A Glowing Effect

I recently visited Ripley’s Aquarium in Toronto and it was an awesome experience. I chose a non-holiday weekday to be sure I didn’t have to deal with a large crowd. If I wasn’t so tired, I probably would have taken more time to photograph and see every corner of the place. I’m sure I missed a few spots.

As a photographer, there were a lot of challenges, mainly the various lighting conditions for each aquarium. My Nikon D7000 goes up to ISO 6400, then H.03, H.07, H.1.0 and H2.0. Working at the lowest possible ISO is always best but you have to look at the situation and make adjustments. Indoors are often darker and you also have to see if the subject can sit still or not. The shutter speed has to be fast enough so the fishes won’t get blurred as it passes by. A minimum of 1/125 is good. I pushed my ISO to 6400 which is the max I’m willing to work with. It is grainy at this point but if I had gone higher, the quality would be far worse. In some situations, photos were darker but manageable in post editing.

I read on some tips and tricks on how to photograph at a public aquarium. Some suggest that you have to keep your camera flat up against the glass to reduce glare and reflections. Or block out as much light as possible. I’m sure all these are plausible…. if I can just make a request to management to shut off the lights outside of the aquarium to create a studio experience. Holding the camera right up to the glass was hard with the fishes swimming right up to it.

Another difficulty I had was photographing the jellyfish. Their edges were less defined. I did get some good photographs. While processing the images, I checked some examples of jellyfish photos. Many of them were glowing and I wanted to achieve that same effect. Here is how I did it:

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Dark Version and Light Version

In Lightroom, I created two virtual copies of the same photo and changed the settings to create a light and dark version.

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Final Photograph

In the menu bar of Lightroom, I went to Photo – Edit In and chose Photoshop. I used Photoshope CS6. I opened both the light and dark versions. I selected the dark version and copied and pasted it onto the light version. There are now two layers, the lighter one being on the bottom in the layers panel. I closed the dark version without saving. I like to Layer from Background and name it Original. Then duplicate that and call it Edited. Then I lock the Original layer. I turned off the dark layer for now by clicking on the eye. I created a selection around the jellyfish and saved the selection. With this selection saved, I can also target the same area for other adjustments. I chose Refine Edge and adjusted the Smooth and Feather section. With the dark layer reactivated, I used the eraser tool and reduced the opacity to less than 50%. With the selection on, I erased the image to reveal the lighter jellyfish below. The image within the selection was only erased. With the selection still activated, I went to the Adjustment section and chose Brightness/Contrast. A mask was created. I kept adjusting until it gave the glow I wanted. Contrast helped the image to stand out more. To make the background darker, I chose the same selection and inversed it. I created a mask by going to the adjustment layer again for Brightness/Contrast and punched in a negative number. I’ve also used Vibrance on some of my images.

Here is the final image:

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This is one way of making something glow. If you Google how to make something glow in Photoshop, there will be all kinds of samples such as creating a soft glow effect of a scenery to making text glow.

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Excite My Senses – Or At Least My Creativity

This past weekend, I had the opportunity to attend Fan Expo. It is the first time for me, even though I’ve been told to check it out before. I, in fact, was sent on a mission by my cousin in Florida to get some autographs and photos for him. He is a Walking Dead fan. From watching the news in the past, I half know what to expect – cosplayers, Storm Troopers and lineups. This event along with Comic Con is very popular.

Lucky for me, I opted to go on a Friday with an advance ticket in hand. Though many people had taken the day off just like me, it’s not as crowded compared to the weekend. I get in with ease and start my mission to get what my cousin asked of me. I quickly find the autograph area and line up. It takes less than an hour to see Steven Yeun. He’s fairly nice and easy to talk to. For some of the other actors, lottery numbers are handed out and then signs are posted for when you can line up.

