Friday, April 30, 2010
Thursday, April 29, 2010
As per early comments regarding in-camera B&W processing, in natural light, the B&W in-camera settings work quite nicely.
Wednesday, April 28, 2010
This is the first inCamera shot I've used that is from a RAW image. I had the image optimization set to B&W and once again, I wasn't too happy with the result. I think it is a combination of flash and the type (if any) filters I'm applying to the B&W setting. I always shoot in JPG and RAW these days, so I used the RAW image and simply saved it without edits to a JPG version. Therefore there is no adjustments for sharpness or contrast at all. The B&W version is here.
Tuesday, April 27, 2010
After dinner tonight, I decided to take my dog Kooper for a run at Sunnybrook dog park before it got dark. On the way to the park, I noticed that Blythwood Road was closed at Mt. Pleasant with quite a lot of emergency vehicles and TV crews at the scene. I decided that a little exercise for Kooper was more important that investigating right then, so I continued to the park. It's been very windy for a few day so I thought a large tree may have some down. On the drive home, Blythwood had been re-opened and a did a quick drive by and saw that there had been a fire in one of the houses. A drove on a little, but then my new found photojournalistic instincts kicked in (plus I didn't have a great shot yet for the day), so I stopped, circled back and grabbed my camera.
While photographing the other recent events, I had some serious reservations about the potential personal injuries and losses that I may be recording. In the Chinatown accident, I hesitated taking any photographs until I could see that the young girl was not seriously injured and those people nearby were helping her. For the Gould Street incident, I heard from a few sources that luckily there had been no serious injuries. For the First Nations' protest, even though there was plenty of police at the ready, the event looked to be quite peaceful. I did wonder what the chances were of it boiling over, especially seeing a few people masking their faces. What would I do if things got violent ?
Back to Blythwood. So I'm walking back to the burned out house with my camera in hand and I'm wondering was anyone hurt here ? There was just one person I noticed on the street other than emergency and TV people so I asked if he knew if anyone had been hurt in the fire. He said that he heard from TV news that a lady had died.
I decided not to photograph the house. I didn't feel right. I drew a line.
The Toronto Sun report.
Tentatively selected for my wrecked landscape project, but still debating it's contribution and relevance.
Monday, April 26, 2010
Sunday, April 25, 2010
As you can see, my home has a lot of dark wood, so I always have to be very careful with the image optimization settings and in many cases the wood appears way too red with high saturation or contrast settings. So I edit the JPGs or use the RAW images most of the time. I got lucky here, perhaps because I was lower to the ground and the bounced difused flash was a little less strong than if I'd been standing up and/or the angles worked in my favour. Regardless, I liked the dog action, angle, colour and exposure.
Saturday, April 24, 2010
My wife had heard that there were bus loads of tourists on a previous day, but I dismissed it thinking it was a one-off. However, when we arrived at High Park (after battling some heavier than normal traffic en-route), I couldn't believe the thousands of tourists. I don't think I'd never seen so many tourists (mostly Asian) at any Toronto tourist location - it actually reminded me of London's most popular sights, like Trafalgar Square.
So it was rather difficult to actually capture the beauty of the blossoms, but the day to produce some interesting opportunities to photograph people.
Friday, April 23, 2010
It seems like the number of new towers being built in Toronto keep growing and growing. I grabbed a few shots today and this contrast of new and (relatively) old stood out - Festival Tower is in the foreground.
Thursday, April 22, 2010
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Wednesday, April 21, 2010
A short detour on the way to the subway station gave me a few new photo opportunities this morning. I had shot the playground empty, but then caught the jogger dead centre and thought it added a little human interest. Had to cheat with a small alignment fix, but otherwise in-camera.
For months, I have been hearing about Keane's upcoming release...actually it was over a year ago that I heard about K'naan recording songs with Keane.
I did watch the video for the first single Stop for a Minute when it was released, but I didn't listen to any of the songs until yesterday when I saw that the album was on iTunes for pre-order.
The video is SO good by the way:
I was quite excited knowing that new Keane songs would be entering my library in three weeks. I was also hopeful that they would be touring again. Seeing them six times so far still isn't enough.
Then this morning, I wake up to the news that Tim Rice-Oxley (the keyboardist and songwriter) for Keane has joined a supergroup.
The headline of Keane and The Killers forming a supergroup initially got me excited. Two of my favourites getting together? But it was misleading as I read on, it is only one member of each band joining a member of Noah and the Whale and a member of Mumford & Sons.
