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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!

One of my many goals.

One of my dreams as photographers is to someday be able to be an influencer for Nike/Jordan. I was always into sports growing up and have always been into Nike and Jordan sneakers. 

Recently I was approached to meet up with Jay (@realjaylife) to meet up and shoot in Toronto. Jay was visiting Toronto for the first time, being from NYC. Nearing the end of the night, passing the harbour front basketball court, we decided to do a Nike style shoot. 

These are my favourites from the shoot. Big thanks to Jay, check his page out! @realjaylife 

 

SBC x FlyGTA

It seems like forever since I've done a blog post, well because it has!

It's been a super busy end of the summer filled with shoots and such. I recently had the opportunity to work with a new airline flying out of Billy Bishop Airport. Greater Toronto Airways is a new company gearing towards adventure flying around the city. They contacted me to get some promo ariel shots, I couldn't say no!

Arriving at the airport, I had met up with the guys at GTA and within minutes we were getting clearance for takeoff! My ride for the day was a small plane, I believe for flight instructions. I had a small window to shoot out of, barely big enough to fit my lens through, but it worked great!

As you can see I had all the controls infront of me, and to be perfectly honest it scared the shit out of me! 

Our main focus was to orbit around the CN tower, getting as low as possible (which I believe the lowest clearence was 1700 ft above ground)

Here are some of my favourite shots!

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A huge thank you to the guys over at Greater Toronto Airways, if you're interested in experiencing something like this, be sure to check them out! 

Click here!

SBC x Bad Etiquette - Part 2

When I first started doing collaborations, Bad Etiquette was one of the first brands I worked with. With our first project being a success, it was about time to work together again. Bad Etiquette is a street clothing brand based in Toronto. They have a very unique style, a brand I personally dig.

Founder of Bad Etiquette, Lionel Wong and I had discussed a project we wanted to tackle for quite sometime, with summer finally here this was finally possible to happen. The idea was to do a smoke out type shoot. 

I decided to take the shoot to an old abandoned factory just outside the city. I was looking to capture the grunge and darkness of the building, it fitted with the smoke perfectly. 

In this shoot, we are showcasing Bad Etiquette's new lineup of gear. 

 

Collaborating is one of my favourite things about being a photographer. It gives me the opportunity to work with very cool people. Lionel is a dope guy with a vision of success for his brand.  Like the gear? You can grab your gear here!

Models 

Lionel Wong + Katherine Flores

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

 

 

Vertigo

Yet another rooftop series, but with a new twist. I recently picked up a 14mm ultra wide angle lens primarily for shoots just like this. I decided to revisit one of my favourite look out points, lucky enough for me I was able to visit this time during the day (which is a first for me). There were several shots I had in mind that I wanted to capture, and there were a few that came along with ideas from some of my friends.

14mm on a full frame camera is beautiful. These are some look down shots I have always wanted to capture but is impossible to do without this lens.

This is a spot I have always wanted to visit during the day as the view is quite breathtaking. Unfortunately with recent events with some younger crowds visiting and damaging the property, this spot is out of question now.

Hope you all enjoy the photos! Hopefully they give you some sort of feeling ;)

 

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!

 

Caution!

On my most recent adventure once again to the roofs, and I can honestly say as I am writing this my legs are feeling very weak. Another climb of a 60+ floor building can really make you question your body shape. The climbs are always painful, but the views are always rewarding enough for me to keep climbing.

This mini series is a combination of 2 buildings, kind of in the same area but with different architecture. 

Construction sites can sometimes be a challenge to shoot due to a lot of safety fences blocking your view, but what I see is a playground waiting to be discovered.

This concludes the mini series! Wish I could share more info hehe.

SBC.

 

 

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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SBC x Rocket.ca

One of my favourite props to use for my photos are Smoke Grenades (or known as smoke bombs) They are originally made for Airsoft/Paintball but Photographers and Filmmakers have been using them as props to add a special effect. 

