Autumn

I love fall because of the moderate temperatures and the changing of colours. Here are some of what I captured – old and new. The first few locations are taken in Hamilton and it is known as the Waterfall Capital of the World. While I’ve only been to a handful, I hope to see more in the next few weeks while the weather is great. Many of these trails are located along the Bruce Trail which run about 900km from the Niagara Escarpment to Tobermory.

Tiffany Falls

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Devil’s Punch Bowl

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Albion Falls

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Rattlesnake Point (Milton)

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Springridge Farm (Milton)

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Chudleigh’s Farm (Milton)

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Riverwood Conservancy (Mississauga)

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Matsuri – Japanese Summer Festival 2016

During the summer when most people are not working during evenings and weekends, that’s when I start work. Whether freelance or for the company I work for, I work when people are available. So when I get a chance to catch a summer event or have time to hang out with friends, I appreciate the time off.

Here’s what I saw at Mississauga’s first Matsuri – Japanese Summer Festival:

Omikoshi
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Nagata Shachu Taiko Drumming
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Mayor Bonnie Crombie Addresses the crowd during 35th Sister City Anniversary Ceremony between Mississauga and Kariya
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Breaking the Mirror Ceremony
Sake Wine Cask Breaking Ceremony
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Shishimai – Traditional Japanese Lion Dance

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Fuu-Wa Japanese Group Singers
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J-pop: Niji no Conquistador
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Mississauga Kendo Club
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The Toronto Kimono Club
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STORYTiME Contemporary Street Dance Performers
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TBC Buyo Group
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Kimono Fun Club & Others
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A Beautiful Day

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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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Delicious Crepes

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It’s no secret I’m a foodie. My guilty pleasures are things like black forest cake and chocolate. Although I’ve been pretty good with keeping my weight down for most of 2011, I broke down when I went on a cruise at the end of the year and it went downhill from there. It’s hard to keep a gym membership without a permanent job and walking just doesn’t cut it.

People are surprised that I have been told by the doctor to improve my diet and lose ten pounds (probably slightly more now) given my size. You see…I’m 4’10”. Every pound counts and will likely show for someone of my height. I hide it well for those who know me. My high school phys ed teacher and nurse at my first job provided me info on the ideal weight for my height.

Today, I was supposed to see the doctor for an annual check up and blood test. I’m supposed to fast for at least 12 hours before the blood test. For some reason, that didn’t work out. I mixed up the appointment (although, I was pretty sure I wrote down the date ten minutes after the secretary called me a week earlier.) Even if weren’t for the mixed up dates, my health card expired. During this whole frustration of spending half a day trying to find a location to update my card, I stopped by Our Crepe.

What a great place. I ordered #53 on the menu – breakfast item that included two eggs, cheese, and ham – plus coffee. The staff is friendly. They informed me that there is free wifi access and delivered the food to my table. The food itself was nicely presented, and most importantly, it tasted great. It wasn’t too greasy, it came with cream cheese and small slices of fruit and the cheese made it all blend together great. I have an affinity for small things. The cream cheese in a bowl with the tiny spoon is awesome. Although a bit pricey, it is a good alternative to the Mcdonald’s nearby. Visit http://www.ourcrepe.ca.

With this post, I’ve also included some photos from New Year’s also. All photos were taken with my iPHone 4s. Although not new to the market, I just recently got it. It has its perks. It has its limitations. I’ll just say this, it got me to the place where I needed to update my health card but it took an hour to get the info and something about one of the apps that kept directing me to Go train services when I could use Mississauga transit. Some of the photos that I sent to one of my alternate emails also took quite a long time to arrive.

Our Crepe

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New Year’s Celebration with my best friend’s family

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Cherry Blossoms

It’s spring time again and cherry blossoms will soon be blooming. I saw a post on our local 24 hour news station that there will be a National Cherry Blossom Festival taking place this year in Washington D.C. from March 20 – April 27. Also known as sakura in Japan, it is the flower of many trees of the genus Prunus. Hanami is the practice of picnicking under a sakura tree. People eat and drink sake. I once had a friend (I actually have a few friends) who went to Japan to teach english. This one particular friend was known to write few and far in between, but when he did, they were like novels. He did experience this tradition with his Japanese friends and in so many words, enjoyed more so the art of picnicking where sake was involved. In the words of Wikipedia, “In Japan, cherry blossoms also symbolize clouds due to their nature of blooming en masse, besides being an enduring metaphor for the ephemeral nature of life…” You can read up on it yourselves by Googling it. For now, I want you to enjoy these photos I took from last year in High Park, Toronto. It was hard to predict when they would bloom, and when they did, the weather was warm and people came en masse. Unfortunately, there is only one cherry tree in Mississauga’s Kariya Park, named after our twin city in Japan.




















360° of Marilyn Munroe

I live in Mississauga and for the past few years at least, something special has been going on. A landmark building right in our city. It is called 360° Condo, dubbed the Marilyn Munroe Towers because of its curvaceous design.

In November 2006, the mayor of Mississauga, Hazel McCallion, announced a international competition for the fourth tower for Absolute World. There were over 600 registrants and 92 submissions from architects in seventy countries who took part in this competition.

These six finalists were announced on January 30, 2007:
• Nicholas Boyarsky, Boyarsky Murphy Architects, United Kingdom
• Michel Rojkind, rojkind arquitectos, Mexico
• Roland Rom Colthoff, Quadrangle Architects Limited, Canada
• Sebastian Messer, Studio MWM, United Kingdom
• Yansong Ma, MAD office, China
• Tarek El-Khatib, Zeidler Partnership Architects, Canada

And the winning design announced on March 28, 2007 went to Yansong Ma, founder of the MAD office, Beijing/China architectural design firm. Absolute World Condos and Townhome Condos are situated on the corner of Hurontario St. and Burhamthorpe Rd. I see it daily. Guests who come to visit from out of town are in awe of the design. Some of those who live here think it may collapse like a deck of cards because of its twisty design. I personally think it doesn’t look as nice as the art rendering they originally posted in front of the construction site. The two towers look a little anemic. With thirty something photos, I hope you enjoy the construction of these buildings.
















I did check out the sales office to see what kinds of layout and price for each unit were. The three regular towers were about $350,000+ CAD while those same units in the Marilyn Monroe towers were at least $100,000 more because of the prestigious award it received. I checked out the two-bedroom and three bedroom Townhome suites because of its accessibility to the garage, garden and street level entrance. Comfortable for someone single like me but there is no room for storage. Recently, as reported on December 27, 2011, a penthouse suite went up for sale at a cost of $3.2 million. Cost to build it: $40 million.

For more information on these buildings and amenities, please check out Absolute World at: http://www.mississauga4sale.com/Condos-GTA/90-Absolute-Avenue.htm.

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.

Serenity

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On an early misty morning in May 2011, I woke up early and walked over to Kariya Park to take a picture of this scene.

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Bed of Stones

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Learning photography is exciting and I get to finally pursue what I love. I first learned photography in high school and left it for a long time. I was a bit sceptical of digital cameras when they first came out. I found the quality of photographs not great. I noticed the difference and saw how pixelized they look. Now that digital cameras have improved, I bought myself a Nikon D7000. This photograph was taken on a cloudy day at Kariya Park. I kept having to run for cover when it rains. Alas, a photograph I’m proud of. Minimal editing was done in Lightroom.

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