When it comes to political change in Canadian history, there has always been two behind any major change. Robert Baldwin and Louis La Fontaine for example, and while George Brown would play a major role it would be George-Étienne Cartier who would provide political support to John A MacDonald but ensure that French-Canadien culture would not be lost. Born the 6th of September 1814 in Sainte-Antonie-sur-Richelieu in Lower Canada. Baptised with the name George in honour of King George III. But George’s family already had a long history in the new world, even claiming relation to Jacques Cartier (although there is no evidence to supportRead More →

While many continued to use and love the all mechanical Nikon F2 the F3 was a departure of sorts for Nikon moving towards an electronic-based camera and a very stylish one at that. Designed by the noted industrial designer Giorgetto Giugiaro who introduced the red strip that still appears on Nikon SLRs today. This is the camera that got me back into semi-automatic manual focus photography after I received it as a gift from a photojournalist with a vast collection of lenses and the MD-4 motor drive. While heavily used, this camera has seen a lot of action in the past and continues to seeRead 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 →

Winter…this year it does not seem to end for us in Southern Ontario, but it does make for great Sunday afternoon hikes at Rattlesnake Point. The point is formed by an off shoot of the Niagara Escarpment and provides fantastic views as with any conservation areas along the Escarpment. I spent a good two hours just tromping through the woods with my F3, many people giving me odd looks in the process. But in the end totally worth the wet pants and cold nose. I need to go back in the summer with a Medium format camera and my 4×5.Read More →

Week Nine and I chose not to have a theme, well two reasons, one I was sick (cold, much better now), and my original idea was squished because well I couldn’t do it as the training I was supposed to go to Toronto for was canned. So I just carried the camera with me through the whole week and took photos of what I thought was pleasing to me. Nikon F3 – AI-S Nikkor 50mm 1:1.4 – Kodak Tri-X 400 Dev: Kodak HC-110 Dil. B 4:30 @ 20CRead More →

At the foot of Trafalgar Road is one of my two favourite locations in the town of Oakville, the downtown. Located along the old Highway 2, now Lakeshore Road is dotted with boutique stores, coffee shops and high-end restaurants. The snow and bright sun only made the place that much better in my view as I took a cold walk through not only the main street but the side streets that run down to the lake, taking in again the century homes, the small frame ones to grand brick manor homes, reminders of Oakville’s past, and current wealth in the area. Nikon F3 – AI-SRead More →