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On Saturday, May 3rd and Sunday, May 4th, I grabbed my camera and decided to learn how to do time lapse. Initially, I took a cable release and stood there as the sun started to set. I set my Nikon D7000 on timer with 9 photos per click and 3 second delay between photos. I ended up spending almost 50 minutes. While the sunset was beautiful, I’m sure there was a more efficient way to do time lapse as I’ve seen several examples of night photography with star trails. There are cable releases specifically made to have a timer on them. My camera can also do intervals. You can set how long you want it to run with x number of photos to be taken and how many seconds or minutes you want it to wait between each shot. This is far more effective as I went online to do more research. I was limited to the number of shots I can take since I only had a 16gb SD card and I shot in both RAW and Fine jpeg formats.

Uploading and doing minor edits took a long time but in the end I was happy with what I got. On the fourth try, I took a little more time in ensuring the camera was set perfectly, i.e. focus. It was an oversight. I focused on the subject and switched the lens to manual mode thinking it would help time lapse run smoother. I did learn how to do animated gifs over a year ago and tried to apply the same principles on Photoshop to create a time lapse. I also wanted to compare how much better, or easier it would be to create a time lapse on Lightroom. I found that it was a lot of work to manage all the layers on timeline in Photoshop. At the most for one time lapse, I had about 500 photos and at the very least, I had about 150. On the other hand, Photoshop has a lot of good editing features as well as having a lot of options when converting to a video for rendering. With Lightroom, there is a plugin to create a video. I did see online that there are some extra features if you have it. In this case, I did not. After completing my edits, I went to Slideshow, converted the photos to create a slideshow and exported it as a video. Here are the results:

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A Sunday in Mississauga

Mississauga After Dark

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Top Photos From My Flickr Photostream

Since reactivating my Flickr account after a four year absence, I’ve uploaded more photos and renamed my account. Here are the top photos from the last three months:

FIRST

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SECOND
Tied

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Bon Echo Provincial Park – taken from a kayak

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Puerto Montt, Chile – Puerto Varas to Frutillar tour

THIRD

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Pinnacle Grill hamburger, MS Veendam cruise

I am happy to report that I have been accepted to the PMP internship program at a major telecommunications company as photographer. I have a lot to learn and a lot to prove, but I am glad to even be accepted where there is only a 3% hiring rate for this program. I will be uploading more photos as soon as they’re ready.

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Fall in Ontario

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For the past month, I’ve been busy photographing and editing. This year has brought on milder weather in the fall and has allowed many Ontarians to go out and enjoy the changing of colours. The weather has now only come down to its normal range of 6°c – 9°C. Rattlesnake Point in Milton connects to the Bruce trail. It is part of the Niagara escarpment that runs 885km from the Niagara region to Tobermory in Northern Ontario. It links many parks and has some campgrounds along the way. They also host many events for families, even in winter. During a very warm Canadian Thanksgiving weekend, thousands of people came to at least a portion of the trails according to an employee. For those who wish to walk part or the whole trail can do so with provided trail maps. The length of time it takes to complete it is up to you with a minimum completion time of 30 days. There are also some opportunities to rock climb. There are hooks for harnesses to latch onto. Here are some of what I captured.

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Although Chudleigh’s Farm is one of the most famous apple farms started by a prominent family, there are other farms around Milton. These photos are taken at Springridge Farm.

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Nikon D7000 allows photographs to be turned into sketches using the editing tool right in the camera. This photograph is the same apple photo from above turned into a sketch. Below the apple photo is a display of gourds photographed and turned into a sketch.

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Daisies still in bloom today in my garden, but you can see it’s starting to wilt. Today’s temperature: 9°C.

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People Watching

Taking photography at Ryerson University, my final project is based on how comfortable I am taking photographs in public and of people. Most of the photographs posted here are from festivals. How comfortable am I in taking pictures of others? It depends. In a festival situation, there are so many other photographers. It’s easy when so many others are doing the same thing. On two occasions, I’m mistaken for a journalist or media person. I blended in well and got many great photographs. Some of the challenges I faced are massive crowds and accessibility to some of the acts. If I felt uncomfortable, I usually take a picture when a person least expects it. For the most part, if I asked, people said yes. The best part about this project is capturing the excitement and expression of what summer should be.

