I’ve lived a short walk away from the Don River in Toronto my entire life and I hadn’t been since an elementary school field trip about 14 years ago. The Don River Valley had been used many years ago for summer homes, ski hills, oil refineries and many years before the urbanization of it, used by the First Nations for fishing & hunting. Now it's mainly used as a recreation trail intertwined with one of the busiest roads in Canada.
During the past summer I started a routine to walk a portion of it every Sunday. This was one of the last weekends of the summer and the Don River Valley was bustling, families riding their bikes, couples going on walks and a few guys trying to fish the salmon swimming up stream. I found myself getting into conversations with strangers sometimes about the weather, direction of the trails, my camera or just saying hi. This was something that would never happen to me walking downtown or most other places in the city but I found like-minded people trying to enjoy some nature even if you can hear cars rip down the expressway in some spots.
I used Fuji Pro 160ns to shoot this image. I guess it's considered a film for portrait photography but i prefer it for landscape photography unlike slide film you don’t have to be as precise with your exposure but you still get punchy colors. The exposure time was 1 second at F22.