And did it ever snow…

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Had a pretty good snow storm yesterday. Didn’t get nearly as much of it as they’d predicted but it was still a good ol’ winter blast from mother nature. Made for a good day to get out there with the camera, although it wasn’t easy keeping it dry. I laughed when I noticed this guy sitting in a chair waiting for the bus. Great idea. And the public transit system was a total mess yesterday. But we all survived. Hope you did, too.

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Trippy

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Shot this today outside the Apple Store in Toronto’s Eaton Centre. Played around with the shapes for a while until I came up with this idea. Then I had to wait to get a single person inside the box. In the end it all came together as visualized. Previsualization is one of the differences between “taking” and “making” a photograph.

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The old Bank of Montreal

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It’s nice to see buildings like this still in existence and use here in Toronto, although we have lost a lot of them over the years, especially after the major downtown fire of 1904 that wiped out dozens of them throughout the core. I was really drawn by the light and shadow play on this building.

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The Hand

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Got in shit from the girl beside me on the bus for taking this shot. She was maybe 21 yrs old and not the subject of this photo.
“You should really ask permissions to take people’s photographs, you know.”
I explained my rights and she responded as I’d expected. “I really don’t care if the law is on your side.”
I invited her to check out my Instagram feed to see what I’m shooting but she declined. She’d already made up her mind and had no interest in being convinced otherwise, which is her prerogative, of course.
I left it at, “Well it seems we’ll have to agree to disagree. And I do respect your point of view, even if it differs from my own.”
She wasn’t upset or anything. It was a relatively reasonable conversation. She was simply a strong, opinionated person and there’s no harm in that, right.
The takeaway is, don’t let your personal pride overrule your human decency. If you can find a way to defuse a situation before it gets heated or ugly, take it. Something like this just isn’t worth an argument with a stranger. Plus, it only ruins it for other street photographers.

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Brinks

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It’s always heartbreaking to see anyone who has run out of options in life and ends up on the street. The juxtaposition of a Brinks truck likely filled with cash parked behind a street person who is simply trying to gather enough change to feed himself was too poyniant to pass up, I thought. What’s that saying, “there but for the grace of god I go.” That’s not the exact quote from the bible, but it’s the one that’s become ubiquitous in this day and age. Anyway, hope y’all had a nice Christmas. Best wishes for a bright new year and new decade.

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Bad Santa, BAD!

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I came across this scene outside The Imperial Pub on Dundas East last night on my way home from shooting the Kensington Market Winter Solstice Parade. Man it was funny. They were having a hoot.

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Summer fun

Here are some random street photos from this past summer. All in all I have to say, I had a great summer. Hope you did, too.

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Dave Bottoms’ Guide to Street Photography

My 15 minutes of fame (well, only 5.15 minutes, but you get the point). Here’s a street photography video along with my shooting experience with Fujifilm’s new XPro3. Dale, from Vistek Toronto, shot and produced the piece. I think he did a great job of it. Hope you watch and enjoy it.

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