While waiting, it’s nice to hear stories and experiences from other people. I hear that Norman Reedus is super nice and likes to take time with each fan. He’ll talk with them and autograph more than one item for them as well as allow them to take photographs (if his handler would let him). I was not given the opportunity this time. He apparently also donates proceeds to charity.

I did manage to catch a glimpse of Hulk Hogan as he passed directly behind me for his autograph session as I was taking a peak at my camera. I was totally unprepared and by then when I wanted to photograph him, there was a crowd gathered around him and I had to line up for my next photo op.

Between the autograph sessions and Photo Ops, I manage to photograph some of the cosplayers.

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And of course, what would it be without my favourite – Star Wars!!! Yoda and space vehicles are made of Lego.

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And finally, treats that cater to the fan in all of us – Cakes Cove (http://www.cakescove.com). Treats in the shape of your favourite characters.

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While I did blog earlier about Celebrity Obsession (https://greceln.wordpress.com/2012/04/03/celebrity-obsessed/) and the cost of fame, I can’t help but think how fun it was to be at Fan Expo. The creativity and the effort put into the creation of these costumes worn by fans and their show of appreciation for those who bring too life all the characters they represent.

During the lineups for Photo Op sessions, celebrities such as Laurie Holden, Carrie Fisher, and Stan Lee got a rousing cheer from everyone when they passed by. Upon leaving, I felt a mix of titillation and numbness. While I feel people should focus on their own life and successes, numbers don’t lie and stats on my Flickr account are through the roof with the number of views in the thousands for this event alone. At the end of the day, I have to acknowledge that it was fun being there seeing all the famous people and cosplayers. Next time, I would like to catch some of my favourite Jays players. Paul Molitor and Tony Fernandez was at this year’s event. I hope Shawn Green can make it next time.

For more photos on this event, check out http://www.flickr.com/photos/greceln_ifoxygn/sets/72157635248729250/.

Celebrity Obsessed

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Reading today’s free newspaper, 24 hrs (Toronto), there is an article called What’s the Price of Fame? by Joanne Richard. It talks about how celebrity obsessed the world has become. Even in an economic downturn, sales of celebrity memorabilia is skyrocketing. Sales for West Coast Authentic in Kelowna, B.C. has increased 300% in the past decade and includes items such as sports memorabilia. Some of the more popular items would be autographed photographs and document but are not limited to just that. With the death of famous people like Michael Jackson, Whitney Houston and Elizabeth Taylor, items can include anything from jewelry, clothing and rare items such as a custom painted autographed guitar for Michael Jackson ($60,000, westcoastauthentic.com). Even more unusual items are not out of the question. John Lennon’s tooth last sold for £19,000 (approx. $31,000) in England on Nov. 2011 as reported by Rolling Sone. Though, in today’s article, it is quoted at $16,000.

I must admit that sometimes I get caught up in celebrity stardom. It was exciting to go out to the red carpets last year during TIFF. And given the opportunity, I may do it again this year. It was even nice to see Hugh Jackman in person during the Real Steel red carpet event. If someone gave me the opportunity to go to an exclusive party where celebrities would be present, would I say no to that? Certainly not. However, I am not crazy enough to buy such items at exuberant amounts of money. It won’t give me the same amount of high as going out and experiencing things that are fun.

