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James St., Hamilton Ontario

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If Toronto has Queen St., I would consider James St. in Hamilton its relative equivelent. I never walked up James St. northward, I do want to do it again, preferably on a less a grey day, and with colour film.

Nikon F4, Nikkor Ais 50 f1.4 lens.
Film: Kodak Tri-X 400 pushed to 1600, HC110 B.





















Hamilton North of York Boulevard.

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I have to explore Hamilton more....

Camera: Nikon F4, Nikkor Ais 50 f1.4 lens.
Film: Kodak Tri-X 400 pushed to 1600, HC110 B.
















Downtown Hamilton On the Eve of 2019

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I have to find my way back to Hamilton more often. New Year's Eve Day was pretty quiet on the streets. The city is changing, but nowhere the pace Toronto is and the jury is out on what the endgame will be. What surprised me was the condo development going on, again, nowhere near the same pace down the QEW. I would love to see more commercial space renovated and businesses locate in downtown Hamilton.


Camera: Nikon F4, Nikkor Ais 50 f1.4 lens.
Film: Kodak Tri-X 400 pushed 1600, HC110 B.
























Hamilton Ontario, New Year's Eve Day

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The Classic Camera Revival had a host only photo walk in Hamilton on New Year's Eve. It was a great idea until James fell off a ladder and breaking his ankle the night before. Then Mike and Donna got sick from a cold, Trevor was missing in action somewhere, and that left Alex, John and I.

The Nikon F4 is a really nice camera, quite a powerful beast with three metering modes: spot, center weight, and matrix. While it was Nikon's first pro autofocus body, I consider it the last manual focus pro body. Why? The one autofocus sensor that while good for the time was no match for Canon's first autofocus pro body, the EOS 1. Nikon made up for that with the F5 which is even more of a beast, and a camera, I don't own, yet.


Camera: Nikon F4, Nikkor Ais 50 f1.4 lens.
Film: Kodak Tri-X 400 @1600, HC110 B.




















Belfountain at a Cross Roads

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Belfountain is at a cross roads. Anyone who has read Louise Penny Mysteries always wondered where Three Pines is, this is the GTA version of that mythical hamlet, just a half hour north of Brampton in Caledon, and that's the problem. With the recent change in provincial governments in Ontario, low density suburban tract developers really want to build in the GTA Greenbelt and Oak Ridges Moraine, and we know that's not sustainable. Belfountain isn't immune even though it's deep inside the green belt, a developer bought a tract of farmland on the south end of the hamlet and proposes to build "Country Estates" which is code for ticky-tacky starter mansions in the middle of nowhere.

Now here's the problem, every home and business in Belfountain is fed with well water and the water table is pretty much maxed out. Which means if any of the "investors" buy their lovely "Country Estate" will have at best a trickle of water. The only saving gr…

Grey Skies in Middle Earth

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Belfountain Conservation Area is more fun in the offseason, even with the grey skies.


Camera: Nikon F2 Photomic, Nikkor N 24 f2.8 lens, Nikkor H.C. 50 f2 lens.
Film: Fomapan 400, Tmax 1+4