The mystical landscape of Long Beach, Vancouver Island.
All today’s road tripping double exposures are from my trip to Vancouver Island, specially the Pacific Rim National Park where we went camping. We stayed on the Long Beach area which is just miles and miles of beach surround by the rain forest and covered on these amazing rocks that remind me of photos I’ve seen of Hawaii. There weren’t many chances to take multiple exposures on our short trip there but each of these I really enjoy.
Going plant shopping, and these goth fucking flowers.
(more flowers photos from Atwater Marche here)
Me and Victor wanted to go on farther bike rides so randomly one day we headed to Lachine which is on the south side of Montreal island and biked around the edge. It took us about 3 hours as we stopped a lot and got lost. The weather was poor that day so I didn’t take many photos but I loved these two.
During the months of June to August every first Friday of the month they have a food cart night at the Olympic Stadium. Some our favourites for going in June was the Polish sausage on a stick (sooo good) and Polish fruit drink.
A bunch of random photos from various walks around the Plateau and other areas of Montreal. That elephant statue by the way is $200 – and I really want it even though who would spend that kind of money on a disco ball elephant? Also the ice cream in the last photo is Korean and suppose to be a shark, it’s really really good so if you can find I highly recommend it.
Lets end this very long Things That Make Me Smile with a self-portrait of myself after dying the tips of my hair purple (the camera tells lies, this is way more purple in person). Being bright and colorful always makes me smile.
I took these camping polaroids back in September during a trip to Sandbanks Provincial Parks on the edge of Lake Ontario (I’ve already showed you a few I took at the beach from that trip, here). I was really excited to bring my Polaroid Super Shot on the trip as it gave me an opportunity to use some of my Flashcubes that I’ve been hording. I love using Flashcubes, it’s so amazing that they work after all this time and the results are pretty good. It’s hard to work out the perfect distance especially when its pitch black so the subjects are over exposed in a few shots. When I have the distancing down the results are wonderful however. Most of these were taking the first night we were there when we were cooking over the camp fire, sausages and marshmallows. I love trying to cook the perfect marshmallows so I spent a good amount of time sitting beside the fire taking photos from my seat. We also went for a walk later down to the beach to watch the stars. I didn’t have much film so I didn’t dare try and take a long exposure shots of the stars but there is one of the gang all there and Victor laying on the beach (which he yelled at me about because he said I ruined his star watching experience with the flash – oops). I think in the New Year I’ll do a post about using Flashcubes as they are a big part of vintage photography and really fun. Here are the polaroids:
The first few are from the morning of our second day there during breakfast and the rest of them are from the evening before. The evening ones never really dried properly because of the constant dewiness of the night so some of them the emulsion was smudged which was a shame. I even laid them out at breakfast to dry but they maintain a kind of tackiness regardless. At least I know now that Fujifilm FP-100c and camping are not the best combo unless you have a way of drying the film completely right away.
The summer was sunrises but it appears I’ve switched to collecting sunsets now. I’ve seen so many wonderful ones in the last two months it is hard to say which my favourite was. The ones I’m sharing today were the first of the season just in the very end of August when me and Victor went for an impromptu bike ride in the Vieux-Port and found the usually pretty lame Tower Beach was free and open late (there was also a pretty awesome DJ playing real classics of the late 90s and early 2000s). We had brought a picnic with us randomly so we got to enjoy the sun set while stuffing our face and putting our feet in fake sand (we even sneaked in some alcohol like teenagers). I might have spent a good deal of our time there taking photos of the ever changing and dynamic skyline in front of me instead of relaxing….
For this week’s Vintage Tuesday I wanted to share with you some of the instant photos I took while camping a few weeks ago in Ontario. We went to the main beach of the Sandbanks Provincial Park in Prince Edward County on both days of the trip so we could swim and enjoy the sun. It was a blistering hot day, although the water was still pretty chilly on both days. The cold water didn’t stop me and Victor from enjoying it and spending most of our time swimming. I just had to take photos of Victor in the water because I loved the composition of him with the water around him and the beach in the background. I did take a few landscapes shots of the beach dunes and the park, and the beach itself as well. The beach was so sandy, a big change from what I’m used to. We definitely don’t have beaches this nice in Quebec. All the photos I’m sharing today were taken with my Polaroid Super Shot using Fujifilm FP-100C.
