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Weekly Photo Challenge – CN Tower – Between

CN Tower Sandwich

Last week I spent the afternoon out on Centre Island for a work function. Once back in the city my colleagues and I were walking across Queens Quay heading towards our next destination…drinks on the patio 🙂 I had to stop when I saw this scene, the CN Tower seemingly sandwiched between tow condo buildings.  I thought this would be perfect for this weeks theme.

This was shot with my iPhone 4s and processed with Snapseed to crop and for some minor adjusts and then with iColorama to create this overall painterly effect.

CN Tower, Toronto, iPhone, iPhoneography, iColorama, Snapseed


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

Light Painting the Skyline

After an evening of shooting the Toronto skyline during Denise Ippolito’s workshop we decided to have some fun with light painting. This is something that I’ve always wanted to try and we had a blast experimenting with this technique. We hadn’t planned on doing this but putting on our “MacGyver” hats we used a small LED flashlight I had in my camera bag and the  string from Denise’s hoodie to tie to the end of the flashlight. Denise’s friend and fellow photographer, Lynn slowly started twirling the flashlight on the string and turning in place slowly. After a bit of trial and error this was the result. By the way Lynn is actually in the middle of that circle of light but because she was slowly moving you can’t see her at all during the long exposure. I posted images of the skyline on Monday (you can see them here) as the fog started rolling out. Notice the skyline in the background. The CN Tower was starting to disappear again as the fog rolled back in at the end of the evening.

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Toronto, skyline, light painting, CN Tower, Ward Island, Centre Island, city lights, night photography

Toronto Cityscape – Foggy Encounter

One of the workshops that Denise Ippolito led for my photography club last month was a sunset/night cityscape shoot. It was cloudy and raining for most of that day so there was no sunset and we almost didn’t have a cityscape. The best place to photograph the Toronto skyline is from Ward’s Island. We boarded the ferry to the island at 5:45pm for the  7 minute or so crossing which would give us plenty of time to walk around and set up for what was supposed to be a 6:50 sunset. As the ferry started moving and I looked across Lake Ontario I realized that I couldn’t see the island. All I could see was thick fog. We arrived at the island and I looked across at Toronto…it wasn’t there. OMG…there goes the workshop. After a few minutes of internal panic, Denise, being the ultimate professional and workshop leader, led us on a walk and help us “see” other beautiful parts of the island that we could photograph. Ok I started to think…this was ok…this was going to workout. Think positive…think positive…as soon as it gets dark and the city lights turn on we’ll have a cityscape….I hope!

Being photographers and knowing that light and conditions can change from minute to minute we set up our tripods by the waterfront and waited. Here’s the view…

Toronto, cityscape, skyline, night photography, fog, Ward Island, long exposure, blue hour

….can you see the CN Tower? It’s there…honestly but at least we could now see lights and some of the buildings. We waited and as the minutes passed the fog started to roll out and our beautiful city came into view.  Here’s the progression…

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Toronto, cityscape, skyline, night photography, fog, CN Tower, Ward Island, long exposure

Toronto, cityscape, skyline, night photography, fog, CN Tower, Ward Island, long exposure

Toronto, cityscape, skyline, night photography, fog, CN Tower, Ward Island, long exposure

iPhone Friday – Oh…What A Tangled Web We Weave!

Oh…I’m being a bit over dramatic and really there’s no drama in this post. The title has to do with a new app I wanted to tell you about, Tangled FX. I learned about this app from fellow blogger and photographer, David Pasillas. He reviewed Tangled FX early in the week and it looked so interesting that I decided to download it. David did a great job on the review so please have a look at it here. I really loved “playing” with this app. There are some fascinating effects you can create. I think my favorites are Brady (he’s always a favourite) and the Toronto Waterfront image. I actually printed that one and it really looks sharp.

Which one do you like??  (Click on the images to enlarge and really see the detail)

On another note, yesterday I posted a new image of St. Louis Cathedral to my Facebook Page. Let me know what you think.  Have a great weekend everyone!

cavalier king charles spaniel, iphoneography, Tangled FX

Brady a la Van Gogh

rose, flower, iphoneography, Tangled FX

A Rose is just a Rose

Toronto, waterfront, CN Tower, iphoneography, Tangled FX

Toronto Waterfront

pine needles, tree, iphoneography, Tangled FX

street lamp, Toronto, iphoneography, Tangled FX

toy, iphoneography, Tangled FX

Look what was crawling around my desk…Yikes!

iPhone Friday – Toronto’s Harbourfront Festival

Every year Toronto’s Harbourfront plays host to Askenaz, a festival of Jewish and Yiddish culture. The cornerstone of this festival is the live Klezmer music that is performed throughout the week. This past Sunday I had the opportunity to go down to the harbourfront and enjoy the cultural events and some of the live performance.  Here are some iPhone shots from the day…

Have a great weekend everyone.

Toronto, harbourfront, askenaz festival, music, musicians,

Toronto, harbourfront, askenaz festival, music, musicians,

Toronto, harbourfront, askenaz festival, music, musicians,

Toronto, harbourfront, askenaz festival, music, musicians,

Toronto, harbourfront, askenaz festival, music, musicians,

Toronto, harbourfront, askenaz festival, CN Tower,

iPhone Friday – The Spring Edition

The weather has been beautiful and while it’s not officially spring yet it sure feels like it. As I was walking around downtown the other day the Vespas were out in full force and there wasn’t a winter coat to be seen. Have a great weekend everyone.

Looks like Spring is here!

CN Tower

Another Brick in the Wall

Festive Tower

I went on a Photo Walk this past Tuesday with the Toronto Digital Photography Club which I joined in the fall. They’re a terrific group of people who are passionate about photography and eager to share their knowledge with new members like me. We were meeting in front of City Hall in downtown Toronto to shoot the festive lights and decorations around city hall and Nathan Phillips Square. I work downtown so I decided to walk around on my own for a while before having to meet the group. Now that its getting dark so early I always enjoying looking at the CN Tower which is usually lit up with different colors. Now that Christmas is just around the corner, the CN Tower is a very festive sight indeed.

A Canadian Icon….

….okay maybe a Toronto icon.  When it was built in 1976, the CN Tower, was the world’s tallest free-standing structure & tower at 1,815.4 ft high. The CN Tower is a communication and observation tower located in downtown Toronto. In 2007 the Burj Khalifa in Dubai surpassed the CN Tower in height although it is still considered the tallest free-standing structure in the Western Hemisphere.  

Today the tower is a huge tourist attraction for Toronto containing an observation deck, glass floor and ‘360’, a revolving restaurant with a 360 degree view of Toronto.

The CN Tower just introduced a new attraction, “EdgeWalk”.  As the brochure says… “It is the world’s highest full circle hands-free walk on a 5 ft (1.5 m) wide ledge encircling the top of the Tower’s main pod, 356m/1168ft (116 storeys) above the ground.” The brave are attached to an overhead rail system and harnessed in. Honestly…it scares me to even contemplate it. I’ll stick to photographing the tower from the ground.

I took this shot last year from Centre Island. This image is straight out of the camera.

A Different Perspective

The CN Tower really is higher then a lamppost….or is it?

Canon Xti, Sigma 18 - 200mm, f/13, 1/250, 31mm