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I Got Myself A Nikon D90

30 Dec

Sometimes circumstaces come about that cause things to happen that you could never have foreseen.  This was the case this Christmas.  Up until now I’ve had my eye on a Canon 50D but have also realized that it was going to be a while before I could go out to get one.  Enter Boxing Day at Henry’s, a great deal on a Nikon D90, a buyer for all of my existing Canon gear, a bit of spec comparison, a whole lot of usable ISO, throw in a 50m f1.4 and an 18-200mm f 3.5-6.3 and voila, I’m a Nikon user!

I went out and got it, charged that battery, called my buddy from Defining Design who shoots with his wife’s Nikon D300 and we hit the streets of Toronto:

I really can’t wait until I actually understand how to use it!

CN Tower Gangsta Pose

Snow On The Roof Of My Car

Mack Truck Lineup

Smoke On The Water

The Buttery Bokeh of 1.4

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Olympic Torch Relay In Toronto

17 Dec

How often does the Olympic torch come through town? Once in a lifetime, I’m told. It’s actually come through three times in my lifetime but only now have I been an the opportunity to capture the moment. Here are some pictures from the Olympic Torch Relay as it passed by Yonge and Sheppard.


John And Angie (and Presley of course)

27 Nov

John and Angie asked me to take some shots of their family so that they might use one for their family Christmas card. Not everything was Christmas themed as they wanted to simply have some family photography as well.

First time shooting pet photography, I think Toddlers may be easier!!
But Presley was adorable in her little dress and hat.

Light Painting and Long Exposures

22 Nov

Light painting is quite possibly one of the coolest fun things to do as a photographer. Wikipedia defines light painting as:
“Light painting, also known as light drawing or light graffiti is a photographic technique in which exposures are made usually at night or in a darkened room by moving a hand-held light source or by moving the camera. In many cases the light source itself does not have to appear in the image. The term light painting also encompasses images lit from outside the frame with hand-held light sources.”

a great tutorial can be found here on diyphotography.net

This first image was my first attempt at light painting which may be used for a project at Spring Garden Church and the second image I took when I noticed this funny looking character jump into my car while trying to capture long exposure shots above the highway.

These are a few of the shots I got overlooking the highway.

Visual Word Of The Day – Perseverate

18 Nov

Perseverate –\per-SEV-uh-reyt\ , intransitive verb;

1.
To involuntarily repeat a particular response, such as a word, phrase, or gesture, despite the absence or cessation of a stimulus, usually caused by brain injury or other organic disorder.

2.
To repeat something insistently or redundantly.

The revolving doors to the Eaton’s Centre provided me with a great Perseverative temptation!

Visual Word Of The Day – Stentorian

29 Oct

Stentorian – \sten-TOR-ee-uhn\ , adjective;

1.

Extremely loud.

This is actually a part of an amazing art exhibit located on Leona Dr. in North York. The exhibit is called the Leona Project and it is a part of Toronto International Art Fair. The exhibit is a Biography of the area that has been known as Willowdale, Lansing and Newtonbrook, located in North York. For more information on the Leona Project, please visit the site

I will also post some other pictures from the exhibit, but if you get a chance, you should really see it for yourself before it closes on Saturday. It’s quite the piece of work.

While the Car never really crashed into the window of a small bungalow on Leona Dr. had it, the whole thing would have been a stentorian experience.

Visual Word Of The Day – Fugacious

19 Oct

Fugacious – \fyoo-GAY-shuhs\ , adjective:

1.
Lasting but a short time; fleeting.

I believe this one is self explanatory

Visual Word Of The Day – Fetor

15 Oct

Fetor – \FEE-tuhr; FEE-tor\ , noun:

1.
A strong, offensive smell; stench.

Just as the McIntyres came to terms with their triskaidekaphobia, they were met with the fetor of it’s roots.

P.S. I really hope that, this is the last diaper picture, but the opportunity could not be passed up.

Visual Word Of The Day – Triskaidekaphobia

13 Oct

Triskadekaphobia – \tris-ky-dek-uh-FOH-bee-uh\ , noun:

1.
Fear or a phobia concerning the number 13.

Meeting the revolving diaper needs of a newborn has lead to a severe case of triskadekaphobia in the McIntyre household.

Visual Word Of The Day – Descry

11 Oct

Descry
\
dih-SKRY\ , transitive verb:

1.
To catch sight of, especially something distant or obscure; to discern.

2.
To discover by observation; to detect.

Only by great strain could I descry my wife as she sped away toward Turkey dinner. Who would get a ticket quicker? Her doing 130 or me taking a picture of it? Of course either would require being descried by the O.P.P.

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