I look at photos of steam venting out of utility grates and feel envious of the photographer - right place at the right time. Oh and they happen to have their camera with them. Yesterday I had my chance.
It was a morning of running a couple of errands so I'm not really sure why I tossed my camera into my bag, but I'm happy I did. Love the above scene, I just caught the streetcar coming up through the mist. I took a few photos but the one above and the next one were keepers.
I wanted to highlight the billowing mist so I tried a bit of black and white magic.
Not sure which I prefer. Maybe neither - each has something to offer, each emphasizing different aspects.
Interesting things are happening at Yonge & St Clair. The dowdy old corner is getting a much needed face lift. While it's undergoing renovations, the owner has put up some interesting eye candy for us to enjoy:
If you are in the neigbourhood, hop off the subway, go to street level and saunter to the Yonge & St. Clair intersection for the show.
I really don’t do well in the cold. Keep that in mind when you look at today’s photo offering. I trotted down to Queen’s Quay to snap a few photos of the ice. I usually avoid going down to the harbour during winter because it can be bitter but got this notion in my head that I had – yes had – to photograph ice on the lake. Not a clue why. And yet I did.
I’m glad I didn’t wimp out. Not a lot of photos, but a few that pleased me. The day’s adventure was about testing settings to get the best colour balance. I didn’t exactly cover myself with glory on that end. Quite a few awful pictures, although a few stood out. I scoured them, trying to figure out what worked, what didn’t and think I’ll go back down in a week to try some new settings.
One thing I didn’t know was Toronto is the winter home to ducks that paddle around the tundra all summer.
They are Long-tailed ducks. Funny thing, I didn’t see a single Canada goose, but I saw quite of few of thee elegant looking birds. My lens really isn’t ideal for taking long shots of wildlife, but it did an admirable job. I didn’t know one of the birds had reared up like that until I was home looking over the photos. I’ll post a few more tomorrow after I’ve finished cropping them down.
Despite my grumblings about snow and cold, I still ventured into it Saturday. I didn’t take my DSLR and instead relied on my cell phone camera. It’s pretty good for quick shots when I go from point a to point b.
I’ve taken shots of this crabapple tree numerous times because it presents such a striking image.
It lends itself to black and white rather well. Unfortunately, the cell phone doesn’t capture shadows and edges when the light isn’t optimal and produces too much noise for my liking. I really should have taken the DSLR with me, but I was too lazy.
Time to ogle Vance Auctions latest catalogue for Wednesday, March 21, 2018!. A cursory look popped up dozens of gems.
One of my favourite categories is First Flight covers (FFC) and as expected, there are a number of lots offering Canadian FFC from the 1920s to late 30s. Most are reasonably priced for airmail fans on budgets. One lot, in particular, caught my eye is a shoebox full of covers and postcards, including “multi-franked airmail, mainly from Vatican City & USA but has many other countries incl Malta, Br. Africa, Peru, etc”. Est price is only $100 and would be a fun sorter box. (lot 971) Most of the covers are too recent for my tastes, but if you collect post-1980s covers, this may be the pick of the lot.
Here’s one that I have my eyes on:
Beautiful Denmark cover “Horsens to Copenhagen / North Europe Philatelic Exhibition 7 Sept 1936”. This one hits all the marks – cancels are crisp, colours, vivid, clean stamps. Overall a fun cover estimated price $75. (lot 2029). I realised today I don't have any Danish airmail! So, this is on my list to watch.
But this one sets my heart beating:
No one does airmail like the French. The early stamps and postcards were works of art in themselves. This 1922 exhibition card is perfect example and expected to fetch $125. (lot 2129)
I’m still sifting through the Canadian semi-officials and airmails, so I’ll post my favourites later.