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Yellowknife: The Aurora Borealis in Autumn

For as long as I can remember, the Aurora Borealis has always been something I’ve dreamt of seeing. It was always my impression that I would need to go far up North in the middle of winter in a Scandinavian country just to see it though, making it a little difficult to do. In researching […]

Autumn in the Northwest Territories

Autumn has always been my favourite season for photography. With an explosion of colours, Mother Nature reminds us her beauty is unmatched. With all the changing colours and that cool crisp air making its way back, it’s a nature-lover’s paradise. Couple this with an arctic backdrop and you have yourself a photographer’s paradise. In August […]

A Winter Wonderland at Blachford Lake Lodge

Blachford Lake Lodge, located about 100km southeast of Yellowknife, is an eco-friendly lodge located high above the rocky shores of Blachford Lake. It is so remote, it can only be accessed by a 25min. float plane ride from Yellowknife. My first visit to Blachford Lake Lodge was in August of 2016. This blog post recounts […]

Yayoi Kusama’s Infinity Mirrored Room – Let’s Survive Forever

Last year’s Yayoi Kusama Infinity Mirrors exhibit at the Art Gallery of Ontario was so successful that their crowdfunding campaign to purchase a permanent exhibit of hers was met with so much love. Click here to read my Photographic Guide to Kusama Yayoi’s Infinity Mirrors. A year later, Toronto finds itself as the latest city […]

A Moment with the Nikon Z7

Nikon’s latest series of digital cameras—the Z series—is history in the making. Building a camera from scratch is no easy feat that requires countless hours of research, development, and testing. So when Nikon finally announced their Z 7 and Z 6 full frame mirrorless cameras to the world on August 23, 2018, the photography industry […]

Unzipped Toronto

The Unzipped exhibit in Toronto is a unique opportunity to browse through projects from the architecture company Bjarke Ingels Group (BIG), and those in collaboration with real estate development firm Westbank Corporation. It’s housed in the 2016 Serpentine Pavilion, which attempts to contrast the free-flowing element of a zipper to that of something of the […]

I see spots!

You see them everywhere: on the window, on your desk, and maybe even on your favourite coffee mug. You may never think twice about them but when it comes to photography, you’d better care a lot more about these spots.   Spots, or sensor dust, or whatever you want to call it, are notorious little […]

Lunenburg

My previous post took you through the wonders of Peggy’s Cove in the early morning light. This post will take you through another must-see area of the Southern coastal area of Nova Scotia: Lunenburg. A drive around the southern coastal region of Nova Scotia wouldn’t be complete without going to Lunenburg—a UNESCO World Heritage Site—so […]

Sunset Photography Flight

Photographing in low light scenarios like a sunrise or sunset may be difficult enough, so what happens when you try and photograph from an airplane during a sunset flight over Toronto? I found this out in my last flight over the downtown core with FlyGTA. I’ve received a number of questions on what my settings […]

Mosaïculture Gatineau 2018

Every now and again I come across art exhibitions that really make an impression on me—Yayoi Kusama’s Infinity Mirror earlier this year being one of them. When I visited the nation’s capital on Canada Day, I took a trip across the Alexandra bridge to Gatineau, Quebec where the Mosaïculture Gatineau 2018 exhibit was being held. I […]

Peggy’s Cove

Peggy’s Cove, located just 40km south of Halifax is home to one of the world’s most iconic lighthouses. This community, nestled along the shores of St. Margarets Bay, has much more to offer though, including some of the freshest lobster you’ll eat and a myriad of great vistas in the village. As a photographer, I […]

Toronto to Muskoka in Less than 35min. with FlyGTA Airlines

With summer literally just around the corner, there’s no shortages of cottage-goers making their way up north of the city; every long weekend Highway 400 gets jam packed with those wishing to escape the city for just a couple of days. With drives lasting hours though, one can hardly call this a vacation. With the […]

How I Photographed the Double Diamond Fuji

How I Photographed the Double Diamond Fuji As a spiritual symbol of Japan, Mt. Fuji is one of only three sacred mountains of the country, and its tallest at 3,776 meters. Its designation as a UNESCO world heritage site further exemplifies its importance to not only the people of Japan, but to the world as [...]

A Photographic Guide to Prince of Wales Park

I hope you’ve enjoyed my Photographic Guide to Colonel Sam Smith Park and Photographic Guide to Humber Bay Park so far. This guide will take you through what I like to think is a hidden gem in the west end. Prince of Wales Park is a much smaller green space compared to the aforementioned parks, […]

A Photographic Guide to Yayoi Kusama: Infinity Mirrors

Yayoi Kusama: Infinity Mirrors Art Gallery of Ontario March 3 – May 27, 2018 Scattered across all of our Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram feeds, Yayoi Kusama’s Infinity Mirror Rooms are no doubt a feast to our senses. While most may know her for these other-worldly rooms, I had always known her to be the artist […]

A Photographic Guide to Humber Bay Park and Area

While the first park in this photographic guide series was further west in the city (A Photographic Guide to Colonel Sam Smith Park), this next guide is of one of the larger parks along lakeshore, Humber Bay Park, and is likely more accessible for those living in the downtown area. Created with over 5 million […]

A Photographic Guide to Colonel Sam Smith Park

This series of blog posts will cover some of the parks that I frequent for my Toronto Sunrise Series. Providing you with all the locations that I enjoy taking photos in within the park, I hope to showcase the space from a photographer’s point of view. These parks are fantastic green spaces in the city […]

A Look at the Huawei P10

Advances in smartphone technology has been phenomenal over the last few years. From larger screens to dual lenses on the back, every manufacturer from Samsung to Apple to LG has been pulling out all the stops to attract new customers and gain more market share. So wouldn’t you think it’s crazy for another manufacturer to […]

Alone on the Toronto Islands

With the Toronto Islands officially reopening tomorrow (Monday, July 31), it’s an exciting time for Torontonians who have missed their dose of beautiful views, picnics under the tree, kayaking throughout the islands, and biking around its many paths. The recent increase in water levels here in Toronto started from a constant rainfall that plummeted the […]

Product Review: Oowa Lenses

Mobile photography has become so popular within the last few years thanks to the advances in the technology mobile devices use. With iPhones spitting out billboard-worthy photos, there seems to be an ever-growing trend to see which mobile device can capture the best image. Using just the device, however, may have its limitations—and that’s where […]

Product Review: Sleeklens Workflow

One of the best things about post-processing may also be the worst thing about it. We have so many choices these days—which is great—but if you don’t know what you’re looking for, you can easily get overwhelmed by the plethora of choices you have in front of you.

Abstract Vision

What is your definition of abstract photography? Is it simply photographing something that we don’t recognize? Or perhaps does it need to be blurry for it to be considered abstract? Whatever your definition may be, it’s something that I have become interested in from about two years ago. I later found out though, that making an […]

A Duotone Series: The NYC Collection

A Collection of NYC Photos Whether you've been to New York City before or not, there is always somewhere new to visit. This ever-so-popular city is quite photogenic with many neighbourhoods each having their own charm. Although this was my first trip to the city in over seven years, my intent wasn't to photograph its locales, [...]

