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Photo Walk to the ROM

Published April 6th, 2012

Ashley and I took a few hours to walk along Bloor to the Royal Ontario Museum today. I took quite a few shots, and these are my best ones.

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What I tried to capture here was the lush, green shrub in an urban settings with cars, houses, and street signs.

  • April 6th, 2012
  • Canon EOS digital Rebel XSi
  • 17mm / f/4 / 1/1000 sec
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Domino

This one was critiqued as "just sitting there", and I completely agree. There's nothing compelling or anything at all about this shot - it's just a domino with really, really harsh shadows.

  • April 6th, 2012
  • Canon EOS digital Rebel XSi
  • 50mm / f/3.2 / 1/4000 sec
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This is the Bata Shoe Museum on Bloor. I took a few different angles, since it's such a geometrically interesting building. Ultimately, I was unhappy with most of them. This one is nice, but has some chromatic aberration around the numbers and panel.

  • April 6th, 2012
  • Canon EOS digital Rebel XSi
  • 50mm / f/1.4 / 1/2000 sec
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I loved taking this shot, but lacked enough of a zoom to really get it.

  • April 6th, 2012
  • Canon EOS digital Rebel XSi
  • 50mm / f/2.2 / 1/250 sec

Flamingo

What I really liked about this shot is how your eyes are always drawn somewhere. The lights point to the new part of the building; the face of the old building has this protruding modernesque thing growing out of it; the new building simultaneously has windows pointing away from the building while the panels bring your eyes back to the old building. Even the ground draws your eyes somewhere.



A lot of lens distortion - had trouble getting rid of it.

  • April 6th, 2012
  • Canon EOS digital Rebel XSi
  • 17mm / f/8 / 1/200 sec

Royal Ontario Museum

I played a lot with the side of the building. I'm actually laying on the building in this photo, and I'm sure I looked strange from the inside of the gift shop (behind those windows).



I played with different lenses, focal lengths, and apertures. This was actually the first picture I took, and it ended up being the one I liked the best.



Topaz DeNoise 4 was invaluable at removing noise from the RAW capture. I corrected lens distortion in Light Room, but didn't crop the photo.

  • April 6th, 2012
  • Canon EOS digital Rebel XSi
  • 17mm / f/8 / 1/200 sec
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There's a lot going on in this photo. I wouldn't even call it a good photography, but I do enjoy the busyness in some ways.

  • April 6th, 2012
  • Canon EOS digital Rebel XSi
  • 17mm / f/5 / 1/500 sec
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ROM backlit

I had some fun playing with the sun here, but my manual told me not to point the CCD at the sun or my camera will explode. Please inform me if this is over-exagerated.

The sun is ever so obscured by the building. I love the radial shine across the sky, and the building/lightpole on the right give you a sense of which direction is up.

  • April 6th, 2012
  • Canon EOS digital Rebel XSi
  • 17mm / f/11 / 1/100 sec
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Museum Station

I've heard that you learn photography by trying to reproduce great shots. My favourite picture, ever, on 500px is Museum Station by Roland Shainidze.

He used a 5D Mark II, and I've only got a cropped CCD. This was the first time I ever felt limited by my kit.

What makes his shot so good, to me, is the detail. He generated an HDR image, which is something I'd like to try.

All I've done in this shot is noise reduction in Topaz DeNoise 4. I use AEB to capture multiple shots, but I'm honestly just going to revisit this station with my tripod. I'll also try my hand at more post-processing.

I also like the subway on the left - it adds tension to an otherwise almost symmetrical photo.

  • April 6th, 2012
  • Canon EOS digital Rebel XSi
  • 17mm / f/4.5 / 1/60 sec

St. George Stairs

Another one inspired by Roland Shainidze. Lens correction and cropping in Light Room.

  • April 6th, 2012
  • Canon EOS digital Rebel XSi
  • 17mm / f/7.1 / 1/25 sec

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