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Photo Walk around Downtown Toronto

Published April 22nd, 2012

Headed out with my friend Ryan for a photo walk around downtown. Splitting it up into two stories.

This is the first photo walk I've done with another photographer, and the first shoot I've used my new circular polarizing filter. The weather was, frankly, pretty shitty. We headed out too early, about 4pm, on a highly overcast day. It was also pretty chilly, so we cut it off around 8.

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Wave

This is actually right down the street from me - I've been planning on shooting this for a while now.

I cropped the photo so the wave looks like wave can go forever, but isn't pretending it's anything but graffiti.

  • April 21st, 2012
  • Canon EOS digital Rebel XSi
  • 17mm / f/9 / 1/40 sec

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First time playing with the circular polarizing filter. Took a dozen shots or so of this building. Played with it a bit in post - struggled a lot with the crop angle.

  • April 21st, 2012
  • Canon EOS digital Rebel XSi
  • 25mm / f/6.3 / 1/125 sec
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Fishes

Struggled to take this shot. These fish are typically underwater, but there's no water in the fountain this time of year. While Ryan took a pretty impressive shot close-up, I opted to try the wider angle approach (I don't have a long zoom lens, yet).

Tried an open aperture to give a sense of depth to the fish. Also used some creative cropping. I like the result, but it lacks punch.

  • April 21st, 2012
  • Canon EOS digital Rebel XSi
  • 17mm / f/2.8 / 1/500 sec
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With Care

Couldn't resist this one.

  • April 21st, 2012
  • Canon EOS digital Rebel XSi
  • 17mm / f/2.8 / 1/200 sec
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Had a lot of fun with my 50mm f/1.4 lens. I played with this scene and took more than a dozen angles.

Took everyone's advice to get right down with some fun angles (also trying not to centre subjects so evidently). I like this one the best.

  • April 21st, 2012
  • Canon EOS digital Rebel XSi
  • 50mm / f/1.4 / 1/4000 sec
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Another one with my 50mm f/1.4 lens. This was closer to the end of the walk, so the evening light was just getting good.

Some slight cropping and saturation adjustment, and that's it. Handheld at 1/30" was hard, but most of the capture is blurry anyway.

  • April 21st, 2012
  • Canon EOS digital Rebel XSi
  • 50mm / f/2.8 / 1/30 sec

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AshleyKrista
Ashley Krista  over 5 years ago

The last one is my favourite. Love it.

Brideau
Ryan Brideau  over 5 years ago

Whenever I try to capture any complex situation like the fishes, I find it makes it a lot easier just to focus on a few details and get everything else out of the shot. I've never successfully been able to capture 'the whole picture' in one shot.

ashfurrow
Ash Furrow  over 5 years ago

It's definitely been challenging, but I enjoy putting things in a context. There are some shots, though, that you took (like those flowers) that I tried but couldn't get because of *too much* context (a busy city). So I think both are difficult in different ways. Once I get the new longer zoom lens, I'm looking forward to trying more of what you've been able to accomplish.

meganobrien
Megan OBrien  over 5 years ago

nice work with the off-centre subjects. the depth of field is really working well, particularly in the last 2 shots.
can't wait to see part 2!

ashfurrow
Ash Furrow  over 5 years ago

Thanks! I've got part 2 up here: http://500px.com/ashfurrow/stories/35369/photo-walk-to-the-lake-ontario-toronto-shoreline

tomcreighton
Tom Creighton  over 5 years ago

I'm really liking these 'up the side of a building' shows you're doing. Interested to see the second half!

ashfurrow
Ash Furrow  over 5 years ago

Thanks! I took some others but couldn't get good exposures. I should have brought a tripod. Then I got chased off by security with another building. I could be like the Roof Topper user, except in reverse!