Outings

  • Reminder – Photo Walk Wednesday April 17
    Photo Walk Reminder – Colonel Sam Smith Park 8:00 am

    We will have another excellent photo walk this Wednesday, April 17 at Colonel Sam Smith Park at Lakeshore and Kipling. Follow Kipling south as far as you can go to Lakeshore. Continue south along Colonel Sam Smith Drive all the way to the end parking lot. Theresa’s phone 416-799-7697 just in case.
    Please note the time change 8:00.
  • Double-Header is a GO!
    Rain is forecast for Sunday but it looks like it'll start about 10am.  The sunrise benefit shoot should be nice.  Give donations to me.  At 10, we'll meet at the Spadina entrance to Graffiti Alley no matter what.  I'd suggest an umbrella.  If we're lucky we'll get some reflection shots in the alley.
    …posted by farnk j
  • Sunday April 14,2019 Double Header
    Saturday evening 8pm go/nogo will be posted here.
    Everyone was sent an info email about this so I'll just put the summary here:
    05:45 arrive at Sheldon Lookout at the west end of the Humber Ped Bridge
    06:20 sunrise shoot to benefit Cambodian Children's Fund
    07:30 breakfast at Sunset Grill nearby
    10:00 Graffiti Alley Challenge starts. meet on Spadina just south of Queen
    11:00 Challenge finished
    11:30 lunch/coffee at Loblaws at Portland and Queen.
    11:45 Jpgs collected by frank j
    12:00 outing is over.  casual walkabout as u wish

  • Update – Photo Walk Wednesday April 3

    Photo Walk – HUMBER BAY EAST – Wednesday April 3, 10:00 AM. Meet in the parking lot. Coffee/lunch at The Firkin on the Bay. To access the parking lot, go south on Park Lawn from Lakeshore Blvd, turn right into the driveway to the lot – first right after the bus loop.
    Meet Here

  • Photo Walk Wednesday April 3

    Photo Walk – HUMBER BAY EAST – Wednesday April 3, 10:00 AM. Meet in the parking lot. Coffee/lunch at The Firkin on the Bay

  • Photo Walk Wednesday April 3
    Photos Walk – HUMBER BAY EAST- Wednesday April 3, 10:00am. Meet in the parking lot (see map). Coffee/lunch after at The Firkin on the Bay

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  • Upcoming Photo Walks

    Here are the dates for our upcoming Wednesday Photo Walks. More information on meeting location, parking etc will follow. Please mark in your calendar! Wednesday, April 3 – Humber Bay East 10:00 am Wednesday, April 17 – Colonel Sam Smith 10:00 am Wednesday, May 1 – TBA 10:00 am

  • High Park Update
    High Park Photo Shoot/Walk on Wednesday, March 20. Meet in the Grenadier Restaurant parking lot at 10:00. We’ll shoot for an hour or so and then go for a coffee.

    Be there or be square…posted for Theresa B.

  • sunday shoot
    There might b a bit of rain but nothing serious.  The shoot is on!  See you(s).
  • Sunday March 17 – Kensington Market

    Date: March 17,2019 (Rain Date: Mar 24,2019) When: Meet at 12 noon. Depart at 12:10 Finish at 2pm Where: Kensington Market. NW corner of Spadina and Baldwin What for? Shoot Street This is for all those SOOC (straight out of camera) buffs. We’ll meet, shoot jpg (colour or b&w your choice) and walk thru the Market. To bring back all those bad memories of film, you can only shoot 24 images. Max. At the end, I’ll copy the 24 images and make a slideshow incorporating everyone’s images sequentially. The first image will be the Kensington sign. The final one will be the Second Cup on College where we’ll finish. Of course, participation is voluntary. If you’re in, remember the max of 24. Not 24 picks, 24 in a row. Like Vivian Meier would have done. If you want to come out just to shoot whatever and however many you like, great. …Hosted by Frank Job

  • Walk/Photo Shoot Wednesday, March 20
    Walk/Photo Shoot Wednesday, March 20:  at High Park at 10 am. 


    Meet in the Grenadier Restaurant parking lot. We’ll shoot (rain or shine) for an hour or so and then go for a coffee.
  • March 2nd – Yes We Are On For Tonight

    Hi All – Update on tonight’s outing1:45 PM: The snow is supposed to ease in the next couple of hours, and the wind remains calm. So we will continue with tonight’s outing. Any issues or questions text Paul at 416 571 6175

  • Outing- Saturday March 2
    When: Saturday March 2nd 6:00 PM


    Where: 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, people

    More 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 6:08 PM. Although the weather is likely to 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/winterlightexhibition/

    Dress 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.





  • Sunrise and ice – Saturday February 2nd
    When: 7:15 AM Saturday February 2nd
    Where : Colonel Sam Smith Park

    This week’s weather has left some lovely ice conditions on the trees and shoreline down at the lake. With warmer weather approaching, this may not last beyond Saturday.


