Thursday, October 19, 2017

Solitaire Lake, Limberlost Forest Part One

We didn't go into Algonquin Park for the second year in a row, instead we found a place a lot closer to Billie Bear Resort and it was much less busy. The Limberlost Nature Preserve is a privately owned conservation area for lack of a better word, that rents out cottages on their property, in turn day visitors can hike the trails for free.

I've been curious about this nature preserve for a few years and finally managed to convinced the NLP gang to hike closer to Billie Bear. It wasn't a hard sell, the park is a good half hour car drive at least (traffic permitting) and even then, Highway 60 is clogged with tour buses which kills the getting back to nature vibe.

Crowds aren't a problem in the Limberlost Forest, and I hope it stays that way.

Camera: Olympus OM-2n, Zuiko lenses
Film: Kodak Ektar 100

Log Shed Window

South limberlost Road One

Solitaire Lake One

Solitaire Lake Cliff Side

Solitaire Lake View II


Tree fungus

Solitaire Lake Shore Trail Boardwalk One_


Tuesday, October 17, 2017

Billie Bear Part Two

There's a bit of conflict over time when I'm up at Billie Bear, our group loves staying up late, and just let off steam from our very busy lives. However, sometimes, the best time is early in the morning when the mist is still on the lake, that's where the magic is, with the chilly air and silence. I could get drunk on that early morning magic.

This year I was up at sunrise and before the sun crested the treetops and that gave me the different light I usually shoot in, everything was still in the shade. That gave me a cooler colour palette to work with.

I will always bring a twin lens reflex camera with me up to Muskoka. This year it was my pride and joy, my Rolleiflex, nothing can beat Zeiss glass. One thing I will do is invest in replica Bay II lens hood and lens cap as the originals are hard to find and increasingly expensive to replace.


Camera: Rolleiflex Series E 3.5 Planar TLR
Film: Kodak Portra 400

Dew Covered Speed Boat

Three Outboards Ready to Go

Bella Lake Just Before Sunrise

Sleeping Paddle Boats_

Billie Bear Shore

Lakeside Hut

Thursday, October 12, 2017

Billie Bear

My happy place, even if it is only for a couple of days per year.

Camera: Olympus OM-2n, Zuiko MC lenses.
Film: Kodak Ektar 100 and Rollei Superpan 200, HC110 B.

Billie Bear Cabin Two point Five

Billie Bear Cabin Two

Three Muskoka Chairs_

Moose Cabin

Billie Bear Cabin One

The Explorers Lodge

Bella Lake Cottage Docks in the Sun

Wednesday, October 11, 2017

Dorset on the Lake of Bays

I have a weak spot for this cottage community and the SS Bigwin, a restored water taxi for the Bigwin Resort. When I drive up to Billie Bear on a Thursday, Dorset is super quiet. I don't have to worry about tourists getting into the shot.

The lighting was interesting with the sun/cloud mix, which meant I had to meter, and meter often to get the exposure right. I didn't shoot a lot of black and white on this trip, just the roll of Tri-X in Uxbridge and Cannington, the roll of Rollei Superpan 200 in Huntsville (coming up) and this.

Camera: Series E 3.5 Planar Rolleiflex Twin Lens Reflex Camera.
Film: Fuji Neopan Acros 100, Tmax 1+4 developer.

Dorset Foodland and General Store_

Tale of Two Boats

The Dorset One Lane Bridge They Don't Dare Replace

Bigwin Historical Society and Museum

Bigwin Towards the Rear

Bigwin Under the Clouds



Up Highway 35 to Dorset

I look forward to this trip every year as a respite from reality. The further north I drive on 35 towards Dwight, and ultimately Billie Bear Resort, I feel lighter when I hit Dorset.

Camera: Olympus OM-2n, Zuiko MC 50 f1.8 lens.
Film: Kodak Ektar 100

Haliburton Reflection

Highway 35 and Clouds_

Bigwin and Lake of Bays

Lake of Bays Cottage Dock

Can't Get Enough Bigwin

Bigwin in the Sun

Reflections in the Window Front


Tuesday, October 10, 2017

On the Road Through Cannington Ontario

Cannington Ontario is a special place for me. My branch of Highland Scots Smiths settled here in the 1820s and my great grandfather owned the town feed store where the Cannington mural is today, sadly the building burned down back in the 1990s.

This is real small town Ontario, not cottage country hamlet or a little tourist town like Elora. Canadian author Timothy Findley had a country place near town. You blink and you probably miss Cannington. What I need to figure out is where my great granddad lived, sadly, again, I have very little information but I'm tracking down someone from the local historical society, stay tuned.

I shot Tri-X 400 and it handles the bright morning sun well and I made a good call taking my Olympus OM-2n's with me this time.

Camera: Olympus OM-2n, Zuiko MC 50 f1.8 lens.
Film: Kodak Tri-X 400, Xtol 1+1.

Welcome to Cannington

Corner Door on Cameron St

Shadows On Cameron St

Thursday Morning in Downtown Cannington_

Holy Grounds Coffee Cannington_

Cannington Storefront

Corner House_

Cameron Variety Store

Cannington Convenience Store

West Looking Cameron St






Thursday, October 05, 2017

Trillum Park and Ontario Place


I walked Trillium Park a few weeks ago with some fellow film photographers, I like what the landscape design team did to honour the nations, namely the Mississaugas of the New Credit that called the land home before we showed up and as the park matures over time, the features will look even better.

Ontario Place, however, it needs some work, what it should not be is a casino, a proposal from certain political quarters proposed a few years back that was shot down thankfully. I did read the Cinesphere is re-opening. I hope that's true.


Camera: Canon F-1N, FD lenses.
Film: Cinestill 50D.

TO Skyline from the Park

Stone Moccisans

Purple Wildflowers

Bench in the Sun with a Great View

Riding in the Sunshine

Outer Ontario Place Marina

Outer Ontario Place Marina Boats

Walking Towards Cinesphere

Reflected Structures

Metal Stairs