It was through the Film Photography Project that I first found out about shooting motion picture stock through my still 35mm cameras. I recieved my first rolls of 35mm motion picture stock from FPP Super Friend Lance through his Labeauratoire website, a gold mine of rare and odd film stocks that he personally purchased bulk rolls of film and rolled them into 35mm cartridges. Out of all them one film in particular stood out to me, Eastman Double-X 5222. And if you’re a Bond fan, you’ve seen this film stock on the big screen. This beautiful motion picture stock is the medium speed cousin ofRead 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 →

I had known about the Cheltenham Badlands for sometime but I never realized how close to me they actually where or that we had such a formation here in Ontario. (And I’ve also recently found out there’s another such formation in the province). It was almost like the opening scene in Jurassic Park. Formed on an ancient riverbed out of Queenston shale, the formation was exposed in the 1930s after soil erosion caused by poor farming techniques revealed it. The land was purchased by the Ontario Heritage trust for conversation. Although the photos don’t show it, the red coloured soil is caused by high levelsRead More →

August 19th has become known as World Photography day, as it celebrates the anniversary that France, where modern photography was born gave the secret to the world, for free for all. How about that. This year it sadly crept up on me so I had to rush to get a couple cameras into the field over the course of the work day. But I was actually really pleased with the results I got, not to mention the stares and comments about using an old Polaroid Pack Camera. Polaroid Automatic Model 250 Land Camera – Polaroid Chocolate Olympus Trip 35 – D.Zuiko 40mm f/2.8 – KodakRead 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 →

One of my other hobbies is reenacting the War of 1812. This largely forgotten war, expect for those who live in Canada, and the parts of the US that were touched by the conflict that ran from 1812 to early 1815. For the most part people see the battle demonstrations, the flurry of men and women dressed in red, green, and blue. The belching smoke and flame from massed musket and rifle fire, the din of the cannons. So for Week 33 I’ll give you a peek at what happens behind the scenes when we aren’t out on the field, there’s a good chance thereRead More →