    Weather forecast for Sunday is clear overnight, low of -10. Clear overnight, possibly some clouds – should make for good light at sunrise. Sunrise is at 07:35


    Meet at the south end of the south parking lot – drive south on Kipling Avenue from Lakeshore right to the end of the road, there is a parking lot at the very end of the road. Footpath is walkable south of the parking lot. Be be extremely careful on the rocks along the shoreline – ice covered, and the crevasses between the rocks are snowpacked but will cave in if walked on.

    Dress warm and bring a thermos!

    All groundhogs are welcome.

  • Outing – Saturday December 15
    When – Saturday December 15 4:00 PM

    Where – The Centennial Park Conservatory, 151 Elmcrest Road, Etobicoke

    What – 

    The main greenhouse contains 200 different varieties of tropical plants that bloom year-round including palms, crotons, gingers, hibiscus, orchids and bromeliads. You can also find fruit trees such as banana, soursop and papaya here. 

    The Conservatory has extended hours this December. They light candles at sunset (about 4:30 in December) giving some interesting lighting for shooting their collection. 

    Tripods are permitted. It’s an excellent place for macro shooting. Very interesting floral displays.

    One caution: the greenhouse is kept at higher humidity. Strongly suggest that participants take precautions to avoid fogging on entry…. eg to keep your camera warm, don’t spend time shooting outdoors beforehand, leave cameras in their case/bag until you are inside.

    Directions – 

    Elmcrest Rd runs north off Rathburn Rd in Centennial Park, west of Highway 427 and just east of Mill Road. Plenty of parking available. 

    TTC 48 Rathburn Bus runs half-hourly from Royal York Subway Station.

    Photo – Frank Job


  • Outing – Sunday Dec 9th

    Upcoming outing – When: Sunday December 9, 3:30PM Where: Meet at Nathan Phillips Square, Queen and Bay Street, near the Southwest corner of the skating rinks. Attractions: Architecture (in time for the Architecture competition deadline!); Holiday decorations at Nathan Phillips; People. Zamboni’s – Public skating will be open. Sunset is at 4:30 PM, our visit will permit photos in afternoon light and after sunset. We plan to walk west on Queen to Spadina after sunset – opportunity for glint shots (sun permitting), street photography and after-dark photography, especially in the “blue hour”. There is plenty of ambient light for street photography, and good skyline angles, along the sidewalk from the Spadina/Queen vicinity. Other information: City Hall security discourage use of tripods in Nathan Phillips Square (monopods seem to be OK). Dress for the weather. Lots of coffee shops on Queen Street! – Paul Cordingley

  • Oct 14,2018 730am Mt. Nemo
    Date: Sunday October 14th – 7:30 AM 
    Location : Mount Nemo Conservation Area, Guelph Line, (North of QEW, South of 401)

    Attractions: This is a Nature preserve, with several lookouts from the top of the Niagara Escarpment looking east to Milton and beyond. Great fall colours, should have good light right after sunrise.

    Here is the location link for Mount Nemo at google: https://goo.gl/w7tmYe
    Park Fee is $6 seniors; $7 adults. Bring exact change. 
    Bring good hiking or water resistant shoes with good ankle support. Be aware that trail conjoins with Bruce Trail, so do not follow it beyond the loop indicators of side trail. There are maps available on site.
    We will meet in the parking lot on Colling Road just east of Guelph Line. Sunrise is at 7:26.

  • Waterfront Outing

     

    Please monitor ECC website for official Outings. There will be one in September; one in October. Also Ad-hoc outings

     

    Waterfront Walk

    Date and time:

    Sunday, Sept 23- 2018, 9 am. Please be on time. We will not be waiting.


    Meet-up: The starting location for the walk is on the south-east corner of Bathurst St. and Queen's Quay West. Doug Gibson a volunteer with ROM will lead. Look for his purple umbrella. If heavy rain expected, the outing may be cancelled. Please monitor website and weather for updates.


    What: There are wonderful sculptures, old and crumbling silos, parks with flowers, beaches and birds, boats, wide skyline views and the new wave decks that would lend themselves to some interesting photos.

    Fees: This is Fee based walk. Cost is 10 dollars per person, minimum 10.


    Comments: This is volunteer's description:

    There are wonderful sculptures, old and crumbling silos, parks with flowers, beaches and birds, boats, wide skyline views and the new wave decks that would lend themselves to some interesting photos. (Walk is about 100 minutes or more)


    Recommendations: It may be best to take TTC. Bring wide to moderate telephoto lens. Tripod is optional. Given that we will be on the move, it is best to leave it at home or use monopod as alternate. But remember you will carrying it around.

     

    John Roias

    Outings Helper,

  • Ad hoc Outings

     

    Please monitor ECC website for official Outings. There will be one in September; one in October.

