Index of Photos

photos & digital art

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    A pencil sketch of a captivating little songbird

    Still whiling away the Covid hours, this time with a little songbird pencil sketch. I've pottered around ...

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    A simple urban pencil sketch – snippets of life in Toronto

    For years, I’ve wanted to try my hand at an urban pencil sketch. Drawing random snippets of life in ...

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    A struggle to get a realistic pencil sketch

    My pencil sketch of a butterfly isn't going well. I'm not sure what I'm doing wrong, but it just isn't ...

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    Another stab at close up photos

    I enjoy trying my hand at taking close up photos. It takes an incredible amount of patience to get the ...

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    Calm & chilled Stratford through a lens

    Spent a great Sunday morning looking at Stratford through a lens. Beautiful city centre and river. I ...

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    Testing aperture & shutter speed at Queen’s Quay

    At long last, I've begun to take photos again. I spent a bit of time testing aperture and shutter speed ...

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    Wall art on Bathurst – some older photos revisited

    I've been whiling away the hours by looking through photos I've taken over the last couple of years, ...

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    More bee photos – summers gone

    It's Sept already, summer is gone and I didn't get much time to wander the city taking photographs. ...

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    Best sign in Toronto – Bauhaus Windows & Doors

    I didn't use the camera much this winter. I hate wandering around in the cold. But, there's a hint of ...

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    More Toronto wall art – bright city lights

    I've been digging through older photos of wall art, looking for something a bit cheery to blow away ...

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    Hooray for International Bee Day

    Bees are fun to watch and don’t get me get started on the whole “beneficial bug” thing. You might ...

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    More work on highlights & colour in photography

    I'm a  bit embarrassed. Since the eye opening lesson on manual control last week (see Photography ...

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    Photography experiments with highlights & shadows

    I've been struggling lately. . I hit a plateau where my lack of knowledge became frustrating.  I kept ...

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    Well, here’s today’s 5.9 km rambling walk

    Did the final walk on the 1st Mapping Toronto route with a long rambling walk. It covers the Yonge - ...

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    PT 2 – I sacrificed my espresso on the altar of Left Field’s oatmeal ale

    While sipping on an ale, I sat back and rethought the article I was originally working on. I decided ...

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    PT 1 – I sacrificed my espresso on the altar of Left Field’s oatmeal ale

    I wandered back down to Boxcar Social for an espresso fix and ended up sipping a Left Field Brewery ...

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    10 fun Harbourfront photos – all my ducks in a row

    Managed to score some decent Harbourfront photos on my last outing. The original title was going to ...

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    Harbourfront expedition & some awesome photos

    Ok, I'm biased. I think the photos from my Friday trip to Toronto's Harbourfront are pretty good.  ...

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    It’s here! Nik Collection 2018 by DxO

    When DxO  acquired Photoshop plugin suite Nik from Google (read about it here), they said they were ...

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    Photographing The Esplanade Toronto

    Picking up where I left off last week, I headed down to The Esplande and Front to test out my focus ...

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    Improving photo exposure & focus with buckets ‘o seeds

    I've been mulling over photos I took last week, brooding over the lack of sharpness, and decided it ...

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    Still learning the basics of photography – streets of Toronto

    I was wandering around the Queen | University area the other day and was struck by the sheer number ...

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    Offerings from the lilacs on our balcony

    To celebrate spring and all things non snow related, I took a stroll to photograph one of my favourite ...

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    NIK plugins for Photoshop / Lightroom – UPDATE

    Somehow I missed this news from October. Google sold NIK filters for Photoshop and Lightroom to French ...

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    Peering through the windows at Allen Gardens

    How about some odd shots from a trip I took to Allen Gardens in March? Ok, I didn't go into the greenhouse, ...

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    St James Park downtown Toronto

    Had a bit of fun last week after an appointment downtown Toronto. I wandered through St James Park near ...

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    Tired of winter yet? How about just a few more photos of snow?

    Despite my grumblings about snow and cold, I still ventured into it Saturday. I didn’t take my DSLR ...

