Bitter Grounds - espresso fueled ramblings

Monday, December 18, 2017

Wandered down to TIFF (Toronto International Film Festival) to grab a few shots of people. What do you know, I came away with more architecture. And a construction site. I think I may need therapy to get past my construction site passion. I did take a few photos of the mass of humanity down on King, but the best photos are the reflections coming off the buildings. I went down for a movie at  3:30pm, and when I came out around 6, the reflections were spectacular. The Bookings.com building on University and Wellington has some exciting light and mirror effects:

View of the Bookings.com building on Yonge near King St.
Yes, I did indulge in some Photoshop chicanery with these photos. I hate the tilted distortion look when taking wide shots of tall buildings. Occassionally the effect is stunning, but it wears very quickly. I've been practicing with the perspective warp feature on Photoshop to untilt the buildings a bit. Kind of hit and miss, but I'll get better as I practice. Be prepared for the odd wonky looking building until I get the hang of it. The above photo came out quite well, but a bit grainy. The built in lens on my little Powershot isn't the best for variable lights. 

I'm also playing with levels more. Just a wee nudge can make a photo pop off the page. It's especially good at bringing up the dark parts and bringing a bit of light to the shadows. Here's the second shot, from a bit further south.Second photo of the Bookings.com building on YongeGreat mirroring effects. Look at the upper left of the building and you can catch the top part of the CN Tower showing off.  I pulled the blue sky from the previous photo and plopped it in because the sky was completely washed out. Looked like I had cut the sky from the image.  The reflections worked out beautifully. Beyond the sky fudging, the only thing done was a bit of adjustments with the levels. One of my favourite shots of the day. I'll head back down to TIFF a couple of times and maybe I'll actually get a couple of people shots. Don't hold your breath, if I see one backhoe or digger, that's all it'll take.  

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