I once got a pass to see Russell Peters at HMV in Mississauga. I live no more that 23 minutes (slow) walking distance from there. I couldn’t believe it. While Toronto is known to be the first choice for any celebrity event, I would have to travel by transit to get there and experience these events with a whole lot of other people. I live in the suburbs and having Russell Peters come out to my end of town is nice. Yes, he’s from Brampton and he openly admits to growing up there and seems to have an appreciation for where he comes from. On the day of the autograph signing, at least 200 people with this pass are already lined up by 5pm. I should have known better and gotten there earlier with a sandwich and drink. I was near the end of the line. Russell Peters shows up with his family. He’s there to promote his DVD Green Card. He patiently signs autographs for every one of his fans holding a pass. He made sure that everyone got an autograph and stays beyond the 2 hour contract that is required of him. The mall is now closed past 9pm, and I finally get my copy of Green Card signed. It was only a few minutes. I gave him a photo of himself from my graduation where he was the recipient of an honourary degree at Humber College just months earlier. He gave it to his mom who couldn’t help but smile over it. That was a kodak moment for me. However, after waiting in line for more than two hours, I have to re-think about the importance of celebrities and the importance of my life. Prior to this event, my cousin said he met Russell Peters prior to Russell becoming famous. According to my cousin, he’s just a regular dude. I really got that at the autograph signing. Not that it’s a bad thing. I actually like celebrities who appreciate their families and not forget where they come from. According to someone in line at this event, Russell Peters tries to spend as much time with his family when in Canada, even if it means taking them to these events. Back to me and what I can do for myself. Well…while Russell Peters was giving a speech at my graduation, he said to follow your passions and everything will fall into place. He may have it easier because he is famous. In this economic times, I have to think how I will implement my passions into making a living out of it. But it is true. I am currently exploring choices at an employment centre and the employment advisor sees me as someone that can go the creative route instead of a regular office job. I have finally come to the conclusion that it is better to dream and achieve my own success instead of fantasizing being close to an already successful famous person.

Every year in Toronto, there is an event called Open Door where certain places open their doors to give tours to the public for free. I went and actually enjoyed some of the venues. The Flat Iron building was somewhat of a bust. While the history itself was interesting, the tour wasn’t that great. Other places I visited was the St. James Cathedral and The Design Exchange. Here, fourteen of Princess Diana’s dresses were on display prior to an auction. The collection was owned by Maureen Rorech Dunkel and she hoped to sell the collection for upwards of $6 million. The auction was held at Waddington’s June 23. Sadly, it is to help Dunkel pay off her debts. It was later reported in the Toronto Star that only four of the fourteen dresses sold. For more on this link to:

http://www.thestar.com/news/world/royalfamily/article/1052782–diana-s-dresses-didn-t-sell-after-all

While celebrities will continue to capture fans’ imaginations, this is one case where I feel like saying it was an epic fail for one person. Is collecting memorabilia worth the price?

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Fashion Cares

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Recently, I attended a fashion shoot to help build my photography portfolio. Toronto Photographic has held many workshops and events to help every day people build their work and encourage them to be creative. This event was hosted in conjunction with Creative Image Studios. Coming to this fashion shoot helps me to see how it’s really done – getting a location, finding models, having a collection from a designer, makeup, lighting and then getting creative with the photoshoot. Yes, it was fun, even if I couldn’t stay as long as I wished to. As expected, workshop #2 and #3 ran late. I had to leave for a charity event. I was shooting a fundraiser for the Richmond Hill Philharmonic Orchestra. That was a lot of fun and a success. Whether or not they like my photographs is another story. It was during this event I heard the classical song Peter and the Wolf by Sergei Prokofiev for the first time. It is a narration set to music. Beautiful is all I can explain it.

Back to the fashion shoot and Toronto Photographic. I learned about how to work with models. While some needed some direction, others worked well to show off the clothes they are wearing. I also enjoyed the company of people like Dario of Creative Image Studios and Stephen James of Toronto Photographic. I was allowed to take some photographs behind the scenes like the models in the make up room.

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BEHIND THE SCENES

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Testing the lighting system

When I got started with my Nikon D7000 camera last year, it was a learning curve. In the beginning, I took several photos of the same thing with different settings to see how it would look. I have gotten better, but I still have a lot to learn. Instead of hundreds of photos of the same image, it’s now thousands of photos of different things. What I know is learning to be quick and patient at the same time. Learning to be patient so that I can get an image in focus, but at the same time to be quick to capture the moment. At last year’s Digital Imaging Show in Mississauga’s International Centre, I captured an all grown up Miss Red Riding Hood. Hello, Red. How are you? This is where I saw a seminar about lighting and ended up buying a Manfrotto umbrella and stand set on sale. It’s the best thing I could do. With the help of my friend, Stephen, I learned how to use an external flash with the umbrella and create a studio for portraits.

