Last week I shared some multiple exposures from a trip to Ontario where we got lost and stopped by the side of the road for a few minutes. I had a few more of the parking lot I thought were interesting. Not the most ideal landscape but overall I thought they turned out quiet interesting, night silhouettes are some of my favourite to shoot. Even odd times like then can be the perfect opportunity for taking photographs. You can check out the other sets of photos, here!
Sometimes you are lost, and I mean actually lost not existentially lost and you come upon the greatest thing. This weeks’ multiple exposure is from a trip a few years ago when we stopped for gas and directions and unlike my fellow passengers who were so focused on getting home I noticed the sky from the parking lot and stopped and stared (and took a few photographs).
Sunset waves are a series of multiple exposures taken during a summer camping trip a few years ago to Lake Ontario The sun was just starting to go down and you could see it disappearing along the water’s horizon, so I captured the sunset and waves of the lake as one.
This week’s set of double exposures are from my trip to Toronto. They were all taken on the same afternoon in downtown of Union Station, the CN Tower and the weird CN Rail Museum that was covered in snow, plus the handsome Victor (who looks like a hipster in his winter jacket). My favourite and the silliest is the one below where I was trying to make it look like a train was hitting the ‘Watch for Train’s sign…it didn’t quite work out but it makes me laugh. These were all very fun to take and made me think I should probably not be such a hermit and get out there and take photos of the beautiful snow before it melts.
Halloween is right around the corner so I thought I’d share with you some photos of this amazing forest cemetery that me and Zara chanced upon while lost in Ontario in the summer. I love old cemeteries and there is something so unique about having one just in the middle of a man-made forest (it was surrounded by farm houses on either side and the trees were so perfectly aligned). Zara and I both thought it was really special and a wonderful way to be buried among tress. I wonder if it’s a cultural thing because the area we were in was either an Amish or Mennonites community. We just had to stop the car on the side of the road and explore. It’s fascinating to me to look at and to imaging the stories of the all the owners of the graves. When I was little me and family use to always go to the Chinese graveyard in Nanaimo on Vancouver Island and pick blackberries on Sundays so I feel at home in cemeteries. The most unique thing about this graveyard besides being in a forest was every stone said “DIED” on it which it not common. All the graves dated from the 1800s and early 1900s, but it seems some of the graves had been replaced with newer ones. It was defiantly a well taken care of cemetery. We found one grave that had recently had a photo placed on it by a loved one. Here is a look at the forest cemetery just as the sun was starting to set…
Didn’t I say yesterday that I’ve switched to collecting sunsets now? Well I thought I’d follow that up with showing you the gorgeous sunset I experienced this summer while on my road trip in Ontario. It was just after a light rainfall while Zara and I were driving through Amish country (seriously, we saw a horse drawn bugey a few minutes before). We were heading north blindly as my phone had run out of battery and we didn’t have a map or GPS, trying to find our way to Peterborough. I think even though we knew we were heading the right direction we felt a tad bit lost so the sunset really cheered me up. The first shot you can just barely see the giant rainbow reaching across the skyline – it’s moments like these that really make a road trip what it is!
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.
I’ve been lucky this summer and had so many chances to adventure, go on road trips and especially to swim. We just finished our last trip of the summer last, last weekend to Sandbanks Provincial park with a few friends and it was bittersweet. Earlier in the summer I went with just Zara for our first time there. I’ve mentioned it before as I’ve share a few film photos from the trip already. It was basically a totally random plan to hit the beach while driving up to visit our friend Sarah in Peterborough. I don’t think either me or Zara knew that on this windy and kind of shitty day we end up falling in love with this beach.
The easiest way to get to Prince Edward County where Sandbanks is from Montreal is by taking Highway 33 to catch the ferry. It’s not an island but it kind of is? I’m still confused on that but the ferry was really cute and reminded me of when I lived on Vancouver Island (except the ferry there is 200% the size of this one).
One of the ferry workers was talking to Zara and convinced use to check out this alternative beach called Wellington Beach instead of going Sandbanks….it sucked. We almost stopped here because we didn’t really know if the other beach was going to be any better and we didn’t anticipate the wind. We couldn’t even talk or open our mouths here without getting a face full of sand.
It was pretty gloomy when we arrived but both Zara and I just knew we had to swim. The water was surprising warm for the bad weather (about a million times warmer then when we went in September). The beach was actually busy so it wasn’t just us that wanted to jump into the waves.
After swimming photos, as it got a bit nicer and brighter. We probably jumped waves for almost 2 hours together, it was amazing but towards the end I was just so beat from working agaisnt the strong current. It was incredible and both of us agreed it felt like the ocean and reminded us of one of our favourite beaches, Long Beach on Vancouver Island. I also got out earlier so I could take some photos of Zara jumping the waves to try and capture what it was like. Continue reading %s
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.