The last few times I’ve mentioned Mackinac Island it has been in regards to the island’s roll in the Anglo-American War of 1812, from its initial capture at the opening of the conflict, the fort’s rich history dating back to the American Revolution, and the failed attempt at its recapture by American forces in the summer of 1814. My second trip was less about the history and more about capturing the island’s beauty and showing off one of my favourite locations to my beautiful wife. Our journey started of course on the mainland, grabbing the 9-o’clock ferry across to the island which happened to beRead 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 →

Established in 1917, Highway Two stretched across the entire length of Southern Ontario. From Windsor in the west to Cornwall in the east. Today much of the highway is now ‘downloaded’ to local municipal governments, but you can still drive much of the route, however the once over 800 kilometer long highway has been reduced to a small 1 kilometer length that is still signed as Highway 2. I had the day free to travel to Morrisburg for the 200th anniversary reenactment of the Battle of Crysler’s Farm (War of 1812) so I decided to take a chance and drive a part of his historicRead More →

It wouldn’t be a drive up to Photostock without a stop in the lovely little German town of Frankenmuth, MI. This lovely town is a slice of bavaria in Michigan, and it shows. The downtown is a unique mix of traditional German architecture with a flavour of late 19th century American. Little shops selling sausage and cheese, even a brewing company. Even the hotels both chains and local are built to resemble lodges from Europe. It also happens to be home to the largest Christmas store, Bronner’s Christmas Wonderland, which will make you feel in the Christmas spirit even if it’s 80F outside and humid.Read More →

I’m much more comfortable behind the lens of a still camera, 35mm, 120, even digital. But I wanted to try something new, and that was Super 8, yep the infamous home movie format that I’m sure many of my older readers have family movies tucked away in this format. Well Super 8 isn’t dead, my good friends at Kodak are still producing two types, Tri-X a B&W film and Ektachrome E100D, a colour film stock. Recently I was able to find a source for super 8 here in Ontario, West Camera on Queen Street in Toronto so I rushed around to find a Super 8Read More →

Some may think I’m crazy, especially with my love of long distance driving. But I had never before undertaken a twelve-hour drive, the drive would take me from my hometown of Milton to Johnston City. I had been invited back in December to an event called MAMU, the Mid-Atlantic Meetup, so I booked the time off. With my route mapped, gas stations, rest areas and areas of interest noted in my notebook. With an iPhone full of episodes of the Film Photography Podcast and a CD Wallet filled with music as my Microsoft Zune kicked the bucket, and most importantly, my trusty Nikon F3 loadedRead More →

Spending a Week up in Northern Ontario makes it hard to choose just seven photos to convey the entire week. There’s so much beauty up there. My trip took me up through North Bay, Temagami, Cobalt, Kirkland Lake, Timmins, Sudbury, and South Baymouth before returning home. So without further words on my part, let’s see here. North Bay, and the gateway to the North. From here on out the distances between towns become longer, and the roads lonelier. The Little town of Temagami as viewed from the top of an old MNR Fire watch tower, now open to the public as a great viewing platform.Read More →

The Summer Road Trip, a big station wagon, kids, parents, the pet, and the open highway heading to anywhere. Well in my case, me, a four door sedan, and a well thought out route. Down through Ohio, PA, and Western New York. So for week 23 as I had the entire week off work I decided to use a Polaroid Land Camera and Fuji Pack Film to capture the trip. So for this post I chose my favourite from each day of the week. Saturday – The Henry Ford Museum. Sunday – The Glencoe Neighborhood (the entire place is abandoned) Monday – Nick and IRead More →