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Autumn Scenery 2013

While on my way to Letchworth State Park in my previous post, I drove by some amazing landscapes where I just had to stop the car (on the side of the road) and enjoy the view. I got my camera out of the trunk, snapped a few photos, and was on my way in the car before you knew it. My wife will tell you otherwise though. 😉

That’s the beauty of a road trip: You’ll just never know what you’ll encounter on the roads! These views weren’t just of ordinary rolling hills though. They were trickled with windmills all over the landscape for as far as the eye can see. I wasn’t able to capture any up close, so you’ll have to live with these wide shots. But just imagine these towering over you with their sails whipping by you at great strengths. It’s awesome to say the least. Just try standing beneath Toronto’s lone windmill on the CNE grounds and you’ll know exactly what I mean.

Fortunately, the rain had stopped momentarily just so I can get out and take these photos.

In the photo above, if you look at the far horizon on the left hand side, you’ll see a line of windmills spread out sporadically.

We have some more windmills with rolling greenery, taken with my 70-200mm f/2.8 to get as close as I could get from the streets.

And finally, this photo above just tells it all: overcast clouds, windmills in the background, rolling greenery with autumn colours showing throughout, and a lone farmhouse nestled amongst the trees. It’s just beautiful!

Happy road trips everyone!

Scotiabank Nuit Blanche 2013

Scotiabank Nuit Blanche

It’s been a while since the last time I enjoyed Scotiabank Nuit Blanche. In fact, the last time I went was when the CN Tower took part in the event, allowing photographers and guests to go up to the top observatory all throughout the night. Why won’t they do that again?!

I decided to go this year because there were a few exhibits that piqued my curiosity. Rather than taking photos of just the exhibits themselves though, for the most part, I decided to include the observers in the photos along with the exhibits, making those photos more dynamic. This also gives a sense of how large and engaging the crowd was.

The introductory photo is of the Garden Tower in Toronto, by Tadashi Kawamata of Hokkaido, Japan. Walking into the tower and looking up from the side gave this unique vantage point.

Garden Tower in Toronto
Scotiabank Nuit Blanche

Scotiabank Nuit Blanche

Familia
Scotiabank Nuit Blanche

Campfire
Scotiabank Nuit Blanche

Romancing the Anthropocene
Scotiabank Nuit Blanche

The Arctic Trilogy
Scotiabank Nuit Blanche

Mariner
Scotiabank Nuit Blanche

1nspired Night
Scotiabank Nuit Blanche

WATERMARK Cubed
Scotiabank Nuit Blanche

South on Bay from Queen
Scotiabank Nuit Blanche

Clothesline Canopy
Scotiabank Nuit Blanche

The Big Crunch
Scotiabank Nuit Blanche

Watching the video on Ai Weiwei
Scotiabank Nuit Blanche

Crash Cars
Scotiabank Nuit Blanche

You didn’t think I missed Ai Weiwei‘s Forever Bicycles did you?

Forever Bicycles close-up
Scotiabank Nuit Blanche

Forever Bicycles from ground level
Scotiabank Nuit Blanche

Forever Bicycles from second level
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Nathan Phillips Square
Scotiabank Nuit Blanche

Arowhon Pines in Algonquin Park

Muskoka chairs line the shores just outside the dining room.

For an all-inclusive resort within Algonquin Park, one cannot go wrong with a stay at Arowhon Pines. The resort, nestled off a dirt road from HWY 60, provides all the amenities one could want in an outdoor getaway. Whether you come here as a couple or as a family, it provides the perfect setting for a relaxing or activity-filled holiday.

To get to the resort, you have to drive through Arowhon Road, a 6-7km dirt road off of HWY 60 (16km from the west gate). Driving through this on the way in makes you wish that you don’t have to drive back out anytime soon. Fortunately, the resort caters to all of your needs, and they do it well enough that you don’t have to worry about this ride until you check out.

A one-night stay includes three meals, which are just fantastic. Each meal we had started off with an appetizer buffet that made our appetites grow even larger. Afterwards, we ordered from the menu, and for dinner, always finished off with a dessert buffet. How could you go wrong with that? Not only was the selection of food good, the quality of the food was just as good as they looked. The chefs do a great job with the presentation and creativity of the dishes that it was always a treat to see what each of us would be getting during mealtimes.

