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Alvin’s Road Trip Follies – Pelee Island

"JIIMAAN's mouth closes..." Kingsville Ferry Dock, Ontario

“JIIMAAN’s mouth closes…” Kingsville Ferry Dock, Ontario

 

I’m a bit overdue to put up this post, since I had gone on this trip last week.  Having no cellphone signal on the island was bad enough, although Rogers does insist that there is coverage on the island.  Well, I was getting constant text messages saying “Welcome to the U.S.A.”.  I guess this was to be expected, since Pelee Island is Canada’s most southern point.

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Alvin’s Road Trip Follies – A Visit to Portland, Maine for “C-Food?”

Back off! Get your own butter!

Back off! Get your own butter! (Taken at Lobster Cooker, Freeport, ME) – LowFi filter applied from Instagram.

 

Well, with 1000 km’s under my belt as a warm-up for this year’s driving season (yes, it was a late start for me), it was time to step up to the big-leagues and head over to Maine.  What prompted me to go?  Well it wasn’t the seafood, that was for sure – I’m allergic to pretty much anything that comes from the water.  I was purely in this trip for the drive and to see the sights! (Warning: Another very long read!) (more…)

Alvin’s Film Follies (Part XI – Fujifilm Velvia 100 and Killbear Provincial Park)

It goes without saying that I have a preference to 100 speed films.  So, when I spotted this roll of Velvia available at ASA 100, I didn’t hesitate to grab it.  My problem was that I didn’t know where to use it. Enter Killbear Provincial Park!  100 speed is my “comfort food” and the percentage of captures I grabbed using this film was, safe to say, higher than the Velvia 50.

Morning skies along the lighthouse trail, fisheye style! Killbear Provincial Park.

Morning skies along the lighthouse trail, fisheye style! Killbear Provincial Park.

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Snappy Fridays – Killbear Sunset (Taken By the Samsung Galaxy S6)

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“Snappy” Fact: The landscape where this photo was taken (Killbear Provincial Park) may have served as a source of inspiration for the Group of Seven.

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Alvin’s Film Follies (Part VIII – Playing with Some “Gold”)

What an odd roll of film to discover in my son’s bedroom – Kodak Gold 200?!  I found this odd because:

  1. It is ASA 200.  I’m used to seeing and using either 100 or 400 consumer films.  I guess 100 speed doesn’t exist for consumers anymore…
  2. It is a Kodak consumer film that I don’t normally use (as you may know that I normally used Fujifilm in the past),
  3. I don’t recall buying this film for my son.
  4. It was in a 3-pack.

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Alvin’s Film Follies (Part II – Ilford Delta Film and The INSANE Road Trip)

The I80 in Wyoming after a Storm

The I-80 in Wyoming after a Storm

After coming away fresh from Jon’s Ilford PanF 50 challenge, I was itching to find a really nice go-to, everyday, black and white film.  Don’t get me wrong – PanF is a great film, but I thought that it needed special handling just because of its lower ISO.  Because of this, I wanted my film to have more of an ability handle a “run and gun” shot since I commute to and from work. What can I try out next?  Enter Ilford’s Delta 100 film.

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Rage.

I’m going to be doing a first for my posts. I’m going to rant. It will be vague, it will be clean, and it will be anonymous. So yes. Read at will.

You know, it kind of bugs me how I’m always the one that has to spend my money to visit. What, you can’t do vice versa and take the train to visit me for a change? This goes for all of my friends, anywhere. I visit them, but they don’t have the freedom to visit me? They’re the ones more accustomed to public transportation! Jeez, give and take, people. That’s how life works. You give a little, and you take a little. Don’t let it be one sided.