Port Hope – November 2021 – B&W

An afternoon trip to the beautiful little town of Port Hope on the shore of Lake Ontario.  Since it was November the scenery didn’t lend itself to beautiful colours or vegetation.  It was a dreary cold ‘blah’ day.  So I focused on B&W images and the downtown scenery.  Due to C-19 and being the off season the downtown was very quiet with not many businesses open.  In the summer Port Hope can be a beautiful place to spend an afternoon but on this November day nothing was going on downtown.

For this outing I wanted to take my time so I brought my Fuji X-Pro1 and vintage manual focus Canon 24mm F2.8 FD lens.  On the Fuji gear this lens has the full frame focal length equivalent of 35mm. I find that to be an excellent ‘out for a walk’ focal length.  I have always been impressed with the sharpness this old prime lens produces.  It’s simple and fun to use while easily nailing focus with the focus peaking feature of the cameras.

Snowdon Park – Jan 2021 – Minden Hills

Mid January, 2021 my wife and I went for a walk with our new dog to the remote trails of Snowdon Park. Snowdon Park is 460 acres of wetland and forest preserve established through the cooperation of the Township of Minden Hills and the Haliburton Highlands Field Naturalists.  Details on this park can be found here and here.

Below is a small series of snapshots I took as we walked the trails.

Gear: Fuji XT4, Fuji 16-80mm F4, all images are in camera JPG Acros+Y film sim.

Snowdon Park – Minden Hills

On December 31, 2018 I went for a walk with family to Snowdon Park, just a short drive east of Minden. This was our first visit to this 460 preserve.

Needless to say, going in the middle of winter results in plain white snow covered photographs. So my search was to find something … anything of interest that wasn’t simply a tree covered in snow. During our visit we walked most of the trail system except the one large loop that has an old abandoned car. That would have made for an interesting photo and in hindsight I should have requested we find the car, but that will have to be for another visit. Continue Reading →

Kingston Penitentiary Museum

In September 2018 my father and I did a road trip to Kingston to participate in the thorough 2.5hr tour of the Kingston Penitentiary Museum.  This tour is very well spoken of and we learned why.  It is very well ran and very interesting.  What helped make the tour so good was the retired staff that worked as tour guides in various areas of the prison.  To listen to them talk about first hand experiences when they were employed at the prison added an incredible amount of detail and interest to the tour. Continue Reading →

The towns of St. Jacobs and Elora

In July 2018 my wife and I went for a weekend trip to the towns of St. Jacobs and Elora with a brief stop at her old employer Bronte Creek Provincial Park.  During this 2 day trip I focused on B&W photography and only brought the Fuji X-Pro1, the Fuji 10-24/F4 (to use only if it was needed) and my favorite vintage lens, the 1973 Canon 24/2.8.  Continue Reading →