Showing posts from September, 2020

Hiking, the Tonic For a Pandemic Part Two

 I've posted about Silver Creek Conservation Area earlier, I never really explored east of Fallbank Road before, I took a side trail before hooking up with the Bruce Trail and wandered east to 10th Line and doubled back. Some parts of the Bruce Trail are easy peasy, others, I almost want to scare people who want to come along because I don't want them getting in over their heads in terms of hike length and terrain difficulty.  Being in the early stages of fall I'm concerned that recess is coming to an end with the pandemic, I hope we can still go hiking on the trails because well, it's outdoors, and a hell of a lot safer than being in a gym. I'm still surprised by the number of hidden gems at the north end of Halton Region.  Camera: Olympus OM-2n, Zuiko lenses.  Film: Ultrafine Extreme 400, HC110 B. 

Hiking, the Tonic for a Pandemic Part One.

This past Summer I've spent a huge amount of time out hiking, You wouldn't know it from all the photos from my stay in the Beaches back in August. The Bruce Trail, especially stretches in the north end of Halton have been a great place to forest bathe in the middle of the crazy times. Hiking accomplishes two things, keeping my mental health in a good place during the pandemic while looking after mom, and get some thing approaching the exerceise I used to get at the gym which feels like a lifetime ago. I would have to hike 8km of this stretch of the Bruce Trail at least five days a week to get those particular resuls. I'm only doing this on average once a week. Something will change long term, just not right now.  I am fortunate to have company with my friend Nicole, she's in the same boat I am, looking after elderly parents, it's really nice to have someone along for the hike who gets it.  The camera gear of choice has been my Olympus OM-2n, and on this hike Ultrafi

Walking Along Queen St. East

 When I was at my brother's in the Beaches, I decided to hop the 501 streetcar and stop by Downtown Camrea for a film top up. I wanted some Ultrafine Extreme but they were pretty much out so I settled on some Fomapan 400. This was the first time I hopped onto public transit since the pandemic began and while I don't suffer from anxiety, the ride to Church and Queen Streets had me on edge. I decided to walk back to my brother's place. Yes I got my steps in but it was a weird walk from Downtown Camera to the Don River, I kept my camera in the camera bag. By the time I reached the border between Corktown and Riverside I felt more relaxed and did some shooting.  Bergger Pancro 400's grain accentuated the gloom and humidty that day, by the time I got back to my brother's the skies opened up and the rain really came down. Truthfully I should have just pushed some HP5 or Ultrafine Extreme 400 to 1600 and gone from there. Things didn't shake out that way.  Camera: Olymp

Part Two, The Wet Muggy August Day

A muggy overcast day changes the vibe of the Beaches.  Camera: Olympus OM-2n, Zuiko lenses.  Film: Bergger Pancro 400, HC110 B.