Digital art – CHUM building demolition

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

 

 

Digital art – Hole in the Wall

Digital art – Hole in the Wall

Been having fun with the new camera. The higher quality means I can really push the digital manipulation without fearing the photo will disintigrate into a mass of unviewable pixels. I wandered back across the road yesterday looking for more interesting photos of the building tear down. They had everything blocked off so I hoofed it around the lot looking for a spot. I found one on the backend, gates uncovered but a lot of tree coverage. I originally thought the view was ruined, but snagged a some anyway. When I got home I was surprised with a couple of them. I somehow managed to grab a spectacular shot that was ripe for HDR fun. I think I need to adjust the brightness on some of the leaves, but all in all, far better than anticipated:

Digital art - more on the CHUM demolition - Hole in the Wall

Hole in the Wall – Toronto site of the former CHUM building on Jackes Ave.
Oct 6, 2016

The leaf and fir needle definition is wonderful. However sometimes it’s hard to know when to stop, so maybe I’ll just leave this as is.

 

The damned bastards! Where was my wakeup call?

The damned bastards! Where was my wakeup call?

For a couple weeks now the building across the road has been in tear down mode. The old CHUM building (a hideous carbuncle of a building, if ever there was one) is being demolished to make way for yet another condo. But hey, I hated the building so I’m not weeping tears over it. However, that means a fair bit of noise is generated, starting at 7 am Monday to Friday and 9 am on Saturday.

Well … today they didn’t start until well after 9 am  The bastards! I’ve been using them as my morning alarm clock. What’s the world coming to when you can’t rely on the local demolition team to wake you up in a timely manner.  Tooling around in this little fellow all morning just doesn’t generate the noise needed to wake me up:

Photo of construction equipment - bobcat

New Canon camera tested on some construction equipment

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 it for the last 24 hrs, to the point of not getting much else done.  Best part about it is the sharp, crisp images. I love my little Acer smartphone but the camera is the weakest link. Quite frankly, Acer could have done far better. It’s ok … but you need nearly pristine conditions or the edges seem weak and at times pixelated.  So yesterday, I went out and lurked with the Canon, taking some of the same basic shots previously taken with the Acer. My,  what a difference. Stronger colours, spot on contrasts and much better definition.

To be fair, the Acer phone is exactly what it claims to be – a budget smartphone with a reasonably decent camera. I suspect you will be flooded with all sorts of photos in the coming weeks as I test the Canon. While I was flipping through the photos I took over the last day, I’ve begun to see new possibilities for digital fun – things that were impossible with the smart phone. For one thing, the Canon works with a far higher resolution, offering more to work with – double the dimensions and resolution. That’s excellent. Already I’m happier with the basic output.

The other thing that has begun to amuse me is my utter fascination with the deconstruction of the CHUM building across the road. I’ve been madly taking photos of each stage, watching it slowly disappear. Now with the better camera, I’ve been able to get some decent close ups from my balcony, looking down. Wish I could get into the site to take more photos, but I’ll have to stay on the sidelines. Whoever put the fencing up knew what they were doing and it’s rock solid. Yea, I tried… well done fencing.

Here’s one of the photos I took with the zoom. I’ve been screwing around with saturation and layers again and got a bit carried away – not the best I’ve done.  I’ll have to back up and fix it. The point of the exercise was to see how well the photo stood up to poking it with a large Adobe stick. The resolution on previous photos was never strong enough to handle a lot of adjustments. So, all in all, I’m … thrilled.

Photo of machinery at the CHUM teardown - Toronto

There’s something about the tear down that makes me think of construction as art. No idea why. But it has been haunting watching the building disappear by inches.

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

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 station everyone listened to. The building itself was an ugly little squat, 2 story building, I nicknamed “the bunker” – not much to see. CHUM was sold to CTVglobemedia and operations were shipped down to their Richmond Street location. The new owners sold the property off to condo developers for $21.5 million who laid out plans to demolish the red brick bunker and erect an 11 story condo. I don’t think anyone is misty eyed over the demo. Anything would be an improvement.

This week demolition began and the CHUM building is rapidly vanishing. It’s all fenced off, so hard to get near, but yesterday the fencing was left open and I was able to grab a few shots to work with. I have a number from my balcony, kind of an awe inspiring view of the demo job, but not sure they are going to work out as far as digital art is concerned. I might just throw them up as is for the nostalgia fans. I snagged one great shot out of about 50 taken. It turned into a beautiful piece of industrial art work:

Digital art - G'bye CHUM. The demolition of the CHUM building

Goodbye CHUM – demolition of the CHUM building on Yonge Street
Sept 23 2016