Minimalist Bike

Hamilton17-58-EDITED

Here’s a shot from my day trip to Hamilton a couple of weeks back. It was a fun outing. I sort of like minimalist photography, in small doses. I also like really busy photography, when it’s done right.

So I have this week off work and today I’m putting aside my chores and going out with the camera for a change. It’s supposed to rain tomorrow and Friday so I’ll be back to spring cleaning and such. I’ve already gotten a ton of things done that I always seem to put off, which is nice. I’m hoping to get out again Saturday.

Hope you’re week’s going well.

Posted in art, Black & White Photography, Canada, City, Downtown, People, Sky & Clouds, street, Street Photography, Sunny, Toronto, urban, Urban Photography | Tagged , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

Finger

VillageFest-LittleItalyFest-57-EDITED

So I broke down and purchased a Fujinon XF 18mm f2 R prime lens for my Fujifilm X Pro 2. Ordered it through eBay brand new from Thailand. Was really worried about it since I’ve never ordered anything from eBay and certainly not from some seller in Thailand. But within 10 days it arrived just as promised. It cost me about the going price of a used one in Canada. I saved around $400 CAD.

Anyway, today was my first day out with it and I was really concerned about its performance. There’s a lot of hate on for this little lens. It’s soft, they say. It’s a slow focuser, they say. Lots of choma around the edges they say. Noisy, they say. Well, to my surprise and relief, the lens is great. It’s very sharp once you stop down to f5.6, which is pretty mush where I like to shoot anyway. The focus speed was just as good as my other lenses, so no complaint there. The only thing that’s a tad annoying is it does indeed make some noise when focusing. But nothing I can’t live with. It’s slightly wider than the 23mm I’ve been using most of the time, but for my style of street shooting slightly wider fits me perfectly. The lens is also quite contrasty, which I like.

I snapped this today at The Village Festival on Church, which is in the heart of Toronto’s gay community. My buddy and I were there a little early so things hadn’t gotten busy yet, but we did manage to get a few shots. From there we headed west to The Taste of Little Itally on College Street. That was a lot more happening. Got a bunch of shots with the new lens that I’m very happy with. You’ll be seeing them in the coming days and weeks.

Have a great weekend.

Posted in art, Black & White Photography, Canada, City, Downtown, Event Photography, People, street, Street Photography, Summer, Sunny, Toronto, urban, Urban Photography | Tagged , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

Yard sale in the park

Vaca17Day6-75-EDITED

There’s a lovely park out in the west end of Toronto called Trinity Bellwoods. Well, a week or two back I happened by it and there was this giant yard sale taking place. Everything you could imagine. I strolled around it a bit, mostly looking for a shot. Finally found a couple of mirrors to engage with. Hope you like it.

Posted in art, Canada, City, Doors, Downtown, Parks, People, Spring, street, Street Photography, Sunny, Toronto, Uncategorized, urban | Tagged , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , | 2 Comments

Marching on Spadina

ContactDavidLizzie-196-EDITED

There was a big march through Chinatown a couple of weeks back in support of Falun Gong, which if memory serves me is a practice very much frowned upon by the Chinese government. I thought this group of ladies were particularly colourful and proud. This one dates back to early May.

On another note, I broke down and purchased another lens. This time a Fuji 18mm f2 prime. That’s around 28mm full frame equivalent. It’s still in transit but I’m hoping to have it in a week or so. I’m off work the week after next so it’s arrival this coming week at some point would certainly be a blessing. Can’t wait to try it out.

Posted in art, Canada, City, Downtown, People, Spring, street, Street Photography, Toronto, urban, Urban Photography | Tagged , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

Mary fenced in

Hamilton17-291-EDITED

Made it out to Hamilton yesterday. For those who don’t know, Hamilton is (was) a steel town about an hour west of Toronto. Had a great day out there. The weather was perfect. This house was located behind a church and to get this shot I had to hold the camera way over my head and hope for the best. I wanted to use the fence to help frame the composition. Made a bunch of attempts until I got one I liked. Anyway, Happy Sunday. Hope you like it.

Posted in art, Canada, City, Downtown, People, Spring, street, Street Photography, Sunny, Toronto, urban, Urban Photography | Tagged , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

Going up?

EastrSundy-79-EDITED

I shot this at the Toronto Eaton Centre, a large mall in the heart of downtown Toronto. This goes back to April. It’s cropped from the original, due to the fact I was shooting with my 23mm prime on the Fuji X Pro 2. Hope you like it.

Posted in art, Canada, City, Doors, Downtown, Malls, People, Reflections, street, Street Photography, Toronto, urban, Urban Photography | Tagged , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

Not so street

Vaca17Day2-83-EDITED

Here’s a photo that’s not so street, like not by a long shot. I took it from Toronto’s harbour front a few days back. It was a pretty nice sky. Hope you like it.

Posted in art, Beach Photography, Black & White Photography, Canada, Downtown, light & shadow, People, Sky & Clouds, Spring, street, Street Photography, Toronto, urban, Urban Photography | Tagged , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , | 3 Comments

Rib Fest, Dundas Square Toronto

Vaca17Day1-479-EDITED

Vaca17Day1-452-EDITED

Vaca17Day1-487-EDITED

Vaca17Day1-426-EDITED

Vaca17Day1-491-EDITED-2

Vaca17Day1-395-EDITED

Vaca17Day1-441-EDITED

Vaca17Day1-367-EDITED

Vaca17Day1-438-EDITED

Vaca17Day1-404-EDITED

Vaca17Day1-403-EDITED

Vaca17Day1-507-EDITED

So a week back there was a big rib fest right in the heart of downtown Toronto. I thought I’d share a series of shots from it, rather than just one. It was very successful with huge lineups to get fed. And of course PETA was there to protest the killing and consumption of animals. Hope you like the series.

Posted in art, Black & White Photography, Canada, City, Downtown, People, Spring, street, Street Photography, Toronto, urban, Urban Photography | Tagged , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment