It was thanks to all the beautiful images that Michael Raso, Leslie Lazenby, and Mat Marash have posted from the Ringwood State Park that drove me to visit the place while I was in the area. While this is only the section of the state park surrounding the Ringwood Manor itself, I would eventually go and visit the other sections and historic structures in the whole park. The manor was home to many iron workers from the 1740s and well into the 19th century. Ringwood Iron was used in the great chain that was laid across the Hudson River during the American Revolution, as wellRead More →

Week 42 is for those 21 years of age or older. Many will associate Cooperstown, NY with baseball, and while yes the town is home to the Baseball Hall of Fame, it also holds something for fans of craft beer and other alcoholic drinks. The Cooperstown Beverage Tour is a route of six stops featuring three breweries, two wineries, and a cider mill. So why not combine two loves of mine, beer and photography. While the wineries held no interest for me, I cut down the route to four locations, sadly I only had time to visit three of them as by the time IRead More →

I love to drive. Either going some place directly, or just for the sake of taking a new or different road to find something new to shoot. This particular trip was driving just for the sake of driving. And I found a lot of cool stuff to photograph along the way! This was the second week working with HC-110 under Dilution F, the grain is okay, I didn’t really see anything reducing it using a higher dilution. Maybe when I work with Dilution E and pulling the film in a later week, I’ll see better results.Read More →

I’m rather fond of Rochester, New York, and really it’s not that far of a drive for me, about two and a half hours. Now in the past I’ve usually taken the I-90 in, but really the Interstate is a bit boring so I decided to switch up my route a little this time and take NY-31 from Lewiston to Rochester. And what a great drive it was! Passed through several great little towns with that wonderful late 19th early 20th century downtown buildings just starting to wake up to their Saturday. Open farm fields, lots of things to look at along the way withRead More →

The lovely village of Queenston tucked away on the shores of the Niagara River, just below the Niagara Parkway and hidden in the shadow of the mighty heights. Although small, the village is no stranger to the stage of history. Almost 201 years ago it was the sight of an American invasion during the War of 1812, that saw the actions of General Isaac Brock and General Sheaffe drive away the invading force, and saw the death of Brock, in fact Brock and his Aide-Du-Campe are buried up on the Heights beneath the tallest military monuments in Canada. The Village was again occupied by AmericanRead More →

Oh Hey, my name is Alex and I’m diving into a little bit of cliche conceptual work. Lines. No, not a line study, just taking picture of various lines that I happen to see. Yeah, it was kinda boring. Don’t worry better stuff is coming up for the next several weeks as we move into the home stretch! Only 14 weeks left!Read More →

Rain and the Toronto International Film Festival (TIFF) wasn’t going to stop week 37 as I went into the city to run some errands. I soon found myself in the middle of massive crowds. So I turned my camera onto the people waiting in line. Until of course one of the volunteers for TIFF asked me “Why are you taking a picture of me with all these celebrities around?” “Real People are more interesting.” that gave her a good chuckle. Unlike many other street photographers I enjoy engaging my subjects, trying to catch a smile, or a notice of my lens trained on them, oftenRead More →

Start of term at work really kicked my butt so I’m back into catch up mode, but don’t worry, the film is still being shot! So for Week 36 I went for a no theme, and this time to make it a little more interesting I threw a green filter onto the lens and pulled the film one stop to ASA-200. I wasn’t particularly pleased with the results, but managed to find seven images!Read More →

Established around 1781 as Butlerburg, named after Col. John Butler, the commander of the British Irregular unit known as Butler’s Rangers who fought during the American Revolution. The settlement was renamed West Niagara (as it was west of Fort Niagara), then Newark when the town became the capital of Upper Canada in 1792 by John Graves Simcoe. After the capital was moved to the new town of York in 1797 the town was named Niagara a year later. The town was invaded and occupied by American troops from May 1813 to December that year. When they left American forces along with a unit known asRead More →

Vegetarians may want to look away for this one…there are large amounts of meat in this post. The Milton Ribfest is a celebration of BBQ and Beer two great things about summer. So having spent the day earlier driving around backroads I decided to give myself a treat for dinner and hit up the Milton Rib and Craft Beer Festival. I ended up going to the Kentucky Smoke House for my pulled pork sandwich and then sampling the fine craft breweries from Ontario such as Flying Monkey’s, Amsterdam, Lake of Bays, and many more. Needless to say I shot my roll before I hit theRead More →