Blachford Lake Lodge

Blachford Lake Lodge While planning my trip to Yellowknife, Northwest Territories, I thought it would be nice to supplement my camping itinerary with a little bit of pampering—after all, we were celebrating our fifth anniversary and wanted to make this trip a little more memorable. After searching online through countless pages of things to do and places […]

The Real Aurora Borealis

This post explains how typical people see the Aurora Borealis. We don’t see the vibrant and bright colours that we always see in photographs, so what exactly do we see out in the field?

A sneak peek at Nordstrom Eaton Centre

A few days ago I spent the evening at a private preview party for the new Nordstrom Eaton Centre, before its grand opening on September 16, 2016. We had a chance to tour the area, take snaps, and enjoy the café on the first floor, and Habitant, the fully license bar on the second floor, serving up some tasty food items. […]

The LG 360 Cam

The LG 360 Camera comes at a time when 360 photos and videos are becoming fairly popular within social media outlets. Facebook, Twitter, and YouTube all support these new formats and photographers are just finding out the potential for them. So when I was given the LG 360 Cam from LG Canada, I knew I had to take […]

A Quick Look at Instagram Insights

Back in May of 2016 I read that Instagram was testing out analytics features for Instagram business users. At the time I didn’t think anything of it since my account is not recognized as a business. The feature was to give marketers a more accurate view of their followers’ behaviour, so that their brands can […]

Experience Langdon Hall

Langdon Hall Hotel & Spa was a name I was familiar with, but I never knew much more about it than that. This all changed when I was recently invited by Renée Suen to the chef’s tasting menu at this luxury hotel and spa. We were given a private tour and were able to photograph the property to our […]

A closer look at the LG G5

LG’s newest flagship smartphone is the G5, with its modular accessories—otherwise known as friends—that replace one another by removing the bottom portion of the phone. It’s been a few weeks now since I received the LG G5 so I thought this would be a good time for some comparisons of the smartphone with my iPhone.

Inside Facebook Canada and Instagram Headquarters

When Facebook Canada invited me and a handful of other Instagram users for a #SunriseEmpty look into their new headquarters in downtown Toronto, I took to the chance immediately. Here’s what their new office looks like.

Meet me for a sunrise

It’s never easy waking up for a sunrise shoot, but it’s often quite rewarding. I’ve had some spectacular results in the past, with many of you asking where and how I took those photos. If you’re interested in joining me for a sunrise shoot, now’s your chance! I welcome anybody and everybody on this particular day when the sun will rise near the CN Tower—and it will do so only from this location! It will be a great way to see the morning sun as it peaks behind the Toronto skyline, and crosses behind the CN Tower.

Sunrise, Seagull, and Spring

My sunrise shoot on the first day of Spring quickly turned from a landscape shoot to a wildlife shoot, capturing the power of a seagull as it searched for its breakfast.

Lake Louise at Banff National Park

A trip through Banff National Park wouldn’t be complete without a stop at the beautiful Lake Louise. Here are some tips to get you started on what you can expect at this magnificent lake in the Rocky Mountains of Alberta, Canada.

Island Lake Conservation Area

Island Lake Conservation Area in Orangeville, Ontario looks like a great place for hiking, ice fishing, and good old winter fun.

The making of Serenity Sunrise

Today, I thought I’d share with you the post-processing that went into making one of my most reposted image on Instagram. While most of my images will go through a number of processes in Adobe Lightroom and/or Photoshop, you may be disappointed to know that only minor adjustments were made to this photo to make it look the way I posted it on Instagram. This post will describe to you how and why I went through processing Serenity Sunrise.

Product Review: The North Face Recon Backpacks

Whether it’s a daypack for hiking, a knapsack for school, or just a pack to carry your goods around town, you can’t go wrong with a backpack from The North Face. Even though these aren’t geared towards photographers, they still proved to be handy to carry my photo accessories for the day. Here’s my review on the Recon backpacks for men and women.

Product Review: Moment Case and Lenses

Moment Lenses and Case Review Lens additions aren’t new to mobile photography. There’s plenty of choices out there from generic third party lenses to more notable ones like Olloclips. But when I came across Moment’s lenses and case Kickstarter campaign in 2015, I couldn’t help but get behind this piece of glass. Moment first released […]

2015 Year in Review – iPhone Photography

While it was difficult to pick my 2015 Year in Review for my Nikon photos, believe it or not it’s even more difficult to do the same for my iPhone Photography. My iPhone is always with me and that’s one reason why it’s easier to take priceless moments when they arise. Furthermore, there’s really no […]

2015 Year in Review – Nikon Photography

As 2015 has come to a close, I’m left with the impression that it’s gone by way too quickly. I’ve no doubt taken a lot of photos this past year, with some new favourites created along the way. And, as part of my Toronto Sunrise Series, this past year more than ever I took it upon […]

Product Review: Livestream Gear

With Periscope having the honour of being the 2015 App of the Year (in the United States), and being the runner-up in Canada, the live-streaming world will only get bigger and bigger. With it comes an increasing number of accessories available to help you with your live-streaming adventures. This post will review the Gooseneck Chestmount and Exstream Sportsmount that I recently had the pleasure of testing out.

10 Landscape Instagram Accounts That Inspire Me

With over 300 million users on Instagram, it may be difficult to find those accounts with spectacular and inspiring photos. And if you’re into landscape photography like I am, there’s definitely no shortages of great accounts to follow. To help you find some inspiration in the field, here is my list of 10 landscape Instagram accounts that never fail to inspire me.

Being on Instagram’s Suggested Users List…Twice

Before I delve into the details, let me clarify by writing that this post isn’t about promoting my Instagram account, nor about boasting about what happened to my account. I’m writing this post to be an informative one for those wondering what exactly happens when a user gets on Instagram’s Suggested Users list. The Suggested Users […]

Caledon Fall Colours

A fall season wouldn’t be the same without a visit to Caledon, Ontario, no matter how short a visit it may be. One weekend I had the fortune of driving up there on a whim on my way back from errands. It was an unexpected drive, but the weather was definitely cooperating. I couldn’t really say […]

Mount St. Louis Moonstone in Autumn Colours

For any landscape photographer, the autumn season is a magical time of the year. With the leaves changing colours altering the landscape dramatically, it’s literally a photographer’s playground. This year while I went to a few different places to see the leaves, it was one of the more unexpected places that I saw the most […]

How to Organize a Meetup

This past weekend, I organized a Toronto meetup for Periscope users, and it was a great success. We all had fun and met new people from the city, bringing the Periscope community in Toronto that much closer. This meetup didn’t happen overnight though. There was some planning involved, and so rather than explain everything to […]

Bokeh effects the natural way

When you’re out shooting and you’re concentrating on your subject, it’s easy to forget about your surroundings. This is what happened one morning while I was busy shooting the sunrise. I loved the colours in front of me so much that I was too busy setting my camera and settings up when I didn’t realize […]

