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 […]

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 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