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UER Forum > UE Photography > 2016, one hell of a year. (lots of pics, some ue, some not!) (Viewed 1339 times)
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2016, one hell of a year. (lots of pics, some ue, some not!)
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Twenty Sixteen, what a crazy year. I turned forty, son #2 came along, I got to explore some amazing spots and meet some great folks. Spent my fortieth birthday on a 6 day solo trip with the pooch to Lake Superior Provincial Park (a must do if you love camping and the incredible sheer beauty of the lake)

So, first stop on the way was the Feb meet up here in Toronto. After some introductions, seeing some old faces and some good convos, we headed out to a local tv set studio that some had visited before and I was seeing for the first time. It was a pretty good spot, multiple sets, little nooks and crannies and the weather wasn't half bad.

Enquiry by Zen, on Flickr

Door to nowhere by Zen, on Flickr

Ribbon by Zen, on Flickr

A little while later, in April, SLOTH, Archer and myself visited what would be my second time getting under Toronto in a huge storm drain.

Tunnel vision by Zen, on Flickr

At the beginning of May, the Milky Way is just starting to get nice and bright with the galactic core on a great angle with the horizon. I headed up after work one night, arriving around 2, I broke out a little herb and then started to shoot, catching one of my fave images of 2016. After about 30mins, and having a two hour drive home, I wrapped it up and came away with this!

Milk Trees by Zen, on Flickr

I headed south west and while the trip was mostly a scout, I enjoyed wandering around this place. The old architecture is incredible and the sections that are being overgrown and left to rot are quite something.

Psych Out by Zen, on Flickr

Near the end of May, I had to go to the hospital. I had been planning on going to this spot for awhile and the first visit was a bust. I made it in to a stairwell but all the doors were locked tight and the mag lock pin codes were no longer powered. Vowing revenge, I came back a week later and to my fortune, local kids had busted a window in and left multiple doors ajar. After mostly securing the loose doors I spent quite awhile here.

Cart wash by Zen, on Flickr

Wait here by Zen, on Flickr

Extracted by Zen, on Flickr

Vacant ward by Zen, on Flickr

Staff flowers by Zen, on Flickr

Reports by Zen, on Flickr

Tubage by Zen, on Flickr

X-ray by Zen, on Flickr

Having scouted this one earlier, I returned to see what the deal was. It's a decent drive to get here and I was really hoping I wasn't going to get kept out. Sadly I was out of luck, but decided the lighting was nice for an exterior shoot and a return trip would be needed once again.

Aircoil by Zen, on Flickr

Totally Delusional by Zen, on Flickr

What the F by Zen, on Flickr

Swing away the time by Zen, on Flickr

And we come to June. The 4th actually. And fuck. I'm now 40. I can no longer say, yes, I'm in my 30's However, as this is a nice round number year to be moving on to, I decided I wanted to do a big trip. I had been up this way years before and had always wanted to get back. Superior is incredibly beautiful. The drive from Toronto to the park itself takes roughly, 9-10 hours depending on your stops and overall speed. My oldest is fascinated with rocks and minerals and the second he found out I was heading up that way, he demanded I bring him home some Amethyst. This amethyst is found, oh roughly 30km east of Thunder Bay. So with the plan of working two days, using two vacation days and my four days off, I ended up with 6 days to enjoy the beauty of northern Ontario. I left work at midnight and loaded up the car and was on the road at 12:30. After not sticking to my plan, I drove the entire way, stopping for gas and groceries in Wawa and made it to the mines just after 6pm. After an incredible experience and getting some awesome pieces for my son and myself I turned the car back east and drove to Wawa. After just shy of 1900km, two Moose and fighting sleep I got back to Wawa and passed out in the car beside the giant Goose for a few hours nap before heading off to grab a sweet spot on the beach. The hikes are amazing, there are waterfalls, vistas, the rugged coastal trail, pictographs and just a dazzling assortment of wildlife and the visitor centre is top notch.
Enough rambling, on to the shots from this one.

The drive up.

First views by Zen, on Flickr

Outflow by Zen, on Flickr

Alone on the coast by Zen, on Flickr

Sand River by Zen, on Flickr

High Falls by Zen, on Flickr

OWB by Zen, on Flickr

Old Woman Bay by Zen, on Flickr

The Amethyst

Amethyst by Zen, on Flickr

Amethyst by Zen, on Flickr

The Goose and the kms!
Wawa by Zen, on Flickr

It's a long drive by Zen, on Flickr

Since I arrived so early that morning, I was able to get one of three sites on the beach. I got the best one of the lot and as the camp ground is more of a transient place for people driving the Trans Canada highway, it would a few people in the evening and they would leave the next morning. Only myself and one other person were there longer than 2 days.