Toronto’s Periscope Meetup

Toronto’s Periscope Meetup Is Here! For those of you who are on Periscope and live in the Greater Toronto Area, this is your chance to come out and meet everybody else! I’m excited to announce that Saturday October 10, 2015 will be the Toronto Periscope Meetup day! Read below for your two options in coming to […]

Old Fort Point Summit in Jasper

The hike up to Old Fort Point summit may not be the easiest hike around, but its relative distance to the town of Jasper and the resulting view from the top make this hike a must for anybody visiting Jasper National Park. I don’t recall who it was that suggested I go there, but I’m […]

Toronto Sunrise

Even though I’ve been going out on several Toronto sunrise shoots these past few months, they never bore me. Each one is different and unique in their own way. Even if the skies are clear with no clouds to reflect the sunshine, seeing that first light come up above the horizon is reason enough to […]

The Icefields Parkway and Bow Valley Parkway

Icefields Parkway The Icefields Parkway is one of the most scenic roads in Canada. Also known as Highway 93 north, it stretches 230km from the Trans-Canada Highway (Highway 1) on the south end to Jasper on the North end, running through the town of Banff and Lake Louise along the way. The drive is an […]

Bow Lake and Simpson’s Num-Ti-Jah Lodge

It’s a small lake—and perhaps one that can be easily overlooked if you’re just driving on the Icefields Parkway—but that’s no reason to not make any effort to come here. Situated along the Icefields Parkway on the Bow River in the Canadian Rockies, it surrounds itself with beautiful mountain vistas including the Wapta Icefield, Bow […]

Moraine Lake Lodge in Banff National Park

Moraine Lake Lodge, situated in a valley of the Canadian Rocky Mountains in Banff National Park is a perfect getaway for that special occasion. It is the only lodge located within the immediate vicinity of Moraine Lake, offering great amenities for everyone. In the photo below, you can see Moraine Lake Lodge to the right, nestled […]

Valley of the Five Lakes in Jasper National Park

The Valley of the Five Lakes is located just a few kms away from the town of Jasper. It offers some spectacular views of the bottom of the valley in a relatively easy 4.5km hike for the complete loop. Each lake offers its own character and beauty so hiking in anticipation of seeing the next lake […]

The breathtaking views from the Jasper Skytram

The Jasper Skytram is Canada’s longest and highest aerial tram. Reaching a height of 2277m above sea level, it gives you 360 degree views of the majestic landscapes of the Canadian Rocky Mountains. It is one tramway that should not be missed. Located just 10 minutes from Jasper, Alberta, the Skytram is a seven-minute ride […]

Composition dilemma

When post-processing a photo, deciding on the proper composition is key in creating the feel of an image. You can evoke different feelings for the viewer based on where the horizon is placed within an image, or where the subject is placed within the frame. This photo is pretty interesting as I could have gone a […]

Webster’s Falls

Waterfalls are always fun to photograph especially when the weather cooperates. One fine day I came upon Webster’s Falls out in the Dundas area. The sky was blue with few clouds around. It was an ideal time for some great waterfall photography—except for all the people milling about! Regardless, I came here with my tripod […]

Before and after editing of a sunrise photo

It’s World Photography Day today so I shared with the people on Periscope some of my editing techniques for one of my sunrise pictures that I took earlier this week. This post is a follow up to that broadcast where I changed a regular looking RAW image into one with vibrant colours to match what […]

The Banff Gondola gives epic views

The Banff Gondola The Banff Gondola is located just 5 minutes away from the Town of Banff within the heart of the Canadian Rocky Mountains. The 8min. gondola ride takes you up Sulphur Mountain to a breathtaking height of 2281m. above sea level. Once at the top, you’ll encounter epic views of six mountain ranges and […]

Looking at grapes at a winery

I was visiting a winery one fine evening when I noticed the clouds were a fantastic pattern with a beautiful blue hue at the far end. This winery that I was at, Vineland Estates in St. Catherines, had a bunch of their grapes still in their early stages of growth. You could look down the […]

The view at the edge of the Scarborough Bluffs Park

I frequent this place every so often when someone I meet wants to see something unique in Toronto. It’s a little far away from where I am, but I don’t mind going here because I find something new and interesting to shoot here whenever I come. The last time I went, I decided to do […]

Canmore, Alberta

One of the very few photos that I took while I stayed in Canmore, Alberta was from here. Beside a bridge, I came here specifically so that I could take a photo of the rushing waters with the mountains in the background. During my stay in Alberta, it was really unfortunate that I didn’t get […]

Muskoka Lakes

  Lake Muskoka is a great little getaway for those in the Greater Toronto Area. It’s just a short two hour drive from the city and offers a great nature getaway for the nature-lover in you. This is just one of the beaches of Lake Muskoka—it was the first one we saw on our drive […]

Beyond Muskoka Lakes

Not too long ago I had the opportunity to go to Muskoka Lakes, which is just a mere 2 hour drive from Toronto. It’s a great location for hiking and water activities if that’s what interests you. It’s cottage country so it gets busy on weekends, but that’s no reason for you to not go, […]

Coloured messages

If you’re following me on Periscope, you would have seen this earlier today where I visited the Ontario’s Celebration Zone at harbourfront. It’s one of the main zones during the Pan Am Games and still is, even though the Pan Am Games has finished. This great wall of tags is comprised of plastic tags with […]

Chateau Lake Louise from Fairview Mountain

When you go to Lake Louise, one of the first hikes people gravitate to is the one that goes around the lake—the beginnings of the Plain of Six Glaciers hike. It’s a pretty long hike if you go all the way around, but an easy one with no elevation gain. However, if you have the […]

Tubing fun down the river

Not too long ago I had a chance to photograph some people having fun in the water. They were tubing down the river where at one point, it got a little too wild for some riders. It was fun to watch who would make it through that little dip, and who would fall off their […]

Fireworks photography 101

You may think that taking pictures of fireworks is as easy as pressing the shutter button—and sometimes it really is that easy—but if you’re really keen on taking some great shots, there are a couple things to note in terms of settings and equipment. Go early to claim your spot There’s nothing worse in going to […]

The Hearn Generating Station is epic in every way

Not too long I had the opportunity to visit an abandoned building just outside of the downtown Toronto core. Although I had seen many photos from the location before, I had never gone to it—nor did I even know the location of it! Needless to say it was a pleasant surprise when I had the […]

Take a rest while hiking

Hiking up a mountainside is no easy feat. Often times you won’t be able to do it without taking a few short breaks. Just remember that it’s no race to the top, so whenever you need to stop and take a breather, do it! The hike up the mountainside at Old Fort Point in Jasper […]

A little perspective can fool you

Here’s a great photo that always makes me laugh a little every time I see it. The photo was taken at The National Art Centre, Tokyo. It’s an architectural marvel and photographer’s delight to be inside, especially during sunset, like above. During one of my trips to Japan, I came here with a friend of […]

