• Get Low
    Photo-walks,  Transit

    I Rode the Subway Today

    This really isn’t a big deal, I ride the subway nearly everyday, but today was different. Today I rode just for the sake of making some images. Read on… For the last 3 weeks or so, I’ve been preoccupied with getting a shot of the subway platform through the open doors. Ideally as people were getting on the train. But I don’t quite have the nerve for that. At the forefront of my mind while I was shooting was not being so self-conscious while people were around and looking at me. You might be surprised at how nerve-wracking that is if you don’t do it yourself. Mostly they just want…

  • City Livin,  Featured

    Chester Hill Lookout – The Autumn View

    If you follow me on Instagram, and I can’t see why you wouldn’t, then you’ve probably already seen the images that follow this post. But then again, maybe not. The Instagram Algorithm is so skewed that you may have missed them, even though I’m your favourite photographer and you’re waiting with baited breath for my next post… At any rate, I wanted to take a minute to talk about this location. The Chester Hill Lookout – Autumn View in a word, it’s amazing. In any season actually. Though I can’t really speak for Winter because I don’t think I’ve been there in Toronto’s harshest season as yet. But I will…

  • Cool Bike
    Reviews

    Sony a7III – My Initial Impressions

    Everything you’ve heard about the a7III is true. These are my initial impressions. Read on… Right out of the box, what surprised me most, was the weight. The first thing I did was rotate it and check to see if the battery was in it…it wasn’t. So I put the battery in and naturally the weight increased. This was my first time seeing the a7III, so I had no idea what to expect. It’s not heavy in a bad way, but it’s definitely significantly heavier than my a6000. But I’m OK with that. You can be sure when you’re carrying it around that it’s not a toy. The a7III Menu…

  • Self-portrait
    Photo-walks

    Photo-walk: Downtown Toronto

    Today’s Photo-walk in Downtown Toronto was nothing special. I’ve done it many times. I went out because I had an urge to get out and shoot. If I ignore that feeling for too long, I do go out eventually, but I usually end up shooting everything in sight.This photo-walk however was more thoughtful. I was more in-tuned with my surroundings and open to everything that caught my eye. Strollin’ This isn’t always the case. Sometimes I’m out and I’m looking for something in particular. That ‘Instagram Banger” you might say. But that’s not always realistic. Not only is it unrealistic, but it’s not the right way to go about creating.…

  • Kelso Lookout
    Trails

    Nature Trail Season – Kelso Conservation Park

    The focus of this blog is the 2019 Nature Trail season and Kelso Conservation Park in Halton Region. Specifically Milton. It consists of many attractions apart from hiking. Mountain Biking, Camping, Boating, Swimming, Skiing and Snowboarding and movies under the stars. We were there for the hiking, as there was no snow…Since we visited during the Spring, I won’t discuss the Skiing capabilities of this Park. Though it does exist. I’m not a skier, so I cannot attest to the quality of this hill. I visited this Park with my girlfriend Sheri, and 2 of our friends. This was my first time here so I had no clue what to…

  • WInter Wrap-up
    Photo-walks

    Winter Wrap-up

    We’ve come to the end of another Winter and here’s my Winter wrap-up. I have to say that I am a little sad. You might be asking yourself why. It’s because my view on Winter 2018 – 2019 is much different than Winter 2017 – 2018 and previous winters. No longer do I dread the cold, snow, and slush. I sort of miss it. In fact, I find myself of late and as I sit here typing this, hoping we receive a last blast before the end of this month. I don’t think it’s going to happen though. Although the Purple One says that “Sometimes it Snows in April”. I…

  • City Livin

    #torontohenge

    Yes, the title consists of a hashtag. Read on… Imagine standing on an East/West running street in Toronto at sunset and watching the sun line up precisely between the tall buildings that line these streets. Particularly King St., Wellington, Adelaide, and Bloor St. This is what occurred beginning February 15th and running for approximately 1 week after. However, Feb 15th was cloudy. So this “somewhat” natural phenomenon wasn’t great. Feb. 16th on the other hand was a stellar display of mother nature and I’m so lucky to have been on hand to witness it. I debated watching it from Gooderham Building for a short time, since a friend told me…

  • Photo-walks

    The Subway Entrance Series

    This became a thing, mostly accidentally. I was walking passed Museum Station one night and decided to shoot a picture of the entrance. It kinda just took off from there. Now, all I can think about as of this writing is when I’m going to get my next one, and which one it’s going to be.  There aren’t many of these. At the time of this draft I feel like I have 4 remaining. College, Wellesley, Dundas and King. Up to now I have Museum, Osgood, St. Patrick, St. Andrew, and Queen.  I’ve determined that they look better at night, so I have to plan around that. And not just…

  • Inside My Head

    The Creatives Community

    Creatives isn’t specific to the Photography community. The word “Creative” encompasses many genres of art. A Creative is an artist, a painter, a photographer, a clothing designer. You get the picture. Anyone that uses their God given abilities and talents, puts pen to paper, paint to canvas, presses a shutter button etc.I have a new found respect for these people, as I consider myself to be a creator. The moment I picked up my camera and set out to capture my world, I became a creator. Not everyone can relate. Most people can’t understand how someone can see beauty in objects that they can’t. Not because we’re better. But because…

  • Photo-walks

    The Scarborough Bluffs

    I’m sure the Scarborough Bluffs are nothing new to most people in the Toronto area. However, it’s relatively new to me. As this was only my second time there, it’s still very impressive to me. It was New Year’s Day, and pretty much on a whim, this is where we ended up. What was supposed to be just a walk along the beach, but instead we ended up walking all over, or so it seemed to me. It was cold, I had a lot to drink on New Year’s Eve and I wasn’t handling it well.I’m not complaining, even if it sounds like it. It was well worth it. The…

  • Tdot Photo Walk

    Gooderham Photo-walk

    I’m referring to this as the “Gooderham Photo-walk” since that’s where our final destination was. If you’re unfamiliar with this landmark building, next to the CN Tower, it might be Toronto’s most photographed site. I don’t have the data to back that up, I’m basing it solely on the amount of images I see splashed within Instagram. But it’s probably accurate. Read on… The Route This was my first Photo-walk, with a group anyway. I’ve done many Photo Walks alone, but this is the first time joining up with people I don’t know and shooting. It was actually a lot of fun. I wasn’t sure what to expect so I…

  • Updates

    Catching Up

    This seems like a good time to write an update post and let you know where I’m at with my new hobby. And at the same time, test the new WordPress Text Editor (Gutenberg).  Back in February of this year, I purchased the Sony a6000 Mirrorless camera (a mirrorless camera is one that doesn’t require a reflex mirror, a key component of DSLR cameras. The mirror in a DSLR reflects the light up to the optical viewfinder. In a mirrorless camera, there is no optical viewfinder. Instead, the imaging sensor is exposed to light at all times). Not really being one to read manuals or view tutorials, I set out and pointed…