Big Machines

This photo dates back to the Milton Steam Engine Fair in the summer. Unfortunately I really struggled to get proper exposure because the light was so bad. In hindsight I should have shot in manual at least, or maybe used my flash. Nonetheless, I did manage to get a few neat shots. This is another one of those shots that’s been sitting in a folder for ages while I try to figure out what to do with it. Today I finally saw what I was looking for: a wide angle version created by cropping off the top and bottom of the shot. Thanks to an 18 megapixel camera, I can get away with this without much loss in detail. In the original, the guy in the scooter simply gets lost in the scene. I think this works much better. Also, here’s a good example where black & white doesn’t work. I tried it but the guy no longer stands out. Plus, it’s a shame to lose the colours of the trackers.

We’ve got quite a lot of snow falling today. I think I’m going to head out anyway and try to get some shots of the falling flakes. The problem is, my camera isn’t weather sealed like the pro-level cameras. That’s going to be one of the other benefits of getting a full frame camera in the spring. That and a must faster and more accurate auto focus. I find the AF on my camera is okay but does leave a lot to be desired. The Canon 7D and the new Nikon D7000 blows it out of the water.

Here’s something I’ve been thinking about lately, although I should really try hard to push it from my mind. I’d like to start an online magazine dedicated to photography in Toronto. In a nutshell, the magazine would showcase all the galleries around the city and what they’re featuring on any particular week or month. It would also feature all the photo worthy sites in and around Toronto. And it would list all the sales in the various camera stores, framing shops, printing outlets and so on. As well, it would list the various photography and photo editing courses around the city. Basically, it would be about what’s happening in Toronto for photographers. There’d also be reviews and tutorials, but that would be sort of a secondary focus. And I’d have contests and such, and maybe a classifieds section. I’d then sell advertising to anyone who has anything to do with photography, from retail stores to manufacturers to educators and so on. I’d also include an online bookstore dedicated to photography. Sounds pretty major, right? That’s why I keep trying to push this idea down. I’ve got a fantastic job right now with terrific benefits and it just doesn’t leave nearly enough time to get something like this off the ground. An online magazine like this would likely make very little money, hardly enough to survive on. It would be more of a labour of love. I think it would be loads of fun and I’m sure with the right marketing I’d garner a loyal following. Anyway, one can dream, right?

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8 Responses to Big Machines

  1. Frances says:

    That sounds like an awesome idea! Obviously you have thought about it for awhile. I would not push it to the back of my mind…. It keeps coming to the front for a reason…. it may just be your calling !! Sounds like it to me.

    • Thanks Frances. The idea was borne out of a need, which is where the best kind of ideas come from. I keep thinking, I wish there was one site I could visit that had everything I wanted in regards to photography in Toronto. There are many photography related sites but none that cover all the things I mentioned. The problem is it would take a considerable amount of money to start and then more to maintain. I’m not sure advertising would bring in enough to make it viable. Ideally, I’d get sponsors, like say Henry’s would sponsor a page and they’d send new content each week to keep it fresh. They would pay so much annually for the page. The site would also be connected to Flickr and Facebook, of course.

  2. lynnwiles says:

    Sounds like a great idea. Maybe you should give up sleeping, then you would have time to take this on. Of course you might go insane from sleep deprivation.

  3. I think that sounds like a great idea, and would definitely subscribe if I was in Toronto! I wish there was something like that for Canberra….

  4. milkayphoto says:

    Sounds like a great idea. You have such an interesting take, both photographically and perspectively (?) on Toronto. You expose the good with the bad and are not ashamed about either. You are a straight shooter. Qualities that would make you an ideal person to start such a project.

    Think about it in small chunks. How different would the magazine be from your blog? What sections would it have? Would you include local advertizers?

    Definitely worth jotting a few ideas down.

    • Thanks Tracy. I agree about taking it in small steps. I think the first thing I should do is map out a wish list and from there figure out how to put it together. I have a friend who is a web developer so maybe he’ll come on board to help.

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