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

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 know, I came away with more architecture. And a construction site. I think I may need therapy to get past my construction site passion. I did take a few photos of the mass of humanity down on King, but the best photos are the reflections coming off the buildings. I went down for a movie at 3:30pm, and when I came out around 6, the reflections were spectacular. The Bookings.com building on University and Wellington has some exciting light and mirror effects:

View of the Bookings.com building on Yonge near King St.
Yes, I did indulge in some Photoshop chicanery with these photos. I hate the tilted distortion look when taking wide shots of tall buildings. Occassionally the effect is stunning, but it wears very quickly. I’ve been practicing with the perspective warp feature on Photoshop to untilt the buildings a bit. Kind of hit and miss, but I’ll get better as I practice. Be prepared for the odd wonky looking building until I get the hang of it. The above photo came out quite well, but a bit grainy. The built in lens on my little Powershot isn’t the best for variable lights.

I’m also playing with levels more. Just a wee nudge can make a photo pop off the page. It’s especially good at bringing up the dark parts and bringing a bit of light to the shadows. Here’s the second shot, from a bit further south.Second photo of the Bookings.com building on YongeGreat mirroring effects. Look at the upper left of the building and you can catch the top part of the CN Tower showing off.  I pulled the blue sky from the previous photo and plopped it in because the sky was completely washed out. Looked like I had cut the sky from the image.  The reflections worked out beautifully. Beyond the sky fudging, the only thing done was a bit of adjustments with the levels. One of my favourite shots of the day. I’ll head back down to TIFF a couple of times and maybe I’ll actually get a couple of people shots. Don’t hold your breath, if I see one backhoe or digger, that’s all it’ll take.

More intriguing reflections on Toronto architecture

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 a few that are intriguing. If you stand in the right spot, on Dundas and Yonge (in Toronto), you can see some stunning optical illusions. With the right mix of cloud cover and sun, the reflections off the mirrored buildings can present a dizzying appearance.

Photo of buildings on corner of Yonge and Dundas Toronto with a mirrored effect

It’s difficult to tell where the actual corner of the building starts because of the intense optical mind games.  The ladder reflections are from the building on the right. The part that’s cool is the section with the red circle. It’s from the same building, but a south facing wall, not west. Oh, and that panel is also south facing. Bend your brain around those optics for a second.

The photo would have benefited from a decent lens filter, but the camera I own doesn’t allow for them. I’ve put a new SLR camera on my wish list for next year. But in the meantime, this little Canon does a great job and is fun to use. I’ll be posting a few more shots in the next day or two. My work schedule suddenly became far less irrational and I have a bit of time to potter again.

More light effects on buildings

More light effects on buildings

I’m often amused with the way light bounces off buildings, creating interesting light effects. When you’re surrounded by glass encased towers, there’s always something to see. If you stroll south on University Ave, neal Adelaide, look to the west side. If you are there in the early afternoon, you should be able to catch the spotted building: Light effects showing reflecting spots on buildingsThe spots are quite bright and visible, hard to miss. This photo hasn’t been retouched, just cropped a bit. Depending on when you see them, the shapes morph a bit and shift along the building. Grab a coffee and watch.

 

Mother Nature’s wall art – light bouncing off buildings

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 are treated to impressive light effects. That’s one thing I like about Toronto. Light bounces off the skyscrappers to create special effects and give surrounding buildings a nifty textured look. The trick is, you have to be in the right spot at the right time. The sun moves just enough to change the effects and they vanish in a heart beat. I spent a bit of time stalking some of the neatest effects a few weeks ago. Here’s one of my favourites: Toronto architecture - Reflection of light from buildings on No 1 Yorkville TorontoBrushed metal effect: Light bouncing off buildings at No 1 Yorkville, Toronto Oct 12 2016

Once the new condo build goes up, the effect will likely disappear forever because the sun will be blocked. For now, I enjoy walking by it. If you are near Bloor and Yonge street around noon, take a short hike north on Yonge along the east side. You can’t miss the place, it’s the new condo build going up at 1 Yorkville. There’s a row of boarded up older buildings at Yorkville and Yonge, right across from the Reference Library. Just trot half a block north and turn south west to view the light display.  Not sure how long it lasts, but I’ve wandered by at 2pm and it’s gone. The side of the building takes on a textured metal effect courtesy of the building across the road.

I have a number of others I’ve set aside so I’ll work on them in the coming weeks. Drop a line down below if you wander by the spot and see the effect.