Women’s March on Washington: Toronto

I shot this women’s rights march last Saturday and finally finished editing the photo. Man it was a crazy big event. Like, it was probably three times the size of any other march I’ve shot. Or at least more than double the size. Very peaceful and positive, I might add.

Best viewed in full screen mode with the sound up, as the slideshow is accompanied by music. Hope you take a minute to watch it. Comments are encouraged. Thanks.

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Statue & cyclist

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This is one of those very lucky shots. I was just setting up for it, assuming I’d have to wait a while before the right person walked through the shot, when suddenly this cyclist comes along. I barely had time to focus, and bam it was caught. Worked out great.

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Honest Ed

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For those who don’t know Toronto, you likely won’t know about Honest Ed’s. It was like Toronto’s first big dollar store and it’s been around forever. Sadly, it’s closed shop for good now and a major condo and commercial development is replacing it. The Sunday after it closed I went out there and snapped plenty of photos of the building. I’ll post some later but for now this is the alley way that divided the two parts of Honest Ed’s. I got lucky with the bird.

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42 windows, 2 doors

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Here’s a shot from my walkabout downtown on Christmas day. Not many people out and about. Had the 23mm f2 (35mm eq.) on my Fuji X Pro 2 that day. I’m slowly getting used to that focal length. All in all, though, I do enjoy the wider 14mm f2.8. I’m hoping at some point Fuji updates their rather weak 18mm f2 lens. I think I’d love that focal length. Anyway, hope you like the photo.

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Pink umbrella

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I shot this in the summer at Kensington Market. It’s funny how happy I was with it at the time. Now I’m just okay with it. That’s what happens when you let your photographs percolate a while. You look at them with a fresh and more unbiased eye. Anyway, hope your week’s going well. One more day at the Gulag before the weekend.

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Happy New Year

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Hope you had a nice long weekend and brought in the New Year with family and/or friends. Mine was, as usual, rather quiet – just the way I like it. I did manage to get out for a walkabout three days in a row. My walk Saturday and Sunday was about 9 km each day and on Monday I walked another 5 km. No camera with me Monday, though. Sunday I walked to a Toronto landmark known as Honest Ed’s Warehouse (Bathurst & Bloor). It’s being torn down, sadly, and replaced with yet more condos. I wanted to take a bunch of photos of the place before it’s gone. You’ll be seeing them here over the winter.

I don’t make new year’s resolutions. Nothing against them, it’s just not for me. A week back I watched a documentary on Netflix called The Minimalists. It’s about getting rid of the clutter in your life. Not just your “stuff” but also ridding yourself of the things that don’t make you happy. They talked about living your life “deliberately” and I found that it made me really think about how I’ve been living my own life. My takeaway was more along the lines of “You’ll be happier if you stop coasting through life and letting things just happen and instead start taking deliberate action to get you to your goals.” I keep telling myself, “Live deliberately.” And it’s working, so far. I’ve been more focused. I started working on my photography books again, and working out more. I’m thinking about what I eat and trying to avoid crap more. Anyway, it’s not a resolution, per say. I just happened to watch the doc a week before New Year’s.

Hope you have a fantastic year, and that you meat all your challenges head on. Best wishes for 2017.

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Well that’s no fun…

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I shot this back on Christmas Day. As usual, I went for an epic 12 km walk from the east end of Toronto to the west. It also happened to be my first outing with Kenzie alone. I’ve been out with my new Fuji X Pro 2 with others on a couple of occasions, but never by myself. I really need time to learn how to compose with the 23mm (35mm full frame equivalent) lens. I snapped 857 shots that day, about four times my usual amount. But I was shooting anything and everything, mostly for practice. Out of all those shots I’ve got maybe 10 keepers.

When I saw this window I knew right away how I wanted to compose the shot. It was mostly for the humour of it. Anyway, hope you had a nice Christmas with family and friends. Before my big walk I picked up my dad and took him out for Breakfast. It was nice.

This weekend I’m hoping to get out for more walking with Kenzie. I’m really enjoying her. Poor Wilson (my Canon 5D Mrk III) has been a bit neglected, but I’ll get him out soon.

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Buster’s

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This is one of my favourites from that outing, back in early November. I was out with a couple of friends and we walked through the St Lawrence Market. Buster’s Sea Cove is a very busy little spot at the rear of the market, where they serve a variety of tasty seafood dishes to long lines of customers. For me, this photo works mostly because of the different expressions and actions of the people in it. It’s a busy composition but you know right away what the subject is. I snapped it with my new Fuji X Pro 2 with the 23mm f2 lens on it.

Speaking of the X Pro 2, I finally got out with it by myself on Christmas Day. Believe it or not it’s the first time I’ve been out with the camera alone. The other times I was always with a couple of other photographers, which I do enjoy but find it’s a tad distracting when it comes to learning how to use a new camera. I shot over 850 photos and walked over 12 kms, all with my 23mm f2 lens (which is equivalent to a 35mm on full frame). I had my wide angle 14mm f2.8 (which is equivalent to a 21mm on full frame) with me but since I’m very comfortable with that focal length I devoted the day to learning how to see at 23mm. I’m still getting used to shooting without a zoom lens, but it’s coming along. The trickiest part is getting the hip shots right. Since I’m shooting blind with hip shots I have to guess the right distance between me and my subject. I’ve pretty much perfected it at 24mm, since most of my hip shot shooting experience is with the 24-105mm f4 Canon lens on my Canon 5D Mrk III, but I’m finding it a challenge to know how far back to stand to get the hip shot right at 23mm (35mm eq on my 5D). The solution is a simple one: Get out and shoot, shoot, shoot.

In case I didn’t mention it before, I named my new camera Kenzie, after my favourite shooting place, Kensington Market. The Canon 5D is named Wilson, after the ball in the Tom Hanks movie Cast Away.

Hope you had a wonderful Christmas and holiday with family.

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