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Winter Favourites

Living in Toronto, we see our share of winter weather throughout the cold months. My favourite weather to shoot in is definitely a good snow storm. It adds a unique mood and it's something I thoroughly enjoy. 

Here are some of my favourite images I've captured this winter.

The story behind this photo is pretty awesome. I was taking some photos of a few Police officers in Toronto. This officer I chatted with for a few minutes, and asked him to snap a quick portrait. This was a super genuine moment and smile. One of my favourite photos to date.

When shooting in snow storms, I am always thinking to have the shutter as fast as possible to freeze the snow and create somewhat of a dreamy look. 

 

Photo of @soteeoh

Photo of @soteeoh

These are just a few of my favourites. I'm looking to get back into my blogs so keep checking back! I am visiting Hong Kong in the next week, make sure to keep a look out for the adventure!

Cranes and Sunsets

These past few weeks have been pretty insane to say the least. Recently moving into Toronto has given me more reasoning to get out there and shoot. On my latest adventure with one of my good friends Zach Bird  , we brought along with us Toronto Model/Photographer  Danya Maclean.  I always enjoy shooting with new people, and this was no different. 

We decided to hit up one of our favourite spots to catch the sunset, and it did not disappoint. 

We arrived to our spot around 7:45 pm. We aimed to get there for this time so we could capture the golden hour, as well as the sunset. The Golden hour creates very nice light and shadows for portraits, Zach took full advantage of the opportunity.

After shooting from the roof, we wanted to get just a tad higher. We then went up the crane. Where some of my favourite shots from the day were taken.

Big ups to Danya for climbing up the ladder! After this shot I noticed the cotton candy skies coming in, I was just a tad excited!

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Hope you enjoyed this series! With the summer just getting into gear, expect many more to come.

 

SBC

 

 

Victoria Day Fireworks!

Every year In Canada, on the last Monday before May 25th we celebrate Queen Victoria's Birthday. For most of us, this means an extra day to our weekend, and of course fireworks! I recently just moved into the city so I wanted to check out the firework display in Toronto. The show was held at Ashbridges Bay (In the beaches area of Toronto)

This was my first time shooting fireworks, I had an idea of what I wanted to do but with the show lasting just under 10 minutes I had to learn on the fly quickly.

I am pretty happy with how these turned out for my first time shooting fireworks! I will be in Paris for Bastille Day, cannot wait to see fireworks off the Eiffel Tower!

Hope you enjoyed the series!

 

Lens in the clouds

If you asked me a few months ago to scale these kind of heights, I would say you were crazy. Rooftopping has taken storm over the last year or so in Toronto. Whether being done for photography or just taking in a view of the downtown core, it's quite the adrenaline rush.

Recently, I revisited one of my favourite spots in the city. Usually I wouldn't be so hyped to get back and see the same view, but my from my own personal growth in my photography I wanted to recapture the view.

The plan was to get to the lookout for sunrise, but some hiccups along the way changed the plans. An old saying really holds true "A picture doesn't quite do justice". It's something you really have to see in person.

One of my favourite shots from the shoot. I wanted to get a light trail of the cars on the highway. As you would imagine being up this high creates some challenges in taking long exposures, mainly high winds.

The main reason why this is my favourite spot is because you have a 360 degree view of the city, which allows you to capture everything.

We got lucky to get a pretty nice evening, considering the last time I was at this spot it was about -20 with the windchill. It was a decently warm evening with the beautiful moon behind us, as you can see here!

Hope you enjoyed the read + photos!

 

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Goodbye Winter, Hello Spring!

As of 6:45pm today, it marks the end of our Winter. In terms of a typical Canadian winter, not the same amount as snow as we're accustomed to, but boy was it a COLD one! So here is an official welcome to Spring!

Being a photographer, most of my work is done in the outdoors so just being able to throw on a hoodie has been very enjoyable. I've really pushed my photography since September/October, so I haven't really had the chance to shoot in the warmer temps. I am beyond excited for that!

   Torontonians getting their last skate in at Nathan Phillips Square.

 

Torontonians getting their last skate in at Nathan Phillips Square.

Stay tuned for upcoming blogs & my Instagram! Some very cool projects coming up! 

 

 

Exploring : Camp 30

Over the last year or so, I have found a new style of photography that I have a deep passion for. Most people know it as “Urban Exploring". This can be anything from checking out abandoned buildings or getting onto roofs of condos in the downtown core.

In my latest adventure, some friends and I checked out Camp 30. Located in Bomanville, ON. It is an abandoned POW camp where they once held german soldiers. This was the closest Canada ever came to WWII.

Camp 30 is a very common place to explore not only for photographers/videographers , but as well just for people to see history. As you can see in the video I created, the camp has been beaten down quite a bit. Which creates many opportunities and ideas.

Camp 30 is made up of several buildings scattered across a large property. Each building has a very eerie feeling as you can almost feel the history. There are holding cells, a cafeteria, gymnasium and much more. Each building also has tunnels connecting to every other building, this can make for some very scary exploring.

Being a photographer, my goal is to make the audience being able to make a grasp of the feeling of the photo. Getting the shots at Camp 30 can be challenging for a few reasons. Most buildings are boarded up and locked down, this creating poor lighting conditions.

Here is a little video I threw together, hope you enjoy it!