Kensington Market, late afternoon

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I’m always a fan of using shadows within my composition. In this case those shadows are acting like leading lines that draw you into the scene. I also like how the late afternoon sun has sun-kissed the photo, splashing lovely light all around. I think this shot would have worked well in colour too. Hope you like it.

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March against Extinction

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So last weekend I caught up with a group protesting ivory trade and the looming extinction of elephants and rhinos. It’s sad we still have to march to raise awareness for this sort of stuff. One would hope we’d have learned by past mistakes and changed our ways. On the flip side, more is being done now than ever before. It’s sadly still not enough.

 

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Head in a jar

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So the AGO (Art Gallery of Ontario) currently has a Guillermo del Toro exhibition on right now. He’s the Mexican filmmaker and director of numerous movies, such as Hellboy, Pan’s Labyrinth, Pacific Rim, Blade II, Mimic, Cronos, and my favourite, The Devil’s Backbone. He also writes books, such as The Strain series. Anyway, the exhibition was open early to members only and a friend of mine took me Friday. It was neat to see the props and all the other stuff, most straight from del Toro’s home. I got a few photos and this one is one of my favourites. I’ll post more in the coming days and weeks.

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The end is near

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I take all sorts of photography; portraits, architecture, street, landscape, whatever draws my interest. But the one type of composition that really tickles my fancy is that which includes an interesting grouping of people. Why? Because I find such photos to be the most challenging to capture. There are just too many moving parts in order to pre-plan the shot. All you can do is snap off a couple of frames and hope something works. Most often it doesn’t.

This one I’m really happy with. Although the obvious main subject is Santa warning us the end is near, and the dude on the moped who has his eye on me, there are actually 16 people in this shot. Maybe more.

Take a close looks, starting from the far left of the frame. There’s a lot going on here, and it all sort of works, even though the shot is extremely busy. For me that’s the most rewardiong type of photograph.

As always, your mileage may vary.

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Little bridge & waterfalls

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I met a friend yesterday at this big park in midtown Toronto called Edwards Gardens. It’s a beautiful place. Haven’t been in literally a couple of decades. Brought along the camera and managed to get a couple of shots I like. I’m no landscape photographer so I don’t really “see” things to photograph the way others who shoot this sort of stuff all the time would. Anyway, I thought this one turned out nice. Hope you like it.

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Eight times dryer

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There’s something attractive about laundromats. I know you don’t often see photos of them from me, but I do shoot them all the time. Problem is, I’m never happy enough with the shot to share it. But I keep trying. And this is one I’m pleased with. It was taken way out in the west end on Dundas West Saturday. Hope you like it.

On another, sadder note, I got packaged out from my job last week, so after almost seven years I find myself once again without employment. Not sure what I’m going to do at the moment, but I’m also not terrible stressed about it. Going to take the week to get some household chores done and photos editing and then I’ll start thinking about my future again. Wish me luck.

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The Wall

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There’s an old mental health hospital on Queen St W. I was walking the grounds and along the back end there’s this wall that divides the hospital grounds from a new mini subdivision. Something about it caught my eye. I actually stopped and thought about it a while, taking a few random shots. I think a couple of things are at play here. 1. Is the wall meant to keep the people in the subdivision out, or is it there to keep them in? 2. The ambiguity attracted me. Like, the upper floors of the houses only hint at what lays on the other side, and the age of the wall itself raises questions, since it’s obviously been there far longer than the houses behind it.

Anyway, it’s one of my favourites from the summer. Hope you like it.

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CNE Night Pool

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So I made it out to the CNE for the first time in years. Brought Wilson out for a change, that’s my big Canon 5D Mrk III. Put on the 16-35mm wide angle lens, too. It was fun but to be honest I found the crowds a little overwhelming and ended up not really getting a lot of decent shots. Never the less, I did get this one, which I like.

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