Oasis at Kensington Market

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Sorry, not Liam and Noel Gallagher, just some guy in a t-shirt at Kensington Market. The t-shirt isn’t even advertising the band, but a bar in Toronto. As for the shot, I just looked at him and nodded and tapped my lens. Very low key. He nodded back and the photo was made. I often find that engaging a subject like this is a good way to ensure you don’t get too much of a reaction from them. What I don’t want is a big smile and a peace sign or something. I want the shot to look at natural and candid as it can, under the circumstances. That’s best achieved by not making a big deal of it. At least it works for me. Your mileage may vary.

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Subway Suit Guy

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I was attracted to the lines in this composition, along with the single guy in the suit riding the escalator. I don’t think this shot would have worked as well had there been others in the frame. It’s not tack sharp but I don’t worry about that nearly as much as I used to. The composition is more important, in my opinion. Hope you like it, and Happy Sunday!

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The Fellowship

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Haven’t posted in a while, sorry. Gotta make more time for the blog. Anyway, I shot this during a long walkabout a couple of weeks back. What’s funny is just how busy this spot was with people and traffic. But I waited and got lucky – no cars and the people in just the right places in the shot. Hope you like it. Have a great week.

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The Duck

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We had our annual Redpath Sugar Waterfront Festival this Canada Day weekend. Based on the huge turnout I’m guessing it was quite a success. Our ever wasteful Liberal government flushed $120K of taxpayers’ money down the toilet on a six story inflatable duck; however, it also seemed to be quite the success. Everyone was desperate to get a selfie with the duck. Irrespective of the cost to taxpayers, I think it did add a buzz to the weekend that the festival has lacked in other years. The duck will, apparently, be shipped to other waterfronts across the province over the summer, so when you consider it was not just a weekend thing, the price doesn’t seems to bad. Plus, it means other taxpayers around the province will get to take a selfie with North America’s most expensive inflatable duck. Anyway, I did get out all day yesterday and had a fun time. Happy Canada Day.

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The Butcher Shop

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Just a random colour shot during my big walkabout a week back.

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What do I have to do to get your attention?

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Big day out yesterday. Parked downtown then walked to uptown and poked around Yorkville awhile. I then hopped the subway west to Dundas West and headed over to a neighbourhood called The Junction (Keele & Dundas). They were having their annual Summer Solstice Street Festival. I walked it like four times before walking all the way back downtown, where I ended up on Church St. (our gay village in Toronto). I missed the Dyke March (it’s always the day before the big Gay Parade) but the street was still closed and packed with people celebrating. I’ll be posting photos from that this week. Maybe even later today, if I get a chance to finish editing them.All in all I must have walked a dozen kilometres yesterday. Slept very well last night.

Anyway, when I walked by this store (it was closed for some reason) on the way to the Junction, there was no cat in the window, but on the way back, low and behold. Boy he was cute. Seemed very friendly and looked like he only wanted to cuddle. Sadly, with the glass between us that wasn’t in the cards.

Have a great Sunday.

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Minimalist Bike

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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.

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Finger

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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.

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