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The Billiard Room

Last month I joined my photography club in an outing to Spadina house, a historic manor house and gardens which now operates as a museum.The property was purchased in 1866 by businessman and financier, James Austin and remained in the family for over a century. The property was transferred to the City of Toronto and the Ontario Heritage Foundation in 1978.

I love joining my club on some of these outings. It forces me to visit places in my own city that I’ve never been to. I’ve lived in Toronto for over 20 years and must have driven by Spadina House hundreds of times and never stopped.

The house and the grounds were spectacular. When I walked into the billiard room I was enthralled. I was chatting with the woman who worked there and she was quite impressed that I called it a “billiard room” and didn’t refer to it as a pool table or room. I guess that’s what happens after all those years playing ‘Clue’.

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Spadina House, Toronto, billiard room, pool table, estate, historical, interior, architecture


Chocolat

Oh que c’est bon! You know when they say you’re like a kid in a candy store? That was me when I came across this chocolate shop in St. Germain des Pres. And yes it smelled as good as it looked. The owner was very kind when I asked her (in broken French) if I could take pictures.

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Paris, France, St. Germaine, store, chocolate, candy store, interior, travel


Getting the Shot

It was unfortunate that when shooting at the Toronto Centre for the Arts we weren’t able to get into the main stage. That evening they were setting up for an upcoming show. We were however granted access into the George Weston Recital Hall. While not quite elaborate it was still fin to set up and shoot in there. Now I know that some people are getting tired of selective colour and thrush be told I was actually going to clone out the photographer in the image but I thought that including him provided a bit more of a compelling story. The decision to bring back the color was just me playing with the image to see what worked well. I think the red jacket just makes the image pop a bit more. What do you think?

I used Topaz Black & White Effects to convert the image to black and white and selectively bring back the colour. Don’t forget you can always use the code ELPHOTO to get a 15% discount on all Topaz Products.

Toronto Performing Arts Centre, interior, Art Deco, North York, North Toronto, Theatre, sets, row, black and white, selective colour


Weekly Photo Challenge – Letters

Just a quick post today as I head out on this sunny Sunday. Hope you’re all enjoying your weekend. For some reason I’ve stopped getting the Weekly Photo Challenges in my inbox on Fridays. Has this happened to anyone else? I realized this was the challenge this week but visiting other blogs.

Anyway…can anyone guess why I picked this letter? 🙂

Toronto Performing Arts Centre, interior, Art Deco, North York, North Toronto, Theatre, sets, row,


Upstairs Downstairs

Happy Monday Everyone and a very Happy Easter for all those that celebrate. I hope you had an amazing weekend. I’m happy to report that it was a glorious weekend, weather wise. I think (and I hold my breath as I say this) that Spring is finally here.

Here’s another image for the Toronto Centre for the Arts. This was taken from the upper lobby level of the centre looking down on the multiple staircases that leads to the lower lobby. I love the contrast between the wood railings and the chrome of the staircases.

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Toronto Performing Arts Centre, lobby, interior, Art Deco, North York, North Toronto, Theatre, upper lobby, staircase


Toronto Centre for the Arts

The Toronto Centre for the Arts, located in the north part of Toronto opened it’s doors in 1993 as the North York Performing Arts Centre. It’s name was later changed to the Ford Centre for Performing Arts after a major donation was made and later renamed to its current name…The Toronto Centre for the Arts.

Last week I had the opportunity to photograph the interior of the centre.  Access was arranged by my photography club and I and 15 other inconspicuous, tripod toting individuals descended upon tho slovenly space. The unfortunate part was that the Main Stage was off limits as a show was being set up at the time. We did however have access to one of the smaller theatres and the lovely Art Deco lower and upper lobby.

The challenge in photographing in an interior space such as this, with close to 30 photographers, is that inevitably someone walks through your shot. As respectful and mindful as you try to be it just happens when you have that many photographers. On the flip side the advantage to attending one of these types of outings is that you can share ideas and techniques with like minded individuals.

Here’s one view of the lower lobby processed in both colour and black and white. What I love about this space this the Art Deco look and when I looked at all the converging lines and details I thought this would look great in B&W. Which do you prefer? I can tell you that I asked my son the same question last night and he unequivocally choose the colour. I’m undecided.

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Toronto Centre for the Arts, lobby, interior, Art Deco, North York, North Toronto, Theatre

Toronto Centre for the Arts, lobby, interior, Art Deco, North York, North Toronto, Theatre, Black and White, Monochrome

 


Carmel Mission Interior

On Wednesday I posted an image of the front exterior of the mission. Here’s a look at the inside….

This was a bracketed exposure shot handheld. It was quite dark inside so I cranked up the ISO to 3200. I would have liked to have had the whole place to myself but that was not to be. I guess I could have cloned the people out of the picture but decided to keep them in.

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Carmel Mission, Carmel By The Sea, Mission San Carlos Borroméo del río Carmelo, California, travel photography, church, interior


Portola Hotel and Spa

We stayed at the Portola Hotel and Spa in Monterey Bay. If you find yourself in Monterey Bay this is a great hotel to stay in. It was a 5 minute walk to the wharf, about a 5 min drive to Cannery Row and the aquarium and a 10 minute drive to Carmel.  The hotel itself was lovely.  The first image is of the side courtyard of the hotel. Straight through this courtyard is the short walk to Fisherman’s Wharf. The second image is the lobby.

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Monterey Bay, California, Portola Hotel, courtyard, long exposure, night photography

Monterey Bay, California, Portola Hotel, lobby, interior


The Elgin Theatre

I held off posting this because the brackets for this image were used in our most recent round of HDR Tennis on Facebook. You can click on the link and check out the other versions of this image from the many talented photographers that participated.

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Elgin Theatre, Toronto, Ontario, Balcony, ornate, interior


Back to the Theatre

A couple of weeks ago I introduced you to the Elgin & Winter Garden Theatre complex in Toronto. (You can see that post here.)  The initial series were all images of the Winter Garden. While the Winter Garden Theatre was designed to look like a botanical fantasy, the Elgin Theatre is much more grand and traditional, filled rich fabrics and gold leaf. You can see from this image how ornate the opera boxes are.

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Elgin Theatre, Toronto, Ontario, Balcony, ornate, interior


Grand Dining

One of the nicest things about being on a cruise is the dining experience, especially when you have dinner in the main dining room. The service is excellent, the food is delicious, the wine sublime and our week onboard the Navigator of the Sea was no exception. When we stepped into the dining room I felt as if I was walking into the dinner scene from Hello Dolly. Our waiter, Stefan was exceptional and tended to our every need. Actually I knew I was in trouble when on our first evening I couldn’t decide between two desserts. Stefan looked at me and said…”that’s not a problem…I’ll bring both.” Oy!

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dining room, cruise, ship, navigator of the sea, interior