Bitter Grounds - espresso fueled ramblings

Monday, December 18, 2017

I've started carting the camera about on calls around the city. Yesterday was another gloomy old day in Toronto, which turned out to be excellent for testing settings. I walked along Yonge St. heading west and took lots of photos. Lots and lots. Different settings, different angles, different subjects. Oh boy, I'm such an amateur when it comes to DSLRs. But, it will come with practice. I'm struggling a bit with getting things in sharp focus. The framing is ok, but I haven't mastered the art of staying still while taking the shot. Sigh. The pros make it looks so easy. Once I have that irritating part of photography mastered I think I'll invest in what's called the "nifty fifty" prime lens. Looking at the 50mm Canon lens, it seems like it might bring a new sharpness to my images. No sense getting that until I figure out how to stand still while clicking the shutter. 

I'm still working on a good gallery sequence to use. But none so far tick all the boxes for me. I'll keep looking. I'll also set up a new section for the Mapping Toronto project. I'll keep this section for random shots I want to share and the new section specifically for documenting each neighbourhood so the work flows better. I'm thinking of a different name for it as well, not sure what to call it. Any ideas? 

Now, to yesterday's photos. While scooting through them I noticed 2 that stood out because of the composition and contrasting content. 

Lunch Break at Varsity Stadium 

Photo of people eating lunch outside Vasity Stadium

 

Crossing at the Bata Museum 

Photo of women waiting at lights by Bata Shoe Museum

Something about the colours and long view with each person doing their own thing against a coloured backdrop intrigued me. I remember taking each photo, but didn't see the connection until I blew both up on the screen and looked at the content carefully. After seeing these side by side I had one of those bingo moments and cropped them to match sizes. Yea, I'm pleased. I left them a bit underexposed primarily because it really was an awefully goomy day and wanted that reflected in the photos. 

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