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iPhone Friday – Can You Spot The Difference?

I still had some images on my iPhone from my visit to the University of Western Ontario last week so I thought I’d share one more. I really love trying new apps but I still have my work horse apps that gets used all the time.

Here’s the image straight out my iPhone taken with Camera+

Western University, London, Ontario, campus, iphoneography

When I process an iPhone shot it always goes through Snapseed first for adjustments (when needed) in contrast, brightness, ambiance or saturation. I then also adjust sharpness and/or structure. I may stop there with Snapseed or try some of their different presets. My next favorite app is PhotoToaster. I just love the presets in this app but more than that the individual adjustment sliders give you fantastic control over the image. You can adjust exposure; temperature; lighten shadows; tint; blacks and so much more.

This image was processed with both Snapseed and PhotoToaster as described above. I did use a new app I just downloaded called Over. Over allows you to add text and artwork to your photos. Can I tell you how I found out about it??  You know those little free app cards you can pick up at Starbucks? Well last week Over was on the card. Yup…don’t overlook those, you never know what little gems you might find.

Western University, London, Ontario, campus, iphoneography, snapseed, PhotoToaster, Over

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iPhone Friday – Spin

We had a little holiday celebration at work on Wednesday afternoon and this time it took place at “Spin”. Spin, Ping Pong, bar, lounge, iphoneography, toronto, king street west Spin opened up last year on King St. West in downtown Toronto and it’s a Ping Pong Bar & Lounge. Yes you heard me correctly and it was a lot of fun.  It’s been so busy at work leading up to the holiday’s that I honestly wasn’t sure that I would have an iPhone Friday post for you today but Spin changed all that. Whew! 🙂

All of these images were shot with my iPhone 4S using either Camera+ or 645 Pro. The processing was done in  Snapseed and PhotoToaster.

Spin, Ping Pong, bar, lounge, iphoneography, toronto, king street west

Spin, Ping Pong, bar, lounge, iphoneography, toronto, king street west

Spin, Ping Pong, bar, lounge, iphoneography, toronto, king street west

Spin, Ping Pong, bar, lounge, iphoneography, toronto, king street west

Spin, Ping Pong, bar, lounge, iphoneography, toronto, king street west

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iPhone Friday – Back to Graffiti Alley

As I mentioned in last week’s instalment of iPhone Friday I took so many images during my little walk through Graffiti Alley that I decided to split them into two posts. So without further ado….

graffiti alley, Toronto, street art, Ontario, iphoneography

graffiti alley, Toronto, street art, Ontario, iphoneography

graffiti alley, Toronto, street art, Ontario, iphoneography

graffiti alley, Toronto, street art, Ontario, iphoneography

graffiti alley, Toronto, street art, Ontario, iphoneography


iPhone Friday – A Little Street Art

A couple of weeks ago I had the pleasure of meeting up with photographer Mike Murphy who was in Toronto on business. Between both of our schedules it was a bit of challenge to meet up but on his second to last day we managed to meet for an hour during lunch. So what do two photographers do during a short meet…grab a quick coffee at Starbuck’s and head over to graffiti alley to shoot some awesome street art. I didn’t have my DSLR with me that day but I did manage to take some shots with my iPhone. Actually I took so many that I will probably post some more images of this little excursion next week.

Graffiti Alley, street art, Toronto

Graffiti Alley, street art, Toronto

Graffiti Alley, street art, Toronto

Graffiti Alley, street art, Toronto

Graffiti Alley, street art, Toronto

Mike Murphy in Action

Graffiti Alley, street art, Toronto

Street Artist at Work

Graffiti Alley, street art, Toronto

Graffiti Alley, street art, Toronto


iPhone Friday – Google

In the Tannery district in Kitchener-Waterloo, Ontario you will find a nondescript building that houses Google’s most important office hub outside of the United States and Communitech, a not-for-profit organization that provides office space and other support to Waterloo-based startups.

I was fortunate to have a tour of these two offices for business purposes and of course I couldn’t resist but to take a few iPhone shots to share with all of you.

google, office, reception

Art behind the receptionists desk

Google, office, aquarium

Help Yourself to Some Water

Unfortunately once we were led inside I had strict instructions that photographs were not allowed. You can just imagine my disappointment but the offices themselves did not disappoint. I’m sure you’ve seen it on YouTube or TV, cafeteria with full kitchen staff that prepare hot breakfasts and lunches for the employees, pinball machines, slides and hammocks if you need to rest.  Looked like a fun place to work but the hammocks and rest areas made me wonder how many hours these employees actually put in?

From there we went downstairs to the Communitech office.

Heading Downstairs

Couldn’t Resist…loved this sign!

imap, art installation, mixed media

Art in the office titled “iMap” a mixed-media installation made from parts of MacBooks.

reality cave, 3d, simulation,

Got to try out the Reality Cave, a 3D simulator that reminded me of the holodeck…very cool. Look carefully you can see the corner of the wall (which, by the way, you can’t see with the 3D glasses on)


iPhone Friday – Toronto Happenings

Hot town, summer in the city
Back of my neck getting burnt and gritty
Been down, isn’t it a pity
Doesn’t seem to be a shadow in the city

All around, people looking half dead
Walking on the sidewalk, hotter than a match head

Lovin Spoonful

39 Celcius….that would be approximately 108 Farenheit…or in other words HOT!

They’ve been shooting the series “FlashPoint” this week down the street from my office. This gentleman’s taking a break in the shade.

The search is on for Dorothy!

Andrew Lloyd Webber is staging a production of the Wizard of Oz and earlier this week the auditions for Dorothy (which were held across the country – a la American Idol) came to Toronto. Hundreds of hopefuls lined Front St. to get into the CBC Building where the auditions were held. Of the girls that auditioned across the country 100 will be selected to move forward to “Dorothy Camp”, which will be held in Toronto later this summer for one week, at which time only 10 will be selected to continue. The 10 finalists will be put through their paces in “Over The Rainbow” which will be televised live in Canada, on CBC, in front of a panel of judges which will include Sir Andrew. Why was I there you ask? Well my niece auditioned and since it was down the street from my office, I popped in on her. I’m very proud of her and while they moved her forward in the audition process she, unfortunately didn’t make it into the final 100.

Wizard of Oz, Over the Rainbow, Andrew Lloyd Webber

Over the Rainbow, Wizard of Oz, Dorothy, Andrew lloyd Webber, CBC

auditions, over the rainbow, search for Dorothy, Andrew Lloyd Webber

My niece, Shannon