Nikon D800 vs. iPhone 6 Plus Banff Landscape Showdown

We all know that our iPhones are capable of taking great photos and videos. Heck, there’s even a commercial built around this fact. But every so often I like to compare photos that I’ve taken with my iPhone 6 Plus and my Nikon D800. It’s not a very technical comparison by any means, but one that […]

Luminato Festival 2015 Wrapup

It’s just over a month since the Luminato Festival ended in June but the events are still vividly clear in my mind. Looking over these photos, this year’s festival was another big success with such a variety of events for the public to enjoy. The 10 days of the festival went by very quickly, and […]

When nature doesn’t cooperate

When you go out to take photos, the one thing you can’t control is the weather. You can plan ahead and be prepared as much as you can, but you’re still at the mercy of Mother Nature. Climbing up this mountain (Old Fort Point in Jasper National Park) is no easy task, and so you really […]

Look where nobody else is looking

“Now, if you look to your left, you’ll see…” If you looked at this photo, you may automatically think that people turned their heads as soon as they realized I pulled out my full-sized dSLR to take everybody’s photo—but that’s far from the truth. As it turns out, the guide inside the Jasper SkyTram—who is […]

The incredible details of the Rocky Mountains

On a clear day I decided to take a close up shot of the Rocky Mountains in Alberta. While parked on the side of the road, I took out my 70-200mm lens and pointed it straight at the summit of the mountain in front of me. The sheer detail you’re able to see is incredible. […]

Long Exposures are much easier with your iPhone

Long exposure photography has long been an interest of mine since I’ve been taking photographs. In particular I love taking long exposures at night to enhance the overall scene. However with the ever-so-advanced iPhone cameras coming out year after year, creating long exposures on my Nikon has become more and more tedious and sometimes more […]

Going up.

When we were hiking up this mountain, we looked up ahead only to see the winding path extend further and further for as far as the eye could see. Did we just stand still and think to ourselves how hard a hike this is? Well, we may have for a split second, but soon after […]

A hike into Mount Assiniboine Provincial Park in Beautiful British Columbia

Earlier in June, we took to the mountains in Alberta to do some hiking. This particular hike through the Sunshine meadows promised great scenery with mountainscapes (is that even a word?) and valleys for as far as the eye can see. I was hooked as soon as I read great scenery. So doing a little more […]

Advertisement for runners

When I saw her sitting near the top of the mountain, just resting and gazing far into the distance, I immediately took notice as she was positioned just right in mind. With the angle that I was at—standing just below her—it made for a perfect perspective with the mountains in the background. I thought in my […]

Traffic jam on Lake Louise

I had to take this photo as soon as I saw this since it’s not something we see all the time. I was perched up high in the mountainside on a lookout overlooking Lake Louise in Banff National Park. I had my 70-200mm telephoto lens on so I was able to see the people on […]

Product Review: Camsafe Z25 Backpack by Pacsafe

Every so often I come across a photography related product that really intrigues me. This was exactly the case when I came across a line of photography bags from Pacsafe, a manufacturer by two Australians who were looking for a solution to travelling around the globe while keeping their belongings safe. This particular bag, the Camsafe Z25, […]

Scaling back for more growth

This year I took it upon myself to regain some spark on my blog by posting something new every single day. I have been doing so since January 1, 2015, and I have had great feedback throughout the first six months, increasing my readership. Increasing my blog audience is important for me as I love […]

The Moraine Lake Boathouse at Sunrise

The Moraine Lake boathouse, pictured here, houses the canoe rentals for Moraine Lake. It can get quite busy during the day, but during the early hours of the morning, it’s as still as the trees that surround it. I’m standing on the rocks by the main walkway of Moraine Lake. But rather than taking the […]

The Bow River Parkway is a Must-Stop

If you ever happen to find yourself driving in Banff National Park, be sure to take Highway 1A, or the Bow River Parkway, as that short stretch offers some amazing views of the Rockies. Even before coming here, I made it a point to have to take at least one shot of the Rocky Mountains […]

Peyto Lake in Banff National Park

Peyto Lake (pronounced pea-toe) has always been on my list of places to visit, and I was finally able to make this happen on my latest trip to Alberta. Located in Banff National Park, this glacial-fed lake is majestic in every way imaginable. The colour of the lake changes depending on how the sun is […]

The observation deck on top of Sulphur Mountain

The Banff Gondola is located just 5 min. from the town of Banff, and sits on the side of Sulphur Mountain. The 10-15 min. ride up the mountain gives you some of the best views of Banff National Park you can get. With vistas spanning for as far as the eye can see, the six […]

The Columbia Icefield is quite impressive

When you pass by the Columbia Icefield on Highway 93, at first sight I didn’t think much of it. It was plainly put, a large chunk of ice! We stopped by the main centre (pictured below) and looked around, took some snaps and then went back on to Highway 93 to continue on our journey […]

Annette Lake in Jasper National Park

We arrived in Jasper National Park in the evening, after a long drive from Calgary. The weather was a mix of rain,  cloud, and some sky trying to peek out. We didn’t know where to go for the first sunset in Alberta so we drove around looking for a great vantage point. By googling around […]

Valley of Five Lakes makes a great impression

They say first impressions are the most important, and this couldn’t be more true for lakes as well. Fortunately for me, the first hike that I went on in Jasper National Park was that of the Valley of Five Lakes. I didn’t really know what to expect other than seeing five beautiful lakes so needless […]

Why did I include this car with the mountains?

One of the best things about driving in the mountains is when you are approaching them for the first time. The first sighting of these mountains really brings into perspective how large they are—or how small you are. While I did most of the driving on my trip, there was a time where I decided […]

Mountainside guard

During one of my hikes around Moraine Lake in Banff National Park, I noticed a peculiar thing on top of the mountainside. Sitting high above everything else on the peak of one of the Ten Peaks surrounding Moraine Lake, was…the face of an ape! Can you see it in the photo below? It was unmistakable […]

A walk in the mountains

This walk in the mountains in Banff National Park, just outside of Moraine Lake was through a beautiful trail that was only possible via a group larger than four people because of recent bear activity within the area. At the start of the trail, it was raining fairly hard and we weren’t sure if our […]

4 reasons to travel during non-peak season

Here’s a little secret for when you travel. The next time you’re thinking of travelling somewhere, travel during non-peak season and you’ll likely get the most bang for your buck wherever you are heading. Here’s four reasons why I always like to travel when the roads are clear, the weather is just as nice, and […]

Grizzly bears, mule deers, and moose, oh my!

