1. Day 251: I hadn’t planned on playing with a spinning flashlight again tonight, but while out for a walk, I couldn’t resist. I hadn’t come prepared, so I just improvised with my headlamp….  

    Day 251: I hadn’t planned on playing with a spinning flashlight again tonight, but while out for a walk, I couldn’t resist. I hadn’t come prepared, so I just improvised with my headlamp….  

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  2. 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…

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  3. Day 245: Spent today driving to Ottawa from Toronto, for a big day tomorrow; move in day for my son’s first year at University of Ottawa. Of course there wasn’t any opportunity to stop for photos during the day, so a night shot was in order. My first idea was to head towards the parliament buildings and get a nice night shot there, but to be honest, after all day driving the last thing I wanted to deal with was trying to find parking, etc.  So I headed across the river to Gatineau, Quebec and Jacques Cartier Park to grab a couple geocaches, one of which was along a new boardwalk at the river’s edge. The boardwalk has a great view of downtown Ottawa, including the Parliament Buildings, but I quite liked the lines of the MacDonald-Cartier Bridge instead.

    Day 245: Spent today driving to Ottawa from Toronto, for a big day tomorrow; move in day for my son’s first year at University of Ottawa. Of course there wasn’t any opportunity to stop for photos during the day, so a night shot was in order. My first idea was to head towards the parliament buildings and get a nice night shot there, but to be honest, after all day driving the last thing I wanted to deal with was trying to find parking, etc.  So I headed across the river to Gatineau, Quebec and Jacques Cartier Park to grab a couple geocaches, one of which was along a new boardwalk at the river’s edge. The boardwalk has a great view of downtown Ottawa, including the Parliament Buildings, but I quite liked the lines of the MacDonald-Cartier Bridge instead.

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  4. Day 243: Tried a little different variation to yesterday’s light sphere.

    Day 243: Tried a little different variation to yesterday’s light sphere.

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  5. Day 242: I’ve seen this type of photo all over the internet, and just had to give it a try myself. This is my first attempt, and I think it turned out OK. I used a battery powered light stick, which gave a thicker, blurred ball. I think next time I will use a smaller light source like LED lights. I also need to wear something black, since the letters on my t-shirt can be seen within the spehere.

    Day 242: I’ve seen this type of photo all over the internet, and just had to give it a try myself. This is my first attempt, and I think it turned out OK. I used a battery powered light stick, which gave a thicker, blurred ball. I think next time I will use a smaller light source like LED lights. I also need to wear something black, since the letters on my t-shirt can be seen within the spehere.

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  6. 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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  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 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…

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  9. 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…

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  10. Day 211: Last night ended up nice and clear for some great shots, though condensation became an issue on the lenses a couple hours into shooting. A couple of us began hiking around the lake to a higher ridge where we hoped it would put us above the moisture hovering around the lake. This shot was along the hike there around 3:30 am this morning.

    Day 211: Last night ended up nice and clear for some great shots, though condensation became an issue on the lenses a couple hours into shooting. A couple of us began hiking around the lake to a higher ridge where we hoped it would put us above the moisture hovering around the lake. This shot was along the hike there around 3:30 am this morning.

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  11. Day 209: Tonight, I joined some caching friends at Torrance Barrens Dark Sky Preserve, camping and awaiting clear skies for some star gazing. I rented a MKII for the occasion, and a 14mm f/2.8L lens. By the time the moon had set, clouds were slowly moving in to obscure what stars we could see. During that small time frame, I managed a few shots, but all badly focused. With unfamiliar gear, and only a red light to guide my adjustments, and shooting a subject in pitch blackness getting the manual focus on just the right spot proved a challenge. Fortunately I would have that all figured out in a few hours, but that would be tomorrow’s shot, not today’s. Nonetheless, I like this shot. I’ll definitely be back here to play some more….

    Day 209: Tonight, I joined some caching friends at Torrance Barrens Dark Sky Preserve, camping and awaiting clear skies for some star gazing. I rented a MKII for the occasion, and a 14mm f/2.8L lens. By the time the moon had set, clouds were slowly moving in to obscure what stars we could see. During that small time frame, I managed a few shots, but all badly focused. With unfamiliar gear, and only a red light to guide my adjustments, and shooting a subject in pitch blackness getting the manual focus on just the right spot proved a challenge. Fortunately I would have that all figured out in a few hours, but that would be tomorrow’s shot, not today’s. Nonetheless, I like this shot. I’ll definitely be back here to play some more….

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  12. 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.

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  13. Day 206: This is another one of those locations I have wanted to stop and get a shot of for a long time, and I drive by it daily on my way to work. The Kingsway Theatre originally opened in 1939, and lasted until 2006 when it closed. In 2009, it reopened after some renovations. Personally, I prefer the movie experience in this type of venue compared to today’s giant cineplex style theatres.

    Day 206: This is another one of those locations I have wanted to stop and get a shot of for a long time, and I drive by it daily on my way to work. The Kingsway Theatre originally opened in 1939, and lasted until 2006 when it closed. In 2009, it reopened after some renovations. Personally, I prefer the movie experience in this type of venue compared to today’s giant cineplex style theatres.

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  14. Day 192: . Downsview Park is Canada’s largest urban park, and an ex-Armed Forces base, and not too far from home. This is one of the old aircraft hangars, that has now become a sports center. Shot three HDR, and stitched together.

    Day 192: . Downsview Park is Canada’s largest urban park, and an ex-Armed Forces base, and not too far from home. This is one of the old aircraft hangars, that has now become a sports center. Shot three HDR, and stitched together.

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  15. Day 181: I headed north tonight with of the rest of the long weekend crowd, however I was going considerably further than most. Actually my final destination was remote enough to ensure I would have no company at all. Sudbury was my first stop in the 600+ km drive north, and still needing a photo op, paid a visit to Sudbury’s icon, the Big Nickel. Lots of bugs in the shot if you look close….

    Day 181: I headed north tonight with of the rest of the long weekend crowd, however I was going considerably further than most. Actually my final destination was remote enough to ensure I would have no company at all. Sudbury was my first stop in the 600+ km drive north, and still needing a photo op, paid a visit to Sudbury’s icon, the Big Nickel. Lots of bugs in the shot if you look close….

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