Caution

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I shot this back in mid November during the anti-trump rally at Toronto City Hall. It was wet out and wet pavement can make most mundane photos looks good. Hope you like it.

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Eaton Centre Christmas Tree

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Well it’s that time of year again, isn’t it. The past few years the Christmas tree at the Eaton Centre really sucked, but this year’s tree is making up for prior mistakes. She’s a beauty. And it’s HUGE, to boot. I shot this with my X Pro 2 sporting the 14mm f2.8 (21mm in full frame terms).

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Under the overpass

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I shot this last March during an outing. I was attracted to the play of light and shadow here. The cyclist and people waiting on the stop light add to it, I think. I also like the lack of cars at a spot that’s usually chockablock with them.

So I got out for a nice walk Saturday with my new Fujifilm X Pro 2, which I’ve named Kenzie (after Kensington Market). I picked that name because it was right after a Kensington Market Pedestrian Sunday walk that I picked her up from the camera store. I can’t remember but maybe I’ve already told this story; forgive me if I have. Anyway, I got a few shots I like but I’m finding it a real challenge walking around without a zoom. I’m sure I’ll get used to it after a couple more outings.

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How’s my hair, a-ok?

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I shot this back in the summer. I thought the decal on the bus sort of looked like the woman’s hair blowing in the breeze. I have no idea why the kid’s making an “ok” sign. This was out front of Toronto City Hall. Hope you like it.

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Anti-Trump Protest – Toronto

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So I made it out to shoot the anti-Trump protest today with a few photographer friends. Unfortunately it was raining, but even so the turnout was great. And it was a peaceful and respectful event, which was nice to see. I’m not going to comment on Trump on my blog, other than to say I’m a big believer in fair and democratic elections. I’ll also add that I pray that the next four years is a peaceful one for my friends south of the border. Anyway, I did get a few shots but not as many as I would have liked, thanks to the constant rain. I was hoping to walk with the group down Bay Street to Trump Tower but ended up at a local pub instead. Hope you like the shot.

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Double Decker

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I shot this with my wide angle lens back in late September. I think it came out really nice.

So I haven’t had much time to get out and shoot with my new Fuji X Pro 2, unfortunately. Next weekend there’s a Trump protest out front of City Hall and I’m hoping to get down and document it. Not sure if I should bring the X Pro 2 or my Canon 5D. It’s not so much about which camera as it is about which lens. I have two primes with the Fuji but with the Canon I can bring my 24-105 zoom and it will let me capture more of the action. But I really should bring the Fuji with the 23mm f2 (35mm full frame equivalent). The only way I’m going to learn how to exploit such a lens is by using it often. We’ll see.

Happy Monday and have a great week. Hope you like the photo.

 

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Walk the dog, Queen West

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I liked how the light was illuminating the people in the restaurant window. The dog also played into the composition.  That’s pretty much all there is with this one. I left it on the angle because I think it works better like that. Not sure why. Your mileage may vary, of course.

I don’t usually talk politics much, since I sort of want my blog to be a nice distraction from all the nastiness in the world, but President Trump, really? I have to admit I’m more than a little surprised. The first thing I thought of when I awoke to the news was Trump standing at the podium a couple of months back mocking a disabled reporter because Trump wasn’t pleased with what he’d written about him. To go from that lowest of lows to president, I thought to myself, is a real head scratcher. But the people have spoken and now’s the time to move forward. Fingers crossed Trump turns out to be far smarter and more reasonable and fair than he came across during the campaign. Good luck to my friends down south.

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Toronto Toronto

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I got out for my first walkabout downtown with my new Fujifilm X Pro 2. Being not that used to shooting primes, I had a hard time with it and didn’t get many shots with which I was really pleased, but that’s my fault entirely, not the camera. In time once I get used to the focal lengths (23mm & 14mm – full frame that would be 35mm & 21mm), I’m sure I’ll have better results. I did, however, get a few I liked, like this one.

I shot this with the 14mm @ f5.6. I let the camera decide on the ISO and shutter. For some reason it selected 1/1000th of a second and ISO 400. I have the auto ISO parameters set to 200-6400 with a min. shutter of 1/320th for street. There’s no reason the camera couldn’t have met those parameters by cutting the ISO one stop to 200 and dropping the shutter a stop to 1/500th. I probably should have simply flipped the ISO from auto to 200 and only allowed the camera to play with the shutter speed. Oh well, live and learn.

So far I love the camera, but that’s not news, since I did have a loaner for three days on two occasions last spring. I do have a couple of things I’m not all that keen on, but that’s no different from any other camera, I suppose. There’s no such thing as perfect, right?

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