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    Shifting foot to foot in the cold, just to photograph a bunch of ducks

    I really don’t do well in the cold.  Keep that in mind when you look at today’s photo offering. ...

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    Snow in the morning – a trip through the Annex

    I lugged my camera with me this morning as I tromped through the Annex on the way to a job. I usually ...

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    An interesting view of concrete and light – a little night photography

    Ugg it gets dark early now. Is it too early to say "can't wait for spring"?  Anyway, on my way home ...

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    Trip along Yonge St – some long views

    I've started carting the camera about on calls around the city. Yesterday was another gloomy old day ...

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    Mapping TO – a quick trip around Yonge & St Clair

    I pottered around the neigbhourhood setting out a formula for the Mapping Toronto project. In case you ...

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    Toronto skylines and a bit of bracketing

    I've been fussing about with bracketing photos to create a crisp HDR skyline. I'm experimenting with ...

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    WOO HOOO – guess what I have? Here’s a hint – it’s initials are DSLR

    Well, I took the plunge this week. After much muttering and internal debates, I now own a nifty Canon ...

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    Fall colours in the Toronto ravine – plus a bit of editing

    As promised, I've been working my way through the legions of photos I've taken over the years, looking ...

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    WEEEE – a selfie of sorts & a bit of HDR

    Every once in awhile I take a selfie. Kind of .... it's usually an accident. I was down by Berczy Park ...

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    Mapping Toronto – let’s start with Yonge & St. Clair

    My long term photo project is now underway. The bulk of it won’t officially start until I have my ...

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    When the sky looks like liquid fire – dusk skyline

    Fussing around with my camera during the heatwave earlier this week and captured some spectacular sunsets. ...

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    Taking time to frame shots – upping my photography skills

    I'm trying to cure my bad case of "point 'n shootist". It's a pretty sever infection. I have a habit ...

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    Reflections & murals – snakes ‘n skulls in Toronto!

    I often see some amazing visuals while trotting around the streets of Toronto. All too often, those ...

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    Went down to TIFF & took more photos of buildings – 150 King W

    I've been watching videos by professional photographers, trying to learn how to correct what I consider ...

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    Went down to TIFF for people photos & ended up w/ architecture

    Wandered down to TIFF (Toronto International Film Festival) to grab a few shots of people. What do you ...

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    Furthering my construction site obsession

    I've been flipping through the photos I've taken over the past couple of years and noticed a growing ...

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    A leisure Saturday stroll along Bloor St.

    Had a decent day out yesterday with a trip to Korea Town to pick up kimchi and walnut cakes. Nothing ...

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    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 ...

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    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 ...

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    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: Honest Ed's was a massive department ...

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    LOOK! I found a unicorn – hunting mythical creatures in Toronto

    Okay, so not a unicorn, but definitely a relic from the telecom dark ages: I spotted it in Chinatown ...

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    Among the bees and thistles – bug hunting in the ravine

    Can you stand more insect photos? Chased him for quite a while. Ended up picking thistles out of my ...

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    An afternoon in the ravine – David Balfour Park bugs ‘n stuff

    Pottered around this afternoon in the ravine behind David Balfour Park. Lots of green and buggy things ...

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    Waiting for the TTC @ Union Station – digital art

    I'm glad I found my Wacom. I really missed it. I've been fussing around with it quite a bit lately, ...

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    Toronto skyline & a bit of Photoshop fudging

    Not a clue how I managed to create this: It's a view from my balcony - north skyline of Toronto, last ...

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    Self portrait? Me and the graffiti

    Nice day to wander about with a camera. No rain, for a change.  Was down on Bloor and Bathurst ...

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    More intriguing reflections on Toronto architecture

    Still going through the mass of photos I took about 2 weeks back. I've discarded nearly half. But found ...

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    Photographing clouds east on Dundas at the foot of Old City Hall

    Padded around Old City Hall today, looking for interesting shots. Got some good contrasting images of ...

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    Ohhhh a selfie, or maybe a little game of where’s Waldo

    Decided it was time to take a selfie for Canada's 150 birthday. Enjoy:

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    Guess what I found? … oh and a random photo from my archives

    HA! I found it! Found my missing Wacom tablet and am so relieved I didn't stupidly toss it out when ...

