Wednesday, September 27, 2017

Off the Beaten Path


I'm off the beaten path somewhere in Northern Muskokas for a few days taking pictures with friends.



Camera: Nikon F3HP, Nikkor Ais 50 f1.8 lens.
Film: Fujifilm Pro 400H

The Road to Billie Bear_

Wandered Around Burlington over A Month Ago

I got my Nikkormat FT2 back from my new repair tech and I wanted to try it out. After a run to Burlington Camera, I went over to Brant Street and shoot my last roll of Bergger BRF 400. The camera works fine, the meter overexposes by a stop but no big deal.

What got my attention with Burlington's downtown was downright hopping compared to Lakeshore Road in Downtown Oakville which is currently suffering from at least 24 vacant storefronts. Burlington and Oakville population-wise are roughly the same size, both are on Lake Ontario between Toronto and Hamilton, both communities could not be more different.

Burlington allowed condo, office and apartment development in its downtown to co-exist with low-rise retail and heritage buildings. Another observation, Burlington's Town Hall is downtown and is front and center. As a result, downtown Burlington has a much lower commercial vacancy rate and a more diverse retail cross-section than downtown Oakville.

As a long time Oakville resident, my thoughts aren't going to win a lot of friends, too bad. A lot of serious mistakes were made with downtown Oakville by well-intentioned politicians and citizens groups over the decades. First off the aversion to high-rise development. Honestly where the Coventry and Randall Residences luxury developments are located should be 12 story condos. There are not enough customers for downtown Oakville retailers, and the residents of Olde Oakville are aging out or just not shopping on the main drag, and there aren't enough people in the existing surrounding apartments not shopping there, that's a problem. If I'm living north of the QEW or west of 4th Line, I don't have much reason to go to downtown Oakville unless it's for dinner.

The other thing, Burlington embraced being a city, Oakville by virtue of its branding is in some sort of odd denial thinking it's a town behaving like a village, at its worst maybe a hamlet. Time to drop that hokey BS and put your big kid pants on. If you want a thriving downtown Oakville, you're going to need A LOT more density, not multi-million dollar townhome residences because people shop near where they live. Sadly that will freak the old dears out, and you know that will be quashed.

Rant concluded.

Camera: Nikkormat FT2, Nikkor H 50 f2 lens.
Film: Bergger BRF 400, Tmax 1+4

Burlington City Hall_

City Hall Against The Sky

Downtown Burlington Looking North on Brant

Downtown Burlington

Burlington Side Street

Brant St. Stoplight

Strolling up Brant

The Queen's Head Burlington_

Walking Past The Queen's Head Burlington_

Thursday, September 21, 2017

Tuesday, September 19, 2017

Enjoying the Sunshine

Cinestill50D, this film loves bright sunshine, not cheap but I get a really retro look from a filmstock used by JJ Abrams and Quentin Tarantino for their outdoor shots. This is a great combo with Zuiko glass, and with the super wide latitude that you don't have to hyper exact with your metering.

Now shooting with the OM-1md, is much more old school body than the OM-4 with match needle metering. This particular one was given to me by a now-retired store manager of for a certain camera store chain that shall remain nameless. It came with a Zuiko MC 50 f1.8 lens and the whole kit was mint,  the bag it came in looked like it was stored in a garden shed for 30 years. The camera bag was tossed but I resealed the camera, got an MR-9 battery adapter and I was off to the races.

I shot with the OM-4 more in the Beaches this past August but, still, the OM-1md made things simpler. I'm done acquiring bodies but I'm looking for more Zuiko lenses, like the 35 f2 which is on top of my list along with a late production 50 f1.4 MC lens. I currently have an early production 50 f1.4, and yes, there is a difference with the lens coatings.

Camera: Olympus OM-1md, Zuiko lenses.
Film: Cinestill 50D.

Sunday Afternoon in the Park_

Kew House

Red and White House

Lone Sunflower

Bright Sunny Day at Leuty Beach

Busy Leuty Beach

Leuty Beach Cove

Drummers in the Boatshed

Thursday, September 14, 2017

Beaches Overcast

So I still had a half roll of Ektar left after the Bluffs, I went out Tuesday morning. The skies were overcast, I made my way along the boardwalk and the Beaches have a totally different vibe during the week if the weather is less than stellar. In fact by the time I got to the local Beach Institution The Goof, a nasty thunderstorm was like five minutes from starting. I got what I needed and took shelter inside Remarkable Bean across the street for a cup of dark roast.

Camera: Olympus OM-4, Zuiko lenses.
Film: Kodak Ektar 100

On a Path to the Lake_

Water and Rocks

Boats and Lifeguard Hut

Empty Muskoka Chairs on the Boardwalk

This Way to the Lake

Taking Advantage of the Green

August 2017 GOOF in Colour Backside

GOOF From Across the Street

Tuesday, September 12, 2017

Bluffer's Park


I don't get to Scarborough often. I visited the Bluffs last Summer and this year of course had to come back for more. I showed up Monday morning the day of the solar eclipse, I wanted to get the shots I wanted and be back at my brother's place before it commenced. Lake Ontario was dead calm, then all of a sudden the waters started to ripple on their own, there was no breeze to speak of. The time to go is a Monday morning because from what I understand from a friend who lives up on the Bluffs, weekends are zoo in the park.

Camera: Olympus OM-4, Zuiko lenses.
Film: Kodak Ektar 100

Bluffers Marina Houseboats Two

Bluffers Park Shoreline II

Don't Climb the Bluffs_

On the Path to the Bluffs_

The Bluffs Cliffs_

The Scarborough Bluffs 2017