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 →

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 →

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 →

Having a long weekend in Ontario and being in the Niagara region, I headed down to Port Colburne for their annual Canal Days. Port Colburen is a terminus of the Welland Canal. Construction of the Canal was started in 1824, completed in 1830, extended in 1833, and then updated and restored in 1932. Built to provide a safe way for boats to bypass Niagara Falls, and give a secure route to move cargo and personnel. Port Colburne hosts a street festival every year with food trucks, boats, ships, music, and other events over the course of the August Long Weekend.Read More →

The former Gooderham And Worts distillery in Toronto, ON was founded in 1832 and by 1860 became the largest distillery in the world. At their peek they were producing 7.6 million liters of whiskey for the world market. Production of whiskey continued here well into the late 20th century despite Gooderham And Worts being bought out twice over the course of their operations. But with the de-industrialization of the area continued in the late 20th century, the distillery was closed in 1990. The distillery having been registered as a National Historic Site in 1988 saved the area, but lack of funds prevented restoration and preservationRead More →

The return of a familiar location for Week 30, City Methodist Church in Gary, IN. I mentioned this spot in a previous blog entry from the first time I visited this beautiful building and icon of the decline of the city of Gary. I happened to be in the area again, so I made a point to visit her again with some Tri-X and a 4×5. I also made sure to visit a few other familiar spots and one new one in Gary before the 90F+ weather earned a quick return to the air conditioned hotel room.Read More →