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Posts tagged “Downtown Toronto

The Dangerous Lagoon

I decided to do a little scuba diving the other day and all was fine until I realized that I was sharing the water with a reef shark. I’ve never swam so fast in my life but I made it to shore.

Alright…that’s not really how it happened. I finally started processing my images from Toronto’s latest attraction, Ripley’s Aquarium, from a few months ago.

The Dangerous Lagoon is one of the amazing galleries at the aquarium. You view and walk the lagoon through an underwater tunnel. The challenge of photographing in this gallery is the poor lighting.  I set up my tripod (and had to be very patient as streams of visitors kept walking by). I set my ISO to 640 and shot at f/2.8, 1/40s. I processed the image in Lightroom 5. Those lovely lights you seeing streaming from the top are the lights in the lagoon but doesn’t it just look like the sun’s rays beaming through?

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Toronto Aquarium, Ripley's Aquarium of Canada, Dangerous Lagoon, shark, fish, water, tank, coral, under water

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Pink Tartan

A happy belated happy Canada Day to my fellow Canadians. I had a much needed day off yesterday, both from work and from blogging and am definitely feeling refreshed.  The weather wasn’t as nice as I would have hoped for Canada Day. It was overcast for most of the day but at least it didn’t rain. My family and I went for a leisurely walk around Yorkville. Yorkville and the nearby Bloor St are home to high-end shopping and some wonderful clubs and restaurants.

Pink Tartan opened in Yorkville in 2011 and I just love the building its in. Not your traditional looking store by any means.

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Yorkville, Toronto, Pink Tartan, downtown, street photography, edith levy photography


Life in the City

Last weekend I attended a photo walk, with my photography club,  in Kensington Market. While waiting for everyone to arrive I made a new friend. I wish I knew his real name but I call him Uggie. Uggie was waiting for his owner to come out of a coffee shop and he was so darn cute I decided he’d make a good photographic subject.  I took a couple of shots from a crouching position and wasn’t happy with the perspective. I knew I needed to get as low as I could to get the POV I was looking for. Lying flat on m stomach wasn’t an option because that would mean my legs would be out in the middle of the road so I placed the camera flat on the sidewalk and took the shot.

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Kensington market, Toronto, city, street, dog, street photography


iPhone Friday – Balzac’s Coffee House & A Few Thank You’s

After shooting long exposures last Saturday night at the Christmas Market at the Distillery District (you can see the result here) I couldn’t feel my fingers anymore. What better way to warm up then a cup of java.  Balzac’s is a home grown (Ontario) coffee house whose first location was in Stratford, Ontario. There’s only 7 locations in Ontario and the one at the Distillery is usually packed. The coffee is excellent and a nice alternative to my usual, addiction, obsession Starbuck’s.

Balzac's; coffee house; Toronto; Distillery District; iphoneography

Balzac's; coffee house; Toronto; Distillery District; iphoneography

Balzac's; coffee house; Toronto; Distillery District; iphoneography

And now comes the time for some Thank You’s. This week I was nominated for 3 different blogging awards and I wanted to extend my thanks and appreciation.

Ganesh Raam nominated me for the Shine On Blog Award; Xavi Geis has nominated me for the Very Inspiring Blogger Award and Lectures au Coeur has nominated me for the Sunshine Award.  I am truly honoured. If you haven’t visited these amazing blogs then please do so. You’ll be happy you did.

There are lots of rules and instructions that come with these awards such as telling you what my favorite color and foods are and nominating others.  I blog and post images regularly so I think my regular followers already know some of my likes and dislikes and if you’re not a regular follower…welcome! Stick around there’s always interesting stuff happening around here. As for my nominations…well that’s a tough one. There are so many incredible bloggers and photographers out there. Have a look at this list of bloggers that I nominated the last go around of awards. I’ve “met” and respect so many of you. You really are incredible whether you have a photography blog; you’re writers or painters; write food blogs, you are all part of this awesome community, that it’s difficult to to narrow it down to just a few. Over the next few weeks I will be publishing a page of terrific blogs that I think you should follow. Keep on the lookout.


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


Weekly Photo Challenge – Geometry

I took this last year in downtown Toronto. I’m standing by the entrance of Brookfield Place on Bay street looking at the Royal Bank Plaza. I thought it fit in well with this week’s photo challenge with lots of different geometric shapes.

Toronto, architecture, Brookfield Place, building