I never actually took any photos of the food since I was too busy eating it, but I did take a fair amount of photos outside in the park. So enjoy these photos, and know that you too can experience the great outdoors while getting pampered at Arowhon Pines.

Evening sunset at Arowhon Pines.

Sunset at Arowhon Pines

Blue hour at Arowhon Pines

The early mornings at Arowhon Pines brought about a lot of fog. I didn’t wake up early enough to catch the fog that was as high as a few feet above the water, but I did manage to get the last of it, at about 7:30am.

Early morning at Arowhon Pines

Early morning at Arowhon Pines

And one cannot get enough sunset photos in Algonquin Park.

Sunset at Arowhon Pines

Watch for my future posts where I will show some of my photos from my kayaking adventures in the park, and my first ever attempt at astrophotography…both posts coming soon!

Backyard Post

I have a rather large backyard but I haven’t been able to take advantage of it at all this year. With so many things to do inside the home, I have yet to be able to take care or let alone enjoy the outside of my home.

So over the weekend, I took a quick break and decided to shoot a series on the flowers and the bees hiding within them. It was overcast both days and it actually rained throughout one of the days, so sometimes it was hard to get to the bees—not to mention they move pretty quickly. These shots were taken with my 24-70 f/2.8 and a 105mm macro lens. Click on the thumbnails to see all the glorious details of the bees.

A showcase of colours from one of the trees in my backyard.

These flowers are late bloomers in that all Spring I was wondering if anything was going to happen with the trees. Alas, these started to bloom the other day, but are already starting to die. We have colourful benches in our backyard that are just waiting to be used too.

Flowers and the bees

And we also have some tomato plants, where we pick a few each day for our dinner. We’re just waiting for that eggplant to grow a little bigger, and hope that it actually tastes like an eggplant.

These bees were flying all over the place, trying their best to suck all the sweet nectar from the flowers. Covered in pollen, it was a sight to see.

Bee getting to the sweet stuff

After the bee sucked all the nectar, it made its way to a dead flower and did some other things there that I’m not quite sure of.

Flowers and the bees

So that’s pretty much what I captured of my flowers and the bees. The bees live a pretty busy life as you can see. Let’s hope one of these days I’ll be able to enjoy more of my backyard, so that I can share even more photos of it.

Flowers and the bees

Luminato and Lomography in Toronto II

Just over a month ago I posted my experience with Luminato Festival and its partnership with Lomography. Fast forward to July 18, 2013 where I was finally able to see my results from the Lomography workshop that I attended that day, along with the photos from the Youth Volunteer Photography Program at Luminato Festival.

The Toronto Lomography store was nice enough to host a small party for us to view our photos on a rolling slideshow, along with preparing the Lomowall, which had the several hundred photos that we took throughout the 10-day festival.

Luminato and Lomography in Toronto

It was a nice throwback seeing all those images that we took from the workshop and during the festival. Complete with all the special effects that Lomos are capable of, the Lomowall that was hung with all our photos was a treat for our senses. The wall is two sided and has all of our photos that we took with the Sardinia camera. The wall will be up in the Toronto Lomography store until the end of this month, which is also an exciting bonus for all of us.

Luminato and Lomography in Toronto

Luminato and Lomography in Toronto

The walls of the Lomography store are covered with Lomo pictures making them for a perfect backdrop for none other than party pictures with party props! I think they did a great job rockin’ these props!

Luminato and Lomography in Toronto

Luminato and Lomography in Toronto

The party just kept going in front of the wall!

Luminato and Lomography in Toronto

And of course, what party wouldn’t be complete without a giveaway!

Luminato and Lomography in Toronto

The following photos were taken with the Lomo Sardina, which I used during the workshop earlier in June. They were a blast to play with, as you can see.

Luminato and Lomography in Toronto

And as always, all good things must come to an end…just like any film roll…but wait, that’s actually the beginning of the roll…

Luminato and Lomography in Toronto

Here’s the little package that Lomography gives you when you are finished with the roll in the Sardina that you used during the workshop. I had requested my negatives not to be cut since I had used the panorama feature of the camera. Not sure how it actually looks on the negs, but we’ll see as soon as I unroll it!

Luminato and Lomography in Toronto