The Hunt for the Milky Way

Another journey in experimenting with astrophotography takes my friend Nigel and me through Grey county up to the shores of Georgian Bay.

Abandoned Home

Abandoned Home

Of course, we can’t ignore the goodies we find along the way. Like this abandoned home crushed by a neighbouring tree with a beautiful sunset behind it. What more could a girl ask for?

Well, stars for one. The jewels of the sky. That’s what I’m looking for tonight.

Milky Way sky

Jewels in the Sky

We planted ourselves on shores Georgian Bay inside Craigleith Provincial Park in hopes of finding some great shots of the Milky Way. Alas, the clouds rolled in early and although they cleared a little we knew it wasn’t going to be a good night for practicing our astrophotography. 

As we drove home we kept our eyes peeled for any inspiration before we got back to the lights of big city. We were very lucky to spot this barn.

Barn and Milky Way

Barn and Milky Way

Although we still had to deal with the clouds I did come away with this photo that I like quite a bit. And now, we have a spot to come back to on another, preferably cloudless, night.

The Old Barracks

On the spur of the moment, I decided to head out to Picton today for a yarn show and I brought along my camera to visit some abandoned barracks.

The Old Barracks

The barracks aren’t completely abandoned as some local merchants have set up shop in the area. The goal is to revitalize the area while keeping the heritage of the place. I think its a great idea. Who wouldn’t want to wander the barracks and support local shops at the same time.

Boarded
Boarded

Of course, some of the buildings look beyond repair with roofs caving in and mother nature taking over as she usually does.

Abandon Hope
Abandon Hope

And what would I photograph if all the buildings looked all spruced up?

When My Obsession Began

Although I have dabbled in the occasional InfraRed photo I finally bit the bullet and got myself a converted camera to play with. Needless to say this is my new obsession. I blame Nigel Banks.

Home in Ruins Infrared

Home in Ruins Infrared

I headed north with Nigel to an abandoned home outside of Markdale. Summer is an amazing time to get your InfraRed on. The leaves turn white and those bright blue skies turns  beautiful black. Course this only comes with a lot of post processing to ensure you have that beautiful contrast in your photos.

Ivy Covered Barn Infrared

Ivy Covered Barn Infrared

But aren’t these just lovely? The barn above I happened to spot as we headed from Walter’s Falls to a lunch spot just up the street. 

Shack in Infrared

Shack in Infrared

I think this little converted camera will have a spot in my camera bag going forward. I just can’t get enough of InfraRed.  

Beauty in Destruction

With fall colours pretty much done for this year it was time to think of somewhere interesting to go. With Roy Ramsay of Outdoor Photography Canada as my cohort for the day we headed north to an abandoned old house. 

Difficult to Stand

Difficult to Stand

There were some interesting colours happening in the house and as we explored I decided to focus on that aspect. With blues, pinks and beiges a common theme not he first floor I decided to play on that later in post processing.

All things Pink and Blue

All things Pink and Blue

It was fun exploring this old home and its grounds but please, if you decide to investigate ruins be careful as things are not always structurally sound and you can get hurt if you don’t take precautions. Be safe!

A Day of Randomness

Today was a busy photography day. First I met up with Nigel for some roadside photography. We found an abandoned house off the main road and we spent some time photographing the exterior. When I walked around back I startled two large ravens. Kind of an eerie feeling seeing these birds hanging out in the ruins of a home.

Abandoned Home

Abandoned Home

In one of the towns we drove through we found some old towers. I have no ideas on what they would have housed or possibly still house. Grain? Water? No idea.

Two Towers

Two Towers

But they are quite interesting with the vines taking over and the cracks in the cement. As Nigel and I finished our adventures I had to head up to Flesherton to meet the Quarringtons. Our plan this evening was hitting Elvis Fest in Collingwood. It was my first time checking this out and I was pretty excited.

Elvises

Elvises

We  grabbed some grub at a local joint and then headed over to the festivities. It seems that the party was slowing down by the time we got there as there wasn’t as many Elvises as there normally would be during the day, or so I’m told. We didn’t stay long but vowed to come back next year during the day to get our Elvis on. I’m looking forward to it.