- Westfield Heritage Outing CANCELLED
Our planned outing for Sunday March 15th has been CANCELLED due to the current health situation. Westfield will not be open to the public this weekend. We will communicate regarding future outings as things progress. Please stay healthy and take the precautions being communicated by the health folks.
- Sunday March 15 – Westfield Heritage Village, Rockton 10 AMWhen: 10 AM Sunday March 15What: Westfield Heritage Village is a recreated Pioneer town with 35 historical buildings. Lots of architecture photography. The Village’s annual Maple Syrup Festival will be operating on this date. Buildings will be open to the public.Village website is https://westfieldheritage.caDirections from Toronto: Take QEW west to Burlington, take Hwy. 403 west towards Hamilton. Take Hwy. #6 north to Hwy. #5. Turn left on Hwy. #5 and then right on Hwy. #8 to (Kirkwall Road (also referred to as Regional Road 552) just past Rockton. Turn right and follow 1.5 kilometres. Driving time is about an hour from QEW/Highway 427Admission is $12.00, Seniors $10.00
- Sunday March 1 – Ontario Place Winter Lights FestivalWhen: Sunday March 1st 6:00 PMWhere: Ontario Place, Lakeshore Blvd West, Toronto.What: Ontario Place Winter Light Exhibition – a collection of lighted outdoor artworks, set in the natural winter environment of the Ontario Place grounds.Subject Matter: Night photography, cityscapes, Ontario Place architecture, peopleMore Info:Meet at the West Entrance, at the south end of the pedestrian bridge over Lakeshore Blvd. Access the footbridge from the CNE grounds immediately east of the Better Living Center, east side of Ontario Drive.Sunset is at 6:06 PM. Although the weather may be cloudy, if we are lucky, we will get some colour in the sky at sunset. In any event, we will have the “blue hour” and then night conditions.Admission is free. Tripods and flash are permitted.Parking – There may be parking on site, but recommend larger lots on the CNE grounds immediately to the north. Enter northwards from Lake Shore Blvd via Ontario Drive, or come south from Dufferin Street through the CNE grounds. Parking fees seem to vary depending on what’s going on at Liberty Grand and the Better Living center.Ontario Place amenities that will be open – skating rink, bonfire, food concessions. This is a very family friendly venue.Read more at the Ontario Place web site – http://ontarioplace.com/en/special_programs/winter-light-exhibition-2020/?gclid=Cj0KCQiA4sjyBRC5ARIsAEHsELFYasbdwrRPaaz9XOsovzYUv3THeTDeqJ7TB4xffJhL_BAeoT0sGZgaApbIEALw_wcBDress warmly – the campfire is a great place to warm up.Watch the ECC web site for change of plans in the event of freezing rain or serious bad weather. Or text Paul at 416 571 6175.
- 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 firstname.lastname@example.org 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 2020What: Alley Walk and Photo ExhibitWhen: Wednesday January 22nd, 9:30 AMWhere: 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 SocietyHere’s an opportunity for floral and macro photography.Where: 777 Lawrence Avenue East, Toronto – Toronto Botanical GardenWhen: Sunday February 9th 9-11 AMWhat: Southern Ontario Orchid Society – Annual Show and Sale – 9,000 square feet of orchids on displayAdmission 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 atLet’s plan for lunch at the Edwards Garden Cafe, right next door.
- February 23 – Hamilton Steam MuseumWhat: Hamilton Museum of Steam and TechnologyWhen: Sunday February 23 10:30 AMWhere: 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 email@example.com or at the Monday meetings.
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!
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.
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!
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.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org, 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
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