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iPhone Friday – Back to Western

TGIF…wow has it been a hectic week…but good hectic. The week started with my son, Sam’s prom on Monday and then his high school graduation on Wednesday evening with lots of activity in between which explains why I haven’t kept to my usual posting schedule this week. On Thursday Sam and I headed back to the University of Western Ontario for his Academic orientation. While he was busy choosing courses I took the opportunity to walk around and take some pictures of this beautiful campus.  I’ll be back there often come the fall so I have a feeling you’ll be seeing more of Western 🙂

Have a great weekend everyone.

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

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

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

Western University, London, Ontario, campus, iphoneography, snapseed, Dramatic B&W

Western University, London, Ontario, campus, iphoneography, snapseed, Tangled FX


iPhone Friday – Boston Skyline

The Boston Skyline shot with my iPhone 4S from Moakley Courthouse pier.

Have a great weekend everyone.

Boston, skyline, fan pier, Moakley courthouse pier, iPhone, iPhoneography, Dramatic Black & White, Snapseed


iPhone Friday – Shadows in the City

Sunny days have been few and far between this “spring” so  while it was a bit chilly the other day it was bright and sunny and that called for a walk at lunch.  I loved the shadows that were being cast downtown so out came my iPhone for a few impromptu shots.

All shots were edited with Snapseed and PhotoToaster. The trees were edited in Dramatic Black & White.

iPhone, iphoneography, bicycle, shadow, snapseed, photo toaster

iPhone, iphoneography, tree, shadow, snapseed, Dramatic Black & White

iPhone, iphoneography, lamp, shadow, snapseed, photo toaster


iPhone Friday – Niagara Wine Tour

Last weekend my husband and I took a drive to Niagara-on-the-Lake, which is about 1 1/2 hours from home. Niagara on the Lake is located on the south shore of Lake Ontario at the mouth of the Niagara River. NOTL is a lovely town which is home to award-winning restaurants, quaint B&Bs and from May to October The Shaw Festival, the second largest repertory theatre company in North America. (Does anyone know which is the largest repertory theatre company in North America? Want a hint?  It’s also in Ontario 🙂 )

I digress…sorry…back to our regularly scheduled program.

The plan was to visit some wineries, do some wine tasting and replenish some of the bottles we’d worked through over the last little while. While I always have my DSLR with me (sill need to process those images) here are a few iPhone images from the day.

Niagara on the Lake, Ontario, winery, wine country, vineyards

Niagara on the Lake, Ontario, winery, wine country, Thirty Bench Winery

Niagara on the Lake, Ontario, winery, wine country, Southbrook Winery

Niagara on the Lake, Ontario, winery, wine country, Peller Estates,

Niagara on the Lake, Ontario, winery, wine country, grapes, vines

Niagara on the Lake, Ontario, winery, wine country, Dan Aykroyd wine, bottles


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


iPhone Friday – Graffiti Alley & Topaz’s New photoFXlab

I actually had another set of images planned for today’s post but when an opportunity presents itself you just have to seize it. On Wednesday, my colleagues and I participated in a scavenger hunt in downtown Toronto for a work team building event. One of the places we ended up was an alley just south of Queen St. called Graffiti Alley. Honestly I didn’t even know this place existed but it was amazing. So here we are going through this alley looking for the items we have to find for our scavenger hunt and now I’m stopping to take pictures. Let me explain not only did you have to find items and locations on the list but the team with the best time wins.

But I couldn’t help myself. Every inch of these walls, pillars, corners, garbage cans were covered in graffiti.

Click on the images to enlarge.

Graffiti Alley Toronto

Graffiti Alley Toronto

Graffiti Alley Toronto

Graffiti Alley Toronto

I have to get back here with my DSLR. Oh by the way…we lost 🙂

Topaz Labs introduced their newest product today,  Topaz photoFXlab. I will be honest, I have not downloaded yet (it’s been a crazy day) so this is not a review. I just wanted to you all to know about it, have a look at its benefits and features on the Topaz Labs site and take advantage of the discount period before it ends.

I just finished watching the online tutorial and I was really impressed. Basically photoFXlab is a simplified editing interface for existing Topaz users that compliments your existing workflow. Some of the key features include:

  • access to all your Topaz plug-ins from one interface
  • use of layers with masking capabilities
  • selective adjustment brushes
  • pre-set library

You can purchase photoFXlab workspace for only $29.99 (that’s a $50.00 savings). Just enter the coupon code “FXLab” when purchasing. This code is good until 07/6/12.