Wednesday, January 27, 2010

Snowdrift

Just exactly where this old, abandoned to the elements workshop is, I am not very sure. It could possibly be somewhere behind Cobalt, Ontario. The patterns in the snowdrift, and the boarded windows seemed to tell a story that this old place had seen some hard times. For some reason, I seem to have gotten sidetracked with scanning old Kodachrome slides that I shot many years ago. There isn't much snow on the ground here in Windsor this year, and unless we get a good dump in February, I probably will not get to play with my snow blower at all this winter.......

Changing Landscape in Essex County

Sunday was a rainy, dreary day for January, but the sun kept trying to break through occasionally. We went for a drive out to nowhere in particular, and found ourselves out near the town of Harrow, in Essex County. There has been much news lately about Windsor/Essex being the proposed locale for setting up windmills to generate electricity. It sort of surprised me that they had already started in earnest on the project, as this photo suggests. However, when I looked around the area, there were approximately 20 or so of them laying around on the ground. At first it looked like they were parts of an aircraft, but upon closer examination, it became apparent that it was just the various parts waiting to be assembled and erected. It crossed my mind that when all of these windmills get operating, how the birds will fare, as this area is known as a major migration path for our winged friends. But I am sure the large Korean multinational has taken that into account....... right? Just to the right of this photo was a "For Sale" sign on the property, and I wish them good luck with that.

Monday, January 25, 2010

Another Day Done......

This is another old Kodachrome 25 slide scan that I did today. While I was doing the editing, I couldn't help but wonder if the files from my digital photos would be around as long as these old slides. It makes me wonder if progress is really progress anymore. This photo was taken in Feb. 1987, down by the Government Dock in North Bay, Ont.........

Winter - South Shore Lake Nipissing, Ont.

Today, I came across this old Kodachrome slide, and thought that it might be a good January scene. If I remember correctly, the temperature was about -34C, and the thing about shooting in that type of weather is, you either don't go out in it, or if and when you do, you had better dress warmly, as you can't be jumping in and out of the car.That would fog the camera lens, and end shooting for quite a while. If during the shoot, the camera batteries packed it in, well, you just reached inside of your parka, and pulled out a fresh set that was in a pocket close to your chest. They were pretty warm, and allowed another hour or so of shooting......The old manual non electronic everything camera bodies were fairly reliable in difficult shooting conditions of northern winters. They went for a long while before giving any problems. However today, with everything so heavily automated, I wonder how long batteries last in the coldest weather. You also have to manually override the camera's default settings, if you are one of those who likes to do a little thinking about what a picture should look like in the end.

Camera: Minolta XE-7
Lens: Minolta Rokkor 28mm, f 2.8
Film: Kodachrome 25

Saturday, January 23, 2010

Mommy's Treasure...

There's nothing like "Happy Cake" and ice cream to put a big smile on a little girl's face after a family Birthday party. Just before going out the door, she gives a big smile for old Poppee, who is always hanging around with a camera.......
Candid grab shots are a lot of fun, and used to be my favorite part of a wedding shoot, as folks milled around outside a church after the ceremony. But that was in my other life......

Sunday, January 10, 2010

Duff-Baby House in Winter

The late evening sunset is reflected in the old clapboard siding of the historic Duff-Baby house in Olde Sandwich Towne. Today I decided to stop and take a shot of this old place, as it apparently is the oldest house in Southwestern Ontario. It was the headquarters of an army general during the war of 1812, and as the story goes, it is full of ghosts. There are ghost tours featured every week during the summer months. I for one will not be going, as these days, reality itself seems much too wierd.

Harbour Lights

Winter has arrived here in Windsor, Ontario, and I haven't gotten out too much to do any photography for a while now. Today, I decided to take a little time and go exploring along the Detroit River front. I had taken a few shots around Sandwich, but nothing that really fired me up too much. The wind was strong, and bitterly cold, which made my eyes water, and it was difficult to focus the camera. But before I gave it up as a lost cause, I decided to drop by the Riverside Marina, and after talking a while with another local Nature Photographer, Gerald F. Peltier, who likes to photograph birds, I stopped to shoot this scene. It was getting dark, and I braced my left shoulder against a parked car, and with the assistance of the in body antishake feature of my camera, I squeezed off a couple of hand held shots with my 75 ~ 300 zoom lens attached. Then I headed home.
By the way, Gerald F. Peltier's site can be found at www.MyBirdingPlace.com, and I am sure he would enjoy your feedback on his bird shots.

Sunday, January 3, 2010

Northern Ontario Revisited......

This area of the South Shore of Lake Nipissing, in Northern Ontario, was one of my favorite places that I used to like to go to when I needed to be alone. This photo is from a Medium Format negative, that I shot with my Mamiya RB 67 camera. The negative was scanned on an old Epson film scanner, and edited in Photoshop CS3, and Corel Paint Shop Pro X2. It was kind of fun to scan a negative again, and after about 3 tries, finally got all of the dust removed that had become embedded in the emulsion. I like to drop a tip or two from time to time in this little blog, and here is how I clean my negatives. Go out to the garage, and get that gallon tin can of Coleman Camp stove fuel. It is straight naphtha, and it evaporates immediately. Then after putting some on a soft cotton ball, wipe both sides of the negative until clean. I used to buy "proper" negative cleaning solutions in little 3.5 oz bottles, for $9.99 each. Now I buy it by the gallon can, for about $4.99 each, and use it to light my Coleman Lanterns as well. So there you have my first tip for 2010. Happy shooting to everyone, and I think I shall be shooting more of that strange stuff called "film" this year.......