Located a handful of kilometers from the US/Canada border sits a lonely blockhouse, an odd sight today. Most Blockhouses in Canada are usually attached to some larger fort or remainders from a larger complex. But not just one sitting out at an intersection of two provincial highways. But the Lacolle Blockhouse is such a spot, part of the larger defense of the border between Lower Canada (today Quebec) and the United States that sprang up during and after the American Revolution. The blockhouse was first built in 1781 (yes, this is original) to defend the border and the nearby lighthouse and mill. However the BritishRead More →

Despite the title, this is not the famous Flanders Field. But rather the iconic cemetery at the St. Ignatius, a well known spot for anyone who attends the Photostock event held nearby at the Birchwood Inn (Harbor Springs, MI). The Church, a Jesuit mission was first built in 1741, a fire burned it down in the 1820s, but it was rebuilt in 1823, if you look close enough you can see the steeple from the M-119 as you drive along it. I had visited the cemetery the night before to get a feel for the location before taking this shot, even going as far asRead More →

From 1645 to 1885 the red coat of the British Army was both feared and respected, this army of as General Sir Arthur Wellesley the Duke of Wellington put it, the scum of the Earth, drilled and disciplined into one of the most effective fighting forces the world had seen, and helped Britain build an empire that spanned the globe. Week 25 is for my friend Col. Anne whom I met through tumblr and our mutual interest in Military history. Specifically the late 18th to early 19th century. The gentleman portrayed here is dressed in the uniform of the 8th (King’s) Regiment of Foot asRead More →

When I was booking my hotel for my last leg of my seven day adventure through the southern United States, I was intending on getting a hotel in Morristown, WV, for some reason Hotels.com ended up showing my hotels in Chambersburg, PA, I thought the two towns were closer together. Well they weren’t. But it turned out that Chambersburg is rather close to Gettysburg. Yes, that Gettysburg, the site of a vicious battle during the American Civil War in 1863. So I decided that I would go visit it. Now I had never been before, so I posed a question to my friend Ryan, whoRead More →

Still in Rochester for Week 13 and continuing with the Kodak Love! Again we have the guest camera from Andrew being featured here in Week 13! The George Eastman House, now a museum dedicated to the preservation of the art of photography. Not only can you see the images, but you can also see the iconic cameras that created them. The famous photo of US Marine raising the Stars and Strips on Iwo Jima, you can see the original print at the GEH and the Speed Graphic used to create the image. Plus you can also tour the home of the man that brought PhotographyRead More →

Giving Kodak a little love for week 12. Yes, despite what you have (or haven’t heard) Kodak is alive and kicking and still producing film (marketing it under the Kodak Alaris name). So when I had a chance to go visit Rochester I decided to give some exposure to the company’s iconic headquarters. The Kodak Tower, set a bit outside the main downtown area of Rochester, NY was built between 1912 and 1914 as the ‘nerve center of photography.’ Under the watchful eye of George Eastman, the firm of Gordon & Kaelber (Main famous Rochester buildings were designed by them and listed on the NationalRead More →

After the disastrous defeat at the Battle of the Thames the stretch of western Upper Canada, some 200 miles became nothing more than a no-man’s land between the American garrison at Amhurstburg and the British stronghold at Burlington Heights. Neither side had the will or manpower to secure the area so it devolved into skirmishes between the few British Regulars still in the area along with local Militia and Native warriors still allied with the British and Canadian Population and the American raiding parties conducting economic warfare in the area, destroying crops, mills, and storehouses containing food and goods bound for the armies in theRead More →

I’m a fan of craft beer, and plays on old cop show titles. I found myself in Toronto, so I decided that despite the cold I would lug my 4×5 all the way to the Distillery Disctrict (which is nothing considering Mat dragged his 8×10 there a couple years ago now). Since it was around lunch I decided to check out the Mill Street Brewpub. Now I had stopped in before for a pint and apps, but never for a full meal. I was not disappointed in either the beer or the food. It’s some place I will for sure be going back to! ModifiedRead More →

The one major landmark in the center of Mississauga, the hourglass shaped condos by Square One. I was always wondering where the best place to shoot them would be, so very early I started scouting out exactly where to shoot from. The best spot, the very top of the mall’s parking garage. Modified Anniversary Speed Graphic Schneider-Kreuznack Angulon 1:6,8/90 (Yellow 15) Kodak Tri-X Pan (320TXP) Meter: Pentax Spotmeter V 1/25″ – f/32 – ASA-320 Kodak Xtol (1+1) 8:30 @ 20CRead More →

At least my drive to work isn’t all city driving, there’s some suburbs, and my favourite section, the rural areas, which can be a pain this winter especially with the number of storms we’ve been hit with in Southern Ontario. This barn, when I first started driving past it almost ten years ago now was intact, part of an abandoned farm (my first experience with urbex). The fields around it are still used but the barn and the house are not. Sadly the decade has not been kind, storms, rain, snow and ice have knocked it down. Modified Anniversary Speed Graphic – Kodak Ektar f:7.7Read More →