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    Spring blossoms in Toronto

    One nice thing about padding around the neighbourhood - there's never a lack of beauty.  

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    Frankensteining my way towards a full body – drawing eyes

    Learned something valuable the other day. If you're going to take a close up of your own eye, make sure ...

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    Spring blossoms in Toronto. The colours oh my!

    A few warm days and suddenly Toronto looks like a new city. Blossoms popping up all over.  Photo taken ...

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    If I can’t use my Wacom, I’ll show you pencil drawing instead

    I'm still moaning and complaining about losing my Wacom tablet during the move this month. Hopefully, ...

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    Photoshop digital art – more work on the arch

    Still working on the doorway arch. Hard to believe I haven't flitted off to another project already, ...

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    Photoshop digital art – working on shadows and effects

    Back banging away with my Wacom tablet again. I've been working on trying to even out my water colour ...

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    St Clair/Yonge St fire aftermath – nothing but the wreckage

    I went out yesterday to take a look at the aftermath of Tues' 6 alarm fire. The phrase “nothing ...

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    Photos of massive fire @ Yonge & St Clair in Toronto – over 100 fire fighters on scene

    Bit of chaos in the neighbourhood today:  Sitting in my room this morning, feet propped up, reading ...

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    Ohhh … Photoshop paint-by-numbers – koi fish repost

    Well, lost the original article in the move over to a new host company, but that's my oversite. Forgot ...

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    What? No construction scenes? Koi pond in Kyoto

    Here's a nice shot. No, I didn't take it. My friend, Chris took the shot during a trip to Kyoto. He ...

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    Big rocks, mud ‘n more mud – Construction Still Life Scenes

    I think I told you yesterday it was muddy across the road. It's muddier today after a bit more rain. ...

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    Too much mud … a job I couldn’t do

    Yes, my favourite topic - the construction site across the road. They're almost done with the augers ...

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    They’re going to need someone to take care of that! – wasp nest

    Prior to Christmas, I spotted this hanging over the sidewalk. Hell of a big wasp nest dangling over ...

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    Little dirty birds – don’t forget to look down

    A companion piece to yesterday's "look up" instructions. Don't forget to look down too: I look for little ...

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    Never know what you’ll see when you look up – a little winter tree pruning

    I was in the Davisville area yesterday, heading over to setup a new computer for a customer. I usually ...

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    Update on the construction site across road – AUGERS OH MY!

    I haven't had a lot of time over the last 3 months to do as much on Bitter Grounds as I want. That also ...

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    Light effects on buildings – King St & Yonge

    Just off Yonge St, south, west of King, you can find Commerce Court. Linger there, on a nice day and ...

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    More Photoshop art – buildings & a Beswick wren done with Wacom – first try

    I'm working on my Wacom/Photoshop brush techniques. Well, that's a flattering way of saying I'm trying ...

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    More light effects on buildings

    I'm often amused with the way light bounces off buildings, creating interesting light effects. When ...

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    Having fun w/ my Wacom – Line art and water colour bridge in Kyoto

    A couple of friends are enjoying Kyoto at the moment and sending wonderful photos my direction. This ...

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    View from my balcony – fall comes to Toronto

    Something simple today, a fall view from my balcony. If you want to see the leaves turn in Toronto, ...

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    Digital art – construction sites, diggers & big ass trucks

    In my never ending quest to explore more challenging forms of digital art, I threw myself into the deep ...

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    Digital art Motion Project #6 – waiting for the subway

    Trying some new techniques out. I've been mucking about with different styles, including different brush ...

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    Mother Nature’s wall art – light bouncing off buildings

    If you wander around any city long enough, and remember to look up periodically, occassionally you ...

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    Digital art Motion Project #5 – hardhats & pipes

    I've been busy working on more photos - spent a couple days taking hundreds of photos around the city. ...

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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 ...

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    Digital art – Hole in the Wall

    Been having fun with the new camera. The higher quality means I can really push the digital manipulation ...

