Meet Kenzie

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For a little change I thought today I’d share my new (well, relatively new) camera, Kenzie. My big Canon 5D is named Wilson, after the ball in the Tom Hanks movie, Cast Away. Kenzie is named after Kensington Market, which to me is what this camera is made for – serious street shooting for those who cannot afford a Leica.

On the camera is the new 23mm f2 Fuji lens, which gives you a focal length of 35mm in full frame terms. In the bag I have a 14mm f2.8, which is a 21mm full frame equivalent.

The strap — ahhh, the strap — is hand crafted by Harry Benz. It’s absolutely gorgeous, and made from buffalo hide. Harry’s straps don’t come cheap, but in my opinion there’s just nothing else out there that’s as high quality. Notice there’s no adjustment? That’s because you order it to the specific length that suits you and he makes it to that measurement. Being a Toronto guy, I got to meet him and discuss his craft for an afternoon over coffees. Let me tell you, the man is passionate about what he does.

The thumb rest and soft release shutter button are both by Lensmate.I picked the red soft release knowing that it would go perfectly with my strap, which also has a read pinstripe detailing on the edges.

I wanted to trick out the camera and really make is special to me. I’ve got to say, this camera is simply amazing and is exactly all I’d hoped for. It’s a joy to take out.

Speaking of getting out, I spent the past two days out shooting. Like, full days. I have no idea how many miles I walked but it’s over 10 for sure. Got a ton of shots to share.

Hope you have a great week. It’s Family Day here in Ontario so I’m off work and back tomorrow. Cheers.

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Spectral

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I shot this during one of my long walkabouts on Christmas day. The mannequin in the window and the reflection of the buildings in the storefront glass seems to be working nicely. Sort of has a haunting feel to it. Hope you like it.

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Angel in blue

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I went to the Distillery District Saturday night to check out the big lighting display they have going on down there. It was pretty cool. I probably should have brought my tripod. Most of my shots I processed in black & white, which I find more forgiving when it comes to digital noise. This one I like, and for ISO 6400 it’s pretty clean. In fairness, though, if I’d shot this with my Canon 5D the ISO would have been around 1600-2000.I shot at f5/6 and 1/30th of a second. I could have opened up to f2.8, which wold have reduced my ISO by two stops to 1600, but I was more focused on capturing the moment than playing with settings.

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Behind the counter

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I snapped this last fall on Queen West. The name of the restaurant escapes me at the moment. It reminded me of an older diner from the 50s, so I played with the colours to give it a sort of vintage look. The server was kind enough to agree to pose for me. I love her dress, fits right in.

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Straight, then curvy

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I shot this during my boxing day outing a month back. I must have walked six hours that day. Basically I was attracted to this scene by the oddness of it. Got lucky with the taxi passing through my frame. Hope you like it.

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Women’s March on Washington: Photos

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For those of you who did not watch my slideshow from the Women’s March on Washington: Toronto event a couple of Saturday’s back, I thought I’d post a few photos for you. It was quite a huge crowd. Very peaceful and positive.

 

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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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