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Toronto Photographic also hosts small workshops to learn the basics of Lightroom to help you edit your photographs. I have the pleasure of meeting Stephen James, one of the organizers of Toronto Photographic. We have become friends over the past year. Not only has he been a good teacher and mentor, he has encouraged me and helped me whenever he can. Most recently, I started using Flickr again to feature some of my photographs. I tried to keep the number of photographs under 200. Once you reach that number, you must upgrade to pro and pay. Well, considering my financial situation, I just can’t right now. So, to add some of my more current photos, I had to delete a few older (less popular) ones. I explained this to my friend, Stephen, who, by the next morning when I woke up, had paid for my upgrade so I can upload as many photographs as I want for at least a year. Thank you so much, Stephen. Not only are you a professional in your field, you are a good friend. I appreciate the encouragement and the help you have given me so far.

Please visit my Flickr account as well as my friend, Stephen’s:

Greceln (a.k.a. iFoxyGN)
Fashion shoot and people: http://www.flickr.com/photos/greceln_ifoxygn/sets/72157629718900211/
Photostream: http://www.flickr.com/photos/greceln_ifoxygn

Stephen James, digitalTouch Media
Photostream: http://www.flickr.com/photos/digitaltouch/
website: http://www.digitaltouch.ca/

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.




















A Tribute to Toronto’s Non Existent Winter

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This past winter has been extremely mild in Toronto. On a few occasions, as I recall, you would never have known it’s winter from lack of heavy coats and some possibly wearing shorts outdoors. The only way you could tell it’s winter is from all the Christmas decorations. There were only a few, if any, cold weather alerts or snow. I am not complaining. I like the mild weather. This said, judging from Facebook pictures, my snowboarding friends still manage to get in a trip or two to the ski lodge. Today…in March…and mother nature decides to have a mix of snow and sunshine.

My tribute to winter is the few photos I took along Yonge and Bloor Streets. (Also, it’s because I haven’t blogged for quite a long time. I am still in the midst of editing my vacation photos and fixing all corrupt photos that I must have in my collection. Seriously….how often do I get a chance to see a Southern Crested Caracara bird and take some photos of it. Once I get those photos fixed, I’ll be blogging.)

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My Chocolate Affair

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I know I have a sweet tooth. It’s my weakness. I am the kind of person that likes to work out at a gym or martial arts club and then feed myself sweets soon after. I have been laughed at for doing so. I sometimes have dessert first before a meal. Believe it or not, I exercise to keep my girlie shape more than anything. According to my dad, I apparently have the same mannerisms as my paternal grandmother who savours the taste while eating sweets.

Looking into weekend events in Toronto, there are quite a few things to do. I am unsure that my Aunt and two cousins are interested in partaking in Nuit Blanche or Cultural Day after seeing a choir perform.

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What I find out is The Luxury Chocolate Show is happening the next day, an event that I can do on my own and not spend more than a few hours of my time. Great way to spend a Sunday.

The Chocolate Show is part of the month long Chocolate Festival that runs from October 2 – 23.

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A few of the high-lighted events are The 6th Annual Chocolate Ball: Cocoa Carnival at Palais Royal Ballroom on October 21, Chocolate High Tea celebrated throughout the month at the King Edward Hotel and Old Mill Inn, and Chocolicious: tour de chocolate. Get a passport, download coupons when they become available and visit various locations.

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I often wonder why I didn’t take a chocolatier course at George Brown College. I did attend that college for something else. It’s definitely not too late. I looked up the program and there is a certificate program that I can take in the evening. Some of the creations at the show are amazing, like these shoes for example. I don’t know how it’s done but it’s probably sprayed with edible colouring.

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At the show, there is a chocolate spa lounge with free massage, manicure and chocolate butter hand massage. I even received a sample organic body lotion from One Spa Retreat and a $10 coupon from Spadirect.

