At the Village

In my last post, I talked about going to Fort Henry for the sunset ceremony.

When we bought our tickets, it included free admission to Upper Canada Village, a short trip east on the 401 near Morrisburg. So we made plans to head there last weekend to take advantage of the offer.

Upper Canada Village is what it name suggests; a village set in Upper Canada (what we know now as the province of Ontario). It is a living museum of life in 1860 Canada. There are a number of homes and businesses that show how life and work was in that period. People dress in period clothes and actually do the work that was done back then. There is a working grist mill and , saw mill and wool factory run by water power, blacksmith, carpenter, broom maker, cheese maker and baker. All of the items made are sold in the gift shop.

The area is historic as well. It is the location of Chrysler’s Farm, a decisive battle in the war of 182-14.

I brought my X100 with the teleconverter to give a 50mm-ish focal length. Since I bought it, I hadn’t had a a good opportunity to really put it to the test. I was more interested in getting some patterns and abstract photos rather than a bunch of period people doing things. These are a few of the shots mostly from the yarn and wool factory.






Overall, the teleconverter did a good job. I’m considering the upgrade to the x100t and considerably slimming down what I have. With the teleconverter doing a good job, I’m thinking more of this move.

Riding the Miniature Rails

This past weekend we went to the Cumberland Museum in the other end of the city. They had a railroad theme. Most of it was focused more on children, but there was some things I was interested in.

The museum is on a large grounds with many period buildings and structures such as a working sawmill, forge and printing press. The main entrance area is actually an old railroad station. One of the features was sending telegraphs. In the station, one could send a telegraph and pick it up in the caboose elsewhere on the grounds. While my son was composing a message, I grabbed this photo of the old school train tickets.


XT013558But the one thing that I was looking forward to was the live steamers club. These guys (and possibly gals) have model steam trains that actually run on steam. All the principles of steam apply. Water, coal and fire. All locomotives are built to scale from milled metal. And to operate them, you ride them!

And they were giving rides. I took advantage and had a couple of rides, soot in the face and all.








There are a number of different models and types from North American and European steamers from various eras.





A good time.

All photos taken with the Fuji X-T1 and the 16-55 f28.

Stained Glass

Front entry to the Museum of Nature in Ottawa.

Front entry to the Museum of Nature in Ottawa.

I love stained glass windows. When I get the chance, I will photograph it. I love the colours and the images they portray. The great thing about them too, it that by shooting them from inside the building, you can easily adjust the exposure so that the wall the window is on is black, or nearly black, and the window art itself just floats there magically.

This window set is at the front of the Museum of Nature in Ottawa. As we were leaving I took an extra moment to compose this shot.

I used my Fuji X-Pro1 with the 18mm lens with very slight tweaks (a crop and a bit of extra contrast) made this photo possible.

I’m really loving the Fuji X cameras the more I’m using them. I can’t wait to get the X-T1. Its on order from Henry’s, and I’m just waiting impatiently for it to get here. But more on all that in another post.

Curves and lines in grand designs

museumThe Museum of Civilization in Hull, Quebec is a pretty neat building. Designed by Douglas Cardinal, and opened in 1989, it has an extensive collection of artefacts and information on Canada’s history. The outside is cool too. Walking around the building last week, the various curves and rim of snow on the edges of each level made for some interesting flows and lines.

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