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  • Weber’s: An Ontario Cottage Country Legend of Burgers

    written by highdesertdan on 2013-08-09 #places
    Weber’s: An Ontario Cottage Country Legend of Burgers

    If you’ve driven to Muskoka in the summer, you have probably or stopped at Weber's, the legendary burger joint. It is true, the burgers are great, and its probably best place to stop for a break north of Toronto.

  • Exposure Perfection with the Sekonic L 508 Light Meter

    written by highdesertdan on 2012-08-02 #gear
    Exposure Perfection with the Sekonic L 508 Light Meter

    Say good bye to shutter speed and f/stop guess work with the help of one of the finest light meters available, the Sekonic L508. When you have a fully manual camera without a meter and you want absolutely predictable exposures, you need to go with a light meter that nails it every time.

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  • Snowboarding on the Side of the Sacred Mountain (and dormant volcano) in Arizona

    written by highdesertdan on 2011-02-12 #places
    Snowboarding on the Side of the Sacred Mountain (and dormant volcano) in Arizona

    Arizona is probably best known for Saguaro Cacti and its wacky stance on Mexican immigrants. While it is true that this state is home to a lot of cacti and strange politics, what most people don’t know is that there is a huge mountain that is actually a dormant volcano.

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  • Toronto, Street Art, Pho and Shopping in Chinatown

    written by highdesertdan on 2011-02-11 #places
    Toronto,  Street Art, Pho and Shopping in Chinatown

    What makes Toronto wonderful is its multiculturalism. It is the most multicultural city in the world. This makes for some good food and unique neighborhoods. This trip we parked on Queen Street West and walked over to Chinatown through the backstreets for a bowl of Pho and a look in some of the shops (and maybe some street art along the way).

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  • Niagara-on-the-Lake, Ontario: Colonial Architecture at the Mouth of the Niagara River

    written by highdesertdan on 2011-02-11 #places
    Niagara-on-the-Lake, Ontario: Colonial Architecture at the Mouth of the Niagara River

    Downstream from Niagara Falls is a small colonial town that sits right on the mouth of the Niagara River. Other than being the first capital of Upper Canada, Niagara-on-the-Lake (NOTL as the locals call it) was the front line of the War of 1812. Its strategic location and fertile soil made it a location that was inhabited for thousands of years before the British set up a colony there. The great lakes made trade possible from the outskirts of the 19th century world all the way through to the Atlantic Ocean. The one obstacle that boats had a hard time navigating was Niagara Falls and the treacherously fast flowing Niagara River. Everyone who wanted to get from Lake Erie to Lake Ontario and back again needed to stop in Niagara-on-the-lake.

  • A Beginners Guide to Cheap and Easy Developing of Black and White Film at Home

    written by highdesertdan on 2011-02-03 #gear #tutorials
    A Beginners Guide to Cheap and Easy Developing of Black and White Film at Home

    For less than a hundred bucks worth of equipment you can easily start developing your own black and white negatives. The cost of the chemicals works out to be less than $1/35mm roll or a little less than $2/120 roll. If you like to take a ton of pictures and don't have a lot of money to spend developing your own negatives is a lot cheaper and easier than you could possibly have imagined.

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