Tuesday, June 24, 2014

Harbourfront Walk Part Two

There's something about the perfect weekend by the water.

Camera: Mamiya C220f, Sekor 55 f4.5 lens.
Film: Ilford HP5 400, HC 110 B.

The Caledonia

Wm. Lyon Mackenzie

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Tuesday, June 17, 2014

Walking Along the Waters Edge Part One

I last walked Harbourfront a couple years back on a warm Saturday night in late July before an Oakville Camera Club outing to shoot the Toronto Skyline from Centre Island, it was a great walk and got some great images. It was a great idea at the time, while I got in town early, OCC members arrived closer to the meet up time, Taylor Swift was playing the Air Canada Centre and normal parking rates tripled to event prices.

Ok, a small irritant, we got the ferry docks and noticed hordes of people coming off, I did not connect the dots. Once our group got to Centre Island we quickly realized there not not one but two South Asian Cultural Festivals and the there were easy 50,000 people on the island. We got our skyline shots and around 9:30 decided it was time to head back to the mainland.

Not so fast, the line up for ferry stretched from the Centre Island Terminal to about the beach on the south side of the Island. We got on the boat at around midnight, my feet touched mainland around 12:35 and I was in bed around 1:30 AM. It's all smiles and chuckles until you're stuck in line with about 25kg of camera gear strapped to your back, with Hare Krishna converts wanting to spread the joy of their new found faith to the captive audience in line.

That's why we're staying on the mainland this year.


Camera: C220f, Sekor 80 f2.8 and 55 f4.5 lens.
Film: Fuji Neopan Acros 100, Xtol 1+1.

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Empire Sandy and Mr. Kane

Thursday, June 12, 2014

Walking West From Downtown Through the Railway Lands.

Long before Toronto's condominium boom, southwest of Union Station where The Rogers Centre
(I still call it the Skydome) used to be switching yards for CN and CP's passenger rail rolling stock. One of the locomotive roundhouses remains today as home for Steamwhistle Brewing, a Railway museum and a furniture store. Further west, large condo developments going from abandoned land to New York's Battery Park City in the space of a decade.

I haven't been this way in a long time, I've been to the Toronto Railway Museum's outdoor exhibit's in the past but not further west of the Roger's Centre. This was part of a dry run for an Oakville Camera Club outing later this month along Harbourfront.


Camera: Mamiya C220f, Sekor 55 f4.5 lens, 80 f2.8 lens.
Film: Ilford HP5 400, HC110 B. (last image Fuji Neopan Acros 100).

CP Rail Operations Car

Spadina Looking South

Crossing the Tracks

Looking East From Bathurst St.

Under Construction

Monday, June 09, 2014

University College, University of Toronto

University of Toronto is a special place for me and I'm very fortunate to my Digital Strategy and Communications Management Certificate there. A quarter century ago I did my bachelors degree here too so it was coming home sort of, I was at what is now University of Toronto Mississauga campus, then Erindale College. A nice place and I had great time during my undergrad years but it lacks the history of the St. George Campus.

The centre piece is University College which begs to be photographed, especially the inner courtyard which is an oasis of tranquility in the middle of a downtown campus.

Camera: Canon F-1N with FD 28 f2.8 and 50 f1.4 lens.
Film: Ilford HP5 400, HC110 B.
Location University of Toronto, St. George Campus, Toronto On.

University College

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Inner Courtyard

Wednesday, June 04, 2014

Walking King St. West in Toronto

A very big dump of photos on this post but then walking King St. from Liberty Village to York St. is a study in a big change from a creative district to the financial district. Now I have to walk Queen St., I don't know which one has seen the bigger changes over the past 20 years.

This was also an opportunity to test drive a recently overhauled Canon F-1N with the AE prism. It sort of looks like Canon's answer to the Nikon F3HP, I don't think one body is better than the other, same thing goes for the optics each company has strengths in different focal lengths, this from an avid Nikon user.

Camera: Canon F-1N with AE prism, FD 50 f1.4 and 28 f2.8 lens.


Leaving Liberty Village

Underpass

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Bathurst and King

Waiting for After Work

Spadina

A quick Break

Beating the Streetcar

Trying to Board the 504 at York St.