Little Lake Park – Midland, Ontario, Canada


just under 2500 views on flickr and I have no idea why, nice enough landscape but I have a few of those, but this is the most viewed of them by a large margin

film camera fever


the bug is back and I am just about to spring into action all the way…..not sure why but the digicams are not tickling my fancy as completely as they once did.

I have a roll of HP5 started in my old Nikon F2 with a meterless head on it.   Took some portraits with my non-AI 85mm lens.

here it is with the non-functioning metered head:

The other possibility is likely going to be my Bessa R, rather than one of my old old rangefinders.  Although, two old German SLRs are crying to get out and work: a Contaflex and a Bessamatic.

I just have to get butt in gear and then soup the negas.  More on this soon…. I hope.

locked doors


when I go to dialysis three times a week I usually park around the back and enter via a side door and turn immediately into the clinic, not thsi morning.  The side doors were locked.  They let me in but warned me that they have been told to keep the doors lcoked. I asked if that was a fire exit  which I believe it is.  One door is crashbar but a second inner door is not.  This is related to H1N1 precautions.  The hospital network in Simcoe county announced that no visitors under 18 years would be allowed, visiting hours strictly ennforced to 2-8pm and only one visitor per patient at a time.  All H1N1 related.

Robert Smalls, statue, Beaufort, SC


Canon G1 photo I took on a trip south in 2002, newly edited.

The U.S. Army commissioned the cargo transport USAV Maj.Gen. Robert Smalls at a ceremony in Baltimore in the fall of 2007. In 1862 Smalls was a slave aboard the Confederate troopship Planter when he commandeered the vessel and surrendered it to Union forces at Charleston Harbor. He went on to become the U.S. Navy’s first black captain in 1863. After the war, Smalls served five terms (1875-86) as a Republican congressman from South Carolina.

Tower PC ills cured


The tech guys at The Source in Midland did a great job and resolved the flaky problems with my tower PC running with Vista Home.  There were a couple of software conflicts in the startup but the main issue was the memory sockets in the motherboard. They moved two sticks of memory to the other two available sockets and it all smoothed out.  This was a long standing intermittent problem that the Tech guys at Staples in Midland were unable to solve.  Staples also charged more almost double what the Source guys did, and the Source guys actually solved it.  I will be bringing all my tech troubles to them in the future.  The tower is an HP of about two years vintage.

Matchedash Bay Trail and the Coldwater River


Met a fellow photographer, Len Marriott, of Barrie, to walk and photograph the Matchedash Bay Trail NE of Coldwater, Ontario, which is about 100 miles north of Toronto.  The trail is rated easy and is 2 km long and is often wet which was true today. Great sunshine and a sign warning of bears in the area, We met no bears, just a couple of frogs and a turtle.

Coldwater River

Len Marriott prepares to shoot his film SLR from Minolta with a 17mm lens

Matchedash Bay Trail view

I brought along four cameras and used three: Pentax DSLR K10D, 35mm Bessa R with 35mm lens, Canon Camcorder, and a tiny backup digital still camera from Sony that never got out of the camera bag.

Only flaw in the day is the mud I need to wash off my old sneakers.  Not too bad.  Nice sunshine and good company.