Outings

  • Mountsburg Raptor Outing – Sunday, Sept 17, 2017
    Due to higher than expected costs, I have made changes to Mountsberg outing. The session will now be for one hour, starting 9am to 10am. Same location here. Please check web site or Google for location. I apologize for the late change.  The cost is $200 + tax, abt- $226 total. Cost per person is total $226 divided by number of people attending. So for ten people, the cost is about $23 dollars each, more or less.
    We have about ten people currently attending and we are allowed 15 people. If you still want to attend, please contact John Roias by email at jmroias@gmail.com
    This is chance to photograph raptors, such as great owl, screech owl, Kestrel, Marlin, Peregrine Falcon. 
    Where: 2259 Milburough Line, Hamilton, ON L0P located here. Near 401, just south of Guelph Line.
    When: 9 am to 10 am. 
    What: Birds of prey, hawks, owls, falcons, marlin, kestrel, etc.
    Recommendations: Bring any long lens from 200mm and up.
    Outings Chair
    John Roias

  • High Park, Sunday, April 23, 2017

    Dear members:
    Unfortunately, the date of April 23 is not available for booking Raptor photo shoot at Mountsberg. And due to time constraints and other club related activities I am not able to organize an alternate date for Mountsberg in time for this season. We will try for next season if there is enough interest.
    New Location: Sunday, April 23 to High Park for 8 am. Meet at Grenadier Restaurant parking lot. If the cherry blossoms are out, we start there. If not we will do walk around the Pond and other areas.


    Time: 08:00 am. We will not be waiting, so please arrive on time so we can proceed. 


    What: Nature, Birds if available, some people; Possibly cherry blossoms and other flowering shrubs and trees.
    Parking: is located all over the park.

    Recommendations: Bring Tripod for best results.

    Weather: If light misty rain, we proceed. In the event of any other kind of Rain or storm winds, outing is cancelled. Please check forecast before leaving home.

    John Roias

    Outings Chair
  • Bird photography Proposals

    Proposed outings for ECC April 23- 2017 or alternate date


    Please consider the following two proposals below. We will be asking for feed back at meeting 13-03-17

    1) Canadian Raptor Conservancy, Port Port Dover, Ontario

    Fees = $600 (plus HST) for weekends (very busy), $500 for weekdays

    Session = 3 hours, Maximum of 12 people, $50 per extra person over 12.

    12 people equals abt $53 to 55 per person for 3 hours

    Note, fees will rise for each person if maximum is not reached. 

    What and How:

    Birds in Flight Photo Sessions, 3 hours, You should be able to photograph 6 flying birds and 4 static birds, according to information I received.


    2) Raptor Photo shoot Mountsberg Conservancy, abt. 401 and Guelph Line


    Fees = $200 (plus HST) per hour for group of up to 15 photographers

    15 people equals about 15-16 dollars per person/per hour.

    Note, fees will rise for each person if maximum is not reached.

     What and How – Stationary tethered Birds abt 15 ft away, about four birds.


    For both locations, in the event of rain, the photo shoot moves indoors.


    Outings Chair,

    John Roias



  • Downtown Toronto, Sunday March 5, 2017
    Meet: Sunday, March 5- 2017 at Corner of Church and Front St located here.  Second Cup is located at this corner.

    Time: 08:00 am. We will not be waiting, so please arrive on time so we can proceed. 

    What: Mostly architecture. Some people photography. Bring Tripod for best results.
    Parking: paid parking located on Church St,south of Front St and many other locations around the downtown. Parking is free in designated areas on city streets until 1 PM. Do so at your own risk and check signs.
    Suggestions: We will walk toward Toronto St and make our away around the downtown stopping at interesting historical and modern buildings for about 2 hours or more.
    Rain-out Location and time: – Any kind of rain, we will be heading to Centennial Conservatory located at 151 Elmcrest Rd, Etobicoke at 10 am. 
    Samples: To view images of the kinds of Architecture we will encounter click here.
    John Roias
    Outings Chair
  • Downtown Toronto, Sunday March 5, 2017
    Meet: Sunday, March 5- 2017 at Corner of Church and Front St located here.  Second Cup is located at this corner.

    Time: 08:00 am. We will not be waiting, so please arrive on time so we can proceed. 
    What: Mostly architecture. Some people photography. Bring Tripod for best results.
    Parking: paid parking located on Church St,south of Front St and many other locations around the downtown. Parking is free in designated areas on city streets until 1 PM. Do so at your own risk and check signs.
    Suggestions: We will walk toward Toronto St and make our away around the downtown stopping at interesting historical and modern buildings for about 2 hours or more.
    Samples: To view images of the kinds of Architecture we will encounter click here.
    John Roias
    Outings Chair
  • Cancelled – Terra Cotta Canelled! New Venue
    New Venue – City Hall Square – Sunday, Jan 8- 2017


    Meet: Jan 8- 2017 at City Hall Square around skating Rink


    Time: 3 PM in time for pre-sunset light.
    What: Season Lights, People, Architecture
    Recommendations: Tripod is must for low light photography. Dress very warm as it will be below -5 this weekend.
    Oitings Chair, John Roias
  • Terra Cotta and Boston Mills Cemetery, Sunday January 8, 2017
    Meet: Jan 8- 2017 at Terra Cotta Conservation Area located here. Drive into parking lot on right past gate.