You can’t go to Jasper or Banff and not see any wildlife. They are out and about everywhere and pop up in the most unexpected places. A simple drive down Icefields parkway can bring up a number of deers, bears, and more. While they may be more active during the early hours of the morning […]

Pyramid Island just wasn’t meant to be

This is Pyramid Island. It stands alone on Pyramid Lake in Jasper National Park. I came here to see the beauty of the island and its surroundings but every time I made it up here, the clouds rolled in and it started to rain. I tried my luck twice, once in the afternoon and another […]

I loved driving along these winding roads

While in Alberta there was a certain freedom that I felt driving through the tree-lined winding roads. It was as if the road never ended as turn after turn after turn, there were more trees all along the road. It was a great feeling that I will not forget and one that I hope to […]

Adding a human element to landscapes

While I love to shoot landscapes, sometimes adding a human element to the photo adds to it as well. I’m not the one to take portraits but adding someone to the photo in one way or another—not necessarily looking towards the camera—can add an element of scale, interest, or storytelling to the overall scene. Whether […]

It’s hard being a photographer in the mountains

If you’re a photographer that loves to take sunrise and sunset photos, there’s no better place than to take them with powerful mountains and serene water as a backdrop. That’s what I loved doing during my brief stay in Banff and Jasper, Alberta. The scenery is so majestic and serene you really can’t take a bad photograph […]

Combining food and photography always makes for a good time!

I’m very fortunate to live in a city where food plays an important part in our society. Every year there are no shortages of food-related festivals, especially during the warmer months of the year. This year, I’ve been tasked to take photos for The Stop’s Night Market fundraising event, which promises to be even more delicious than […]

Lesson learned from a trip to the Canadian Rockies

If it’s one thing that I’ve learned from my recent travel to Alberta’s Rocky Mountains, it’s that the weather is seldom predictable. In a span of one hour, the weather had changed from sunshine to overcast, to rain, to snow, and back to sunshine! The mountains really make the weather unpredictable, needless to say, making planning […]

Can I really use these lights for photography?

In photography, light is everything. If we had no light, we would have no photos. So that’s why when I came across these funky looking lightbulbs by NanoLeaf on a Kickstarter campaign, I knew I had to take a closer look at them myself. These may not necessarily be lightbulbs geared for photography, but they […]

iPhone 6 Plus cameras have limitations too

There’s a certain point on an iPhone’s camera where the lack of ambient light will result in a significantly grainy image. The sensor sensitivity can only do so much in terms of retrieving information in low-light situations. It’s interesting, however, to note that if you wait just a few minutes later, the amount of grain […]

Don’t edit all your photos at once!

When you come back from holidays you may be tempted to start editing all of your photos on your computer. While it’s a great way to reflect on your recent adventures, I always take my time in editing photos so I can truly bring out the best parts of each photo. I alluded to this […]

What is your backup solution?

You may have heard this countless of times from other photographers, and you’ll continue to hear it well into the future as well. It’s all for good reason because there’s no sense in investing so much time in your photography and photoshoot only to come back to your office and risk the results of your […]

Thailand hats are great subjects

I was on a boat gliding along the floating market in Thailand when I captured this image. I’ve always liked it for the line of hats along the right hand side. I was able to capture a lot of the hats and their details. But when I look at this now, I feel as if […]

Why did I take this Schwartz’s photo?

Today’s post is a little bit of a stretch in terms of my usual photography. There’s no landscapes here, or pretty nature scenes. Instead, I give you a photo I took with my film camera when I went to Montreal many years ago. There is usually a reason as to why I take each photo—especially […]

First impressions are important

We all know that first impressions are important, but today I wanted to share with you my first impression of Hong Kong, and how it affected my photography in the city. It was 2009 when I made my first visit to Hong Kong. I had never been there before and my exposure to this city was […]

Waterfalls and hiking

It’s no secret that I do like a good hike now and then. And when I come to spectacular waterfalls like Inglis Falls, shown here, I’m always ready with my camera. The tricky part of taking beautiful photos of waterfalls is to be able to capture the silky smooth flow of the water but have […]

Flower season is here

One of the great things about having an iPhone with you at all times is you can take a picture at any moment. As I was perusing the local variety store, I came across a bunch of vibrant flowers. Knowing well my iPhone was capable of taking great macro shots, I stuck my iPhone literally […]

Sometimes it takes a while to get that right angle

Nobody said photography was easy. If it were, almost everybody would be on Instagram uploading every photo they take (imagine that!). Having a good eye certainly helps, but great angles and perspectives don’t always come easy for everybody. That’s why you have to be conscious of new perspectives when you go out shooting, and make […]

Changing lenses changes the moods

I was at a hotel room One day and noticed the low laying clouds hovering just beneath the tip of My. Fuji. I had my 14-24mm wide angle lens on my camera but from afar this didn’t make for a very pleasing photo as the clouds divided the mountain and its surrounding view in half. […]

Get out and go explore your surroundings

When you’re out travelling in a new city or country, I seriously hope you have no days where you are sitting in your hotel room watching TV, letting the day pass by in front of you. Whether you have just one hour or the entire day free, get outside and take a walk to explore […]

Why don’t you use a daypack?

Try travelling light. When you go on holidays you’ll be tempted to pack all of your gear to be able to capture any scenario that comes your way. It’s fine if you have shoulders of steel but let’s face it, not everyone is blessed with Clark Kent’s physique. While I still do pack most of […]

Anything bright to stand out

Even if it’s a drab door or a window or something else that’s not so exciting, a spark of colour can often bring much needed excitement to any picture. Take this door for example. It was a bright yellow door in the middle of a metal facade that really stood out from its surroundings. The […]

Above all else

What is it about heights that attracts us all? Is it the feeling of flight? The feeling of freedom? Or is it simply because it’s a rare vantage point from our ordinary lives? Seeing the little people on the ground and the little toy cars may make us feel like we are literally on top […]

Explore the unknown

Even in your own hometown, it’s exciting to explore areas that you don’t often frequent. It gives you an excuse to get out and enjoy the outdoors, and maybe get in some much needed exercise for the day. I’ve taken many walks and runs along the lakeshore lately but what makes these trips more exciting […]

The very basics of The Photographer’s Ephemeris

Many have asked in the past what app I use to pinpoint the exact location a sun will rise or set during any given day. I’ve mentioned this before in several of my other posts, but today, I will go through the very basics of the app, showing you how I locate my desired area […]

Take a break and enjoy the scenery once in a while

When you’re out and about shooting all the time, it’s important to be able to pull yourself out of the business of it all and actually enjoy what you have in front of you. Not only does this refresh your mind, but it allows you to soak in the environment you’re in, perhaps giving you […]

Almost meeting a King and Queen at the AGO

I took a walk today and almost met a King and Queen. True story. I was walking along Dundas Street slowly making my way towards the Art Gallery of Ontario, showing my Periscope followers the streets of Toronto when I noticed a large group of police vehicles stopped on the road. Someone came out from […]

We are becoming a selfie nation

With more and more people having access to mobile devices and cameras, the thought of holding a stick in front of you and posing is slowly becoming the norm. We see it everywhere now: on the streets, at home, in the office, up on top of mountains, roof tops, in the ocean, and anywhere else […]

Who I like to follow on Periscope

Periscope for Android devices just came out yesterday, so it’s only a matter of time that the app gets inundated with more broadcasters doing interesting (and not-so-interesting) things. This list was a long-time coming, and since I broadcasted it out yesterday, I’ve had some requests to put it online, so here it is! It’s changed […]

Silhouette by the sunset

When you’re faced with taking a photo against the sun, you’re subjects will no doubt be in the shadows. If you can’t do a whole lot with where the sun is in your frame, work with it until you get a pleasing image. I intentionally took this photo so that the foreground would be in the […]

No Tripod? Then make your own!