27/52 Holding Hands
I love this week’s self-portrait, mostly because it’s me and the person who is constantly by my side for the good times and all the shitty times. This summer although fun and amazing was pretty stressful for a mired of reasons and he’s really been so good to me. He’s always there and sometimes having lived with him for almost 5 years I forget that. Laying on our beach towels as Aphex Twin blasted through my tiny portable speakers sun bathing / holding hands I just had the urge to capture the moment. I’m glad I did (although my poor sunburnt back says otherwise).
*it would be a lie if I said I’ve been listening to anything else this week, it’s just been Aphex. Oh and here is a self-portrait of me sitting in the lake just in case you forgot what I looked like :p
In August as I’ve mentioned before I visited my friend Sarah in Peterborough and I realized last week that I still hadn’t shared any photos from the trip. So today I wanted to share photos from the second day of the road trip when we whisked Sarah away to the beach in Port Hope. I didn’t have the chance to take too many because it rained most of the day but in the spurts of dryness I ended up taking a few random shots but mostly just our cold walk on the beach. Next time I visit I want to take more of the city and actually get a photo of me and Sarah together cos apparently I forgot to do that…I don’t know how I forgot that honestly. Also there is a zoo in Peterborough! I didn’t even know this until we were about to drive home, so bummed but I have a few things on my list for our next visit so that’ll be fun. Its wonderful that she lives kind of close to Montreal, I light up anytime I get to see old friends from my time living in Vancouver.
Firstly though DOG! It was so great spending the morning at Sarah’s apartment with dogs around to attack me and try and lick my face constantly. I grew up with a dog so I miss having them around – it’s such a different vibe to owning a cat.
We headed out of town and drove past the Ontario countryside. We even ended up stopping by this antique store that was in a church. Some how I didn’t end up taking any photos the church or the inside which was really silly but I did take photos of the cool flowers outside. If you know what causes the holes in the leaves leave me a comment below since I’m very curious to know.
We all ended up finding something on the beach we wanted to keep. Sarah found a wizard’s wand which was probably the coolest thing in my opinion. It was a stick that had been beaten by the water so much it had removed all the bark and smoothed out and created waves. I ended up find this mostly intact bird skull that lucky had all the flesh removed. I’m not really a bone or taxidermy person but I love bird skulls so I was really excited to bring it home. Zara found so much, she took sand from the beach and found all this small bones to bring home – she was scavenging the whole time we were there.
I loved the weathered driftwood that was all over the beach. The circular branches coming out of the sand in the first shot were roots from one of the trees on the edge of the beach. We also kept finding dead birds and this whole fish on the beach the more we walked. It was kind of creepy after a while considering we could see a factory just down the road from where we were.
Last month I had a chance to check out Prince Edward Country that’s on the northern part of Lake Ontario. I grabbed a few double exposures while there that I thought I’d share. These are just kind of random moments from the trip from our ferry ride over there to the Sandbanks beach where we swam.
This month’s post about things that make me smile has been hijacked by the beach – because swimming, water and beach will always make me smile. It’s probably one of the best discovers I’ve made about Montreal this year, I mean I always knew about the fake pay beach on l’île Sainte-Hélène but both of those things just never appealed to me – fake beach – pay beach. I mean who pays to go to a beach? Well I did this month and now I am really upset at myself I didn’t go sooner because it’s a lot of fun and even though it takes like 30minutes of transiting to get there, you don’t even feel like you are in Montreal anymore. It’s like a mini-vacation and if you go later in the afternoon like we did you only have to pay $5 and most of the kids go away at 6pm. It’s not a real beach, or a real lake for that matter but it’s a pretty good substitute when you have to drive outta town to go anywhere else. So here are some photos from our trip there!