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Photo Walk to the Lake Ontario Toronto Shoreline

Published April 22nd, 2012

Here's part II of the photo walk with Ryan, mostly shots from the shoreline (here's part I). Met some nice ducks and another photographer down there.

It was really challenging light, and most of the 430 shots I took turned out either under or over exposed. I'm holding out hope for a few of them and might most more later in another story. I did see some other cool places to take night shots with my tripod (which I didn't have with me).

I learnt a lot about aperture in bright light and moving subjects. So far, most of my subjects have been still, so it was a new dimension for me as a photographer.

It was a great walk and I learnt a lot. Looking forward to doing more of these this Summer :)

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Waiting

I really struggled to get this shot, as I was across a busy intersection from the subject (Spadina and Queen's Quay). This one was the best, but isn't a great shot.

  • April 21st, 2012
  • Canon EOS digital Rebel XSi
  • 50mm / f/2.5 / 1/4000 sec

Empire Sandy

Had a lot of fun with this subject. I took a few dozen shots from 4 or 5 angles with both lenses. There was a boat directly in front that kept getting in the way, as well as the dock yard to the right distracting.

Again, the CPF really helped here, given the extremely overcast weather. I love this shot.

  • April 21st, 2012
  • Canon EOS digital Rebel XSi
  • 28mm / f/13 / 1/60 sec
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Bird Porn

I only have a few seconds to get a shot of these birds, who were innocently just sitting there at first. I actually lost a lens cap to Lake Ontario switching lenses for this (wanted my brighter 50mm lens). In the end, I struggled to focus properly, and then the birds started having sex. So there you go.

  • April 21st, 2012
  • Canon EOS digital Rebel XSi
  • 50mm / f/1.6 / 1/3200 sec
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Swan

This swan literally came out of nowhere. This isn't a great shot, in my opinion, but I couldn't get a good angle without going swimming. There's also some pretty heavy chromatic aberration around his backside I'd like some suggestions on.

I literally just included this photo to prove I saw a swan.

  • April 21st, 2012
  • Canon EOS digital Rebel XSi
  • 50mm / f/1.4 / 1/2500 sec
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Duck

I tried really hard not to scare this guy away, but he turned out to be pretty comfortable around people.

  • April 21st, 2012
  • Canon EOS digital Rebel XSi
  • 50mm / f/1.4 / 1/3200 sec

Duck Again

I literally had to lay prone on the sidewalk to get this shot, but I don't think you could get a photo looking up at a duck any other way.

If I could go back, I'd step down the aperture to f/2.8 or so, since the subject isn't entirely in focus. Then again, this was my first wildlife shoot.

  • April 21st, 2012
  • Canon EOS digital Rebel XSi
  • 50mm / f/1.4 / 1/4000 sec

The same Duck

These ducks were very desperate for attention, which I think meant bread. I'm planning on returning to the shore this Summer with some bread.

  • April 21st, 2012
  • Canon EOS digital Rebel XSi
  • 50mm / f/1.4 / 1/800 sec

Photographing the Duck

Here's one of Ryan trying to get a shot of the duck. He made his duck photos in B&W, so I made the photo of him taking the photo of the duck monochrome, too.

  • April 21st, 2012
  • Canon EOS digital Rebel XSi
  • 50mm / f/1.4 / 1/1600 sec
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Empty Beach

Beach downtown Toronto was deserted except for a couple walking their dog. I tried to take the dog's picture, but was too quick for me.

This is actually cropped; the original shot was a much simpler, centred composition. I like this a lot better.

  • April 21st, 2012
  • Canon EOS digital Rebel XSi
  • 17mm / f/5 / 1/125 sec

Pontooning

Another shot I don't think I could have taken without the CPF.

Sun was getting ready to set, but this shot is actually facing South East. Love the sky and the blue of the water. Didn't have to touch up the colours.

Definitely should have used a much, much narrower aperture.

  • April 21st, 2012
  • Canon EOS digital Rebel XSi
  • 17mm / f/2.8 / 1/400 sec

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