With Halloween on the way, there are plenty of delectable sample treats handed out. Among the vendors are The Nutty Chocolatier, Purdy’s, Laura Slack Chocolate Artist and Waffle & Chocolate Inc.

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There are also Wine + Chocolate Tasting Experience packages, Chocolate Henna (by Fresh Inc. Mendhi) and Chocolate Chef Challenge. While Chef Michelle Martin of Auntee Donna’s Caterers couldn’t make it, Chef Wesley Boodhram of Alice Fazoolis Downtown and Chef Adriana Biondi of Vertigo Lounge use chocolate in their dishes to gain votes from the public to win the People’s Choice Award. I don’t know who won but here is a sample from Chef Wesley Boodhram:

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I don’t know this chef’s name but he’s creating something wonderful with chocolate. It amazes me what these people can do with chocolate. I’ve seen a few of those chocolate competitions on t.v. and it’s crazy mad with the things they come up with.

While I am envying his edible creation, I see a young girl with a Miss International Canada sash. At first. I think she is THE Miss Canada who was at the Miss Universe pageant recently. Upon

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further research, I think she’s Miss Teen Canada International Lauren Howe. (It’s hard to tell who’s representing us when Miss Canada isn’t televised. And yes, I do like these pageants because women can be smart and beautiful. Miss Canada did win the Miss Universe title in 2005. She went to school at Ryerson.) Lauren Howe does possess a youthfulness about her, enjoying the treats and even getting some photos taken

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with the chef. She seems very personable.

While there are chefs and chocolatiers demonstrating their skills and providing samples to chocolate lovers, the Royal Botanical Garden is in attendance also. They set up some plants and cocoa beans to demonstrate the relationship between plants and food. They are holding a Chocolate Exhibition From January 28 to April 15 2012.

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Distillery District, Toronto

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If you have never been to the Distillery District in Toronto, you should check it out. It has a vintage feel with the old brick buildings and brick roads. There are cafes, restaurants, galleries, studios, theatres, and shops. What makes it unique is the kinds of things you’ll find there that aren’t in the big box stores or malls. While I visit The Distillery District‘s website to look up the retail directory, it wouldn’t upload.

© Grecel Nepomuceno 2011Instead, I go to the Visit Us & Map page to find the locations of everything includ-ing the one fabulous store that I like called Bergo Designs. It’s everything you want for your home but can’t afford. There’s that one child’s chair that I want to buy for my one-year-old nephew because it’s looks so comfy but it’s $700. “Really?” you say with the word a little more drawn out. As a matter of fact, I would buy it if I’m rich. That chair is too cute.

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They also have those fantastic vases that look like art work. I happen to find a sample online (click here to view) but it doesn’t even compare to what you’ll see at the store. I couldn’t see it online, but there is a knife holder made of wood and is in the shape of a person. Put your knives through and the poor person looks like it’s being stabbed. Great for those who have been broken hearted or backstabbed before. You can use it to vent like you would with a voodoo doll. I love this store. Makes everyday things look better and it will definitely make your home delicious and inviting.

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Another great place to visit is Soma chocolate-maker. It’s a chocolate bar, factory, and boutique. You can see them make their chocolates truffles, Italian cookies and specialty drinks. I have never been to this store until my photography class make a trip to the Distillery District. The teacher insists on trying THE Mayan Spicy Hot Chocolate. Don’t be disappointed with it’s size. Yes, it’s small and a bit pricey. You must drink it slowly to fully appreciate the taste. I’m not one for spicy things, but I manage this one and like it.

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If you are an artist or just like visually appealing things, there are plenty of galleries to see. Art is even dis-played in various stores. You may not be interested in furniture, but these stores will also display works of art. Should you be an artist yourself, there are studios as well as Pikto if you want to make your own prints for photography. They even make photobooks. I have heard mixed reviews about the place. If you are patient and willing, then do it. Check out their samples first. In general, the books are decent, but I do not like the binding. I personally don’t like it because of the visible holes. It may seem they have used string to keep the pages together which is fine but open the book enough times and that is an opportunity to wear down the pages.

