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iPhone Friday – Casa Loma Revisited

It’s baaaaack….iPhone Friday…for this week anyway. I do love taking pictures with my iPhone but life has gotten a bit crazy and I’ve let my iPhoneography lapse a bit. Here are some images that I shot while at Casa Loma last Saturday evening. All images were processed with Snapseed exclusively this time around.

Casa Loma, Toronto, castle, historical building, night photography, Ontario, iPhoneography, Snapseed

Casa Loma, Toronto, castle, historical building, night photography, Ontario, iPhoneography, Snapseed

Casa Loma, Toronto, castle, historical building, night photography, Ontario, iPhoneography, Snapseed

Casa Loma, Toronto, castle, historical building, night photography, Ontario, Organ, iPhoneography, Snapseed

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The View from Casa Loma

This wasn’t exactly what I had planned to post today. On Saturday evening I assisted a photographer friend of mine who was shooting a Bar Mitzvah. The event took place at Casa Loma which is a spectacular venue. I’ve never been to an evening affair there but I have visited a couple of times during the day.  I was taken aback by the beautiful view of the city from the terraces. The doors to the terrace were locked but I simply couldn’t let the opportunity pass me by. I asked one of the venue staff (in my sweetest voice of course) if she could unlock the doors just for a few minutes later in the evening so that I could photographer the view. At first I was told “no!” I was shocked…since I did ask in the nicest possible manner 🙂 As luck would have it about a half hour later with all the guests eating dinner they opened up access to the terrace for about 5 minutes. So with limited time I mounted my DSLR unto a tripod. Knowing I didn’t have time for too long an exposure I set the ISO to 800 and took 2 shots.

I present to you the view from Casa Loma.

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Toronto, nightscape, CN Tower, Casa Loma, view, Casa Loma Terrace, long exposure


Tunnel Vision

Project 52 Entry #51

In Monday’s post, The Stables at Casa Loma, I mentioned that there were tunnels that led from the Hunting Lodge and stable complex to the main house. These tunnels are 800 feet long and 18 feet deep.  This is the last section before reaching the main house.

Casa Loma Tunnels


The Stables at Casa Loma

Casa Loma, located in mid-town Toronto, is the former house of financier Sir Henry Mill Pellatt. It was constructed over a 3 year period from 1911 to 1914. At 98 rooms it was the largest private residence in the city. Today it’s a museum and historic landmark. Just north of the main house is the stable, potting shed & greenhouse and hunting lodge. The latter was open this weekend for Doors Open Toronto, an annual weekend dedicated to the city’s architecture.

The main house and the stable complex is connected by underground tunnels and during World War 2 “the stables of Casa Loma served as the site for the development of ASDIC, which stands for Anti-Submarine Detection investigation Committee, an early sonar apparatus.”

I had to wait a while to get this shot as there was a family who was making a living sitting on this bench. I finally decided to roam around and explore the rest of the complex and then headed back to the stables to see if I could get my clear shot. As you can see I did. As I was walking out I was approached by someone who works there who informed me that I wasn’t allowed to use a tripod. I apologized profusely and headed for the exit, smiling. I so love these little wins.

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stables of Casa Loma Toronto