52:500c – Week 35 – Muskoka

The Wild North of Cottage Country, Muskoka. This beautiful part of Ontario isn’t the actual north of our beautiful province and these days you’re more likely to run into homes bigger than most you’d find in Southern Ontario. But you can still get a sense of wilderness. So to end out the summer my Bible study group rented a cottage for a lovely relaxing weekend.

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Of course on the way up I had to stop at Weber’s, this roadside burger stand is iconic for those travelling north or south along Highway 11. Long lineups are always there, but the staff have a great system to keep everyone fed and happy. We were cottaging in Dorset, Ontario just at the junction of Highway 117 and Highway 35 on Lake Wren. It was a great spot for the group we could swim, eat, play games. We also took a drive up to the Dorset Tower, an old Ministry of Natural Resources watch tower that would stay on guard for forest fires and a quick visit to the famous Robinson General Store. And of course rounded out the Saturday night with a roaring campfire. A very Canadian experience if you would. It also gave me a chance to ask my girlfriend to marry me; she said yes. I’m a very lucky man.

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On a more technical note, I have recently started playing with the old Kodak D-23 developer. While no longer available you can buy the raw materials and mix it up yourself. Like FA-1027 I used the TMax 100 times again with great results. I think I’m going to like working with this developer. It does wonders with FP4+.

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Hasselblad 500c – Carl Zeiss Planar 80mm 1:2.8 – Rollei RPX 100
Kodak D-23 (Stock) 9:30 @ 20C
Meter: None (Sunny-16)
Scanner: Epson V700
Editor: Adobe Photoshop CC (2015)

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