Coffeehouse Window

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I shot this back on the long weekend in May. There was just something about that young lady with her back in the sun, while the rest of the window remained in shadow. I think it works nicely, although it won’t make the cut when it comes to my colour photography book. Hope you like and and hope you’re having a good week.

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Love is…

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I shot this last weekend during another walk through the west end. My views on Love are tainted by my lifelong failure at it, to be honest. Like everyone I have my times when I yearn for it, but mostly – and especially as I’ve gotten older – I’ve trained myself to turn my back on it; to look at it as something from which to run.

I’m not a good looking guy, I have to say, and as such I’ve always ended up on the losing end of this illness called Love. Once in a very blue moon someone comes along and I find myself drawn to her and can’t help but fall for her, but it always ends the same, with me with a broken heart and alone again. Why on earth anyone would want to do that to themselves is beyond me. It’s a hopeless endeavor, at least for someone like me.

Anyway, I saw this storefront and it got me thinking about Love again. Perhaps it’s spring in the air, I don’t know. Better close my windows and turn my back on the idea while I still can.

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A rare selfie…

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Okay, it’s not going to put Kim Kardashian to shame or anything, but here’s a neat selfie I snapped a week or so back. Sort of a picture in picture. Hope you’re having a good week.

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Chinatown Girl

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I saw this adorable little Asian girl before she noticed me, so I framed the shot and waited for her to look up. She was so cute. Another Saturday in Chinatown, Toronto. Hope you like it.

On another note, I’ve noticed for the past while my Fujifilm X Pro 2 has gotten a lot slower at auto focusing, and will often miss focus. I didn’t know what to make of it. I thought perhaps the latest firmware update might have put a strain on the processor, I don’t know. Then it dawned on me it might be the electronic contacts on the body and lens that allow the lens to communicate with the camera. So I bought a cleaning fluid from Amazon and cleaned the contacts on my camera and my three prime lenses, and voilà, the problem was solved and the auto focus is behaving much better again. Thank baby Jesus.

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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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