My recent collaboration is being sponsored by Rocket.ca - They are the official re-seller of the Enola Gaye Wire Pull Grenades as well as the bigger EG18 Assault Grenades. These are sold at other locations but Rocket gives the best price as they are the official reseller. 

You can get some pretty crazy photos while using these. They last for about a minute to a minute and a half and produce a huge amount of smoke. They come in all sorts of colours. My favourite one has to be either the green or blue. 

Rocket has many different locations in the Greater Toronto Area. Their store located in Etobicoke is open year round. 

Photo by Zach Bird

Photo by Zach Bird

If you're in need of Smoke Grenades, make sure to give Rocket.ca a visit!

Meet : Zach Bird

As some of you may know, I'm a huge Hip-Hop head. One of my favourite quotes from one of the greats, Kendrick Lamar says "I'm trying to surround myself with people that inspire me, or at least inquire similar desires to do what it takes to make it to the top" One of my good friends Zach Bird is a dope photographer here in Toronto. We both always try and push each other with our work, and both want to see each other succeed. After All, team work makes the dream work.

Photo by : snappedbycam

 SBC - Introduce yourself!

ZB - My name is Zach Bird, I’m 19 years old from Whitby, Ontario. I’m a freelance photographer, looking to open up and branch off to anything that is thrown at me in the field.


SBC - How did you get in Photography? What were your inspirations? 

ZB - I got into photography on one of my yearly camping trips about 3 years ago, I began to take some decent photos with a Nikon DSLR that was my dad’s. Myy family was impressed with my photographs then and I wasn’t even really working hard at it or doing it the right way so that was definitely what inspired me to get into it just people appreciating my work right off the bat.

SBC - What are your goals for 2015?


ZB- My goals for 2015 are to keep improving on what style best sparks my interest, and to keep connecting with people and to hopefully move on to bigger and better things with doing that.

SBC - If you could land one gig, what would it be and why?
 

ZB - One gig I definitely want to land is to just have the experience of being in a media pit at a concert, or something entirely different like shooting a freelance project for a wildlife magazine would be pretty sweet as well.EndFragment    

Zach recently launched his website, make sure to check it out! Click here

Stay tuned for more!

 

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!




Collabo : SBC x 6ixside

After recently doing a collaboration with 6ixside Clothing, I wanted peeps to know about where it started. I decided to chat with the founder of 6ixside, Richard R. It went a little something like this..

Photo by Zach Bird


Cam : Introduce yourself!

Richard : My name is Richard, 26 year old entrepreneur from Toronto, Canada. Born and raised in the city, lived in the westend most of my life, love the culture and the diversity this city has to offer.


Cam : How did 6ixside come together?

Richard : The term was coined by Drake and Jimmyfromthe6 last summer, referring to Toronto/416 as "the 6". I knew the city would love that reference just as how Tdot caught on. I liked the idea and saw a opportunity to create a brand, a love for the shared through a new meaning and reference. I created the logo actually weeks before Drake dropped his ovo line, but did some final tweeks and a sample shirt made. Started to share it through instagram and see the response, then created more shirts and the story unfolds. 


Cam : Are you surprised with the rapid success?

Richard : The rapid growth and following surprises me, but at the same time people from Toronto love to represent our city. If this new wave of "the 6" is here, you can assure the people of Toronto will let the world know who we are.


Cam : Do you have any further plans for different gear?

Richard : Yes. We have a few different designs coming up and some new items for spring 2015. With the addition of snapbacks, tank tops, sweatpants and shorts and much more.


Cam : Where do you see 6ixside in the near future?

Richard : 6ixside Clothing will be hosting a few pop up shops in the city through 2015. First one will be at Ryerson University on March 18th. Some other festivals throughout the summer and a exclusive one weekend pop up shop in the hear of the city.

If you're looking to rep the 6! Grab your gear here!

Photos @snappedbycam