The Scooter Family

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Saw these folks at Kensington Market on their scooters. I thought it was especially cute with the dog sort of posing for the photo. Next Sunday is the first Kensington Market Pedestrian Sunday of the season. I always enjoy those. Anyway, happy Monday and hope you like the photo.

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Clarinet on King

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I saw this Asian man playing the shit out of his clarinet on King. I took a few shots and then noticed the staircase leading up to a restaurant. Shooting from the landing gave me a unique angle unavailable from the ground. I waited for the right grouping of people before firing the shot. Had I hung around I’m sure I would have gotten a better grouping but what can you do. Happy Monday! Hope you like it.

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Public Parking

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I shot this one Saturday, which was one hell of a beautiful day. Picked up my friend Andrea at 10:30 AM and didn’t get home until around 11:30 that evening. Now that’s a day out and about, let me tell you. Truth be told I have a big crush on her, which is why when we are together I never want it to end. But sadly it’s one sided so what can you do. I’m trying to wait it out until my feelings for her diminish. I suspect she knows but knowing doesn’t change anything, right? Anyway, so there’s a little personal drama for ya. Oh, and she doesn’t follow my blog so I’m not worried she’s going to see this; she won’t. Nothing worse than crushing on someone who isn’t interested, is there?

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Elgin Theatre, Toronto

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I shot this during that ice/wind storm we experienced in Toronto a couple of weeks back. Man it was a terrible day. This is the Elgin/Winter Garden Theatre on Yonge Street in the heart of downtown Toronto. One of Toronto’s most beautiful venues. I recall back in the ’90s seeing Spalding Gray do a gig at the Winter Garden. He was a monologist famous for “Swimming to Cambodia,” which was turned into a film called “The Killing Fields” (he acted in it), who sadly ended his life jumping into the East River (NYC) in 2004. Later I saw Sarah McLaughlin, a famous singer/songwriter perform there. It was an awesome performance. Anyway, have been inside in decades, although I tend to take photos of the outside all the time. Hope you like it and hope you have a wonderful weekend.

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Daddyo’s

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Funny how much can change in a mere one week. My last post showed a treacherous ice storm that was raging away in Toronto a week ago last Saturday. This photo I took exactly one week later, on the Saturday just past. Sunny, warm, spring-like weather. All the snow and ice and bitter wintery winds of the previous week were gone. And it’s been nice out ever since. Fingers crossed spring is finally here to stay. Time to get out the patio furniture.

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Winter ice storm in mid-April

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So mother nature decided to treat us Torontonians (and much of Ontario, in fact) to a winter ice storm this weekend, almost a month into spring. How sweet of her.

So while I could have taken the bad weather opportunity to stay home and edit photos or clean house, I went downtown to capture the storm – well, the people out and about in the storm, actually. How on earth my umbrella survived turning itself inside out a few dozen times during my outing is beyond me. The wind inspired awe. Anyway, I walked around for maybe three hours and actually managed to get some shots I’m happy with.

I was actually supposed to be doing a talk on street photography for a buddy who is running a two day workshop, but that got postponed to May when the weather will hopefully be more cooperative.

On that note I’m seriously thinking to teach one day street photography workshops. This upcoming presentation I’m giving will sort of be a trial run. Now, that alone won’t make me money enough on which to survive, but I was also thinking to start a guided street photography slanted walking tour of Toronto for tourists. Basically, for a fee I’d take visitors to Toronto out on walks, showing them the sites and teaching them how to get the best photos. It would be very one on one. For now that’s all just a thought. If a solid 9/5 job comes along I’ll be jumping on it. I need the structure in my life, to be honest.

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Texting and smoking

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I shot this back in early February on a particularly wet day in Toronto. It was supposed to snow so I brought my big Canon out with my 50mm f1.4 prime on it. The ideas was to shoot wide open so my subject would be in focus but both the foreground and background would be out of focus, making the subject sort of pop off the screen. That idea fell apart once it turned into a rain day instead of a snow day. But even with this shot, done at f1.4, gives you a sense of the narrow depth of focus. The woman’s in sharp focus but the background is blurred. I love this lens for that. Hope you like the photo.

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Peter Parker in costume

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I shot this yesterday during a walkabout downtown. Had a really good day but man with the wind was it ever brisk. This guy was performing for the kiddies at Spadina and Dundas in the heart of Toronto’s Chinatown. I’m very pleased with how my shot came out. Hope you like it.

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