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:…
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.
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.
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.