When my Nikon F80 started to flake out, I needed a replacement, but in those days the Nikon F5 (my grail camera) remained financially out of reach, so I went with the one step down from the F5, the F4. The camera quickly gained my trust as the go-to 35mm camera when I headed out into the field and lasted in my collection for several years before I switched to the Nikon F5 and even then there was overlap. Despite the flaws of the early autofocus, the LCD bleed, and limitations with manual focus and AF-G lenses, the F4 became a constant companion. I knewRead More →

A dreary Saturday can only be spent one of two ways…either locking yourself inside or going to your favourite museum. I chose the later. The Canadian Warplane Heritage Museum at the Hamilton International Airport in Mount Hope, Ontario has always been a favourite of mine from the first time going when they were housed in an old hanger. Sadly in 1993 the hanger was destroyed by fire loosing five of their aircraft…but many survived that still form the core of the museum’s collection today. The star of the show, an Avro Lancaster bomber, a personal favourite of mine. What makes the Lancaster all the moreRead More →

The Cold War was an interesting period of history, and one of my favourites. Cloak and Dagger affairs, Nuclear Weapons, Spies, Jets, and the such. The CF-104 Starfighter is my second favourite jet of the era, the first being the doomed Avro CF-105 Arrow. But the Starfighter was unique, wildly different from jets of the day and had some rather unique nicknames such as the Aluminium Death Tube, The Lawn Dart, and The Flying Phallus. But it certainly cuts a unique figure. Like the CF-86 Sabre before it, the CF-104 was built by Canadair under licence using the Lockheed F-104G as a template. These wouldRead More →

Returning to the beginning for me. One of my very first, actually my fourth image ever shot on 4×5 film was of this building, Hamilton’s Lister Block. The original block was constructed in 1886 but it was burned to the ground by fire in 1923, undaunted a fireproof (it was proved many times over it’s years being abandoned) building was completed in 1924. This beautiful brick and terracotta structure is one of the more iconic on James Street, and after it was abandoned was the first building in Hamilton that I explored, many a Saturday night was spent wandering her empty halls. But unlike manyRead More →

Dundurn Castle isn’t really a castle, it’s just the name of this stately manor home that sits on Burlington Heights, built over the ruins of the British Strong Point during the War of 1812, and the launch point of the small British Force that defeated the Americans camped at Stoney Creek in June of 1813. The home completed in 1835 was constructed in the Regency Style. It’s most famous owner, Sir Allen MacNab would go on to be one of Canada’s Early Prime Ministers. Dundurn Castle has always been a draw for me, as a history buff, there’s a War of 1812 connection, and asRead 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 →

Over the Canada Day long weekend several Tall Ships were in Hamilton and Port Dalhousie in celebration of the bicentennial of the War of 1812. These ships have been touring the great lakes as part of the ongoing celebrations. One of the big draws for me to the event was the Brig Niagara, a replica of the USS Niagara from which Oliver Hazard Perry won the battle of Lake Erie in September of 1813. So I braved the heat of the day, and the crowds and went to go see the ships! One thing that struck me, is how small these ships actually were thatRead More →

This year marked the 200th Anniversary of the Battle of Stoney Creek during the War of 1812, although I have previously written about this particular battle, this year I again traded in my musket for my camera to capture this event from the sidelines (Although I was offered marching spots with the 10th RVB and 49th and I may just take them up on the offer next year). Most of the photos here are of the reenactors, the men and women who volunteer to do this for the public’s enjoyment. Probably one of the highlights was the performance put on by an actual British ArmyRead More →

It’s funny, Toronto has the hustle and bussle, but it’s downtown Hamilton that I like more. Probably, as my friend Kathy pointed out on Flickr, it’s because despite it’s size, Hamilton’s downtown feels more like a small town than Toronto does. Sure there’s a handful of skyscrapers, Stelco Tower for example, but there’s not a canyon like you find along Bay Street in TO. Hamilton still maintains many of it’s historic buildings (well most of them…if you see a random parking lot, good chance that used to be a historic building). Despite the many years of decline the downtown is starting to come back itRead More →

Note to Self: When wanting to reuse fixer, mix a stronger dilution. Oops. Yeah, I fixed this roll of film in exhausted fixer so lets say that the results were well interesting, but with a bit of work in Photoshop I was able to recover some images, but the contrast just wasn’t there that I’m used to in Tri-X. But I had to post them anyways. Today we visit the small village of Ancaster located in the shadow of the Niagara Escarpment. I took a break from the family Easter dinner to wander the historic downtown. The main draw for me was the historic mill,Read More →