Outings

  • Reminder – Hamilton Museum of Steam Technology Sunday February 23rd

    Reminder: Our outing to the Steam Museum is this Sunday, February 23rd. The Steam Museum is located at 900 Woodward Ave, Hamilton. Take the QEW over the Burlington Skyway. After crossing the skyway bridge, take the first exit to the right which is Woodward Ave. Turn left at the end of the ramp, cross over Nikola Tesla Blvd. The museum driveway is the first on the left after crossing the bridge. Google Maps says driving time from QEW/427 is roughly 40 minutes. Our booking begins at 10:30 AM. We have exclusive use of the facility until the public opening at noon. Tripods are allowed until 12 noon, but to protect the wood floors in the powerhouse (which date from 1859) please ensure that they are kept on the carpeted areas, or bring something soft to place under the legs. Our photo permit allows us to photograph for non-commercial use only. If anyone has not registered, there is still time to sign up to attend. Contact Paul at paulmcordingley@gmail.com I will collect admission at the door – as we have met the minimum number, the cost will be about $6 per person I have cc’d those who gave their email – If anyone is looking for others to carpool with, you can reply via Reply All and see who might be interested. Hope to see you there!

  • RESCHEDULED – Alley Walk – Wednesday January 29 9AM

    I apologize to anyone who tried to get downtown for today’s Alley Walk – the TTC incident at Keele kept a few of us from showing up! This outing has been rescheduled for next Wednesday at 9AM. Meet in front of the Second Cup, on the Southwest Corner, Spadina and Bloor.

  • Alley Walk – Wednesday January 22 2020
    What: Alley Walk and Photo Exhibit


    When: Wednesday January 22nd, 9:30 AM

    Where: Meet on the Southwest corner Bloor and Spadina. If coming by car – There is a city parking lot south of Bloor between Lippincott and Borden, which is east of Bathurst and west of Spadina. TTC may be easier.

    We will have time to take in Theresa Bryson’s exhibit at the Miles Nadal JCC, then do a tour of alleyways between Spadina and Palmerston Aves. Coffee on Bloor. Lots of street art – some just recently painted – and quaint architecture and “detail shots” in some very pretty back alleys.

  • Sunday February 9 – Southern Ontario Orchid Society
    Here’s an opportunity for floral and macro photography.


    Where: 777 Lawrence Avenue East, Toronto – Toronto Botanical Garden

    When: Sunday February 9th 9-11 AM

    What: Southern Ontario Orchid Society – Annual Show and Sale – 9,000 square feet of orchids on display

    Admission price of $20 allows photographers advance access before the show opens to the public at 11AM. Use of Tripods is permitted until 11AM; at that time tripods must be packed away but the admission remains valid for the public session.

    Purchase your ticket in advance – before February 8th – directly from the SOOS Website at 


    Let’s plan for lunch at the Edwards Garden Cafe, right next door.

  • February 23 – Hamilton Steam Museum
    What: Hamilton Museum of Steam and Technology


    When: Sunday February 23 10:30 AM

    Where: 900 Woodward Avenue, Hamilton (take QEW – Woodward is the first exit after crossing the Skyway Bridge)

    The Hamilton Museum of Steam is an exquisitely-preserved 1859 steam water pumphouse, the original Hamilton Waterworks. 

    We have an exclusive booking from 10:30AM – 12:00. Admission will depend on numbers attending but is likely to be roughly $10-$12 Admission remains valid when the museum opens to the public at 12:00 noon.

    Tripods with soft feet (rubber or bring coasters) can be used until the museum opens to the public at 12:00.

    This is a great place for macro photography, machinery and industrial photography, and architectural photography. The museum grants access to photography for non-commercial purposes only.

    To ensure we meet the minimum number for the booking, please confirm your attendance with Paul Cordingley either by email paulmcordingley@gmail.com or at the Monday meetings.

  • Upcoming Outing Toronto Cavalcade of Lights Sat Nov 30
    What: Cavalcade of Lights – Toronto’s Holiday Kickoff 

    Where: Nathan Phillips Square, Toronto

    When: 6:30-10 PM Saturday November 30th

    Meet in front of Tim Hortons, south west corner of Queen Street at Bay, 6:30 PM

    From 6:30- 7:20, there are activities in the square.

