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Wednesday, March 31, 2010

Wandering Down Bathurst Street

Went for a long walk last Thursday to see what I could see. Okay, I was going to the Flickr meet up and other business in the area and was too cheap to take the bus. Still, saw lots of interesting things along the way.

Poor BearHACK!
Master of the ObviousI wonder...
House on BathurstOld Windows

Will probably do the same tomorrow as well. Walk down Bathurst that is. Should be sunny and warm tomorrow. Better light, probably some different things to see.

Need new shoes I think.

Paladin Phil

Tuesday, March 30, 2010

March Toronto Flickr Meetup: Techniques and Stuff

One of the fun things about these meet ups is learning new tricks. For some of the more experienced, it's nothing. For those of us just starting out, it's a whole new world. At the last meet up some one demonstrated an interesting technique called the "beer filter". Essentially what you do is hold your pint of beer in front of the flash while taking a picture. Here are two samples I did that night, the beer I was drinking at the time was called "Hockley Valley Dark Ale", very nice flavour and a great colour too.

Beer Flash ReduxReturn of the Dreaded Beer Filter Flash

Well I was sitting at one of the tables, Sui Gen picked up my camera and started taking pictures with it. I was curious to see what he was doing, but I was patient and waited till he was done. The next couple of pictures were what he took.
Me and Jose effects
What he was doing was creating a blur of lights on the camera sensor and using a combination of slow shutter speed, flash, and pulling the zoom all the way back in at the same time. He demonstrated once more and then gave me the camera back to try it. Here were my two attempts.

Sui GenJose withEffects
Originally I didn't think anything happened in the first picture. You have to look closely at the bottom left to see anything, as well the picture has to be a bit larger.

Keeping your eyes open was key too. This is nothing about technique really. Some one said "Oh, that girl in that dress makes a nice match with that picture". Having my camera ready, I asked permission, and took two pictures. You learn sometimes from someone else's eye.

Dress and PictureDress, and Picture

Well that's about it for today. Oh, except for one more picture. This has nothing to do with the meet up really. Just the technique I learned from Sui Gen applied this past Saturday night.
Pans and TrailsPans and Trails
I think I learned well.

Paladin Phil

Monday, March 29, 2010

March Toronto Flickr Meetup

Last week was another meet up of fellow Flickr photographers. I am finding these to be fun to socialize, talk cameras, and talk technique. Quite a few of us there this time. We met up at the Victory Cafe at Lennox and Markham streets, which is near the main intersection of Bathurst and Bloor. Great place to go since you have the iconic "Honest Eds" Store there on the corner.
Honest Ed's
Here's a few shots today of the people, and the cameras that were there when I arrived a little late.
Oh no, here we go....I see flickr people
What?Looking to Flash Ambush
And the back of the building at night.

Tomorrow will be techniques and stuff that I was shown and learned.

Paladin Phil

Friday, March 26, 2010

Friday: Come on Spring Greenery

One thing I hate about this time of year is all the browns and stuff. Some days it's nice and warm, others are a little cool. Or like today down right frigid. I look at trees and most of the time all I see are brown limbs. What can I do? Just wait I guess.
Sunnybrook Dog ParkSunnybrook Dog Park
Sunnybrook Dog ParkSunnybrook Dog Park
Sunnybrook Dog Park
Wait, what's that I am seeing? It looks like a tree is starting to bud.
Sunnybrook Dog Park
The long wait is over, spring is officially here, and this is the sign of real spring in my opinion. Going to have to go walking to find even more signs.

Paladin Phil

Thursday, March 25, 2010

Toronto Buildings: Casa Loma

We have some fascinating history in Toronto. One of the most interesting parts involves Casa Loma, a castle in Toronto. I won't go into the history here. I will show pictures though. You can find all sorts of resources on the internet. Especially Wikipedia. Anyway, here we go.

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Casa LomaCasa Loma

Paladin Phil

Wednesday, March 24, 2010

"Fly Witt Me" Video Shoot: Behind the Scenes, Shooting the Video

Feeling a little blah today so I won't talk much. After all the hair was done, it was time to shoot the video. It was done in two parts, Donovan in front of a mike, then people dancing in front of the green screen. So here we go.

Shooting the Video: DonovanShooting the Video: Donovan
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Shooting the Video: KeronShooting the Video: Joa
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Shooting the Video: Donovan and JoaShooting the Video: Donovan and Joa
That's it for today and the shoot. Back tomorrow with more walk stuff.

Paladin Phil