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Monday, October 23, 2017

See, I told you all we needed were a couple of bright sunny days and the blooms would be in overdrive:

Lilac May 2016 in Toronto

On a good day, when I spend time fussing with settings, my little smartphone does an admirable job of taking snaps. About the only thing I did to any of these photos was a bit of cropping and reducing the size for the web. I used OneShot app and tweaked the settings for sunshine, macro and white balance to avoid the white washed effect that often happens. After pissing about I found I could grab both bright flower colours and the brilliant blue sky.

I was walking home along St Clair Ave Friday afternoon and went right past these lilacs.  I stopped and backed up and couldn’t believe they were so far ahead of the ones in my neighbourhood. I stopped and sniffed them for a bit … yea I really do stop on random streets to smell flowers. I pulled out my camera and started taking shots. The photos came out far better than I thought they would.

Lilacs in blook Toronto May 2016

 Just up a bit is the venerable Timothy Eaton Memorial Church:

Timothy Eaton Church Toronto, Ontario May 2016

For a change, I didn’t end up with a washed out background. I still can't believe the blue came out so vibrant. This was achieved by being careful where  I focused the camera, fixing the white balance and turning off autofocus. Once I switched auto off, I had far more control over the final product. The photos came out crisper than they usually do. I took about 10 photos on the same spot, focusing on different parts of the church. This was the best balanced of the lot.  Quite impressed with the final product.

Not sure what tree it is, I just call it the Tulip Tree. It sits in front of the church, petals floating off into the breeze all day. Lovely closeup using OneShot's macro feature.  Came out with a excellent and natural colour balance.

Flowers in front of the Timothy Eaton Church

Looking forward to a summer of green and colour.

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"The camera is an instrument that teaches people how to see without a camera."

- Dorothea Lange

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