one roll of black and white film this year on the Algonquin road trip. I also wanted to shoot some medium format this year too so my new to me Rolleicord Vb came along for the ride. I chose my colour film carefully, Kodak Ektar 100 and Fuji Reala 100 for out in the open shots and Kodak Portra 400 for more sheltered locations and used a 35mm circular polarizer most of the time on my Nikon gear to make the colours pop.

I could not believe the stretch of perfect weather we had this past weekend, sunshine and a high of 25c, it contrasts with last year which was cool and wet. You can't ask for nicer weather.

Camera: Nikon FE, Nikkor Ais 35 f2, 105 f2.5 lens, B+W Circular Polarizer.
Film: Kodak Ektar 100

Square Photos
Camera: Rolleicord Vb with a 75 f3.5 Xenar lens,
Film: Fuji Reala 100



Looking out on the Lake of Bays



Canadian Shield Between Dorset and Highway 60 on 35

Highway 35 Headed North

Back Road.

Tuesday, September 30, 2014

Driving Up Highway 35

This was my only black and white roll of film all through my road trip to the Algonquin Highlands this year. As promised last year, I made the trip up Highway 35 again. My only wish is the long weekend road trip north was longer.

Camera: Rolleicord Vb, Schneider Xenar 75 f3.5 lens
Film: Ilford FP4 125, Xtol 1+1


The Bigwin


Main St.


Thursday, September 25, 2014

Last Blast Along Lake Erie

Summer, you didn't hang around long enough this year. Maybe next year you will show up on time for a change?

Camera: Rolleiflex Series E 3.5 Zeiss Planar TLR,
Film: Fuji Neopan Acros 100, HC110 B.

Shot in Port Bruce and Port Burwell


Quiet Day on the Beach


Port Bruce Breakwater.







Monday, September 22, 2014

Tale of Two Stratfords: Part Two

There is another side of Stratford, the former railway town, furniture manufacturing centre and currently making auto parts. There is almost a second downtown around city hall and it's quieter than Ontario street near the Avon River where the tourist action is.

Camera: Canon F-1N, 28 f2 and 50 f1.4 SSC lenses,
Film: ORWO UN 54, Xtol 1+1,






Thursday, September 18, 2014

Tale of Two Stratfords: Part One

Stratford Ontario is a pretty town northwest of Kitchener-Waterloo and home to the Shakespearian Festival. Before being the base to the long running showcase of the Bard's comedies and tragedies as well as more recently some great Broadway classics, Stratford was a regional railway and industrial centre that prior to World War Two was facing an uncertain future with furniture factories closing which was the main industry back then along with the shutting down of a steam engine repair facility by CN. Rebranding the town as theatre destination specializing in Shakespeare was a gutsy move.

Camera: Canon F-1N, FD 50 f1.4 and FD 28 f2 SSC lenses.
Film: ORWO UN 54, Xtol 1+1

Ontario St. Looking East


Crossing Ontario St.