Fall Rhapsody at the Willson Carbide Mill

Mary Anne and I made our way to the Willson Carbide Mill in Gatineau Park the other day. Neither of us had ever been there before but we figured we both had our iPhones, GPS and our beloved mutts with us. So despite the bear warnings we set off via Trail number 36. It was a beautiful fall day. The colours just somewhat past their prime and a bit cool but not too cold. At the end of the trail we were rewarded with the Thomas Willson ruins from the late 19th century. Willson (1860-1915) no relation, was a paranoid inventor who learned how to produce Calcium Carbide and set up his own home and mill near Meech Lake around 1911. To make a long story short a fortune was made and lost, he irritated his neighbours by artificially raising and lowering the water of Meech Lake during his experiments and he eventually died of a heart attack in 1915 on a street in New York city while seeking to raise venture capital for his next project.

Anyway, just over 100 years later it has become a popular destination for tourists and photographers. For myself, I found it a great opportunity to put my IBIS Fujifilm XH1 body to the test under trying conditions: bright sunlight, waterfalls, no 10 stop filter etc. For the waterfall images I used ISO 100, F22 and 1/2.5 second handheld. I was quite impressed with the results.

All images photographed with Fujifilm XH1 and XF16-55F2.8 and processed in Capture One 11

A Final Tribute to Dad

Yesterday we laid my father to rest alongside my mother at the National Military Cemetery of the Canadian Forces.  It was a military funeral with a full honour guard as he had served in the Royal Canadian Navy during WWII from as soon as he was old enough until the war ended in 1945.   He crossed the Atlantic many times dodging German submarines and torpedoes and then he raised one son and three daughters.  I always thought he was a hero.  

The Last Post for John Campbell Wilson at the National Military Cemetery of the Canadian Forces. 

Day Trip to Merrickville

My sister Julie ( who was visiting me from Manitoba) and I decided to take a little day trip out to Merrickville often referred to as the Jewel of the Rideau due to its charming 19th century architecture, artisan boutiques and restaurants.  Fuji had just sent me their 27mmF2.8 and the 35mmF1.4 lenses to try out. 

I was actually quite surprised at how much I enjoyed the 27mmF2.  I loved how small, light and unobtrusive that little pancake lens is on the XT1 and the focal seems to be just about right!   At a 41mm in 35mm format equivalence, it is not quite as wide as the 18mm (27mm equivalent) but not quite as zoomed in as the 50mm.   Also, I didn't mind that there isn't an aperture ring on the lens itself.  

On the other hand while I love the 35mm F1.4, the lens hood bugs me a bit.  It just seems to be tricky to get the lens cap on and off with it attached to the lens.  That is about it for now.  I am looking forward to making good use of these two lenses over the Canada Day weekend. :)