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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TPMG visits The Carlu and TSG shoots outdoor to celebrates one year at Ryerson

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Okay so the title is long....but now you know what's coming....right? TPMG (Toronto Photography Meetup Group) visited The Carlu courtesy of Jenn. We were group number four and there was 15 of us. The Carlu , for those of you who don't know, is the new name given to the 7th floor of Eaton's College Street store. An Art Moderne masterpiece, the Eaton's Seventh Floor was at the heart of Toronto's cultural life for many years. The Auditorium played host to the major performers of its day, including Billie Holiday, Duke Ellington and Frank Sinatra. The first performance of the National Ballet of Canada was on the stage of the Eaton Auditorium. Canada's own Glenn Gould, fond of the Auditorium's excellent acoustics, used the hall for a number of his recordings. I'm get to…
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Combo TPMG/TSG shoot results……

Flickr, Photography, TPMG, TSG
I'm doing a double photo post, since I didn't get a chance to do the TPMG (Toronto Photography Meetup Group ) one earlier last week. The TPMG meetup was over at the Graffiti Alley in Downtown Toronto. It's a really cool place and against everyones advice I decided to shoot with B&W in mind. Used my trusty yellowing Pentax Super Takumar 50mm f/1.4 and converted to Black and White in Aperture. I think the results are good, and I like the gritty look to them. You be the judge.The other shoot happened today as TSG (Toronto Strobist Group) had meeting #8 at Ryerson University. There was no real theme to it, but I decided to grab a wide angle lens (Canon 28mm f/1.8) and try my hands at emulating Platon a…
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WinterCity ’09 – Pi-Leau by Close-Act

Flickr, Photography, Toronto, TPMG
Dutch street theatre troupe, Close-Act, transformed Nathan Phillips Square into a mythical under-water world that floats high above the audience. I had a chance to see the show twice (Friday and Saturday Night) and have to admit.....It was amazing. Themes of global warming and environmental struggles were evident, but at its heart this is a story of forbidden love that combines theatre, music, fire, dance and incredible props. It will be here for another two shows next weekend, so if you live in Toronto (or are visiting), definitely drop by City Hall and check out the show. It's about 1 hour and well worth it.
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TPMG visits Toronto Zoo…or…How I busted my camera shutter…

Flickr, Photography, Toronto, TPMG, Zoo
Well it finally happened yesterday. I busted the shutter curtain on my faithful Canon 1DMKII. Took a trip to Toronto Zoo and about an hour into the trip the shutter literally ripped (Damn Orangutans, I think one of them jinxed the camera :-)). I think the cooling (-15C outside) and heating (+25C inside) might have had something to do with it, plus the fact I was firing off at 8 frames/s. Anyways, I did get to fire off the couple of shots before camera went nuclear on me....More on flickr....
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Photo Madness…..recent TSG and TPMG events.

Flickr, Photography, Toronto, TPMG, TSG
Well, I've been a busy beaver and as you can see got a lot of pics to share. They are not necessarily in the order taken, but are all recent. First is the results from our Toronto Strobists Meeting on September 27. We got a bit lucky and ended up having access to a green screen in the studio. So I decided to spend most of my energy on figuring out how you can create a seamless green background using a couple of strobes (SB-26's). The results are not great, but I think are good enough for a initial effort. The rest of the time was spent to try out and learn about using specular highlight as a background enhancer and to produce some single light portraits. As usual you…
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TPMG (Toronto Photography Meetup Group) visits Buskerfest in Toronto….

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I actually went down to Buskerfest ahead of time to scout around and got a lot of good shots before the official TPMG meetup started. It was a lot of fun and there were a ton of people there. I missed the "Fire in the Sky" part of the show as there were just too many people gathered around to see. Once I figured out that I was atleast 15-20 people deep in the back I decided to cut my loses and go for a pint over at Cest What brew pub....Oatmeal Stoat.....just what the doctor ordered after a long hard day of shutterbuging :-). Below you'll find a sample of the set.....complete set on Flickr.
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More Black and White….

Black and White, Flickr, Photography, TPMG
This is what happens when I really like something (B&W) and get to have a uninterrupted 5 day holiday (been slacking-off since thursday....hehehe). These shots were taken during the TPMG's (Toronto Photographers Meetup Group) recent meetup at the Distillery District. Originally in colour, I have to admit that the B&W treatment is more appropriate IMHO. Anyways, comment away......Do you like it B&W (ie: period like)? or Colour (ie: Touristy)? The complete set is here.
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