When you’re out and about photographing, you may not necessarily have all of your equipment with you. If you’re outside and realize you don’t have something to make the picture that you want, improvise and work with what you have in front of you. Take this photo for example. I really wanted to capture the […]

There’s always another vantage point

While I was at Door’s Open yesterday, I came across this scene that I was very happy to see. This building’s ceiling is very heavily photographed because of its intricate detail and beauty. You can see my post from yesterday where I gave a different take on the ceiling because I intentionally omitted the chandelier, […]

Door’s Open Toronto 2015

Door’s Open Toronto is always a popular event here in the city to tourists and locals alike. Many buildings in the city open their doors to the public for two days, allowing us to walk at our own leisure and explore the interior to our hearts content. There are so many buildings opening their doors […]

Harbourfront walk

I took a morning stroll today by the harbourfront, giving my Periscope viewers a small glimpse of Toronto. While I didn’t have a chance to take any pictures from the stroll, I leave you with these photos that I had taken and posted a while ago. These are taken from all the places that I […]

5 Ways Instagram has taught me to be a better Periscope user

For those of you who have been following me, you may know that I have always been on Instagram from its early stages in life. I’m active on the app and enjoy the thriving community of like-minded individuals. It’s not only a great place to look at pretty pictures, but is also a great place […]

How could this minimalist image be even more minimal?

When I took this picture, I intentionally composed it so the sailboat was the only thing in the frame. I really liked how the sky and water almost seamlessly blended with each other. This further gives more emphasis to the subject, which is the sailboat. Despite the simplicity of this image, there is one thing that […]

A Scarborough Bluffs Surprise

Over the weekend I had another chance to go visit the beautiful Scarborough Bluffs Park. The day started off overcast, but fortunately by the time I got there, the clouds opened up and it turned out to be another gorgeous day to be there. I alluded to this in an earlier post, but the best […]

Before and After: Editing your image with my style

This post will be a departure from my regular posts, but will aim to further give you insight as to how I like to edit my photographs—this post in particular will deal with my concert photography. This was an idea that spawned from my use of Periscope not too long ago. As a festival photographer, […]

Being at the right place at the right time

This is just a precursor of another post to come. I thought I’d share with you a glimpse of what I saw today just because I happened to be at the right place at the right time. While wandering around the Scarborough Bluffs Park, I was Periscoping the view, showing the world the wonderful view […]

TorontoClicks at the ROM

Every Friday night during the spring and summertime, the Royal Ontario Museum holds a Friday Night Live event where they open their doors to museum-goers and party-lovers alike. Party-goers are able to meander through the hallways of the museum while they listen to live music, eat some great food, and mingle with friends. It was my […]

Let your photos marinate

I loosely mentioned this before in another post, but this is something that many photographers do before they go and edit a photoshoot that they just did. When you are finished with a shoot, your mindset and thoughts still linger within your head as if you were still in that moment. This isn’t bad by […]

Try different approaches to the same view

When you’re confronting a view that is all too familiar with you, try something new and different. Look for different angles that may highlight the view even more, or give rise to more uniqueness. It’s important to be able to see a view from many perspectives in order for you to be able to take […]

A photographer’s iPhone camera roll is a total mess

Isn’t 8000 photos normal for a camera roll? I thought it was until very recently when someone mentioned that I may be a little trigger happy. But there’s a good reason for this—and here’s why I encourage you to mess up your camera roll too. It may not be for most people but that’s about […]

Checking your app usage on your iPhone

I was looking through my hard drive space usage on my iPhone and noticed something peculiar with one of my apps. Looking through my app listing and going to Periscope, I noticed it was occupying 1gb of space on my iPhone when the app itself is only a mere 14mb to download from the app […]

The next sunrise shoot

It’s no secret that I love waking up early in the morning just for the sake of capturing that first light. Whether it be in the middle of winter or spring, I’m game when it comes to photography. Call me crazy but that’s just when you get that best light and dramatic scenery. Moreover, it’s […]

A little perspective changes everything

In my last Periscope, I did a quick tutorial on how a slight change in camera perspective can dramatically change the view in front of you. If you missed it, you can catch the broadcast here for the next 20 hours or so. When many people go out to take photos, their first instinct is to […]

Weeping Cherry Blossoms of Kariya Park

In continuing my series of cherry blossoms for this week, this post will cover the weeping cherry blossoms of Kariya Park, in the heart of the city of Mississauga—just outside of the city of Toronto. Kariya Park is a little known Japanese garden dedicated to the twin city of Kariya, in Japan. The park is […]

This year’s crazy pollen explained

Cherry blossoms had no effect on me, that I can be sure of. But it’s all this pollen flying around that has taken me down this Spring season. And it’s taken me down quite hard. These past few days have been so bad my whole face seems swollen—and is most certainly red all over. My […]

Sakura photos edited on Periscope

Today’s post will showcase some of the photos that I edited throughout my Periscope session that I did last night. Most of these were quick edits, as you can see in my broadcast. If you haven’t already, go to the App Store, download Periscope, and follow me @smaku. You can also see my broadcast from this […]

Sakura at dusk

When you’re out taking pictures of the same thing day after day, try something new. Whether it be from a different angle, perspective, or even better, at a different time of the day. The quality of light will change throughout the day, so going to the same place at different times of the day will […]

A look at full bloom cherry blossoms – sakura

Just to make things clear, this photo posted today was taken two years ago when I went to High Park during the cherry blossom/sakura peak season. To demonstrate the difference of taking cherry blossom photos during peak season and not during peak season, I thought I’d post a couple photos that I’ve taken in previous […]

Cherry Blossoms at High Park

It was an unexpected but pleasant visit today, as I made a spur-of-the-moment decision to visit the cherry blossoms at High Park today after work. I didn’t have my Nikon with me, so these photos are compliments of my iPhone 6 Plus, edited in Snapseed, and VSCOcam. It had rained somewhat during the day, making […]

Periscoping from the Scarborough Bluffs

It was such a great day this weekend that I thought it would be nice to take my Periscopers out for an outing to one of the most tropical places in Toronto: The Scarborough Bluffs. The sun shining made the crystal clear turquoise waters that much more vibrant. It was great to be able to […]

The Ultimate iPhone Periscope Stand

Ever since Apple changed the location of their power input from the top of the iPhone to the bottom, I’ve always been annoyed with this decision. For my day job, I find myself in front of the computer for much of the day. As unhealthy as this may be, it’s what I have to do. Because […]

What makes for a good concert photo?