The article said that Mt Desolation would consist of Tim Rice-Oxley, Ronnie Vanucci (drummer for the Killers), Tom Hobden (violin player for Noah and the Whale) and Winston Marshall (banjo and vocals for Mumford & Sons).
However according to Mt Desolation's website, the band also consists of Jesse Quin: the newest member of Keane. It turns out that Tim and Jesse spear-headed this side project. They involved other musicians they knew.
Mt Desolation actually consists of:
Tim Rice-Oxley - Vocals, Piano
Jesse Quin - Vocals, Guitar
Andrew Lowe - Bass
Fimbo - Drums
John Roderick - BVs, Guitar
Pete Roe - Keys, BVs
Tom Hobden - Fiddle
Jessica Staveley-Taylor - BVs
Ronnie Vannucci - Perc, good vibes
Winston Marshall - Banjo
Charity Quin - BVs
Jayne Rice-Oxley - BVs
Francois Deville - Pedal Steel
So the mainstream media took some liberties in announcing that Keane and The Killers were forming a supergroup. The supergroup "features" Ronnie.
As excited as I should be at the prospect of a new band, when just recently I was saying that I needed some new music in my life, a line in the article burst my bubble.
"They will be releasing an album of country alternative songs later this year".
What? Country Alternative? Uggh.
A year or two ago, when one of my favourite singers, Ross Copperman teamed up with Heather Morgan to form a country duo: Roots & Wings, I said..."if anyone can get me into country music, it will be Ross".
Well, they didn't release any music and perhaps with Ross releasing an EP a few months ago, his own music became the priority.
So now, I will say, "if anyone can get me into (alternative) country music, perhaps it will be Tim".
Tuesday, April 20, 2010
Monday, April 19, 2010
Sunday, April 18, 2010
Saturday, April 17, 2010
I was quite pleased with this quick shot and offers some nice contrast, reasonable composition and some interesting shapes for focus.
Friday, April 16, 2010
Thursday, April 15, 2010
Wednesday, April 14, 2010
This man hit the young lady on the left while driving along Dundas St in Chinatown today. While walking along the street, I heard a alerting yell and when I turned I saw the girl bounce off the hood of this man's car and fall to the ground. He appeared to be driving quite fast and she didn't seem to be paying attention as she crossed mid-block. I debated whether it was appropriate to stop and take a few shots, but 1) I felt this was a photojournalistic opportunity and 2) I thought I should perhaps record the event in case she was badly hurt and he tried to make a run for it. She remarkably got up quite quickly and it looked like she only had a few knee and arm scrapes - she was very lucky. I overheard someone ask for a 911 call, however the police never showed up. This shot was taken as a police car siren was heard close by. As things seems to settle down and the majority of the crowd dispersed, I asked the girl if she was ok - she said she was ok, although she still looked rather shocked and he appeared rather in shock himself. When he took her into a nearby pharmacy with a few other witnesses and no police showed up, I went on my way.
Tuesday, April 13, 2010
Monday, April 12, 2010
Both my son and daughter had their school soccer tryouts after school today. I didn't get a chance to see the action, but thought a shot of their cleats would be a way to record the day and they'd make a decent subject.
Sunday, April 11, 2010
Saturday, April 10, 2010
Friday, April 09, 2010
I took some time at lunch to snap away at some people on the street. There were a few people with bright coloured umbrellas and this girl turns perfectly for the shot with her umbrella as a nice background.
Thursday, April 08, 2010
Wednesday, April 07, 2010
Tuesday, April 06, 2010
Monday, April 05, 2010
Sunday, April 04, 2010
Saturday, April 03, 2010
For me, it's Neil Diamond. Although his earlier work and interestingly, his latest work is well respected, most middle agers / Xgeners likely heard Diamond during his sappy middle period (maybe his You don't Bring me Flowers duet with Barbara Streisand). But I first heard Neil Diamond during a once in a lifetime trip to Singapore, Christmas 1975. I had never been anywhere outside the UK when my family made this trip to visit my Australian uncle and family who were living in Singapore at the time. Therefore my memories of Singapore remain very vivid, the topical humid air, the exotic smells, 4pm rainstorms, new tastes and funnily enough, the sounds of Neil Diamond. My uncle was a big fan of Neil Diamond and I recall sitting in his living room with all the windows open late in the evening, with family all around and hearing Diamond's classic live album Hot August Night.
So today, an unusually warm (hot even) April day here in Toronto while the kids are elsewhere and my wife (not the biggest Diamond fan) is out - the windows are open, I'm taking a little breather and I put on my favourite tracks from Hot August night and I'm back in Singapore.
Also posted on my general interest personal blog.