1. Day 250: Another spot close to home, and also where my son, Quinn played hockey for a number of years. I miss those weekends at the rink, and the tournaments…

    Day 250: Another spot close to home, and also where my son, Quinn played hockey for a number of years. I miss those weekends at the rink, and the tournaments…

    2 years ago  /  1 note

  2. Day 244:  A few posts ago, I mentioned how I “collect” certain types of images. One of those collections are of characters I find among the city’s graffiti. A little bit of talent among the usual scribbles and tags. Spotted this unusual guy this morning while grabbing a bite to eat.

    Day 244:  A few posts ago, I mentioned how I “collect” certain types of images. One of those collections are of characters I find among the city’s graffiti. A little bit of talent among the usual scribbles and tags. Spotted this unusual guy this morning while grabbing a bite to eat.

    2 years ago  /  5 notes

  3. Day 239: More graffiti today. But something a little different caught my eyes on this one, the text on the ground in front of the wall. 

    Day 239: More graffiti today. But something a little different caught my eyes on this one, the text on the ground in front of the wall. 

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  4. Day 238: Headed out to the Toronto Islands with a couple friends for a little bit of caching and some Munzee fun. I was looking forward to an afternoon on the islands, and figured on a good photography day. However, as I have done a few times, I had recently cleaned up all my cards, and forgot to repack them with my gear. So, without memory for the DSLR, I relied on my iPhone again. I discovered a couple new filters in my HDR Pro app that were part of a recent update, one of which is “XP Pro” and I used on this shot of a boardwalk on the island.

    Day 238: Headed out to the Toronto Islands with a couple friends for a little bit of caching and some Munzee fun. I was looking forward to an afternoon on the islands, and figured on a good photography day. However, as I have done a few times, I had recently cleaned up all my cards, and forgot to repack them with my gear. So, without memory for the DSLR, I relied on my iPhone again. I discovered a couple new filters in my HDR Pro app that were part of a recent update, one of which is “XP Pro” and I used on this shot of a boardwalk on the island.

    2 years ago  /  1 note

  5. Day 236: Headed down to the CNE tonight. The plan was some long exposure shots of the rides, but with the crowds of people I was wary of using a tripod just to have someone bump into it. So….  concentrated on some handheld shots of the bright lights and colours. Definitely have to head down here a couple more times before the CNE is finished for another year.

    Day 236: Headed down to the CNE tonight. The plan was some long exposure shots of the rides, but with the crowds of people I was wary of using a tripod just to have someone bump into it. So….  concentrated on some handheld shots of the bright lights and colours. Definitely have to head down here a couple more times before the CNE is finished for another year.

    2 years ago  /  2 notes

  6. Day 232: One thing about living in Toronto, is that graffiti of all sorts is never very far from our view. Some of it is quite valid as an art form, and a lot of it is simply visual pollution. And a small portion of it is gang related or inspired by the associated culture that comes with gangs. This small tag in my neighbourhood makes me wonder if it’s truly a warning or just some kids having some mischievous fun…

    Day 232: One thing about living in Toronto, is that graffiti of all sorts is never very far from our view. Some of it is quite valid as an art form, and a lot of it is simply visual pollution. And a small portion of it is gang related or inspired by the associated culture that comes with gangs. This small tag in my neighbourhood makes me wonder if it’s truly a warning or just some kids having some mischievous fun…

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  7. Day 231: Not the typical, picturesque sunset, but this is the view residents in the stockyards area of Toronto have had now for a couple of years. The stockyards area at Weston/St, Clair in the west end of Toronto used to be a thriving industrial neighbourhood dominated by slaughterhouses and abattoirs. They are still here but on a much smaller scale. Soon there will be yet another retail development complete with “big box” stores and fast food.

    Day 231: Not the typical, picturesque sunset, but this is the view residents in the stockyards area of Toronto have had now for a couple of years. The stockyards area at Weston/St, Clair in the west end of Toronto used to be a thriving industrial neighbourhood dominated by slaughterhouses and abattoirs. They are still here but on a much smaller scale. Soon there will be yet another retail development complete with “big box” stores and fast food.

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  8. Day 227: Finished work early today out in the east end of the city, so wandered down to the boardwalk near Ashbridges Bay in search of something interesting to shoot. Shot this originally in colour using the iPhone’s HDR Pro, but preferred the black and white version….

    Day 227: Finished work early today out in the east end of the city, so wandered down to the boardwalk near Ashbridges Bay in search of something interesting to shoot. Shot this originally in colour using the iPhone’s HDR Pro, but preferred the black and white version….