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    New Canon camera tested on some construction equipment

    I've aquired, through a swap in services, a nifty Canon Powershot SX130. I've been screwing around with ...

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    Digital art Motion Project #4 – pedestrian path on Yonge

    I have a couple of "regular" photos to post later, not much outstanding though. Caught some good wall ...

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    Digital art Motion Project #3 – G’bye CHUM building

    For 4 decades CHUM radio in Toronto sat on the corner of Yonge and Jackes Street, sending out a signal ...

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    Digital art Motion Project #2- Pleasant Blvd St. Clair subway

    I was flipping through about 40 photos that I took today, looking for ... the one. That shot that has ...

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    Digital art #1 – Berczy Park renovations Toronto, Ontario

    I'm working on a digital art series about street scenes in Toronto highlighting everyday life.  Kind ...

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    @ 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 ...

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    Best political slogan of the week – Toronto wall art

    Walking east along Dundas, in Little Portugal today and ran across this perfect political statement:  ...

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    More thought provoking wall art from Barcelona

    This photo kind of dates itself, doesn't it: I took it on a vacation back in 2004. The cell phone was ...

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    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 ...

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    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 ...

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    Barcelona street art – 2004 mad cats

    I swear, Barcelona has some of the BEST street art I've ever seen. It's mad cap, brilliant and in your ...

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    Finally! One of my balcony roses

    I finally snagged a good photo of the rose bush growing on my balcony: My rose bush has come along ...

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    One perfect shot – a rose in bloom

    Once in awhile I snag a shot that is perfect: Taken June 22, 2016 1:33 PM north of St. Clair, west of ...

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    Nik filter – film noire and the Cathedral

    I keep some photos in reserve to experiment with. These'll be toss away shots that aren't particularly ...

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    Colour balance issue resolved on Acer Liquid M330

    I was a bit worried last week when I noticed the colour bleached effect on greens with photos taken ...

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    Lillies in bloom – testing the Acer Liquid phone camera

    I took my new cell phone out for a bit more fun today. The colour balance and crispness has really surprised ...

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    Smartphone upgrade – Acer Liquid M330’s camera

    Well, this is unexpected. I bought a new smart phone this week and I kicked the training wheels off ...

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    Yellow daisies & face planting on cement

    If you’re wandering around Toronto and see someone fall out of a garden or over a fence, that would ...

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    Unidentified plant mimicking a kickass mutant monster in the making

    I have no idea what plant this is:  Looks like a mutant milkweed pod. I spotted it while walking along ...

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    1929 apartment building in Toronto – abandoned & unloved

    I was trotting along Spadina Rd, north of St. Clair on my way to an appointment when I  spotted this: ...

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    Closeup photography – fall plants & a busy bee

    Quite honestly, I'm surprised I've not been stung yet. I love taking photos of bees but man they are ...

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    Last shot of May – Ivy covered building in downtown Toronto

    I never know when I'll see something that makes me want to stop and take a photo.  Today, trotting ...

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    Chestnut trees in full bloom – David Balfour Park 2016

    I was cutting through the park today on my way to pick up a bag of espresso beans and stopped to admire ...

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    Spring in Toronto – a riot of green & colour

    Spring in Toronto brings a riot of colour. After the relentless dull grey of winter, everything seems ...

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    Spring flowers on St. Clair Ave Toronto – Timothy Eaton Church

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

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    Toronto ravine, Beltline Trail – May 2016 photography

    I wandered down towards the ravine Saturday afternoon. I’m lucky I live right on the cusp of one ...

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    NIK filter – Spring crab apple tree

    Spring is finally here.  I was out yesterday and noticed the crabapple tree in front of my building ...

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    Your week is a true success when you end it by rescuing a #toad

    I was up along the nasty stretch of Yonge, just above York Mills this morning. On my way to my appointment ...

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    Yonge Eglinton Centre – concrete aGoGo flare & nowhere to sit

    I wander all over the city in the course of a week – I pretty much see it all. The other day,  I ...

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    Foggy morning in Toronto – winter goes at last

    Good news! Winter finally moved along. Bad news, I’m Canadian which means I’ll still talk about ...

