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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Balloon Girl (The Buskers are Coming)

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Full scale view of what balloon girl’s dress looks like.

Evening on the Danforth

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Well, Eliot, do I have to say it? You’re good looking and people like eye candy.

People Watching

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I guess I’m not the only one who likes to people watch. This photo is of a man capitalizing on the MMVA event by selling posters of famous people.

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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Evening on the Danforth

Low Key Portraits
While learning how to do lighting techniques with Toronto Photographic, I got a sense of how a photography studio works. As a beginner, I sometimes forget to research in advance on how to direct a model. Certainly a Freeman’s magazine for tuxedos or GQ would have helped here. Eliot was great to work with and came up with ideas of his own.

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*Accidental photo

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During the photoshoot, water started dripping from the balcony above. A sense of play kicked in as Eliot pretends to be drinking the water. Thankfully, the remote on my camera allowed me to capture this moment. Also, I accidentally triggered a shot in one of the balcony scenes as I was trying to focus my camera. You will notice Eliot’s front side highlighted because the flash was not positioned in the right spot. Even accidents can be a good thing. I like that photo because Eliot looks so natural as the city behind him is lit up.

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