Superior2-24 by Zen, on Flickr

Superior2-25 by Zen, on Flickr

Warning by Zen, on Flickr

Coastal trail by Zen, on Flickr

Take the stairs by Zen, on Flickr

Smooth shores by Zen, on Flickr

Mom Lake by Zen, on Flickr

Dad Lake by Zen, on Flickr

If you ever make the trip, be prepared for a lot of fog and mist. This lake is so large that it makes its own weather.

Rolling in the fog by Zen, on Flickr

Breaking news by Zen, on Flickr

Beach duty by Zen, on Flickr

Paddles away by Zen, on Flickr

Wash down by Zen, on Flickr

After returning refreshed, I made a quick scouting trip to a new location I had been told about my Freak. That's shortly, first though I had to head south west again to get my revenge. And revenge I had! I finally got in, saw the double sided morgue I had wanted to get a shot of and then hit a few more locations as well.

Double sided slabs by Zen, on Flickr

Autopsy room by Zen, on Flickr

To the tunnels by Zen, on Flickr

Broken transit by Zen, on Flickr

V by Zen, on Flickr

Y by Zen, on Flickr

Ivy Church by Zen, on Flickr

An old candy factory

Fallen empires by Zen, on Flickr

And a steel tube production plant that had been idled.

Jacked up by Zen, on Flickr

Sticks of joy by Zen, on Flickr

Crane up by Zen, on Flickr

Wrenching by Zen, on Flickr

Megamachines by Zen, on Flickr

Tube rollers by Zen, on Flickr

A bright idea by Zen, on Flickr

Having scouted this one briefly I returned to shoot with the dying afternoon sun. With the way this building faces, it made for wonderful lighting. This place was also truly fascinating. An old companies office building, it was two wings, complete with a bridge way between the other side which housed the medical unit, complete with a surgery suite. This was one great spot!

Smile by Zen, on Flickr

QOP-7 by Zen, on Flickr

Iris by Zen, on Flickr

Window decorations by Zen, on Flickr

Paper Jam by Zen, on Flickr

Trade training by Zen, on Flickr

Rusty balls by Zen, on Flickr

Eureka! by Zen, on Flickr

Glow Glass by Zen, on Flickr

With the theme of hospitals in mind, Archer and I headed out to shoot a hospital that was a challenge to get in to, for a very boring and gutted hospital.

This was the single light left behind in the entire surgery wing

One light left by Zen, on Flickr

Empty by Zen, on Flickr

Check in by Zen, on Flickr

Snowman by Zen, on Flickr

Archer and during the day had hit up a couple other spots as well and ended up with just a few ticks for the trouble! Gotta love those little fuckers.

Wiped out by Zen, on Flickr

Bearing it by Zen, on Flickr

Bridgeport by Zen, on Flickr

Honey by Zen, on Flickr

Choir of dummies by Zen, on Flickr

Shower Head by Zen, on Flickr

Bottles by Zen, on Flickr

And this place, this place is basically Tick heaven.

Lonely chair by Zen, on Flickr

Accident board by Zen, on Flickr

Extinguisher corner by Zen, on Flickr

First Aid by Zen, on Flickr

Hearing test by Zen, on Flickr

The letter E by Zen, on Flickr

And seeing as this place was begging to be reshot again, here's a return visit.

Bumper crop by Zen, on Flickr

Vaccines by Zen, on Flickr

Surgery awaits by Zen, on Flickr

Step on in by Zen, on Flickr

What is that dog doing? by Zen, on Flickr

Glowsticks by Zen, on Flickr

Hang on by Zen, on Flickr

After a brief trip to the cottage, I grabbed this shot with a couple meteors in it.

Stars by Zen, on Flickr

I headed out to check out the CP yard close to home and though it wasn't exciting, on the way back to the car I stumbled upon a tv set as well.

The gate by Zen, on Flickr

Light tower by Zen, on Flickr

LIt up by Zen, on Flickr

Transform by Zen, on Flickr

The set

Mobile Jacking by Zen, on Flickr

Freezer alley by Zen, on Flickr

The horror by Zen, on Flickr

Meat locker by Zen, on Flickr

In the deli by Zen, on Flickr

If you don't like spiders...don't go through here.
That's a lot of webs! by Zen, on Flickr

We are now in Oct and the colours are changing. Headed up to the cottage before an awesome explore with TheSeeker and MattK at one of my all time favourite locations in Toronto.

Matching by Zen, on Flickr

Spread your wings by Zen, on Flickr

Cloves of four by Zen, on Flickr

Fall colours by Zen, on Flickr

That one spot, finally a chance to get back up on top!