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The Mill Street Brew Pub is an interesting place. During my photography class’ excursion, we decide to eat here for lunch. Listed on the menu is a lobster grilled cheese. I like lobster. I like grilled cheese. Why not try this? It is definitely delicious and filling. I totally recommend it. The restaurant itself is open concept with skylights to allow natural light to come through. You will be able to see the kegs and machines that make the beer. They have won four gold awards in 2010 from Ontario Brewing Awards. There are currently twelve individually crafted beers, one of which is called Original Organic Lager – all ingredients are organic. You may ask for samplers and they’ll come out with five samples of your choice. It officially opened in December 2002.

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In 1831, James Worts emigrates to Canada from England and opens up a mill. A year later, his brother in law, William Gooderham, joins him as the main investor and form the Gooderham and Worts partnership. Between 1830’s to 1890’s, the business grew from a small windmill to the largest distillery “in the British Empire and, for a time, in the world……In 1987, Hiram Walker-Gooderham and Worts was acquired by Allied Vintners and three years later, on June 4, 1990, the last alcohol flowed from Gooderham and Worts. 158 years of industrial activity on the site was ended.” (www.distilleryheritage.com) In 2001, Cityscape Holdings Inc. purchase the Distillery and restore the place with Dundee Realty Corporation.

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While there you will see a few sculptures outside. Seen here is Michael Christian’s Koilos. As the Oakland artist describes it, “It’s practically a paradox. It wants to jump but also wants to relax at the same time. It wants to contem-plate, but also wants to play.” Christian also has another sculp-ture on site that you can’t miss. IT is an alien like structure with three legs and an eye. Very War of the Worlds like.

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Claude Millette’s Passerelle et Portance sculpture looks like two bridges. Born in 1957 in St. Hyacinth, he now lives in Saint-Bernard-de-Michaudville. Installed in 2006, my friends and I take advantage of the sculpture and pose while we ask a random guy to take our photo. Good job random guy. You followed my instructions.

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As my friends and I spend the day here, we notice plenty of weddings parties around us. There are at least four. The most interest-ing is this Indian wedding party where the colours are vibrant and the bride is beautiful. Like many public places, you would need a permit to do professional photography including wed-dings. You can book this venue for events also. I believe Fashion Cares was once held here back in 2007. It was not a success because stiletto heels did not agree with brick roads and the weather was not co-operating. I think that Kelly Rowland also performed at the same event. The tickets alone were $1000 each and many people left early. I found out recently after the premier of Real Steel at the Scotiabank theatre, the cast celebrated at the Distillery District.

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Premier of Real Steel in Toronto

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At TIFF, Hugh Jackman did not show up for the movie, Butter. It left many fans disappointed. So when I hear that Hugh Jackman will be coming to town for the premier of Real Steel, I’m definitely in.

On the day of the premier, I’m not sure where the red carpet will be. Outside? I see that’s where the lineup is for ticket holders. I see some photographers but no red carpet. I hang out at Second Cup for half an hour and then decide to go back to the theatre. When I see a media person go inside with a ladder, I follow him up the escalator. There it is – the red carpet! I ask security if I can stay and he says it’s fine. There are already a few people, but no large crowd. They’re from Michigan and took time off after scouting for tickets online and scoring through an inside person for the premier. Fantastic, I think to myself. No large crowd yet and I have a front row view. That is until organizers cord off a section for the media and place markers for them. Great. I certainly cannot pass as a media person this time around because I did not contact them of my presence in advance. All I can do is smile to them and pretend I know what I’m doing with my super duper nice Nikon D7000. I do get a chance to meet Andria Case. If only I can trade places with her to do interviews.

