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Sunday, April 22, 2018

@ Bay & Grosvenor St. Toronto - a little photoshop art

Experimenting with Photoshop a bit more. Pulled out my Wacom tablet and went to work. I haven't used the Wacom in years; forgot how much fun it can be. Here's a shot of downtown Toronto at Bay & Grosvenor streets. Took the original photo with my Acer phone camera about 2 weeks ago, while killing time.  Didn't realise I had snagged the yellow car in this shot until I opened the photo up on my computer. I was so fixated on the clouds, I forgot about the guy tooing around Bay in his fancy yellow car. Every year about this time, the expensive super cars are trotted out - just in time for the Film Festival. It's one of those things my mind is vaguely aware of but filters out as unimportant. I was surprised, and delighted with both the pedestrian crossing the street and the car appearance. Sometimes luck plays a big part in a photo's composition:      Photoshop art - Bay and Grosvenor Streets in Toronto, Ontario

It isn't complete, still have a lot of smoothing to do - especially the road. I want it to lighten a bit and look a bit less grainy. The primary colours need to pop more in some places like the street light and the car. Ideally, I want the eye to hit the car first and then wander over to the women crossing the street.  Need to experiment a bit with saturation and shadowing.  The sky needs a bit more work as well but I'm not sure which path I'll take. I'll let you know.

 

Best political slogan of the week - Toronto wall art

Walking east along Dundas, in Little Portugal today and ran across this perfect political statement: photo of slogan on wall in Little Portugal, Toronto - "Pathetic slogan"

 Kind of apropos, given the rabid political atmosphere swirling around us this year.

 

 

Above the clouds in Toronto - watching them drift by

I was talking about the Saturday storm & the weird clouds, with a customer today. He lives on the south facing side of my building and has what we refer to as "the million dollar view" - a completely unhindered, panoramic view of Toronto. Although we aren't really that high up (I'm 20 floors up, he's 17), we do see some interesting cloud cover periodically. On Friday, he grabbed a couple of shots that were fascinating:

Photo of Toronto skyline with odd cloud cover

This was around lunch time. It's fun to look down on the clouds occassionally. Doesn't happen often, but if the weather conditions are just right ....

Photo of Toronto skyline with odd cloud cover

More thought provoking wall art from Barcelona

This photo kind of dates itself, doesn't it:

photo of wall art in Barcelona from 2004 "Phones are not liberty"

I took it on a vacation back in 2004. The cell phone was cutting edge at the time. But the point of the art is what's stayed in my mind over the years. For a long time I agreed, but over the past few years, I've begun to change my thinking Smart phones can be a devastating tool in fighting for freedom. 

Toronto weather - wanna be funnel cloud & relief from the heat

It's been unreasonably hot and humid here in Toronto over the last week. With the humidex, the temp has been pushed over 40c (that's over 100 F for my American friends) for days now. Plus so dry, it's become a worry. Well, today (Sat), Mother Nature sent us some relief. The promised, but not believed, cold front just roared over the city, bringing rain and lower temperatures. I stood on the balony and I could feel the temp dropping by the minute.  The clouds were moving overhead so fast, it was amazing. I did manage to snag this before it blew overtop: Photo of storm clouds rolling over western GTA

Don't often see wannabe funnel clouds over Toronto, but it looked like this cloud bank was trying it's best. The wind was whirling around and around, picking up speed for a short time, which caused this.   It's west facing, must have been over Etobicoke and Mississauga.   

Right now, windows open, enjoying the fresh air. I won't have to water anything on the balcony tonight. The pots are over flowing with water, the wind has died down and the rain is coming down in bucket. Keep your fingers crossed the humidity doesn't return.

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Catpaw with a pint & a typical bad haircutTime for a new look - the venerable cat on a postage stamp is now retired. As much as I loved him, it was time for a face lift - bad haircut & all. 

"The purpose of a writer is to keep civilization from destroying itself."

- Albert Camus

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