Tattooed Tommy

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Here’s another shot I took back in June on my vacation. The title refers to his pants, not his name. I was near Ryerson snapping photos when I noticed this shirtless dude. He looked like bad business, to be honest, but he also looked to me like a real challenge for engaging street people for a photo. I asked if I could snap a shot and he said sure. After I began walking away  he started walking with me and chatting. I was a bit nervous at first but quickly came to realize he just wanted someone to talk to. I listened to his story and how he was trying to get his life back in order. He’d done some jail time down east and was somewhat new to Toronto. I then asked for a second photo – this one – and had him stand against the wall. Turned out good and is sure to make my book. Anyway, I find that shots captured outside of your comfort zone tend to be the most rewarding. And if you want to shoot street, you’re going to have to get used to engaging strangers. Happy Monday.

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The building, the bike, the pedestrian

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This one turned out pretty nice. I shot it back in June during my vacation. I was attracted by how the light was reflecting off those windows. I just parked myself on the corner and waited for a cyclist to cruise through my shot. It wasn’t as easy as it sounds, since every time a cyclist would ride through the shot, he’s be accompanied by cars in each direction. I needed a lone cyclist and no cars. Frankly, I’m not even that keen on the two cars waiting for the light, but after like ten minutes of waiting I was ready to take what I could get.

So I’ve been off work the whole week but so busy around the house I didn’t get out once with the camera. I plan to make it out today and tomorrow, though. Hopefully I’ll have a few newer photos to share.

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Tree Art

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I shot this on Queen West a while back. It’s an old, dead tree and all that remains is the trunk, which someone has painted with graffiti. I saw the kid coming and knew he was going to skirt around the opposite side of the tree from my side. There would be a moment when he’d be blocked by the tree, unable to see me. The second he was, I raised my camera and readied myself for the shot. A half second later he appeared and I caught this. Not sure if he even knew I was photographing him. I thought it worked out well, especially considering I had maybe two seconds to plan out what I was going to do, as the scene materialized in front of me. With street photography you’ve got to be ready for anything.

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Closing Sale

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I like taking photos of things and places that are in a state of flux.

I’ve driven past this place for years and it’s always been a mechanic’s garage. Across the street has always been a big bowling alley (O’Connor Bowl). Recently, though, the bowling alley was sold and the land is now being redeveloped into condos. I managed to get a few shots of it being torn down.

Then this place across the street from the alley closed shop.

One day on my way home from work in late July, as I was sitting waiting for a light to change, I noticed the afternoon sun was splashing the “closing sales” sign onto the back wall in the form of a shadow. I noted the time and the following weekend I popped by late in the afternoon with my camera and captured this. The thing is, not only is the place changing, even the way the light was working this scene was changing. I mean, there is no time of day now where the sun’s placement in the sky casts that shadow on the wall. And no doubt by the time next year the sun is in the right position again, the sign will be gone and the place will have new occupants. So simply, you are seeing a shot that only existed in mid-summer 2016.

Kinda cool, if you ask me. Anyway, hope you like it.

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Snowbirds in flight

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I shot this during the CNE airshow. I was at Kensington Market, a long way away from the waterfront show but I suppose these planes were looping around and came north. I didn’t have a long lens so this was the best I could do with them. Hope you like it.

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Big Yellow Bike

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I shot this during my June vacation. I was out on a walk with a friend of mine and we meandered down to the harbour front. That day I was sporting my wide angle 16-35mm lens. It’s a ton of fun to use once you learn how to exploit it. I wanted the bike to look huge in the frame. I think it worked. Hope you’re having a good week.

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Soccer Practice

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I snapped this one a week back. Took a bunch of shots to finally get one or two I liked. I was outside the Ryerson School of Imagine not far from Dundas Square. I also got out yesterday to the AGO and then down to King Street, which was closed off for TIFF (Toronto International Film Fest). I’ll post some of those in the coming days. Happy Sunday. The temps here have dropped like 10 degrees overnight and the humidity is right down to normal levels. It’s finally feeling pleasant outside. The AC is off and the windows all open wide. Thank god.

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Belly full of stop light

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When I first came across this shot I had one idea but after a few snaps it morphed into another idea. Both involved capturing the street light in the dress of the woman on the sign. The thing is, I spent so much time working out what I wanted, I missed what I feel could have been a great element. I should have poked my head around the corner and watched out for a cyclist, then set up the shot and waited for him/her to ride into the scene. On the flip side, though, perhaps that additional element would have distracted from the woman, her dress and the street light and in the end, minimized the impact of that. Without a cyclist or someone walking through the shot, you eye (hopefully) is drawn to the sign and (hopefully again) drawn to the street light reflected in the dress. Anyway, I probably shouldn’t over analyze it. Hope you like it.

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