Berlin Wall, It’s been 20 years already…..

History, Photography
Wow, I still remember this day. I was a first year Mathie at University of Waterloo and was having my "liquid lunch" at the bombshelter when the live coverage of "Mauerfall" started......What a amazing experience that was. Follow this link for a set of amazing pictures from past and present, from the fall of the wall.Picture courtesy of Sue Ream, photographer (San Francisco, California)
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Russian Lenses Rule :-)

Flickr, Photography
It's late fall here in Toronto and I thought I give my M42 Russian lens, Helios 40-2, one more test. This time going for colour and as much swirly bokeh as this thing can produce.....The colour reproduction of this lens is muted. It needs a bit of a kick, but once you kick it up a notch and add some contrast, it rocks. Check out the swirly bokeh in the out of focus leaves. Full flickr set is here.
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TPMG Fall Colour drive….

Flickr, Photography, TPMG
This is slightly old, but it's still officially fall.....so here are a bunch of fall colour shots from a recent Toronto Photographers Meetup Group trip to Hockley Valley, Cannings Falls, Hogg's Falls, Eugenia Falls and Old Baldy Lookout Point. Complete flickr set can be viewed here..... More fall colours to come.....stay tuned...
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FastPictureViewer RAW Codec Pack….FREE

free, Photography, Windows
If you're using any one of Windows XP, Vista or 7 Platforms in 32 or 64 bit mode, you might be interested in the FastPictureViewer RAW picture codec pack from Axel Rietschin Software Developments. They are FREE for personal and educations use and give you fast access to preview RAW images taken by just about any digital camera capable of shooting RAW in Explorer. It even supports the slideshow function in Photo Gallery and Photo Viewer. The fact that it supports 32 and 64 versions of Windows is a bonus since most camera manufacturers -- atleast up to now -- have been very slow in supporting 64-bit windows. Here is a list of supported RAW Formats:Adobe Digital Negative (.dng)Canon Raw Image (.cr2, .crw)Fuji Raw Image (.raf)Hasselblad Raw Image (.3pr, .fff)Kodak…
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Helios 40-2 Test Shoot – Fall Garden

Flickr, Photography
I finally had a chance to take my newest acquisition -- a Helios 40-2 85mm/1.5 Lens -- out for a shoot. Nothing fancy just stuff in the backyard. This lens for those who don't know has a specific optical aberration that allows it to produce the so-called "swirly bokeh" effect. Check the out of focus shot of leaves below to get an idea of what it looks like. The complete set as usual is on flickr.
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Toronto Nuit Blanche 2009 – Ryerson University

Flickr, Nuit Blanche, Photography
As you already know Mike Lawrie and I had a Art installation for Nuit Blanche 2009 called Multitorch. We spent the entire night at Ryerson University's Rogers Communications Centre where the installation was located. I found a few minutes to sneak away and take some pics of our installation and some of the other installations at Ryerson. You can find the full flickr set here.inCENTive:Multitorch:Of Plastic Circumstance:Rogers Communication Centre:
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TPMG Strobist Shoot……

Flickr, Photography
While I was on holidays (two weeks ago), TPMG (Toronto Photography Meetup Group) had a Strobist event that took place up at University of Toronto's Victoria College. We ended up shooting well into the night (12:30 am) and walked away with a nice set of Pics. Here is a sampling of the entire set located on flickr:
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