I’ve started to give photo tours of the city – taking hotel guests off the beaten track to great places to plant their feet for photography. To that end I’ve published Toronto For Photographers and distributed it around to the big hotels. My presentation to the concierges at the February meeting of the Clefs d’Or went well. Now the tour is available through all Toronto hotels. Please let me know what YOU think of the book! And yes, you don’t have to be a visitor to do the tour!
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PS: The book is available for your coffee table!
Here are some astonishing images I took on last Sunday’s walkabout at Missdemeanors, Fashion Crimes’ children’s wing. I call them Product Girl, (top) and Product Girl2. They fit neatly into my long term project Product Man, which examines my reaction to the commercialization of everything. Does anyone else have a problem with sexualizing tiny tots this way? I recall this sort of dress code coming into popularity when my daughter was six. One of the girls in her cohort got up with the grade one choir in three inch heels, a miniskirt and makeup. Stage parents I thought. But as we watched the 20th century slide into history, so it seems did innocence and common sense. These photos document that loss of childhood. Sadly.
But the day wasn’t all bad. I was on Queen West for a walkabout with Jerry Meland, a book publisher of repute who wants to improve his already excellent compositional skills. Besides having a lot of fun, I introduced Jerry to aperture, shutter speed and ISO relationships, as well as those between aperture, distance and depth of field. I tried to introduce Jerry to his light meter but, alas, his D90 is built to discourage full manual control. So we developed a workaround for him to practice. Why Nikon decided to go this way is beyond me. Canon proved how easy it is to create a range of digital cameras that take a growing photographer from fully automatic to fully manual seamlessly. Full disclosure: I use a Canon EOS 5D. But as a film photographer I shot Nikons.
As I’ve already said, Jerry has taken some awesome photos in the past using either Aperture or Shutter Speed Preferred settings. Now he’ll be able to go farther with full control. This is his shot of Villa D’Este. Italy anyone?By the way, no Christian symbolism is implied by the juxtaposition of Jerry’s image with the ones above it! Have a look at some more of Jerry’s super work in our guest gallery.
I always enjoy my walkabouts. Only the bravest amateurs joined me today – the threat of rain had more clout than my promise of its special photographic qualities. Hopefully today’s shots will convince you to join me next time it rains.
The rain held off though, and we were able to look at some interesting practicalities surrounding low light shooting such as ISO adjustments, white balance and working with large apertures. The beauty of large apertures, of course, is that they force us to focus on the subject to the exclusion of all else. And then there’s the challenge of finding the unusual, that experience we might not have with the sun out and bright colours calling “shoot me!” Here are a few from today’s shoot. I hope you enjoy them.
And i hope you’ll join me for my next walkabout – the calendar will be up soon!