Lightcatcher Exhibition Pt.2

Today is a continuation from yesterday’s post on the Lightcatcher Exhibition. I would like to thank all the guests who came to make this event such a memorable one!

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Nikon D800 + AF-S 24-70 f2.8 + AF-S 50mm f1.4 + SB 700

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Lightcatcher Exhibition Pt.1

(Panorama shot of the gallery taken with Iphone 4s, CLICK for a larger view)

Over the last weekend, I was part of a photo exhibition held by our photographer group ‘Lightcatcher’. Just over 20 photographers were involved in this exhibition (myself and Vea included) and the exhibition turned out to be quite a success with around 200 people attending on the opening night. Since there are a lot of photos, I think I will write the post in parts. Today’s post is of theΒ candid photos in preparation of the exhibition.

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Nikon D800 + AF-S 50mm f1.4 + SB 700

 

 

People of Toronto

When you start taking photos of people out on the street, you start to notice things that you hadn’t before.

You notice how tired people are in the morning going to work…

You find people relaxing on the side walk, enjoying the sun…

You find music where you wouldn’t expect…. πŸ˜‰

But you find people most relaxed… when they are waiting for the bus to get back home after a long day… πŸ˜€

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Fujifilm X100

People at the waterfront

During the warmer seasons, waterfront is a popular place for families, performers and great atmosphere! πŸ˜€

Something about the water… it has a very calming effect on people. Just listening to the water breaking near the shore and feeling pleasant breeze on your face is so relaxing… πŸ™‚

Late afternoon, around 4PM to 7PM, is a wonderful time to be near waterfront. The sun is not too strong and you get the pleasant breeze. And you will still get to see some of the performers still performing πŸ˜€

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Fujifilm X100

Warm Light

I love taking photos of the street during late afternoon periods. The light is just so warm and soft.

Long cast shadows during late afternoon help to create good mood in the photos.

Colours come out more saturated and vivid too πŸ™‚

I am happy to see summer soon. During the summer, these ‘golden’ hours last much longer than during the winter season. πŸ™‚

Happy shooting everyone!

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Fujifilm X100

Saturday on St. Lawrence Market

Every Saturday at St. Lawrence Market, a Farmer’s Market is held.

Farmers bring their own vegetables, honey and homemade jams. Their freshness is quite something and the market itself is usually bustling with lively energy and people by 9AM.

After a stop at the farmer’s market, you can hop over to the main St. Lawrence Market in the next building. This place is also full of people on Saturday mornings and there are many shops and eateries you can try out here if you get hungry. πŸ˜‰

For those interested, St. Lawrence Market is located near Lower Jarvis St. & Front St. East

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Fujifilm X100

Moments that fly by us…

One of the great things about photography is the ability to capture a moment. πŸ™‚ Β As soon as you press that shutter, the instance is captured either on a film or on a digital media.

But everyday we pass by so many ‘moments’ in our lives even before our brain registers them. Nowadays, most people just want things done fast and move on… so we miss out 😦

True, we live in a digital world… πŸ™‚ But sometimes, taking a moment to breathe and enjoying some solitude could be hugely gratifying πŸ˜€

Take a pause and look back, you never know what you may have missed! πŸ˜‰

In the end, life is short! So let’s fill it with memories of laughter and joy (and maybe even with lots of photographs ;))

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Nikon D700 + 50mm f1.4 + 24-70mm f2.8

Fujifilm X100

 

 

 

When the spring comes to Toronto

Photo by Vea

The weather here in Toronto hasn’t warmed up quite as much as I would like (it’s 8 degreeΒ CelsiusΒ today :() but I am certain good weather is along its way πŸ˜‰

Although Toronto has long winters, when the spring comes, you know it’s spring by just looking at the people out on the street… they start doing/wearing things they don’t usually do/wear πŸ˜›

I guess we, Canadians, just know how to appreciate nice warm weather!!! πŸ˜‰

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Nikon D90 + Tamron 17-50 f2.8

Street Photography

In a city like Toronto, Street photography is a genre that could be explored very much in depth. However I am still new to this concept and I am still working on it.

I always believe that most good photographs are taken ‘up close and personal’ but in street photography, that is one thing that is really hard to do. It takes a lot of courage to walk up to a stranger and take a photo πŸ˜›

At the very beginning, out of the fear of walking up close to strangers, I took out my telephoto lens to take some of the shots. I find doing this actually grabs more attention. After all, these telephoto lenses are HUGE πŸ˜›

Actually, I find that most people when they notice that you are taking photos, they try to get out of the way not because they don’t want to be in the photo, but they feel that they are interfering with your work πŸ˜›

When taking street photography, try smiling if they notice you instead of suspiciously looking the other way. I think, in most cases, smile brings out more favourable outcomes πŸ˜‰

Oh and having a small discrete camera like X100 helps too πŸ˜‰

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Nikon D700 + AF-S 50mm f1.4 + AF-D 80-200 f2.8

Fujifilm X100