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The first person down the red carpet is Kevin Durand. I’ve never heard of him but I’m sure I’ve seen him in other movies. I check on IMBd later and see that a.) he’s a Canadian and b.) he’s in the movies I Am Number Four, X-men: Wolverine and in T.V. show such as Lost and The Outer Limits. Looking at his career, I have to wonder about how old he is. What? We’re about the same age. He’s definitely tall and definitely handsome. His tallness helps since I have to take pictures over people’s heads.

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Next on the red carpet is George Chuvalo – another Canadian. He’s never been knocked down in 93 professional fights. He did fight Mohammed Ali twice and lost. However, Ali says this of Chuvalo, “He’s the toughest guy I ever fought.” (Wikipedia).

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This story is getting better as I do more research on the actors in the movie. Dakota Goyo is another Canadian who plays Max in the movie. He started his acting career at the age of five. He plays young Thor in the movie Thor as well as being on television for such shows as Murdoch Mysteries and The Listener. While being interviewed, I get this one shot of him between the elbows of people.

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Director Shawn Levy – you’re the best. Thanks for noticing my frustrations as I try to photograph you! (Note to self – do not use flash if I’m that close to people. It makes the photos look washed out and famous people probably don’t appreciate it.) You were in 21 Jump Street? Holy cow! I used to watch that show. (Okay, I’m showing my age. Johnny Depp was in that show also). Shawn Levy has also directed movies such as the Pink Panther and Cheaper by the Dozen.

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Finally, Hugh Jackman makes his way and there is a fuss all around us. He is definitely better looking in real life. By now, I’m being crushed by some inconsiderate people who want his attention. Later when the promotors announce the next person on the red carpet, I see Mark Bocek’s name. Could it be? Someone in the media asks who he is and I say martial artist. He automati-cally says MMA fighter. Well okay, the reason I know Mark Bocek is because we both used to train at Kombat Arts Training Academy. I’m not currently training there at this time and neither is Mark Bocek. It’s great to see him though. Sorry for the last picture not being clear. It’s very difficult when everyone is rushing to get a photo of Hugh Jackman. This photo below was taken underneath someone’s elbow.

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And finally, if I ever get a chance to see Hugh Jackman again, I would like my Wolverine snowboard to be signed.

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Gloaming

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“The light gradually forsook the deep water, as well as the deeper air, and the gloaming came to the fishes as well as to us, and more dim and gloomy to them, whose day is a perpetual twilight, though sufficiently bright for their weak and watery eyes. Vespers had already rung in many a dim and watery chapel down below, where the shadows of the weeds were extended in length over the sandy floor…. Meanwhile, like a dark evening cloud, we were wafted over the cope of their sky, deepening the shadows on their deluged fields.” ~ Henry David Thoreau

Originally derived from the Old English word glum, it refers to twilight. It is related to the word glowun which means to glow, hence “glow of sunrise or sunset.” Dictionary.com I have never heard of gloaming until I attended photography class at Ryerson. It is the moment before it becomes dark and gives a glow to an atmosphere that can be flattering, but at the same time gives off a creepiness.

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Being a romantic, I’ve always loved sunsets. I didn’t know how to take pictures of them and once tried using the sunset preset on a camera. The settings are not right and my photos look over exposed. The deep reds look washed out. I finally come across Toronto Photographic through meetup. Stephen, the teacher, hosts a sunset series and I sign up. He gives useful tips and even suggests to wait a little past sundown to take pictures. Not quite perfect on the first try but now I know how to take photos of sunsets. Yay, Toronto Photographic!

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I head out camping to Bon Echo Provincial Park a week later and captured this photo just below the campsite. I set my camera on a tripod and gave it a long exposure. The moon has a starburst effect because of this and you can see some stars that look like dirt on the photo.

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These photos are taken from an apartment near Sherbourne and Wellesley with a shorter exposure time.

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And finally, I capture a few more scenes from Stephen’s studio when I return for another workshop.