Super Smiles

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This is Jasmine and Tiffany from our photo walks group. They came out on Friday for a somewhat impromptu walkabout through Cabbagetown, organized by my friend Michael. At this point we’d stopped for a little rest at the Riverdale farm. Not sure what we were discussing but I snapped this shot without either of them noticing. They were surprised when I showed it to them. What lovely, smart young ladies. So fun and full of energy. I think this photo pretty much sums up the Friday outing, which was warm and sunny and fun filled.

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Spring has sprung

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Had a great day out yesterday. Took in a little too much sun and now I’m paying for it. But I got a lot of nice photos. This I shot at Allan Gardens in downtown Toronto. Not my typical street photography but I thought it would make a nice spring photograph. Hope you like it.

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Waiting on a train

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Here’s another of my subway shots. I love the retro look of our stations here in Toronto. I really do need to get down there more with my camera. The funny thing with this shot is there were tons of people all around me and cutting through my shot left, right and centre. But I waited for just this moment when I had a clear view of my subject. Another example of how patience and seeing the shot ahead of time is so important with street photography.

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Subway rider

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I really want to invest some time riding our subway system with my camera. I know it’s been done to death but not by me. It would make for a fun rainy day adventure. And with my Fuji it would be pretty easy to be discrete. I snapped this one on of of my rare subway rides recently. I thought the guy’s coat was pretty interesting.

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Big ol’ fashioned pillow fight in Toronto

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If you’ve followed along you know I enjoy shooting protests and rallies. Thing is, they’re usually pretty negative experiences. I mean, they happen because people aren’t happy, right? Two events I always enjoy shooting is the annual zombie walk and the annual pillow fight. I skipped it last year but made it out yesterday. And let me tell you, pillows were a-flying.

If you are from Toronto (or the GTA) and especially if you have kids, I think this might be one of the most fun things you could attend. Your kids will go crazy for it, like looking at the Christmas windows at The Bay or the Santa Parade.

Anyway, I really enjoyed watching so many people from all walks of life, and all races and religions, come together to simply swing some pillows around and have a grand old time of it. No other event is filled with suck laughter and joy. So next year, do yourself a favour and come on out. Make it a family outing. You will thank me.

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Girl walks into a bar…

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I shot this back in mid February during a particularly warm walkabout in downtown Toronto. This is way out on Queen West at a place I often drop into for a pint when I’m walking out that way. I shot it at f2.8 / ISO 800 / 1/15th s with the X Pro 2 and the 14mm f2.8 on it.

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Winter in the Beaches, Toronto

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I shot this more than a month back during a bad storm here in Toronto. Seemed to work well in colour, thanks to the woman in the red coat. Hopefully we won’t be seeing any more major storms, now than spring has sprung. Have a great weekend.

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1984

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While this might seem like a pretty innocuous photo taken at a bookstore, but consider this: Had Trump lost the election last November none of these books would be featured on the shelf at the isle’s end right now.

When I snapped this shot an older lady working at the bookstore asked why I was taking the photo. I explained what I just said about Trump and we ended up having a nice discussion about what’s going on down there.

Being Canadian and all, I don’t care to share my opinion, as it doesn’t matter. I have no say on what goes on in the U.S., plus, here in Canada we have some very dire problems with our provincial and federal governments. My opinion is that Canadian’s should be investing their energy into what’s happening in their own country before blathering on incessantly about the president of another country.

Anyway, the main reason I snapped this photo was to capture a moment in history. Perhaps fifty years from now someone might come across it and recognize it’s significance. Maybe not.

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