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October 29, 2020

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. Kudos to the...

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 working on a full update for the package and...

More work on highlights & colour in photography

I'm a  bit embarrassed. Since the eye opening lesson on manual control last week (see Photography experiments with highlights & shadows) I've...

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 the antique store meant for the child's chair...

Haunting sunset over Toronto

I get some wonderful views from our balcony. One advantage of being 20 floors up with an unhindered view of the city. Every now and then, I...

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 day and had some fun on the balcony. The...

Catching a moving target

I like close up photography. I don't tend to do a lot of sweeping panoramas or landscapes. Something about the up close and personal view that...

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 store, here in Toronto, that was part of...

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, I've simply placed it somewhere and I'll...

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 a single frame has an emotional appeal to me....

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 the path, just past the Davisville subway.   Not...

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 Oatmeal Brown Ale.  No idea why, but it seems to...

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 all over Ontario. At one time, CHUM was THE...

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 of the big green lines that run through the city....

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 I spotted a lone blooming tulip: Lots of...

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 it through Pencil Sketch App for 8.1...

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 that, I pretty much ignored them.  When...

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 early spring mess.  I was lucky and didn't...

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 down there to enjoy. Far too many of the 2...

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 one in particular caught my eye:  Beautiful,...

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 subject in focus and I'm getting better at...

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 rapidly. You can keep all of them or slide...

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 and sunshine. I've been lurking down around...

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 included taking photographs around the city....

Reflections & murals – snakes ‘n skulls in Toronto!

I often see some amazing visuals while trotting around the streets of Toronto. All too often, those are the days I've left my camera on my desk....
Another stab at close up photos

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 subject in focus and I'm getting better at it. The trip to Stratford last month offered a prime opportunity for photography. I was happy drifting with the weekend,...

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Calm & chilled Stratford through a lens

Calm & chilled Stratford through a lens

Spent a great Sunday morning looking at Stratford through a lens. Beautiful city centre and river. I didn't take a lot of photos, I was too busy eating and relaxing. While there, I splurged and purchased a polarising filter for my Canon. I've been thinking about...

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