Friday, August 18, 2017

Sunday in the Beach

Funny how weather can change in a day....

Camera: Olympus OM-2n, Zuiko lenses.
Film: Lomography F Squared 400

Woodbine Beach Pond

When Lakeshore Becomes Woodbine

Tale of Two Roadsters

Great Day for a Walk on the Boardwalk III

Action at the Lifeguard Station

Rowing out Onto the Lake_

High Water Protection for the Beach

Saturday in the Beaches Continued

There's trouble in paradise, there always been high retail turnover in the Beaches, but it has gotten worse over the past two or three years. A lot of retailers are either calling it a day or more moving up to Kingston Rd. Gerrard St. or the Danforth for cheaper space. I don't blame them. The big problem is rent is steep and getting steeper. My guess a few landlords who have the retail strip sewn up got greedy. The recent commercial property tax increases are probably not helping either.

Here's the challenge with the Beach, it's a desirable neighbourhood, people will pay stupid money to get a piece of heaven in the 416. My guess there's a more than a few people who are over mortgaged, you could say that with Oakville too. That doesn't help the local retailer because people aren't spending, helps to have a viable business and marketing plan too. One thing I am happy about is Bud's Coffee is still around for now.

Camera: Olympus OM-2n, Zuiko 50 f1.4 lens.
Film: Ferrania F Squared 400

Black Eyed Susans

Kew House I

Kew Gardens Path_

Passing In Front of Bud's

Binz for Rent and Bud's Staying Put

Ends Winding Down

Beaches Fire Hall

Shopping at Meat on the Beach

Corner of Murphy's Law

Concrete Tank

Rorschach Brewery_

Saturday in the Beaches.

Summer 2017 in Toronto has been awful. I spent the August long weekend in the Beaches like I always do and organized a Photowalk with some friends. The forecast for Saturday was 30% showers. Who would have thought we actually would get them. Let's just say the weather has been positively British  (cool and damp) and leave it that on Saturday.

I'm running down my supply of Lomography F Squared 400 which any savvy film photographer knows is nothing more than freezer stored (aged) Ferrania Solaris 400. Out of the camera systems I own, the results through Zuiko glass is my favourite. So yeah, Ferrania, get your shit together and make a new batch of Solaris 400 already.

Camera: Olympus OM-2n, Zuiko lenses.
Film: Lomography F Squared 400

Water Pumpin Station

Doorway with Lamps_

Sandy Spot

East end of the Beach

Lots of Seats_

Front Row Seats to Awful Weather_

Lifeguard Boat

Leuty Ave Life Guard Hut with Clouds

Thursday, August 17, 2017

Uxbridge Ontario

I've always driven through Uxbridge but never had a chance to stop and look around. A lunch date gave me that excuse and I have come back up here at some point in the fall to explore some more and pay another visit to Second Wedge Brewing company.

Camera: Olympus OM-4, Zuiko Lenses
Film: Rollei RPX 100, Xtol 1+1.

Diagonal Parking on Brock St.


Corner of Brock and Toronto

Roxy Cinema

Uxbridge Library




Looking Into the Second Wedge

Second Wedge Sign

Quaker Hill Barn

6th Concession Rd.

Tuesday, August 15, 2017

York Durham Heritage Railway

I'm a sucker for rail yards for photography.

Camera: Olympus OM-4, Zuiko lenses.
Film: Rollei RPX 100, Xtol 1+1.

Alco 1

Alco 2

YDHR Locomotive Two

Uxbridge Train Station

Main YDHR Train Set

Long Term Projects

Ontario Northland Coach

Former RDC Cars

Project Coach

Looking Up the Yard

Goodwin On, Durham Region

I haven't really strayed far from Oakville-Toronto this Summer, the weather has been awful hence very little from the countryside this year and no hikes. Shooting in the city is fun but I need a change of scenery on occasion.

I drove up to Uxbridge to drop some prints off and have lunch with my friend Spring Reilly who has been part of the annual Muskoka trip crew for the past few years. It also afforded me an opportunity to explore northeast of the GTA for the day.

Camera: Olympus OM-4, Zuiko 50 f1.4 lens.
Film: Rollei RPX 100, Xtol 1+1.

Ontatrio Saltbox_

Overgrown Garage_

Into the Trees_


Overgrown Rail Line_

Downtown Goodwin