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˜‰

The Old Spaghetti Factory

After the outing at the beach with Ian and Kelvin, we decided to have dinner at The Old Spaghetti Factory.

After all the activities at the beach, everybody was hungry… so I am not sure if the food was actually good or if it just tasted really good πŸ˜›
Soon after the dinner, Ian and Kelvin passed out. Not surprising… considering the amount of activity at the beach + the jetlag πŸ˜‰

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Nikon D800 + AF-S 24-70 f2.8 + SB700

Beach outing with Ian & Kelvin

On the east side of Toronto, there is R.C. Harris Water Filtration Plant. It’s a good location for a photo shoot but when we went this time, the area was heavily under renovation. Nevertheless, we had a great time πŸ˜‰

Next to the filtration plant, there is a very nice beach. Here you will find a lot of the locals out and about strolling with their dogs. Although Ian and Kelvin were quite timid in front of the dogs but they definitely weren’t very shy in front of the camera πŸ˜‰

The weather was really nice and the light wasn’t too harsh as it was getting late in the afternoon… it was approaching the ‘golden hour’ for portraits πŸ˜‰

The above selection of shots (especially the top left shot) is Vea’s favourite photo of the day. Ian was holding Kelvin’s socks, and he definitely showed that he wasn’t enjoying it πŸ˜›

It’s amazing how Ian and Kelvin entertain themselves by finding something of interest from the most ordinary objects… like…. stones πŸ˜›

Well… ordinary or not, it think it’s safe to assume that they are enjoying themselves! πŸ˜‰

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Nikon D800 + AF-S 24-70 f2.8 + SB 700 + (43″ Shoot through umbrella with SB600s)

Boston Pizza

With Shell’s wedding coming up next month, Vea and I are trying to keep our diet under control… So…. we’ve been trying to keep things healthy

However indulgence once in awhile is ok right? πŸ˜‰ Well, we haven’t eaten out at Boston Pizza in awhile so…. πŸ˜‰

The food was good and it was nice to chat & chill. Oh yeah and D800 rocks! These were taken using 50mm 1.4 lens.

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Nikon D800 + AF-S 50mm f1.4

Whittamore’s Farm: Strawberry Picking

I have never been to a strawberry picking before until this weekend. It was hot and rather humid but it was still a lot of fun πŸ˜€

Vea and I went to Whittamore’s Farm to do some strawberry picking with our friends (more precisely, Vea picked strawberries and I took photos :P).

Since it was a sunny day AND it was the weekend, there were a lot of people at the farm but that didn’t stop us from having fun πŸ™‚

But I think it was the kids (Aiden and Ryan) who had the most fun πŸ˜€

The berry pies they sell at the farm are ridiculously delicious πŸ˜€ I highly recommend trying them out πŸ™‚

For those interested, here is the link to Whittamore’s Farm Homepage

andΒ Map directions πŸ˜€

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Nikon D700 + AF-S 24-70 f2.8 + SB 600 (off camera)

Tae Kwon Do

Tae Kwon Do is a traditional Korean martial art. It became an officialΒ OlympicΒ sport in 2000 Sydney Olympic.

I had a fortunate opportunity to photograph a spectacular Tae Kwon Do demonstration. It was held in the Korean culture centre located in Toronto.

The demonstrations were spectacular and I hope they will have more of these events in the future πŸ˜€

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Nikon D700 + AF-S 70-200 f2.8 VRII + SB 600

After a storm comes a rainbow…

With all the rain we are getting lately in Toronto, we are treated with sights that aren’t that common… a bridge to the heaven πŸ˜‰

I am growing quite fond of all these drastic cloud patterns πŸ˜€

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Fujifilm X100

Jack Astor’s

Jack Astor’s is a sports bar, excellent for summer dining on the patio! πŸ˜€

They have a very casual atmosphere, as most sports bar do ;), and Β in this particular location they had lots of ‘funny’ decorations πŸ™‚

The inside dining is good but on a sunny day, I would recommend dining out on the patio πŸ˜€

This particular Jack Astor’s is located in Shops on Don Mills (near Lawrence St. & Don Mills Rd.)

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Fujifilm X100