To the fish we go by Zen, on Flickr

Bridged by Zen, on Flickr

Also got to head over to an event held by Lachlan. This was a great time, with a spot I'd wanted to see for ages and now had open access to. Met quite a few great folks and had a wonderful night. Thanks for hosting this one Lach!

Set the night ablaze by Zen, on Flickr

The Hall by Zen, on Flickr

Lit up by Zen, on Flickr

The tower by Zen, on Flickr

One light by Zen, on Flickr

Ghosted by Zen, on Flickr

Met up with Archer and Nex to check out a spot close to home, slated to be demo'd and of course turned in to a new town home development. Not a bad little explore.

Webbed Hero by Zen, on Flickr

How to use by Zen, on Flickr

Please push me by Zen, on Flickr

1,2,T by Zen, on Flickr

Fox by Zen, on Flickr

Polar opposites by Zen, on Flickr

The dangle by Zen, on Flickr

Degloved by Zen, on Flickr

Reznor by Zen, on Flickr

Knob Hill by Zen, on Flickr

Jar Full by Zen, on Flickr

Ingrown by Zen, on Flickr

This next location was a doozy! After seeing some shots, I was determined to find this spot and with some patience and perseverance I got to get here a couple times before the snow started to fly! This was one huge mansion

Red roof by Zen, on Flickr

Fancy hall by Zen, on Flickr

Pool? by Zen, on Flickr

Chimney by Zen, on Flickr

Curtain rod by Zen, on Flickr

Slider by Zen, on Flickr

The missing coats by Zen, on Flickr

Entry light by Zen, on Flickr

Eating room by Zen, on Flickr

Fetch my slippers by Zen, on Flickr

Natures on the tube by Zen, on Flickr

Hanging in there by Zen, on Flickr

Parlour games by Zen, on Flickr

Overgrown by Zen, on Flickr

Lantern light by Zen, on Flickr

Stonework by Zen, on Flickr

Though the snow flew before one last visit with Archer.

Sometimes it snows by Zen, on Flickr

Dining room by Zen, on Flickr

No way out by Zen, on Flickr

And then to end it all off, I headed out on new years eve to get under the city at a spot I saved for the last trip of 2016 and the first 0f 2017. After heading down the rabbit hole, I emerged a few hours later to a new year and a security guard in his car at the gate. Luckily it was just a coincidence and he need up driving away a couple mins later, allowing my escape into 2017.

Vanishing point by Zen, on Flickr

Scale by Zen, on Flickr

Final push by Zen, on Flickr

Kings by Zen, on Flickr

Pedestal by Zen, on Flickr

Descent by Zen, on Flickr

Hitting the rails by Zen, on Flickr

Thanks for taking the time to look through my year. I hope everyone had a wonderful 2016, here's to an even better 2017.

Cheers,
Zen












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Looks like an awesome year! Congrats on the kiddo!




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Thanks man, hope you had an amazing 2016!




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40 and a new son > Congrats! Absolutely love your landscape pics. Since we are all getting older....I think Old Woman Lake is for me! LOL Your UE photos are evidence of a good year and a photographer. Enjoyed them all. But, you missed one thing... a pic of your new baby boy




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Wow what a great post! I absolutely love the "Sand River" photo, It's my favorite so far (I'm about half way through but wanted to comment before I forgot the name of that photo, lol).




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40 and a new son > Congrats! Absolutely love your landscape pics. Since we are all getting older....I think Old Woman Lake is for me! LOL Your UE photos are evidence of a good year and a photographer. Enjoyed them all. But, you missed one thing... a pic of your new baby boy


Thanks Mis! It's Old Woman Bay, just a small part of Lake Superior but an incredibly beautiful spot to stop and spend some time

My babes stays off of social media except FB for now, he will appear in time ;)



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Wow what a great post! I absolutely love the "Sand River" photo, It's my favorite so far (I'm about half way through but wanted to comment before I forgot the name of that photo, lol).


Thanks Dee Ash! Sand River is amongst my faves as well, it took a few tries to get that shot as the bridge I was on kept moving a bit every time a vehicle would go by. Luckily there weren't too many so it was just a short waiting game That's also the bottom of the Sand River where it hits Lake Superior and just past the bridge is a parking lot for the trail that goes upriver passing lots of rapids and a few amazing water falls.




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Great set right here! Love the mix of ue and non-ue. I wasn't aware that 2016 was the year of the hospital.




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Great set right here! Love the mix of ue and non-ue. I wasn't aware that 2016 was the year of the hospital.


Thanks Sheavy! Don't worry 2017 seems to be continuing that hospital theme so far




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Amazing compilation, I can't wait to see the 2017 content you'll bring us!




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Amazing! I'm especially jealous of the big TBM project at the end.




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Thanks guys! Heading out tomorrow and hopefully a lot more this year!




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