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.
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.
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…
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.
Today marks the last day I’ll be sharing my photos from Prince Edward Island. This is from our last few hours in PEI to our long and tedious drive home through New Brunswick. It was such an amazing trip and it was great to finally see 2 provinces in Canada that I had never been too. At some point on our trip we reached a turn off for Nova Scotia (another province and if we had time we could have drove 20minutes just to say we had been there. Haha. All in all it was really fun and probably the best moment of the summer for me as I love a good road trip. The tree near our house is starting to turn orange so I am all excited again for the start of Fall – I will have plenty of non-summer adventures to show you too coming in October. If you missed the previous weeks about PEI, my little round up is here starting with Day 1, Day 2 part I & part II, the first half of Day 3, and the special photo shoot of Zara. So let’s get started, last week we end with the north tip of PEI and headed down the coast again towards the bridge and we found….
I am getting so close to the end of my Prince Edward Island series, today I am sharing the beginning of Day 3. It was such a crazy trip since we basically drove almost all of Day 1 and Day 3 as well. We did stick around in PEI for a bit longer then we anticipated because I don’t think neither me, Zara or Victor wanted to leave. So we chilled out in the morning and did our own things before checking out of the campsite and getting into the car to checking out the north point mid-morning. There were so many photos to go through so it’s another 2 partier so look out for it next week. There will be a double post next week because I realize it’s been all about PEI this month and maybe you’re a little bored of it so don’t worry next week is the second half and little something something extra. I have work still midnight tonight and am not looking forward to it so wish me luck and I hope you are ready for Friday because I have some amazing baby photos of Butter to share with you.
More photos from my amazing adventure to Prince Edward Island. We are taking off right after the end of the last weeks Day 2 (if you haven’t checked it out click here). We start our journey in New Glasgow, PEI and head to find a lighthouse and found so much more, check it out below.