As the project comes to a close, and the new one is just starting to roll out, I figured I should review the Tri-X project. It has been an interesting time for sure, and yes, rules were broken well mostly, switching over to the FM2 then back to the F3. But overall I learned several things over the course of the project. 1. The FM2 likes a 1/3 stop over exposure in dark situation, and a 1/3 under for bright situations. 2. The F3 is a solid camera, but even it needs to be sent in for service (thank you Nikon!) 3. Tri-X looks fantasticRead More →

From 1999 all the way to 2008 an organization called the Presbyterian Young People’s Society (PYPS) was a big part of my life. PYPS helped me with social skills, leadership, faith, and photography. From 2002 onwards I always had a camera with me at events, all film at first, then mostly digital, and film starting to creep in again at the end. From 2003 onwards I was heavily involved in the leadership of the group as well, and every year we would attend a leadership retreat at Crieff Hills. Crieff is a large area of land donated to the Presbyterian Church in Canada by theRead More →

I told you that I couldn’t capture all of Chicago in seven images…but fourteen doesn’t seem to work either. But anyways, for week 47 I decided to blow back to Chicago for a quick trip, mostly Chinatown but I did swing up into the Loop to take a visit to Central Camera (I needed fixer). Chinatown was fantastic, it felt very much like Toronto’s but with the Sears Tower looming overhead rather than the CN Tower, the same mix of north American and Asian influenced architecture (there was even a pagoda on the roof of a building). Not to mention tea shops, restaurants (I doRead More →

They shall grow not old, as we that are left grow old: Age shall not weary them, nor the years condemn. At the going down of the sun and in the morning, We will remember them. Week 46 fell on the week of Remembrance Day (Veterans Day for you in the US), November 11th marks the end of the First World War, and in Canada at the 11th Hour, on the 11th Month, on the 11th day we pause to remember them. I happened to find myself at the National Air Force Museum at Canadian Forces Base Trenton, in Trenton, ON is filled with theRead More →

Although Hamilton has already been featured in the project back in May, that was the lovely undergoing extensive restoration downtown. But Hamilton is more than that, there’s a real gritty side to the city, on the other side of the tracks. Hamilton is an industrial town, it was built on the steel industry. And from what I’ve shared from Gary, IN, steel took a big hit, and cities built on it also took the hit. Although Hamilton has bounced back much more than Gary, there’s still evidence. Ottawa Street is not as bad as some other areas that I had actually planned to photograph, butRead More →

Every year in NYC Photo District News (PDN) puts on a big show (what show!?!) in New York City known as the Photo Plus Expo, this will have been my third year attending the show and it is by far my favourite camera trade show out there. Although there was no official FPP meetup this year, the powers that be (Michael Raso) gave permission for myself and Hunter (Man-On-The-Street) to put together a small gathering, in the end there were four of us, Hunter, Brian, Brandon, and I took to the floor. We also met up with Phil from The Darkroom, Tim from Kodak alarisRead More →

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’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 →