Someone recently asked me about what makes for a good concert photograph. At first I didn’t think anything of it, but after some thinking, it was a question that perhaps I may not even be able to answer. The best I can do is to give some insight through my own experiences of photographing concerts throughout […]

The sun shines in Ikebukuro

I was out shopping one fine early evening in Tokyo when I came to this roadway with people walking down it. Normally it would have been just a regular pedestrian-filled road, but I soon realized the sun peeking out of the clouds every-so-often, shining its glorious rays right down the centre of the street. The golden […]

29 Days, 29 Coffee Photos

Pilot Coffee Roasters and Crafted Pilot Coffee Roasters is a Toronto-based artisan coffee roaster, and one that I’ve been quite fond of for a long time. They have two cafés in the city, Te Aro (983 Queen Street East) in Leslieville, and Crafted (135 Ossington Ave.) in the West end of town. So when Crafted […]

The grounds of Eigensinn Farm

It was almost this time two years ago that my family and I took a trip up to Eigensinn Farm in Singhampton, Ontario. Dubbed as an upscale French dining experience, chef Michael Stadtländer did not disappoint with all the details put into each course. I won’t get into all the details of the evening here, but thought I’d […]

How I edited Spring Reflection

This How I Edited post is of a picture that a lot of people seemed to like. They liked the contrast of elements within the photo, which actually has a lot to do with how this was edited. In this step by step tutorial, I will show you how this wonderful Spring photo came about, […]

People watching season has begun!

For some of us, people watching can be a real treat. Just pick a random location, sit down, and watch what goes on in front of you. If you’re at a relatively active location, you can sit there for hours on end just enjoying the time pass you by. It’s those lazy Sunday mornings that […]

Hot Docs Film Festival, here I come!

Every year I look forward to the time where I get to flex my festival photography skills by taking photos of various festivals around the city. This year for the first time, I have the pleasure of taking photos for the Hot Docs Film Festival. Although the festival has already started, I won’t be starting […]

The beauty of that first light

This morning was rather unexpected, which is why I was so happy with the end result. The clouds were quickly moving in from the left hand side of the frame, covering any sort of morning light. I could see it from how far I was. I knew that with this much cloud coverage, there would […]

One good thing about shooting in the mornings

One of the great things I like about shooting in the early morning hours is its peacefulness. There’s often nothing in sight to break the noise or the calmness of the waters. When there’s no wind, the water sits still, and the reflection seen is just magical. Of course, often times I am also befriended […]

Last chance to see my photography at Crafted

I’ve had some of my photography up at Crafted since the start of this month and I’m happy to hear that many people have gone and taken a look at them. My photos will only be up until the end of April so if you have a chance, please do stop by Crafted and take […]

Event watchers

As the warmer weather approaches the city, more and more people spend their times outdoors. That only means, more photos to be taken! While I only do a select number of events and festivals throughout the year, it’s always this time of year when things start to get busy little by little. For those of […]

Being prepared for one but not the other

As the saying goes, “you can’t please everybody.” And that’s particularly true for this situation I was in one morning. I’ll explain how this happened, why this picture didn’t turn out, and what you can do in the future so that you can come home with shots that you are proud of. Birds? What birds? […]

Done your photoshoot? Think again!

As the fog rolled in, I caught myself taking a long exposure of this view. With the fog overtaking the landscape, the overall image became so faded making it somewhat of a surreal moment. The glow from the sunrise just moments before still lingered on, giving the overall atmosphere a magical feel. You’re not done […]

Details for this Sunday’s sunrise shoot

A few days ago I posted on my blog and on my instagram feed that I’ll be doing a sunrise meet in the West end. I’m happy to see that there are some people who are interested in waking up very early for this! For those of you who are interested, here are the details. What: […]

Fog makes for magical sunrise moments

The Spring brings an interesting mix of weather. Winter weather still lingers on while the summer heat tries to show its presence. This makes the mornings much more interesting as the water and surrounding air temperatures collide to bring fog into the atmosphere. One early morning fog just came rolling in without notice. I was […]

Love where you are

Sometimes you get so stuck in the moment that you just keep doing what you’ve been doing all along. One morning while I was heading to the park, I decided last minute to go somewhere different for a change. I looked around for another vantage point and eventually ended up here. I had to walk […]

Let’s meet for a sunrise shoot

Morning are always hard on our bodies. Afterall, you’ve been resting for the last seven hours or so. But once you get over that hurdle of getting yourself out of the bed, it gets even easier to get out there and shoot as the anticipation of seeing a beautiful sunrise will get you motivated and […]

How to take photos of sunrises and sunsets

Sunrises and Sunsets Sunrises and sunsets are one of the most favourite times of the day to photograph for many landscape photographers. The colours are warm and golden, the quality of light is just right, and really, there’s nothing more satisfying than seeing the first light or the last light of the day pass the […]

Why I am addicted to Periscope

There are very few apps these days that attract my attention for a lengthy period of time—let alone make me want to come back to it time and time again. For as long as I can remember, Instagram has always been my go-to app during my spare time. As a photographer, it’s inspiring, and the […]

Free coffee giveaway because I can’t have caffeine!

So it’s come to the point that I’ve amassed a whole lot of coffee—enough so that I can’t drink all of this myself. So that’s why I turn to all of you to help me! I’ll be giving away two bags of coffee beans from Crafted Coffee on 133 Ossington Ave. If you love coffee, read […]

Horizon Placement Matters

Horizon Placement Matters You may not have thought about this, but where you place the horizon makes a big difference when taking landscape photos. The feel of the image instantly changes, so it’s important you place it knowing the effects it makes. This post will outline the three most common areas to place your horizon so […]

The case of an angled horizon

We all know the horizon to be straight, but if you look at the photo above, you’ll see that the horizon in fact looks to be on an angle pointing down towards the centre of the image. But how can this be? With so many distractions right on the horizon line, it makes it much […]

Fog and snow

Fog and snow at just the right time On one foggy morning it got so thick that the light changed so dramatically in such a short time. If you look at my post previous to this, you’ll see that it also has fog in it. That was taken shortly before this picture. Look at the […]

Morning Fog Over Toronto

One early morning I came to Humber Bay Shores Park and noticed a lot of clouds over the city. I wasn’t sure what I would get in terms of photo opportunities since heavy clouds like this often prevent the sun from showing its colours anywhere. I knew I wouldn’t be able to see the actual sun itself […]

Product Review: Think Tank Streetwalker HardDrive Camera Bag

Think Tank Streetwalker HardDrive I’ve had the Think Tank Streetwalker HardDrive camera bag for almost two years now and have put it through its paces. It has gone all around the world from here in Toronto to Japan to Fiji. It’s a bag that’s as rugged as it looks. And it has yet to disappoint. […]

My Mextures formulas I

Mextures App Mextures is a great app on the iOS platform that allows you to edit your photos with lots of great overlay textures, light leaks, and more. The best part is its ability to create, save, and share formulas that you have created yourself. I’ve sporadically shared some formulas on this blog in the […]

A full recap of Toronto’s Pillow-Fight Day

I was heading downtown today to run an errand and as luck would have it, I found out before leaving that it was International Pillow Fight Day today, and Toronto was participating. I didn’t know anything about this event, nor had I heard anything about it before, but I figured I’d take my camera with […]