     

    Etobicoke Valley Park ad hoc Outings

     

    Meet-up: Parking lot of Etobicoke Valley Park located here at 615 Horner Ave, Toronto, Ontario

     

    Dates and times (weather permitting):

    Monday, Sept 3, 6 – 8:15 PM

    Tuesday, Sept 4, 6 – 8:15 PM

    Wednesday, Sept 5, 6 – 8:15

     

    What: Scenery, including trees, creek itself at sundown is great, rapids, two water falls; plants, such as golden rod, woodland sunflowers, thistles; animals: black crowned night Herons (most every night), occasional Great Blue Heron and Egret, ducks, garter snakes, cardinals, hawks.

     

    Please monitor weather. If rain, outing is cancelled. Bring umbrella if there is chance of rain. If heavy overcast, you may wish to pass on outing.

     

    Conditions: a smooth tar-lined trail from parking lot in north (near Evans Ave) to Marie Curtis Park in south, approx. 2.5 kilometers. Many small trodden paths to water's edge and through slightly wilder areas.

     

    Comments and Recommendations: Good prep and practice for autumn and landscape photography; Bring mosquito repellant, good hiking shoes or boots. We walk about one hour one way, then one hour back. Marie Curtis Park has a bathroom. Tripod is an option but a must if you intend to shoot rapids or use slow shutter speeds.

     

    To see images of Etobicoke Valley Park click here.

     

    John Roias

    Outings Helper


  • St Johns Conservation, Sunday, May 13, 2018, 8:am
    Special Notice:

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    There is chance of rain for all of this week in Toronto and Fonthill where St Johns is located. Please monitor the weather closely.


    Place:
    St Johns Conservation area located here. The address is  3101 Barron Rd, Fonthill, ON L0S 1E6. It is located near St Catherines and Fonthill. It is about 90 minute drive from Toronto. Use Google maps or physical map to find location. Do not rely on GPS devices as they may not recognize St Johns.

    Time and meet up:

    8 am. Sunday, May 13, 2018, subject to weather conditions. Just drive down Barron Rd straight into parking lot.


    What:
    Wildflowers, such as trilliums, trout lily, bloodroot, hepatica, marsh marigold, ferns, jack-in-the-pulpit, mayapple, violets and others. As of May 10, trees and shrubs are in bloom. Check them out here; and here if you want to see images from St Johns.

    Parking and washrooms are available free of charge.

    Notes:

    This is an incredibly beautiful and little known conservation area. It is worth the short moderate hike alone, which is about 30 minutes in length. The terrain resembles High Park on and off trails, with some moderately difficult hills. There are birds, and sometimes you can see deer. Trilliums are the most abundant flower and are everywhere.

    Touring by car:

    The drive in and around the area is quite scenic and you may wish to make a day of it and explore the area as part of your trip.

    Bring:

    Tripod; ​

    Macro lens, or macro capable lens, if you have it. 50-200 mm lens is good for isolating subjects from a distance, such as turtles, occasional deer, leaves, branches and flowering shrubs. Wide angle lens if you plan to do tour or wide views of the forest. It can be muddy, so bring water resistant or gator like shoes.

    Recommended: bring

     knee pads or plastic garbage bags to kneel

    ​on

    or lie on.

    Weather: If moderate to heavy rain, outing is cancelled.

     
    Outings Chair

    John Roias – cell- 647 907 4152

  • St Johns Outing, Wednesday, May 9 & Sunday, May 13

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    Time and meet up: 

    Outing 1) 8 am. for Wednesday, May 9, 2018 for certain.

    Outing 2) 8 amSunday, May 13, 2018, subject to weather conditions. Just drive down Barron Rd straight into parking lot.

     

     What: Wildflowers, such as trilliums, trout lily, bloodroot, hepatica, marsh marigold, ferns, jack-in-the-pulpit, mayapple, violets and others. Trees and shrubs are in bloom. Check them out here; and here if you want to see images fromSt Johns.

     

    Parking and washrooms are available free of charge.

     

    Notes: This is an incredibly beautiful and little known conservation area. It is worth the short moderate hike alone, which is about 30-60 minutes in length. The terrain resembles High Park on and off trails, with some moderately difficult hills. There are birds, and sometimes you can see deer. Bring tripod, but you don’t absolutely need it (it’s short walk back to car in any case.) Trilliums are the most abundant flower and are everywhere. It can be muddy, so bring water resistant or gator like shoes.

     

    Touring by car: The drive in and around the area is quite scenic and you may wish to make a day of it and explore the area as part of your trip.

     

    Bring: Macro lens, or macro capable lens, if you have it. 50-200 mm lens is good for isolating subjects from a distance, such as turtles, occasional deer, leaves, branches and flowering shrubs. Wide angle lens if you plan to do tour or wide views of the forest.

     

    Weather: If moderate to heavy rain, outing is cancelled.

     

    Outings Chair

    John Roias – cell- 647 907 4152