Last weekend I was down in southern Ontario to see a concert in Toronto. As always, I stay with my parents in my home town of Dundas. As a bonus, that weekend also was the grand opening of a new craft brewery in downtown Dundas, called Shawn & Ed Brewing Company. Its location is in a building that has served as a skating rink, curling rink and warehouse over many decades. So of course, I had to check it out.
It was a popular spot on the weekend, and there was a lineup to try out their beer. I tried out the LagerShed dark and the BarrelShed. The BarrelShed is the beer aged in used red wine casks. The casks are made available from Flat Rock cellars, of which one of the brewery owners is from.
It is good beer, and I took out a “Squealer” (smaller than a growler). The only downside is that with these formats, the beer should be consumed within a week, and once opened, consumed within 12-24 hours. No problem there on both counts. But living in Ottawa, means getting refills is a bit of a commute, so I couldn’t save some for warmer weather. No worries though, as I will be going down to visit family again, and I’ll be sure to bring the empty, and get re-supplied.
If opening weekend is any consideration, it looks like the brewery will be a big success. And I have yet another stop to make when visiting Dundas.
Photos taken with the Fuji X100T. Only could grab a few shots as the place was very full and busy.
It was a beautiful spring day. No wind, 12 degrees (54 Fahrenheit) and sunny. I took a stroll down by the Ottawa river. I brought along the Fuji X100T and the additional teleconverter and wide angle converter (although the teleconverter remained on the whole time) to grab some shots. I’ve been in a bit of a funk lately, and decided to make the effort to shoot a “roll” of film – 36 shots or so.
These are a sampling. I set the camera to Classic Chrome simulation and there is only minor adjustments in Lightroom. With the much reported Nik software now free, I downloaded it and a few shots were edited using it.
The other day was a really nice crisp bright winter’s day. The kind that make you want to be outside because the heat from the sun makes the cold air feel tolerable. A nice warm cold air.
I was wandering around Parliament Hill and saw workers setting up scaffolding on the East Block. The whole grounds is now 100 years old and in need of constant repairs. With the clear blue sky as the back drop, the safety vests of the workers stood out so I grabbed a photo.
It also reminded me of Doozers. They were little construction guys on the TV show Fraggle Rock in the 80s. The Doozers were constantly constructing things that looked like scaffold, which the Fraggles would eat. They were always building, like the endless repairs on the Parliament buildings.
Shot with the Fujifilm X100T.
When you look at the parliamentary buildings, especially the Centre Block, you see lots of details, sculptures and carvings. If you take the time to look up at some of the other buildings around the area, there are numerous little figures and details everywhere.
Like this sleepy guy. This is over what is really a side entrance to one of the supreme court buildings.
I may take some time soon to just photograph the various mini works around the city some day soon.
The Peace Tower on Parliament Hill in Ottawa is a well known, much photographed location. So how does one do something different with it?
I went up to the arch leading into the Centre Block that includes the peace tower and shot straight up.
I used the Fuji X100T with the black and white film simulation. The JPG looks great. It has a 1950s feel to it.
Last week in Ottawa, we had a record snowfall for one day at just over 50cm, or 20 inches. It made for a commuting nightmare going home from work, and knee-deep snow to clear up from the driveway. However, the next day was bright and clear, showing the results of the previous day’s storm. On the way to work, I took some shots of the snow with my X100T.
For me, the best part about the new year is the days, or at least the daylight, lasts longer. I’m not a fan of it being dark by 5pm. Once the winter solstice hits, then Christmas, its all about getting more daylight! I especially like it when its cloudy for a few days. When then becomes clear, the extra daylight is like a little present.
This was my view tonight on the way home. I sometimes catch a bus that will drop me about 10 minutes walk away. The sun sets by this time, but the resulting deep blue in the sky with the silhouettes looks awesome.
This was shot with the Fuji X100T with the Classic Chrome film simulation. Its straight from the camera. No post processing other than a little crop to take out an unwanted element. The camera is awesome.
Its Christmas eve in Ottawa and its 16 degrees Celsius. Blame it on El Nino, global warming, climate change, or just dumb luck, its kind of nice for a change. I find as I get older, winter becomes longer and more of a pain.
However, I must say, the lights downtown are not the same without the bounce light from the snow, and the Rideau Canal is far from ready for skaters. But still, being able to go to work with a sport coat on this late in the year? I can get used to it. Maybe.
The shot below was the fates giving me a break. I follow a blog called fujilove.com. They recently had a contest for a sweet camera bag. Now, I don’t need yet another camera bag, but this one was way cool. The stipulations of the contest was to show one’s hometown with only on photo, and hit had to be shot within the last week. I had some great ideas, all of which involved some cold, snow and other winter affects, and it had been raining all week. To top it off, I had to pick up my son from school this week, and that negated staying downtown long enough for it to get dark.
As it happened, the rain held off one night before we were to go away for the weekend, and my son went to a friend’s after school. Sweet. I put off leaving work a bit later and managed a few shots like this one.
Shot with my Fuji X100T and the teleconverter. I rested it on the bridge railing for a long exposure.
I didn’t win the bag, but did have fun finding a photo – which really is the point, in the end.
Merry Christmas to everyone. I hope it is a safe and happy time.