Ever interested in joining the army? How about the British Army…circa 1812. Completed in 1802 when the British were forced to abandoned Fort Niagara across the river in accordance to the Jay Treaty of 1796, it became part of the defense of Upper Canada in the 19th Century. In 1813 the fort was captured by American forces who used it as a base to invade the rest of upper Canada, they were repulsed at Stoney Creek and Beaver Dams, the British were able to recapture the lost fort in December of 1813. During the First and Second World Wars the Fort was used as aRead More →

The MetalTech Foundry in Woodstock has always been one of my favourite abandoned Industrial locations. First built in 1913, it changed hands several times over it’s life before finally closing in 2005. And it is the subject for Week 14. See I said abandoned stuff would come back. Nikon F4/AF Nikkor 35mm 1:2D/Kodak Tri-X 400 (400TX)Read More →

As many who follow this know my actually day job is IT Support for Sheridan College in Oakville. Back on April 1st the Helpdesk celebrated it’s 20th anniversary, first opening its lines in 1991. So in true IT fashion we had cake, and me being a camera nerd celebrated by capturing it in a true 90s fashion…with a Polaroid Spectra loaded with Image Softtone film.Read More →

I tried to go ghost town hunting for week 13 mostly in the Mississauga area as I had time to kill and fresh from the PHSC show. I used Ron Brown’s books as a guide, the one place I did find wasn’t exactly a place where I could use up a roll of 36. Going back to the book I realized that I was close to the famous Cheltenham Brickworks. These massive ruins sit behind barbed wire topped fences (which I quickly realized were breached in several spots affording me better angles. In 1820 British Millwright Charles Haines, from Cheltenham, England emigrated to Canada, andRead More →

Week 12 is the second week of trying out the new Portra 400, which also coincided with a photo-shoot I did for Sheridan Make Up Artist, Bethany Gilbert. The medium format version of Portra 400 is just as good, if not better than the 35mm version, same bright colours and finer grain than I’d expect from a 400 speed film, but then again Portra has always touted it’s fine grain, and it just got better. The model was done up in a Cirque Du Solie inspired SFX makeup, and we used Gage Park in Hamilton, both outside and in the greenhouses as the backdrop forRead More →

So I’m weird (if you haven’t already guessed) and one of my more interesting goals is to drive in their entirty as many King’s Highways as I can. I have already done Hwy 7. But Hwy 6 I have been meaning to do for a while having done a vast majority of the Highway, but it was the section between Hamilton and Port Dover. So here it is, the town at the end of The King’s Highway Six, Port Dover.Read More →

The second shoot from this past Saturday for Bethany Gilbert was more an ice queen motif, so the cold weather and the snow left on the ground was an added bonus for the shoot. Naddya, our model for the ice queen was also a natural in front of the camera making for another enjoyable shoot. You can view the entire set here: http://www.flickr.com/photos/axle81401/sets/72157626379019960/with/5570588841/Read More →

I once again had the honour of working with the very talented Sheridan student Bethany Gilbert for another portfolio shoot. This time working with Wedding makeup for a bride. The results were spectacular. I now realize what an amazing place Sheridan College’s SCAET building is to shoot in and work with strobist (off camera lighting using speedlights) techniques. The model, Christine was also wonderful to work with, she was a natural in front of the camera. You can view the rest here: http://www.flickr.com/photos/axle81401/sets/72157626246169751/with/5567348473/Read More →

Taking advantage of a bright sunny day and a weekend in Niagara Falls I decided that it would be the perfect place to try out one of Kodak’s new Film Stocks (yes, Kodak has this year alone released two new film stocks). The film of choice is Kodak Portra 400 (Born out of the Portra 400NC and Portra 400VC stocks). I was very impressed with this film, the colours are spectacular, and the grain for a ISO-400 film is very fine. So what better place to test it out than the tourist trap that is Cliffton Hill. Filled with bright lights, flashing signs, buildings, andRead More →

Week Ten already! The start of week 10 was a wet one, but on the suggestion of the lovely and talented Sarah I took to the wet streets of Toronto. And despite smelling like a wet sheep afterwards (wool great coat) I had a blast! Water on Glass Reflected trees in Queen’s Park St. Patrick Street. If you’re ever in this area, just one street up is McCaul, there is an excellent pub called Sin & Redemption. The old Magazine over the head trick to try and stay dry. No one is sitting here today Bloor And at the last my personal favourite from theRead More →