Ah yes, it is that time of year again when the weather turns suddenly stinking hot, and minds turn to vacation. Sadly when Heather and I took our first week off, things were still closed off; that did not stop us because we had the same trouble last year when we went on vacation. And while I did shoot a lot of film during the week, I also got the chance to give my D750 a good run with different lenses other than the 28-70/2.8D, which is becoming a workhorse in my kit for both the F5 and the D750. And since most of the content I share here is related to film, why not show off a bit of colour since it is summer vacation!

Paletta
It’s been a while since I last saw the Paletta Mansion.
Nikon D750 – AF Nikkor 35mm 1:2D
The Lakeshore
A quiet day along the lakeshore.
Nikon D750 – AF Nikkor 35mm 1:2D
The Lakeshore
A different angle on the lakeshore.
Nikon D750 – AF Nikkor 35mm 1:2D
The Creek
A very empty creek.
Nikon D750 – AF Nikkor 35mm 1:2D

The week opened with a trip out to Burlington, with Heather’s parents coming over to help with some electrical work. I had to pick up some treats from Sunshine Doughnuts and Nickel Brook brewery, but that meant killing time, so I went to the beautiful Paletta Mansion to catch some early morning light before heading into the downtown to line up for doughnuts then to the brewery for their handcrafted Root Beer and Ginger Beer, which if you are a fan of, are well worth going to pick up. The Monday saw us take a drive along the Niagara Parkway from Fort Erie to Niagara-On-The-Lake, with a picnic outside past Frenchman’s Creek. We stopped at Niagara Falls to walk around the falls. It was surreal as there were very few people present before heading to Niagara-On-The-Lake. With Tuesday and Wednesday being rainy, we stayed inside.

International Railway Bridge
The International Railroad Bridge in Fort Erie, Ontario
Nikon D750 – AF Nikkor 50mm 1:1.4D
Willoughby Historical Museum
Willoughby Historical Museum
Nikon D750 – AF Nikkor 50mm 1:1.4D
Heather
Heather at Niagara Falls, strange to not have to jockey for position and photos.
Nikon D750 – AF Nikkor 50mm 1:1.4D
Downtown
And equally empty downtown Niagara-On-The-Lake.
Nikon D750 – AF Nikkor 50mm 1:1.4D

Sunny weather returned by Thursday, so we headed out to St. Jacobs to visit the farmers market, which is great to visit on Thursdays as fewer people are milling about, and you can actually feel comfortable in the smaller crowds. Then a walk around the historic village before taking the long route home along Highway 7. Sadly with so few people at the market, my plan to get some street style shots in were dashed, but I managed to get a few.

The Berry Lady
One of the more unique sellers at the Market. Almost everyone from this farm were in some sort of costume.
Nikon D750 – AF DC-Nikkor 105mm 1:2D
It comes in Purple?
First time seeing purple cauliflower.
Nikon D750 – AF DC-Nikkor 105mm 1:2D
Heather
Heather outside a former church turned toy store.
Nikon D750 – AF DC-Nikkor 105mm 1:2D
Towne Silos
Former flour mill turned cafe and market.
Nikon D750 – AF DC-Nikkor 105mm 1:2D

On Friday, after enjoying coffee in the morning with my parents (it was my mom’s birthday), we closed off the week with a hike at Hilton Falls. With reservations still in place and going in the middle of the day on a weekday meant there were again not that many people on the trails or around the falls. Intending to keep the kit small and light, I went with my 28mm manual focus lens. And the light was perfect even under the canopy of the deep woods that surrounds the trails. I even managed to get a few good shots in of the falls themselves.

Hilton Falls
Always a favourite, Hilton Falls.
Nikon D70 – AI Nikkor 28mm 1:3.5
Heather
Heather waiting for me to do my photography thing.
Nikon D70 – AI Nikkor 28mm 1:3.5
Stumped
The light was perfect!
Nikon D70 – AI Nikkor 28mm 1:3.5
Poking Through
Another favourite, a section of rock visible above the forest floor.
Nikon D70 – AI Nikkor 28mm 1:3.5

Well, that’s it for this week’s Summer Vacation, but this isn’t the only time off we have this summer, so stay tuned in August for Part II! You can of course see all the photos here over on Flickr.

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