    Address- 14452 Winston Churchill Boulevard, Halton Hills, ON 

    Time: 08:00 am Fee: $6 (or 5.75)  bring change for envelope
    What: Small lake, trees, landscape, winter scenic
    Suggestions: This is about a one hour walk around a small lake. Dress warm; bring good winterized, waterproof boots. We may have to walk over snow if trail is covered. Tripod recommended but not necessary.
    Optional: Boston Mills Cemetery located here. – 1942 Boston Mills Rd, Caledon
    We will break for breakfast and head toward Boston Mills cemetery.
    To see images of Terra Cotta and Boston Mills Cemetery click here:
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    Outings Chair: John Roias
  • Terra Cotta and Boston Mills Cemetery, Sunday January 8, 2017
    Meet: Jan 8- 2017 at Terra Cotta Conservation Area located here. Drive into parking lot on right past gate.

    Address- 14452 Winston Churchill Boulevard, Halton Hills, ON 

    Time: 08:00 am Fee: $6 (or 5.75)  bring change for envelope
    What: Small lake, trees, landscape, winter scenic
    Suggestions: This about a one hour walk around a small lake. Dress warm; bring good winterized, waterproof boots. We may have to walk over snow if trail is covered. Tripod recommended but not necessary.
    Optional: Boston Mills Cemetery located here. 14452 Winston Churchill Boulevard, Halton Hills
    We will break for breakfast and head toward Boston Mills cemetery.
    To see images of Terra Cotta and Boston Mills Cemetery click here:
    Outings Chair: John Roias
  • Front Street Walk, Sunday, November 13
    Where: Along the Front which starts at Jarvis & Front, continues along Front & ends at Union Station. Buildings such as the St. Lawrence Market, the Gooderham Building & the Sony Centre are just a few of our stops.

    Meet:  10 a.m. on the northeast corner of Jarvis & Front streets located here. Note that McDonald's is nearby across the street if you want coffee or snacks. Please be ready at corner by 10 am.
    Fee: Bring ten dollars
    Suggestions: Monopod, or handheld is best as these guided walks with limited time to photograph.
    Rain or inclement weather: It may be necessary to cancel outing, so please check this site and/or the weather for updates.
    John Roias, Outings Chair
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  • High Park Ad hoc Outing Saturday, October 22
    High Park Ad hoc Outing to catch the Autumn Colours

    Meet: High Park Grenadier parking lot
    When: 8:00 am sharp!
    We do not want to waste the light, so please get what you need at restaurant before 8 am
    What: Autumn scenery and colours: Trees, leaves vegetation, pond. Birds: ducks, swans, blue jays, cardinals; People.
    Bring Tripod.
    Samples of subjects can be seen here: 
    John Roias
  • Rockwood Conservation Area, Sunday, Oct 16

    Meet: 7 am for 7:30 sunrise at Rockwood Centennial School Parking lot adjacent to school on Mary St (across from 256 Mary St) located here: 

    https://goo.gl/c0M7mK  This is where you will park car. We will walk in when it is dark. Bring flashlight. This will be sunrise start so please be on time. We cannot wait as light waits for no one.


    Internet map: https://goo.gl/c0M7mK

    Use Google or map to guide you. Do not rely on car GPS as Rockwood may not appear on their maps.


    What: Water mill, Mill ruins, beach area, autumn scenery, Bog and ancient pot holes; sometimes turkey vultures appear, lots of fall colour opportunities, trees, leaves, etc. Bring tripod, flashlight.


    Fee: six dollars per person or it may be waived if park is closed.


    John Roias

    Outings Chair

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  • Annex Guided Walk – Sept 25
    Where: The ROM, Northwest corner of ROM Museum on Bloor St. between Avenue Rd and George Sts. Map Link: goo.gl/p3BKBF

    Time: Sunday, Sept 25, 10 am Sharp. Don't be late. We start, rain or or shine 10am, so arrive early.
    Fee: (10) ten dollars per person.
    What: A guided walk with historical and cultural explanations of the architecture of the Annex neighbourhood. With opportunity to briefly photograph the sights and architecture.
    Recommendations: If any chance of rain, bring umbrella and/or rain gear. We proceed, rain or shine. A water bottle is handy. Tripod not recommended due to constant moving. Alternate is a monopod. Consider staying for lunch and explore the downtown.
    John Roias
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  • Bygone Days Heritage Village Collingwood Sept. 18

    Sept 18, 2016, Bygone Days Heritage Village, Collingwood

    Meet: Address: 879 Sixth St, Collingwood, ON L9Y 3Y9 Phone(705) 441-5109

    Check map. https://goo.gl/zaR1Zv

    When: 9 am, at the village (This is two hour drive from Toronto, so consider car pooling)

    What: Heritage furnishings, old artifacts, furniture, windows, radios, phonographs, Tractor steam engines, a small church, and much more. Tripod recommended.

    Special Recommendation. Drive to Collingwood is filled with scenic farms, windmills and much more. So consider going early or catch the scenic places on your return home.

    Fee: Five dollars per person.


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  • High Park Sept. 11
    Sunday, Sept 11, 2016, High Park

    Meet: 8 am start, meet at Grenadier Restaurant for 7:30 am. Eat breakfast if you like. Internet map:

    https://goo.gl/m1uFyF

    What: Birds, people, landscapes, trees, flowers, water scenes. Tripod recommended.

    Fee: None