    At 7:30 PM, there is a performance by a live artist (Riit) – opportunity to practice shooting performance artists

    At 8:10 PM Toronto’s Official Christmas Tree will be lit 

    At 8:35 PM, live performance by a second artist (Lemon Bucket Orchestra) 

    At 9:30 PM, there will be fireworks.

    This is an opportunity to practice low-light photography especially people, stage performers, architecture, and fireworks

    Dress for the weather – current forecast is overcast with temperature around 0C.

    While the underground parking garage at City Hall will be open, some roads in the Queen-Bay area may be closed for this event. Transit will be the best option.

    Note: tripods may be problemmatic in crowded areas. Suggest bringing a monopod or simply working hand-held.



  • Outing Sunday November 10th Downtown Architecture 8:30 AM
    When: Sunday November 10th, 8:30 AM Rain or Shine!


    Where: Meet on the Northeast Corner, Bloor and Yonge St. at 8:30 AM

    What: We will wander roughly east to Church, south to Wellesley, west to Bay, and then north through Yorkville/Hazleton to St George, ending up at the Over Easy Cafe, 208 Bloor St W. Total distance is 3 kms, diversions and short cuts are allowed!. Plenty of cool buildings, tall and small, new and old. Lots of image possibilities for the upcoming Architecture and Curves competitions.

    There is a Municipal Parking Lot on Hayden St, which runs east off Yonge first street south of Bloor. TTC Bloor-Danforth subway is operating this Sunday, as is the Spadina Line, but the Yonge Line will be closed from Bloor/Yonge to Osgoode…shuttle buses will be operating in that section.

    Hope to see you on Sunday!

  • Ped Sunday is ON!
    The rain is supposed to stop around noon. So, since its the last Ped Sunday if this year, meet at Spadina and Baldwin as usual at 1pm.  

    …posted by frank j
  • Ped Sunday Oct 27
    The final pedestrian sunday is coming up.  The challenge this time will b to use your smart-phone or tablet.  As usual, any post-processing u can do in-device is ok.  For those without a smart-device, a regular point-and-shoot can substitute.

    Meet at 1pm at spadina and baldwin.  Shoot starts at 1:10 sharp. 
    … posted by frank j

  • Change of Venue – Sunday Evening Outing October 20th
    We had planned an outing for Sunday, October 20 at Exhibition Place to shoot the CNE buildings after dark. As it turns out, Exhibition Place won’t be illuminating its buildings this weekend. So that outing will have to be deferred.


    Instead, those with a desire for some nighttime photography may be interested in the Pumpkins After Dark event in Milton. This event features more than 5,000 hand carved jack-o-lanterns and over 100 artisan-crafted pumpkin sculptures. Photography is encouraged.

    Their web site is www.pumpkinsafterdark.com and the address is 8560 Tremaine Road, Milton.

    Sunset is at 6:30 PM, with the blue hour following. Check out their web site to reserve tickets. 

    Hope to see you there!
  • Wednesday October 9 Mono Cliffs Park

    Where: Mono Cliffs Provincial Park, Mono Mills When: 08:30 Wednesday October 7th What: Fall colours! As of this weekend we are not at full colours yet, but Wednesday is forecast to be warm and sunny. Directions: Drive north on Highway 10 to Camilla ( 10 km north of the intersection with Highway 9 at Orangeville). Turn right (east) on Dufferin Road 8 (Mono Center Road). The road jogs north, then east. After 8kms, turn left onto 3rd Line (north) and go one km north to the parking lot. There is a pleasant walking trail and then a steep staircase up to the top of the cliffs. Wonderful viewing platform. Hope to see you on Wednesday!

  • Summary. Details in earlier posts
    —- Sept. 25   11:15am  etienne brule park
    —- Sept  29   8am  cambridge butterfly conservatory $25 (cash please)
    —- Sept  29   1pm Kensington Market Pedestrian Sunday
    —- …posted by frank j  for paul C
  • Change of Time – Wednesday walk at the Humber River

    The time for this event has been changed to 11:15 AM, tomorrow Wednesday September 25th. Meet at the parking lot on the east side of the Humber, just east of the Old Mill Road bridge.