MMVA – June 19, 2011

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So I didn’t catch many of the superstars that walked the red carpet. I realized that if I were to do this event again, plan ahead and get a wrist band or media pass. (BTW, I found out to get a media pass for TIFF – Toronto International Film Festival – it starts at $350 for some access to $850 for private screenings, exclusive parties and other events. Next year, I say, when I have the money.) The best part about scoping the scene is finding the best spot to catch the stars aside from the red carpet.

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I finally found the sweet spot around the corner where the limos pulled up prior to the red carpet and all the young, screaming fans yelling at the stars to roll down their windows. Bruno Mars did. Disappointed that I came a little too late to this section. I did manage to get a photo of Colin Ferrell.

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As I observed later on the difference between media with a pass and paparazzi – media has a special section; paparazzi are outside that. They’re all screaming at the stars to turn around so they can get a good shot. I suppose if I intend on becoming a blog photojournalist – whether through the right channels or as a paparazzi – I should learn to yell and know the names of famous people.

Aboriginal Day and Summer Solstice – June 21, 2011

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Early morning at Yonge and Dundas Square, Natives begin the festival with a prayer of thanks by an elder. Then, the audience is introduced to traditional music and dance and a Ragalia of costumes as natives of different tribes parade across the stage. This was very captivating and everyone is intrigued. We all can’t take our eyes off. We are even asked to come closer to the stage to get a better look. Some of the highlights is colourfulness of the costumes and the energy of the dances. Young and old participate in this ceremony.

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Scotiabank Caribbean Parade – July 31, 2011

This festival celebrates Caribbean culture and features Island music (Calypso, Soca, Reggae, Hip Hop, Chutney, Steel Pan and Brass Bands), food and many women clad in nothing more than feathers, bikinis and plenty of glitter. There are men, of course, but they’re a little more dressed up (thankfully!) This event attracts millions of people every year to watch and take photos of the revelry. This is my second time watching the parade. I decided that I wasn’t going to get second best photos and went right into the parade route instead of being a bystander on the side. This event will be forever referred to as Caribana.

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NXNE (North By Northeast) – June 11 to 17, 2011

This event celebrates music and features old and new acts. The night I attended, I have no idea who was playing on the Friday evening but they were phenomenal. I’m not really into punk rock but I can appreciate live music. My challenge – accessibility to stage and dealing with large crowds. I later saw many people leave a secured area in front of the stage with their cameras. How did they get access? It’s also my first time witnessing body surfing. (I don’t get out much and it’s not normally my scene.) At first, I had no idea what security were doing. Then I realized they’re catching and pulling people out of the crowds.

Mississauga Waterfront Festival – June 17 to 19, 2011

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Mississauga’s Waterfront Festival celebrates summer with music, rides, games and entertainment. It is held in the beautiful Port Credit area. Mostly catering to families with small children, I have honestly never attended this festival. To be fair, I haven’t attended many events like NXNE either prior to this assignment. This said, it has opened my eyes to what could be out there. I didn’t stay long at the waterfront festival. I was about ready to leave when I saw the most exciting thing for children (and adults who wanted to jump in given the opportunity.)

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And Finally….a scene on what nightlife is like in Toronto. This photo was taken at the corner of Yonge and Dundas with my camera on a tripod and a long exposure.

Someone said, “My friends are special. I’m so normal.”

Have you ever felt out of place because your friends have special talents or are super geniuses? Who cares? Let it go and have fun. Having a negative self image just takes away from what you could be doing. Besides, they’re probably secretly thinking you’re the special one!

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I enjoyed my time with friends at The Ex and Harbourfront.

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Bon Echo Provincial Park


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I set out to go camping at Bon Echo this year just so I can take these scenic shots. Going with a group of people made it much more fun.

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Summer on the Humber River

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Kayaking and canoeing on the Humber River for the first time was a lot of fun. I made three trips. Toronto Adventures provided a guided tour around and we saw wildlife along the way. Among them were deer, cormorants, and egrets. There was even a sanctuary we got to visit the first time I went (ten or less people allowed.) Kayaking skills came in handy later on at a camping trip which allowed me to take pictures of the Bon Echo cliffs and went on a nature hike to one of the islands.

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