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  9. Day 220: I headed down to Cherry Beach tonight to capture a series of Munzees that were just deployed, and place a couple of my own. Hoping to find something to shoot while out here, I lucked out with this old lighthouse…

    Day 220: I headed down to Cherry Beach tonight to capture a series of Munzees that were just deployed, and place a couple of my own. Hoping to find something to shoot while out here, I lucked out with this old lighthouse…

    2 years ago  /  1 note

  10. Day 218: After a couple days downtown earlier in the week, I decided to head there again today, and took a walk along Queen Street East from Yonge. Within a couple blocks, I spotted this oddly decorated bike. It definitely looks like it will never start again, which I am sure is fine, as I can’t imagine who would want to ride it down a street anyways. Why it’s chained in place is puzzling too, because I also can’t imagine anyone actually stealing it…

    Day 218: After a couple days downtown earlier in the week, I decided to head there again today, and took a walk along Queen Street East from Yonge. Within a couple blocks, I spotted this oddly decorated bike. It definitely looks like it will never start again, which I am sure is fine, as I can’t imagine who would want to ride it down a street anyways. Why it’s chained in place is puzzling too, because I also can’t imagine anyone actually stealing it…

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  11. Day 217: Back in my college days, I survived some days entirely on what is sometimes affectionately called “street meat”. A spicy sausage on a bun was my choice, loaded with corn relish, onions and mayo. I don’t eat them as often as I used to, but still indulge myself a couple times a month, and know most of the locations of these carts around the city. I am lucky enough to have one just a short walk from my house…..

    Day 217: Back in my college days, I survived some days entirely on what is sometimes affectionately called “street meat”. A spicy sausage on a bun was my choice, loaded with corn relish, onions and mayo. I don’t eat them as often as I used to, but still indulge myself a couple times a month, and know most of the locations of these carts around the city. I am lucky enough to have one just a short walk from my house…..

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  12. Day 216: I actually spotted this place on Sherbourne Street yesterday, so made a point of stopping here today for a quick shot. Ironically the True Love Cafe needs a little TLC, as the place looks permanently closed. Not sure I’d want a “juicy & sexy” burger anyways….

    Day 216: I actually spotted this place on Sherbourne Street yesterday, so made a point of stopping here today for a quick shot. Ironically the True Love Cafe needs a little TLC, as the place looks permanently closed. Not sure I’d want a “juicy & sexy” burger anyways….

    2 years ago  /  1 note

  13. Day 215: Working downtown is always frustrating…  little to no parking, heavy traffic all day long, and the jobs tend to be a little more difficult on some of the much older buildings, unlike the usual jobsites I am used to. However, after work, before heading home, the downtown core provides a great variety of subject matter for my daily photos. I took a short walk down Yonge Street, something I rarely do despite living in the city for 20 years. The street has changed a lot in that time, with many buildings being torn down, and alot of the seedier businesses now gone. A couple adult businesses still exist though, including the infamous Zanzibar. This is also probably the brightest, most colourful building front along the Yonge Street strip….

    Day 215: Working downtown is always frustrating…  little to no parking, heavy traffic all day long, and the jobs tend to be a little more difficult on some of the much older buildings, unlike the usual jobsites I am used to. However, after work, before heading home, the downtown core provides a great variety of subject matter for my daily photos. I took a short walk down Yonge Street, something I rarely do despite living in the city for 20 years. The street has changed a lot in that time, with many buildings being torn down, and alot of the seedier businesses now gone. A couple adult businesses still exist though, including the infamous Zanzibar. This is also probably the brightest, most colourful building front along the Yonge Street strip….

    2 years ago  /  35 notes

  14. Day 212: I still had the 5D MKII rental from my weekend up north, and didn’t have to drop it back in the mail until tomorrow, so headed downtown with one thing in mind. What could I do without a tripod? Most shots ended up being at ISO 3200, and they  still looked great. I swore it would be a long time before I upgrade from the 50D, but the extra flexibility the 5D affords has me considering a second body now. Tonight’s location began down at Captain John’s, at the foot of Yonge Street, a floating restaurant that has seen it’s last days, and is soon to be removed. I got a lot of nice shots, but on the drive home, I spotted this tattoo shop, and pulled over for a quick photo. Always liked neon at night…

    Day 212: I still had the 5D MKII rental from my weekend up north, and didn’t have to drop it back in the mail until tomorrow, so headed downtown with one thing in mind. What could I do without a tripod? Most shots ended up being at ISO 3200, and they  still looked great. I swore it would be a long time before I upgrade from the 50D, but the extra flexibility the 5D affords has me considering a second body now. Tonight’s location began down at Captain John’s, at the foot of Yonge Street, a floating restaurant that has seen it’s last days, and is soon to be removed. I got a lot of nice shots, but on the drive home, I spotted this tattoo shop, and pulled over for a quick photo. Always liked neon at night…

    2 years ago  /  1 note

  15. Day 208: Took a last minute drive down to the CNE tonight, a great spot, whose historic buildings can keep my camera and I busy for hours. This isn’t the first time I’ve shot the Liberty Grand, though it is the first night shot I’ve taken of it. Built in 1926, the Beaux Arts building is a banquet hall and events theatre building now.

    Day 208: Took a last minute drive down to the CNE tonight, a great spot, whose historic buildings can keep my camera and I busy for hours. This isn’t the first time I’ve shot the Liberty Grand, though it is the first night shot I’ve taken of it. Built in 1926, the Beaux Arts building is a banquet hall and events theatre building now.

    2 years ago  /  7 notes