Hilton Falls – Winter Hike

My first event after joining The Toronto Film Shooters Facebook group was a winter hike in Hilton Falls Conservation Area. In addition to the great social dynamic of the group, the hike was great way to relax and explore this park. This was my first outing to Hilton Falls during the Winter.

Hilton Falls, January 2017 - Nikon FE/Delta 400
Hilton Falls, January 2017 – Nikon FE/Delta 400

Forests have a different character during the Winter. Quieter and more settled than during other seasons, woods look and feel different under the cover of ice and snow. Winter forest is a world of overstated contrast, even on a flat-light day, and thoughts simply converge towards birches that offer a main counterpoint to dark silhouettes of all other trees.

Hilton Falls, January 2017 - Nikon FE / Delta 400
Hilton Falls, January 2017 – Nikon FE / Delta 400

Tall evergreens add to the variety of this dignified, settled silence. Barren and cold, the landscape still looks inviting and motivating. Weathered bark screams experience, but quietly, show traces of the seasons and ages past. The cold quiet invites reflection but encourages determination as well. There is definite beauty in visiting a forest during dead of the Winter.

Hilton Falls, January 2017 - Nikon FE/Delta 400
Hilton Falls, January 2017 – Nikon FE/Delta 400

Typically, waterfalls are the main attraction of the park. Still, for me, the experience is all about stoic determined trees. Tall old trees dominate with their sense of permanence, experience history of the land, just like the escarpment they stand on.

Hilton Falls, January 2017 - Nikon FE/Delta 400
Hilton Falls, January 2017 – Nikon FE/Delta 400

Black and white film seems to be the most appropriate medium to capture these images. The strength of the contrast and look of the ancient wisdom only seems appropriate for black and white film. For this outing, I chose Ilford Delta 400, my favourite utility film. It captures the calming effect a frozen forest has, perfectly.

Hilton Falls, January 2017 - Nikon FE/Delta 400
Hilton Falls, January 2017 – Nikon FE/Delta 400

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