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 […]

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?

Taku

Hello!

This is my honest-to-goodness blog with insight and thoughts on what I’ve come across throughout the course of my work as a photographer and art director.

Learn More…

Instagram (@smaku)
 It’s International Mountain Day, so here’s a view of Bow Lake and the Icefields Parkway as seen from the Bow Lake lookout, which is a great hike that many do not do as the nearby Peyto Lake lookout is so much closer to the parking lot. Loved this view! . #explorecanada #explorealberta #mybanff #banffnationalpark #bowlake #idratherbeexploring #hikingadventures #hikingecollective #naturel #canada150 #imagesofcanada #mountainpeopleunite #bestmountainartists #instanaturelover #exploreeverything #neverstopexploring  I’ve been asked this question a lot so I thought I’d give an answer here on IG. People wonder how safe it is to take a picture looking directly at the sun. . If you look at my #torontosunriseseriesbytaku you will no doubt see some photos where I have directly aimed at the sun, so it must be alright, yes? . Well, to an extent. If it’s for a very short period of time, I don’t see the problem in taking a photo or two of the sun itself. What I don’t advise you do is to look at the sun in your viewfinder for a length of time. . If you think of it, your lens essentially acts as a magnifying glass, magnifying the blinding sun on your retina. That can’t be good any way you look at it. And if you point the lens towards the sun for a long period of time, you may even risk the chance of melting your camera’s sensor. . So how do I do it? When I take photos of the sun, I generally know what type of photo I’m After. So I go for the shot, and then spare no time in looking elsewhere. Sometimes I use live view, while other times I do use the viewfinder out of efficiency (but really, I shouldn’t!). . The final word? Don’t look at the sun if you really don’t have to! . ———— Prints now on sale at bit.ly/thefirstlight from as low as $25 for 8x10! ———— #education #blogto #torontolige #sunrises #balloflight #instanaturefriends #morningsun #colonelsamuelsmithpark #etobicoke #thelast6 #6ixwalks #seetorontonow #discoveron #opcmag #narcitycanada #ontarioparks #wallartdecor #elledecor #designsponge #canada150???????? #
 Is throwback Sunday’s a thing? . Rowers in the sun always make for an interesting subject matter. My question is, is it better to photograph them before they stroke, or after, like in this photo? . $25 print sale on now for those in the gta! See bit.ly/thefirstlight for details.  . See more rowers on my #TorontoSunriseSeriesByTaku • • • #thelast6 #discoveron #sportscenter #sunrises #rowingmachine #lakeshorelife #rowing #blogto #athleteslife #exploretocreate #naturegeography #nature_perfection #natureaddict #natureonly #nature_hub #nature_wizards #dream_image #naturediversity #rsa_rural #awesome_earthpix #sunrisesofcanada #nikonca  One of the densest fog we’ve seen in recent memory gave way to an eerie field dotted with bird feeders. I just had to stop the car and grab a shot or two...or three of this. . #foggymorning #foggy #torontoclx #thelast6 #6ixwalks #pixeltheplanet #seetorontonow #blogto #narcitycanada #etobicoke #southetobicoke #colonelsamuelsmithpark #naturel #birdfeeder #birdofparadise #birdstagram #instanation #naturelovers_gr #fieldofdreams #dreamy #surrealart #wallartdecor #wallarts