I didn't have a lot of time to explore Midland, and the downtown was pretty much still under construction so I shot around the harbour. The interesting stuff was on the road back to Highway 400. What you find on the side of the road in rural Ontario that's a mixture of farm and vacation country. I have to come back up this way next year when it's ok to do so. The Minolta XD was the perfect camera for this day trip, I ran with the MD Rokkor X 24 F2.8, 50 f1.7 and the Minolta MD 75-150 F4 Zoom lens (criminally ignored it's great glass). This was a varient of a camera kit was going to take up to the annual NLP photography retreat. It worked well. Camera: Minolta XD, MD Rokkor X 50 f1.7 lens. Film: Ilford HP5 400, HC110 B.
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Awenda doesn't have the spectacular landscape you're going to get inside Algonquin Park, or Mono Cliffs or Boyne River for that matter. There is however something magical about this place that just calms the soul during these interesting times. I now want to go back next year with colour film and see what I get during peak fall colours. The only downside is the time window, it's a two drive from Oakville, the day trip has to start early. Minolta XD, MD Rokkor X lenses. Film: Ilford HP5 400, ID-11 1+1.
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Early Saturday morning late October I drove up to Midland to pick up my friend Nicole, it was her birthday and we did a hike in Awenda Provincial Park. Toronto Photo Walks have done fall colours meet ups up in Awenda in the past but I never went due to schedule conflicts. This Saturday, we pretty had the park to ourselves almost and while the weather was less than wonderful the landscape was interesting. While the hike was relatively easy in terms of terrain, I was blown away once I got to the shores of Geeorgian Bay. Nicole likes camping here, even if it's in her backyard. It was being on Nicole's turf for a change. and we had fun exploring the park, even if it was a gloomy morning. Gear wise I chose my Minolta XD and some MD Rokkor X lenses, the 24 F2.8, 50 f1.7 and the Minolta MD 75-150 F 4 Zoom, a variant of the 35mm kit was i going to take with me to Muksoka this year if it went off. I was happy with what I got. I hope to get back to Awenda when the fall colours are clo