  • DIRECTIONS – Cambridge Butterfly Conservatory

    For those coming to the Butterfly Conservatory on Sunday September 29th Take Highway 401 west to Cambridge. Exit at Hespeler Road North (Exit 282, Old Highway 24) Go north hald a kilometer to the roundabout. Take the third exit which is Beaverdale Road North. Go north 6 km on Beaverdale Road to the stoplight with Kossuth Road. Turn left (west). Go west 2 km on Kossuth Road and the Conservatory is on your left. Our session begins at 8 AM. Tripods and other equipment may be used until 10AM when the building opens to the public. Caution: The Conservatory is kept at a high humidity. To avoid fogging your lens on arrival, you should keep your cameras in a warm bag or closed container on the drive to the venue. Transfer your camera directly from your warm car to the building – otherwise you may encounter condensation when you arrive!

  • KENSINGTON Pedestrian Challenge Sunday September 29th

    Sunday September 29 is our monthly Pedestrian Sunday in Kensington Market. Meet at the corner of Spadina and Baldwin at 1:00 PM. As usual, we will have a “challenge” format. We will meet for coffee afterwards to collect everyone’s shots and collate into a slideshow. The afternoon timing gives plenty of time for anyone visiting the Butterfly Conservatory in the morning to come back to the city – so you will be able to attend both events.

  • Upcoming outings – beginning SATURDAY

    We have three outings planned within the next two weeks. Number One – What: Halton County Radial Railway (Streetcar Museum) Where: Rockwood, ON Directions: Take Highway 401 west to Campbellville. Take Guelph Line north from Highway 401, go north 14 kms, the museum is on your right. When: SATURDAY September 21st. Meet in the Museum parking lot at 10:15 Museum opens at 10 AM, first streetcar ride runs at 11:00. Come early. Lots of opportunity for “rusty nail shots” – detail and scenic shots of old streetcars and machinery, railway buildings, and people, in a park setting. Admission – Adults $15.50, Seniors $13.50 It may be possible to visit the auto scrap yard just down the road in the afternoon. Details will be provided at the streetcar museum. A signed release will be required. Number Two – What: Wednesday Walk – Fall Salmon Spawn Where: Etienne Brule Park, near the Old Mill. Meet in the parking lot off Catherine Street (Old Mill Road if you are coming from the west) at the corner of Old Mill Drive. It’s on the east bank of the river. When – WEDNESDAY September 25th, 10 AM Continuing the ad-hoc Wednesday Morning walks that we held over the summer. In addition to spending some time along the trail, it may be possible to photograph salmon leaping the waterfalls in the Humber River. Number Three – What: Cambridge Butterfly Conservatory When: SUNDAY September 29th 8AM-10AM Where: 2500 Kossuth Road, Cambridge. Directions: Take Highway 401 west to Highway 24 (Hespeller Road) North. At the Roundabout, take the 3rd Exit – Beaverdale Road North. Go north 5.8 kms to Kossuth Road, turn left (west). Travel distance is 85 kms from Humber Valley United Church – about an hour at that hour on a Sunday. What: Nature and macro photography. We have booked exclusive use of the facility from 8AM to 10AM, which means we can use tripods and other equipment during that period. And we can stay after 10AM when the facility opens if we wish. Admission: $25 We must have a minimum of 8 participants for this booking. Please RSVP to Paul Cordingley paulmcordingley@gmail.com, or at the ECC meeting on September 23rd, so we know how many are coming. Future Outings Please put the following dates in your calendar for outings later in the fall – watch for announcements: WEDNESDAY October 9th – Mono Cliffs – Nature, Landscape, and Fall Colours SUNDAY October 20th – CNE Grounds – Evening shoot – Architecture SUNDAY November 10th – Downtown Walk – Architecture and Street Photography SATURDAY November 30th – Nathan Phillips Square – Cavalcade of Lights

  • CORRECTION – BUTTERFLY CONSERVATORY – SUNDAY

    This is a correction to last night’s presentation on Outings for the coming year. The date for the outing to the Butterfly Conservatory is SUNDAY September 29th (not the 28th) Apologies for the confusion. Watch for a full outing listing on the Web Site and Facebook page shortly. – Paul

  • Advance Notice – Cambridge Butterfly Conservatory – Sunday September 29th

    We have an opportunity to visit the Cambridge Butterfly Conservatory this fall, on Sunday September 29th.

    The cost is $25 for two hours, 8:00 AM to 10:00 AM, 

    The Conservatory will not be open to the public at that time, so during our visit we will have the conservatory to ourselves. Tripods are allowed during this time period.

    There is a minimum requirement of 8 people to hold the booking, so if you are interested in attending please RSVP me at paulmcordingley@gmail.com

    It’s a great opportunity to collect some nature and macro images.