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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Tiffany

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Last weekend my friend Tiffany, another photographer, met up with us. She’s a real beauty and was happy to pose for some shots. I only had my 18/2 (28mm full frame equivalent) prime lens with me, unfortunately, as it’s a bit wide for portrait work. Ideally you want something in the range of 85mm to 135mm for shooting portraiture. We’re hoping to get together for a proper photo shoot in the very near future, once the cooler autumn weather arrives.

So I’m about ready to begin writing another article. It’s called “Picture Don’t Tell Stories”. The title is sure to raise an eyebrow or two, which is by design. I’ll be arguing that good street/documentary photographs are ambiguous and evocative, and if there is a story to be told it lies in the viewer’s interpretation, not within the photo itself. I should point out I’m talking about a single image here, not a set of images put together to create a photo essay. The point I’ll be hopefully making is, by accepting that photos don’t tell stories you can become a better editor/curator of your work. Anyway, I’ve been making notes for the past few weeks and I think I’ve finally ready to put it all together.

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The Piano Man

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One of the friendliest, most upbeat dudes you’ll meet downtown. He hangs out at Spadina and Dundas in the heart of Chinatown and has a bunch of buddies who keep him company.

Before taking this photo I had already walked past the guy (I had no intentions of taking his picture), but I was with someone who I was sort of mentoring and I knew this was an opportunity to show her how easy it was to talk to strangers (it’s actually not).

I turned back and chatted him up. I can’t remember his name now but I do recall his attitude. He was amazing. He gladly let me take his photo. I have another, a portrait, but I like this one better. If you’re new to street photography you have to get comfortable with talking to a wide variety of people in the streets. That’s where all the special photos come from.

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Change please

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I shot this kitty corner to Dundas Square a couple of weeks back. I don’t often post homeless/street people, but in this case I was drawn to the guy’s hat and the nice light. After an initial edit in Lightroom I ran it through Silver Effects Pro 2 to pick up more fine detail. Man I love that plug-in, but it doubles the time of my workflow. Still, it’s worth the effort, especially once you learn how to edit in a way that does not over process the shot.

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Bikes

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I thought it was hilarious how the guy on the scooter is trying to give me the stink eye while the dude on the real bike is being totally calm about me photographing them.

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Ooh La La

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I snapped this one today while out with a couple of buddies. I actually have another I prefer, in b/w, from a week ago with different people. I’ll post it at some point down the road. Hope you’re having a good weekend.

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Sunny Smile

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I came across this lovely artist at Kensington Market. She was kind enough to let me photograph her. She’s so creative and such a pretty smile. Happy Monday everyone.

Oh, and in case anyone’s interested I updated my “About” page to include some more current information.

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Brunch at Kensington Market

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I snapped this during Pedestrian Sunday at Kensington Market. I was across the street and noticed this older gentleman in the window wearing a colourful outfit. I quickly made my way over and raised my camera to my eye for the shot. He lifted his fork and paused, posing for me. It was hilarious. I gave him a thumbs up after and he nodded back with a smile. Sometimes things just work out.

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