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

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. I trotted down to Queen’s Quay to snap a few photos of the ice. I usually avoid going down to the harbour during winter because it can be bitter but got this notion in my head that I had – yes had – to photograph ice on the lake. Not a clue why. And yet I did.

I’m glad I didn’t wimp out. Not a lot of photos, but a few that pleased me.  The day’s adventure was about testing settings to get the best colour balance. I didn’t exactly cover myself with glory on that end. Quite a few awful pictures, although a few stood out. I scoured them, trying to figure out what worked, what didn’t and think I’ll go back down in a week to try some new settings.

One thing I didn’t know was Toronto is the winter home to ducks that paddle around the tundra all summer.  Photo of long-tailed ducks at Toronto harbour

They are Long-tailed ducks. Funny thing, I didn’t see a single Canada goose, but I saw quite of few of thee elegant looking birds. My lens really isn’t ideal for taking long shots of wildlife, but it did an admirable job. I didn’t know one of the birds had reared up like that until I was home looking over the photos. I’ll post a few more tomorrow after I’ve finished cropping them down.

Much of the ice was gone, so there wasn’t a lot to look at, but I took a few. I liked the combination of light and clouds bouncing off the thin layer of ice. Took a bit of work afterwards to adjust the exposure, I didn’t have things quite right. I’d like to try again with completely different settings to do a comparison of the colours, exposure etc.  Photograph of Toronto harbour in the winter(I can’t believe I’m about to say this but …) hopefully it’ll get colder and the harbour will freeze up a bit more and I’ll slip down for another try, but I just looked out over the balcony, I see snow drifting down. Maybe I’ll lug my camera with me again today as I head out to work. Might get another shot like the ones I posted yesterday (take a look at them here).

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.

Spring in Toronto – a riot of green & colour

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 so bright:
 Riot of Colour May blossoms in Toronto 2016

I picked photos I took the last 5 days that needed no adjustment.

No tweaking  required and the colours were fabulous. Switching over to manual on my smart phone has solved a host of issues with focus and colour balance.  The above is from the tree in front of my building. It seemed to have exploded into blossoms yesterday.

This one is from St Clair – just west of Yonge:

 Riot of Colour May blossoms in Toronto 2016

But the greens are oh so soft and vibrant. Can’t post photos of spring without at least one shot of sunlight dancing on the maple leafs along the Beltway path:

Maple leaves on the Beltline path Toronto May 2016