I got my eye on you

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I probably already posted this a while back but I’ve edited it again via Silver Effects Pro and also did a crop to 4×3. I think this one’s going to make my upcoming street photography book.

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Going Green

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I shot this from the hip at Kensington Market a month or so back. Not often you see someone with grass green hair.

So I did a full on talk/PowerPoint presentation about street photography at my buddy Len’s Street Photography workshop on the weekend. It went very well. I felt rushed but only because I did not want to take up too much time from his workshop. I think it was about 40 minutes long. I’m going to rework the talk/presentation for my own workshops, which I’m hoping to have up and running in the not too distant future. Wish me luck.

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Someone’s having a bad day

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I’m really drawn to photo journalistic type photography. Whenever I see something newsworthy I get right in there to shoot it. It’s good practice because you have to be very quick and you have to get it from multiple angles so your editors at the newspaper have some choices as to which photo to use with the story. At any moment you can be asked to leave, to go stand on the sidewalk 30 feet away. And I don’t shoot with a zoom anymore so the only way for me to get a tight shot is to get right in there where the action is. In this case the action was pretty much over. There was an ambulance just out of sight where I suspect the bike rider was being treated. Not sure of his/her injuries but since the ambulance was just sitting there I suspect they were minor and the rider was being treated on the scene rather than rushed to the hospital. At least I hope that’s the case.

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“I think I can see god!”

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I like groupings because it’s so difficult to have them work out. What I mean is, when the grouping of random people doesn’t turn into a jumbled mess of confusion and busyness. In this case you have a drummer dressed as a duck, some bible thumpers, a dude trying to see god and an old Asian man walking through the shot oblivious to what’s going on around him. And of course those signs really bring it all together. I consider this one a success. Hope you like it. Happy Thanksgiving, everyone.

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PETA takes a bite out of fir

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On my way back to the car from Kensington Market’s Pedestrian Sunday I came across a PETA protest. Their beef this time was the use of fir, which they were trying to bring awareness to. I support this cause but I don’t support annoying car drivers in Toronto’s downtown core. Alienating people who likely support your cause is no way to draw attention to it, in my view.

Anyway, I like how this photo turned out.

About the Crop: I cropped it 16 x 9 for a change. My usual rule is if I do crop the photo in post, my crops have to maintain the original aspect ratio of 3 x 2, or 4 x 3, or 1 x 1. I very rarely use a custom crop and if I do I always try not to set it to some random ratio. Why, you might be wondering? If you limited yourself to only two or three predetermined crop ratios, it makes you think about the composition more when framing your shot. In short, it makes things a little more challenging. Sort of like shooting with prime lenses rather than zooms. Nowadays I enjoy making things a little tougher for me when it comes to my photography.

Hope you like the shot.

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Put your sweater on

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Boy this kind of shot only comes around every blue moon for me. The woman walked out of the theatre, her orange sweater half on, just as I was setting up my shot. You’ll notice Mr Dress Up also has his orange sweater about half on, too. That’s one lucky catch, if you ask me. Hope you like it.

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Kensington Gals

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Okay, so here’s a little tip (two, actually) on how to get more comfortable at taking photos of random strangers. You see a bunch of lovely women wanted to do a group shot, you stop and offer to take the photo for them. Once done, you ask them if you can take one too. They always say yes. The second tip is, goof around with them and make them laugh. Laughter will get them comfortable and relaxed so they aren’t giving you a forced pose. I forget what I said the moment before firing the shutter but it sure got them giggling. Worked just as planned.

One day soon I’m going to offer a three or four hour workshop on approaching and photographing random people in the streets. Just gotta get my shit together first.

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Old Clock Tower

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I’ve been watching and documenting this site for a while now. There used to be a long line of Yonge St. retail storefronts here, but they’ve been torn down to make way for another condo development. But the old clock tower will remain and be somehow incorporated into the new project. This photo I snapped on Sunday during the Open Streets event, where they closed Yonge St. and a part of Bloor St. to vehicular traffic in city council’s never ending war on cars.

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