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.

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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.

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.

The Buskers are Coming!

With many new and old acts returning to Buskerfest in Toronto, this year’s event proved to be a success. Many of them drew a large crowd. Me being vertically challenged, it resulted in fewer pictures. However, for the acts that I did see, they were wonderful. A three piece band called Cabario impressed me so much that I bought their CD after hearing their songs. Featured here is a photo diary of what I saw.

Balloon Girl – You can’t see it but her dress was made of small white balloons.

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Axe Capoeira – Ask me if this is hard and I’ll say yes. Capoeira was fun while I tried it and I’m happy they were a part of this event.

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Austrian Band Cabario – this three piece band is fantastic. I bought their CD just after hearing three songs.

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Beautiful girl enjoys the music of Cabario

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Scenes around the festival

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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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Harbourfront

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Scenes around Harbourfront on a summer day. Even in Toronto, a staycation isn’t half as bad if only you looked around.

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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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