Love-locks on a wire

I’ve been here a number of times in the past but this was the first time I had ever noticed these locks hanging on the wire. I’m not sure whether I was just not as observant before, or if I had my eyes fixated on the view that this bridge provides, but it wasn’t until […]

A moody but gorgeous morning this Easter Friday

  I think it was about two years ago this time, the cherry blossoms were at full bloom in Toronto’s High Park. As I look out the window today, I see overcast skies and chilly winds blowing through the trees. If I look hard enough, I can still see some snow and ice striving to be […]

It’s a good time to explore today

To celebrate today’s expected high of 17 celsius in the city of Toronto, I leave you with a photo that was taken on the waters of the South Pacific. It’s of an island that looks somewhat deserted, but I’m sure is home to many tourists throughout the day. I love the hills on either side […]

Art Show at Crafted

Taku’s Art Show at Crafted for the Month of April Crafted | 135 Ossington Ave. Over the last few weeks I’ve been working on selecting, editing, and printing some of my photos for showing at Crafted, a local coffee shop at Queen and Ossington. It’s been a fun process, but also a learning one, as preparing […]

Feature Photographer on Huffington Post Canada

Today I just wanted to give a thanks to Huffington Post Canada for selecting me as a feature photographer of the week on their latest Instagram account, @CanadaGram, which is their project featuring “Canada’s best instagrammers.” Now, I certainly don’t think I qualify to be in the ranks of Canada’s best, but I do appreciate […]

Print your photos to really appreciate them

This year I took it upon myself to print more of my photos. Over the last few years I’ve taken so many photos that I have yet to be able to fully appreciate them beyond posting them on select social media sites—if at that. Most of my photos are rarely seen as I edit them […]

iPhoneography: How I Edited Toronto the Beautiful

Today’s photo editing process comes from a photo that I took during one of my sunrise shoots. It was an absolutely beautiful morning with just the right amount of clouds and light reflection to give off a spectacular image. Or was it? Here’s the original image that was taken with my iPhone 6 Plus. It […]

Congratulations to those who wed today

Wedding Season is Upon Us Wedding season is quickly approaching the city, and couples and photographers are gearing up for their special day. For professional wedding photographers, it’s not uncommon for them to have one or multiple weddings per weekend making this season their busiest of the year. While I do not shoot weddings for […]

Why you should be sharpening your images

So you’ve taken a bunch of photos one day and you post them online. Do you sharpen these images? You should. And here’s why. Your images may look fine at first, but after seeing them sharpened properly, you’ll be surprised at how much better they will look. Sharpening can be done in three primary places […]

Shoot out of your comfort zone

If you’re ever in any kind of photography rut, try something new. Try something that you normally don’t do, or maybe are afraid to do. Getting out of your comfort zone may yield something unexpected. This photo was taken last year at an impromptu shoot with some local Instagrammers. We didn’t meet to come here, […]

Shooting with others can be refreshing

It’s been a while shooting with other photographers, but it’s never a dull moment when you’re out and about with others. In fact, it’s a great way to be social, get inspired by different perspectives, and just have fun. Last Sprint, I took to the streets of Mississauga with other local photographers and just took […]

Hey Spring, where are you?

Spring has officially sprung but there really is no sign of it anywhere. With temperatures still below the freezing mark, it looks like Mother Nature has other plans for us. But fear not, eventually it will get warmer, which is a sure sign that these cherry blossoms will start to bloom at High Park once […]

Photo of the month at Mobile Walkers Japan

Mobile Walkers Japan is an Instagram community featuring primarily Japanese mobile photographers while also including a smattering of international photographers on their stream. Each day they feature on their stream a different photo from a different photographer. At the end of each month, they round up all the Photo of the Day photos, and post them […]

Taku’s Top 5 iPhoneography Winter Photography Favourites

Yesterday’s Top 5 post was all about my photography taken with my Nikon D800 camera. Today’s Top 5 is all about my other camera, my iPhone. This year all of my winter iphoneography was done on an iPhone 6 Plus and sure enough, this camera did not disappoint either. Here are my Top 5 iPhoneography […]

Taku’s Top 5 Winter Photography Favourites

As of 6:45pm, March 20, winter is officially over, however it may not feel like it with the current cold front passing by our city this week. To recap this wonderful season that offered a number of prime photo opportunities, I’ve rounded my top five favourite photos that I took with my Nikon over this winter […]

A Monochromatic Sunrise

For whatever reason, I really feel that this faded monochromatic look works for this photo. The foreground silhouette is nicely contrasted by the shimmering lake Ontario in the backdrop, coupled by the light fog floating above the water. The sunrise contrasts nicely within the open sky. This somewhat nostalgic feel I get with this photo warms […]

iPhone 6 Plus Vs. Nikon D800 Sunrise Shootout

Here’s another comparison photo from my iPhone 6 Plus and my Nikon D800. They may not be a fair comparison per se, but it’s always fun to see the difference in quality between a mobile photo and that from a dSLR. I posted the square cropped version of the iPhone 6 Plus photo on Instagram. […]

500px Model Vs. Photographer

A few weeks ago, I decided to change things up a bit by partaking in a photography event held by 500px.com. Dubbed “Model Vs. Photographer,” the Toronto community of photographers, models, and make-up artists came together, collaborated, and just overall had a great time at the headquarters of 500px. For those of you who know […]

Whiteout Condition

It’s amazing what photographers will do to get that golden shot. Whether it’s waking up at 5 in the morning for that sunrise shot, or precariously balancing on ledges or rocks to get that vantage point, or simply going out in the worst weather possible, we do it all for the sake of taking pictures. […]

The Mistaken Tree

While it’s great to go out and shoot what you like, it’s also important to mark down all the places that you’ve visited in the past in case you want to visit it in the future again. There was one place in particular that I wanted to return to, since shooting there last winter season. […]

A winter storm approaches

This was the day that I went out shooting a little unprepared. Little did I know that it would eventually rain freezing rain. Coupled with strong winds, it was not the most ideal condition to be shooting in. Nevertheless, I kept shooting because I already made the effort to come to the park. But enough […]

Sunny days are ahead

Well, we all hope so, at least. The day that I shot this, it was fairly cold. But the sun came out halfway through the day and warmed things up a little. While I was walking by the shorelines, I passed by a cross-country skier. She spoke out first and we started chatting for a […]

How I Edited Benched Sunrise

Today’s iPhone Post-Processing technique comes from a sunrise that I took one cool morning. This was taken on my way back to my car. I look backed as I was walking and noticed this great view, so I took a quick snap at it, with all the elements I wanted within the frame: the CN […]

Sunrises are easier to photograph

Over the last few weeks, I’ve been getting up early to catch the sun rise above the horizon on the shores of Lake Ontario. It wasn’t easy waking up at 5am some days, but let me tell you, more often than not, I find it easier to take photos of sunrises than sunsets. And here’s […]