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.

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 →

Old Quebec City + Fuji XT2 with Canon 24/2.8 SCC and Minolta Rokkor 58/1.4

In September 2017 my wife and I went to Old Quebec City for a three day visit to celebrate our 20th wedding anniversary.  This was my first time to Quebec City and our goal while visiting was to focus on the popular tourist destination of the Old Quebec City district.

For this trip we took the VIA Rail train from Ottawa to Old Quebec City.  Taking the train is a great way to travel.  It is very comfortable, relaxing and quiet.  Our time going through both Ottawa and Quebec City train stations were very quick and enjoyable.  The route from Ottawa to Quebec City has several stops, so a one-way trip takes approximately six hours.  Six hours may seem like a long time, but on the ride back it gave me ample time to work on my laptop to cull and edit my photographs from our three day visit to Old Quebec City. Continue Reading →

MOSAICANADA 150 – The Gatineau Garden of 2017

Mid September 2017 my wife and I visited the popular MOSAICANADA 150 garden in Gatineau, Quebec.  This unique and impressive garden was created as part of the popular Canada 150 years of history celebrations.  The garden is located in the “Parc Jacques-Cartier” (Jacques-Cartier Park) next to the Alexandra Bridge.  Here is a Google Map link to the exact location. Continue Reading →

Sheridan College + Vintage Canon 24mm

In mid May 2017 a few co-workers and myself attended the annual OCCCIO conference at Sheridan College located in Oakville  Ontario.  The OCCCIO is a multi-day tech conference for all Ontario colleges.  It’s goal is to promote I.T. collaboration between the provinces 26 colleges. Continue Reading →