Hamburgers and History

Maria’s away in Kingston visiting her mother, so I went out for lunch today in Carleton Place. Dropped in for a burger and root beer. On the way back I took my favorite country road and decided to stop at the historic St James Anglican Cemetery just north of town. It’s a historic place – British ...

Camera Detective

My grandma’s family album contains many photos such as this one of the younger folks in 1917. A lot of the pictures are quite large and are obviously enlargements of the original camera negative. The camera which took these photos was a very good one for the time, and I believe it must have belonged to my ...

Is It Spring Finally?

It’s been a month on the calendar, the trees haven’t got their leaves yet but today was the first real sign of spring in Almonte. It’s been a long time coming but I think it’s here. I felt so confident I got the winter tires off the Jeep today. The spring run-off is in full ...

Image or Experience?

When I started out in photography and for many years after I just had one camera at a time. First I had a cruddy old 127 roll film compact, then a 35 mm rangefinder, and finally a Nikon film SLR. During this time I was obviously shooting film of some sort and didn’t travel all that ...

More Gyrations with Mr. Rogers

No, not that Mr. Rogers – I mean Rogers Communications. That’s Ted Rogers, not Fred Rogers. Cable TV and satellite providers in Canada keep moaning about the fact that customers are thinking of cutting the cord. Do they ever think that their own stupid policies may influence that decision? Probably not. Here is a typical Cable ...

That’s the Bag I’m In

There’s an old saying that a woman can’t have enough handbags and a (usually male) photographer can’t have enough camera bags. I suppose that’s true in the case of the photog anyway. I mean, I have 6 in my closet  – 7 if you count the ancient canvas bag I used with my Nikon FE ...

The End of the Beginning

This is the third and final blog post about digital photography in 2018 – at least as I see it. Consumer film photography was in its heyday for 100 years. The age of the consumer digital camera has now been around about 30 years. It’s fair to say that the film camera is at an ...

Have Camera…Will Travel

I was a late bloomer when it came to travel – I didn’t have my first plane ride until my early 20s and I never left North America until my mid-30s. Nevertheless, I have been going somewhere and seeing things for close to 50 years – even if it meant taking a simple car trip. During ...

Paleo Photography

First the good news: there is an unprecedented interest in photography right now. More digital photos are being taken and shared on the Internet than ever before. Now the bad news: the camera makers have never had such tough times. The consumer camera market has virtually disappeared – sales are down about 80% from the peak ...

Chilling Out

This was the first time in 14 years that we traveled during the Ontario March school break, and our cruise ended on the day that all the students would be coming home from vacation. The airport in Ottawa would be jammed and prices for flights were very expensive. We elected to extend our holiday a ...

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