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Monday, December 18, 2017

Scenes from my balcony - no not a Romeo story

I'm going to start a new series titled "Scenes from my balcony".  Every week something chaotic, silly or fascinating seems to play out below and I have a perfect perch to watch the drama unfold.  A notification went up earlier in the week warning Yonge would be blocked Friday night and Saturday for a construction crane installation across the road. Didn't think much of it beyond I might get a few cool photos. Last night when the equipment was moved into place I took a few ok shots. In the wee hours of the morning I briefly stuck my head out the door to see what the "beep beep beep" was about. Workers were already rustling about down there. I thought way too early for this, crawled back into bed and threw a pillow over my head. 

When I woke up and stepped out onto the balcony, I had a "HOLY SHIT" moment. This greeted me:  Photo of a construction worker hanging off crane hitting it with a sledgehammerI'm pleased with that shot. Not at all bad for a little Canon Powershot.  It did a servicable job on the photos throughout the day. It's weak spot is night light so most of the night photos are a wash. I'll likely end up tossing them. I still came away with some great photos. 

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Digital art - CHUM building demolition

Amazing what you can find when you lurk around with a camera. Yes, I've been back at the CHUM building tear down. Too many opportunities to pass up. Anyway, earlier in the week, I was over at the site testing out apeture settings, f stops etc with the camera. I've never been particularily good (or interested) in poking around with the settings. I've been pretty much a point the camera and hope for the best kind of photographer until now. With the help of a couple decent websites greared to novice photographers, I've started experimenting. 

I've also started looking at stretching the filters and special effects with Photoshop. The hardest part is to stop fussing and leave a shot alone. Here's another I'm happy with:

Photo of CHUM building demolition - tear in wall showing condos across the streetCHUM building tear down  showing condo building across the road.
Yonge St and Jackes Ave Oct 8, 2016

 

 

Drake couldn't save Honest Ed's - posters in TO

Walking by Honest Ed's on Saturday and had to stop to grab this shot:

Photo of a poster on Honest Ed's walls saying "WHy didn't Drake save Honest Eds"

Honest Ed's was a massive department store, here in Toronto, that was part of the cultural landscape for decades. It feels like every immigrant family I know has a story to share about their first trip there. Everyone knew who Honest Ed was. You couldn't miss the huge side show attraction on the corner of Bloor and Bathurst. But times change, as do shopping tastes. The store closed it's doors last Christmas (2016) and is being redeveloped. It's difficult to explain how big a cultural touchstone Ed's was, but this sign hints at it. The poster is an interesting nod to the importance of Ed's and a bit of cheeky humour at Drake's expense. 

After blowing up the photo I spotted Apologies.Ltd in the corner. Here you go https://apologies.ltd/ Get the poster on a shirt. 

Another Monday - made it out alive and a bit of street art

Pretty much describes Monday, doesn't it - best you can hope for some days is getting to the end of the day without being arrested. 

Photo of wall art - man with top of his head popping off Kudos to the uknown artist. Look for it in Chinatown, Dundas & Spadina in an alley way. 

 

Among the bees and thistles - bug hunting in the ravine

Can you stand more insect photos? 

Photo of a bee on a thistleChased him for quite a while. Ended up picking thistles out of my shirt. Worth it though. 

 

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- Dorothea Lange

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