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    More #TTC subway horrors – anxiety driven artwork at track level

    I spend way too much time on the TTC, but it sure beats sitting in the traffic above ground. Which brings ...

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    NIK filters and a mediocre photo

    Yesterday I told you about NIK plugins for Adobe Photoshop (as well as Elements and Lightroom) being ...

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    NIK plugins for Photoshop & Elements now free

    I love plugins for Photoshop. I don't use a lot of them, but the right plugin can make a big difference. ...

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    Night after ice storm – photo Toronto March 25 2016

    We had a bit of an ice storm here in Toronto. Not too serious - unlike the one in 2013. Just your typical ...

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    Dreariest artwork in the city – TTC Union station fail

    I’m sure my friends are a little tired of hearing me mutter about the artwork in the Union TTC station. ...

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    Toronto photographs – streetcars & street scenes

    Toronto's rare & elusive new streetcars are slowly becoming easier to spot. They have a nifty space ...

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    March on Yonge & Yorkmills – blasted and depressing

    Not all photographs should document the lovely and pretty.  Sometimes, there isn't anything to be done ...

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    Closeup photography – spring plants – Fern unravelling

    Can't really call what I do macro photography, although I generally use the macro filter on my smartphone. ...

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    Cuban farm photograph – 2007 vacation

    Here's a shot from a trip I took to Cuba in 2007.  I used my beloved, much missed Nikon Coolpix E990.  ...

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    Toronto in the summer – trees as far as the eye can see

    Yea, that's cold no matter how you look at it. But dress in layers and it's not so bad. The frost on ...

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    Toronto street art – wall art near OCAD

    One of my favourite stores here in Toronto is an art store near the Ontario College of Art and Design ...

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    Cold evening in downtown Toronto – midnight blue at it’s best

    Heading home around 6 the other day and noticed the most amazing midnight blue sky. With all the light ...

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    More wallpaper – skyline and concrete

    I've discovered I have a real thing for industrial style backgrounds and photos.  Gears, concrete, ...

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    Bugs and plants – photo of ants scurrying on peonies

    I have a thing for bugs. I like looking over flowers, checking to see if anything interesting is lurking. ...

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    Haunting sunset over Toronto

    I get some wonderful views from our balcony. One advantage of being 20 floors up with an unhindered ...

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    St Mike’s Rectory in Toronto – funky heads

    Toronto is an interesting city to play tourist in.  Lots of great sites, fun place to see and tons ...

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    A chair fit for a cat god

    Walking home a few days ago and saw this regal cat god  in a store window.   Not really sure if ...

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    Industrial inspired wallpaper

      I was sitting at my computer yesterday looking through the different textured backgrounds I've ...

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    One Shot app on Windows phone – giving it another try

    I stopped using One Shot app for windows phone app on my old phone because it caused it to seriously ...

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    Lurking on McCaul Street where even the graffiti is cool

    Beautiful day to look at wall art & graffiti in Toronto. Finally, a few days of sustained warmth ...

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    Smart phone – Winter 2013 ice storm photos revisited

    The first time I realised you could take excellent photos with a small smart phone was 2013. Prior to ...

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    Playing with Photoshop filters – concrete and cutout

    I've been playing with Photoshops filters a lot lately, teaching myself how to use them, after years ...

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    Toronto – north skyline view with film grain effects

    PHOTOGRAPHY - NIGHT SETTING W/ FILM GRAIN & DRY BRUSH EFFECTS Dug out my old Nikon Coolpix the other ...

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    Film grain effect – Adobe Photoshop

    I take a lot of photos, many aren't worth keeping. They'll be slightly out of focus, not well composed ...

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    Toronto on a rainy afternoon – King & Yonge

    Toronto on a late Dec afternoon. King @ Yonge street around 4pm. The photo was pretty mundane, but running ...

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    Burst mode fails to live up to expectations

    I was playing around with the Burst Mode on my smart phone. Burst allows you to take numerous photos ...

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    Catching a moving target

    I like close up photography. I don't tend to do a lot of sweeping panoramas or landscapes. Something ...