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Archive for August, 2010

Big Planters On The DVP

Big Planters on DVPThere’s something I like about these large planters on the DVP. They are actually called “The Elevated Wetlands” and were created by artist Noel Harding. This photograph was taken in 2006 and has been a popular print.

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Street Car Lines And Hydro Wires

Street car lines and hydro wires are a challenge when photographing urban architecture. The image above of the MARS building on College shows how these lines can adversely affect the look of an image if they are not positioned in a pleasing manner. While taking this photograph I tried to line up the street car line to the upper horizontal ledge of the building while keeping the rest of the composition in mind. While on location that seemed to be a reasonable solution but once I saw the image I knew it wasn’t quite right. What needs to happen here is the street car line should be lined up with the lower or middle horizontal line. To do this I will need to be elevated about 10 feet using a ladder with my tripod mounted on the side. I believe the end result will minimize the street car lines and pull the cross street line lower to a less intrusive position. Some may say, well why don’t you just use Photoshop to eliminate the wires and save all the bother. I don’t work that way! When you purchase one of my prints the image is as seen and has not been manipulated. If this photograph had no street car lines you would know that it was a manipulated image and I feel that takes away from the authentic feel of an architecture photograph. Look for the revised version of this photograph in the coming weeks.


Reflections Number 6

Here is a new edition to my Reflections series. This image was taken at Yonge and King showing the escalator going to the concourse and faintly showing the hanging sculpture within the same building while the street scene unfolds in the reflection. While I was photographing this scene a nice woman came up to me and asked what I was doing. I explained and we had a 10 minute chat about various things including photography. I enjoy these interactions with people who are curious about my work.

Sometimes I stumble upon the neatest things while walking the streets of Toronto. This clock is on the side of the PJ O’Brien Irish Pub. Many people may say well everyone knows about that clock, well I didn’t. Send me your unique location ideas through my website www.BlackandWhitePhotography.ca


New Gallery On BlackandWhitePhotography.ca

There is a new gallery on my main website BlackandWhitePhotography.ca

It’s actually similar to the previous one but it has been extended for easier browsing through the images. Remember you can click on the smaller image to enlarge it. You can also scroll down to the bottom of the page to view the next set of gallery images.

No post would be complete without an image. Below is the bridge across Mount Pleasant in Toronto.

Mount Pleasant Bridge Toronto


AGO Toronto

AGOThe Art Gallery of Ontario on Dundas in Toronto has a unique glass shielded front. I have tried several time to photograph the front view but there are many hydro and street car wires that left the image cluttered. At some point, with a lift unit like a Skyjack I will get a photograph of the front without the wires. This view is from the east side.

Another interesting sculpture shown below is on Bloor Street.