Strolling through Autumn

Given the post “Autumn is almost over…” was very popular among my readers, I have decided to do another post of fall portrait with Vea.

As we were location scouting for ‘fall environment’, we thought “hmm… let’s try out few places that are close by” and voila! I present you Earl Bales Park near Sheppard Ave. and Bathurst St.!
Every time I was driving by Yonge St. and Hwy 401, I noticed the beautiful fall colours and when I got to actually shoot at Earl Bales Park, the park certainly did not disappoint me. Although I wish I had found the place a week earlier when there would have been more leaves on the trees but I guess I shouldn’t get greedy πŸ˜‰

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Ross Park BBQ

It’s a fact that I love food, especially when it is a BBQ held on a perfect summer weekend πŸ˜‰

BBQ at Ross Park with my friends! πŸ˜€

I took my flash gear with me, knowing that I will have plenty ofΒ opportunities to take some portrait photos πŸ˜‰

And photo of me and Vea’s shadows πŸ˜€

After the BBQ, the guys played volleyball and girls…chatted. πŸ˜€ Well, the time flew by and the sun was already setting over the horizon but that didn’t stop me from taking more photos πŸ˜‰

I tried using Tungsten White Balance for the camera and put CTO gel on the off camera flash to get the above pictures.

And here is lovely Vea, being a human flash stand πŸ˜€

 

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Nikon D700 + AF-S 24-70 + SB 700/SB 600

 

 

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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Guildwood Park

Guildwood Park is one of the places where a lot of wedding photographers go for a shoot. There are many stone structures in the park as you can see and they provide for a very good background for an outdoor shoot for newly-weds.

Apparently, this place used to be privately owned! However it is now a public park (although I believe you still need a permit to shoot here if you are using it for commercial uses).

There were so many interesting structures and statues, Vea and I had a lot of fun taking photos!

We decided to have some fun and tried to imitate some of the stone carvings πŸ˜€ What do you think? Not bad huh? πŸ˜‰

As you keep walking down the trail, you will eventually pass all the stone structures and you will come to a walking trail near the lake.

Along the trail, there are many flowers and the trail itself provides a very pleasant walk.

For those interested, Guildwood Park is located at

191 Guildwood Parkway, Scarborough, ON. M1E 1P5

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Edward Garden

The spring is here and the flowers are definitely showing it! πŸ˜€

Edward garden is a botanical garden located in Toronto. There are many flowers here and they usually have a sign in front indicating what breed they are.

If you visit the garden in the late afternoon, the flowers look even more vibrant with the low sun and the shadows cast by the trees provide for interesting photos.

Trails around the garden is pleasant too. Although I haven’t tried coming here during the summer times, but I would imagine quite a lot of people would come here to enjoy the garden.

There is no admission fee so if you are close by I recommend trying the garden out, at the least, it will provide for a nice afternoon walk. πŸ˜‰

For those interested, Edward Garden is located near Leslie St. & Lawrence Ave.

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Cherry Blossoms

Almost every year, Vea and I visit High Park around this time to check out the Cherry Blossoms and this year, they look beautiful!

Usually the place is jammed packed with people but luckily this time, there weren’t too many. It was a pleasant day and people were enjoying the weather and the Cherry Blossoms. πŸ™‚

Every year, I notice that more and more people come to see the Cherry Blossoms and every year, their cameras get bigger and bigger πŸ˜› Almost everyone carries around a DSLR of some sort nowadays ^^

The Cherry Blossoms at High Park (near Keele St. and Bloor St. West) are very nice and it’s definitely worth checking out if you haven’t already done so. πŸ™‚

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Newmarket Park

Today I would like to introduce a park located at Newmarket, ON.

It’s located near the intersection of Water St. and Main St. in Newmarket. I came across this park through my friend Jo Han Kim (a passionate photographer himself) few years back.

On a pleasant afternoon, you will see many people at this park, either cycling, jogging or just on a stroll with their dogs.

The trail takes you all the way around the park and it only takes around 30-40 min to walk all the way around (unless you stop a lot to take photos, like I did :)).

The people are friendly and there are definitely some very nice scenery here worthy of photographs.

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