Toronto – Stuck in Customs

Great Alan Watts Video

I’ve seen this illustrator make a few videos like this… It’s very well done!

Best of: Toronoto

Continuing with the trend… here’s the Best of Toronto!

A Castle in Toronto! Casa Loma

Chair Hopping in Toronto

Sunset in Toronto

While walking around the top of the tower, I was taking photos with both cameras – the Sony NEX-7 and the Google Glass. Of course, I ended up getting better photos with the Sony, and here is one of them below.- Trey RatcliffClick here to read the rest of this post at the Stuck in Customs blog.

Great Night in Toronto After a super-long day, I decided to make it super-longer by joining all the TBEX crew over at a party on Centre Island. I’m not a total expert of the-best-places-to-shoot-Toronto, but this area seems good enough!This was a three-photo HDR taken with the Sony NEX-7. I’m still working on that larger story where I compare the NEX-7 to the Nikon D800… that is coming soon…It was quite a rainy night, so between squalls I ran out there to take a bunch of photos. Since my tripod was lost, I had to borrow a tripod from good man Edgar Van Der Meer. Thanks again Edgar! - Trey RatcliffClick here to read the rest of this post at the Stuck in Customs blog.

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Pink Toronto

Daily Photo – Pink Toronto

Here’s another one of the thousands of photos I got in Toronto. It’s such a cool skyline and pretty much every sunset was epic. See that sky tower thing? I forgot what it was called. Maybe Sky Tower. Anyway, my first time here I did a walk around the outside… that was pretty trippy but totally fun!

Pink Toronto

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  • Date Taken2019-08-02 11:01:08
  • CameraILCE-7RM3
  • Camera MakeSony
  • Exposure Time1/80
  • Aperture6.3
  • ISO200
  • Focal Length175.0 mm
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Beautiful Toronto at Night

Daily Photo – Beautiful Toronto at Night

One of the best views of Toronto is from a place called Central Island where you can grab a little ferry for cheap. This particular day was actually pretty rough because most of the island was flooded, meaning we spent most of the shoot ankle deep in water and mud.

Beautiful Toronto at Night

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  • Date Taken2020-07-08 14:16:08
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Chair Hopping in Toronto

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Daily Photo – Chair Hopping in Toronto

We took a boat over to Center Island (not the best name, Toronto) to get a view of the city at sunset. The island has had a lot of flooding lately, and getting over to the prime photo spots required getting ankle-deep in mud and muck. Toronto has the Adirondack chairs all over the place. I guess it’s one of the “things” about that city. Anyway, a lot of them were stuck out in the flooding zone. This island is also popular for Asian wedding photos (we saw about a dozen couples out there). This groom-to-be was getting in position for one of their photos…

Chair Hopping in Toronto

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  • Date Taken2019-08-01 01:53:27
  • CameraILCE-7RM3
  • Camera MakeSony
  • Exposure Time1/30
  • Aperture4
  • ISO1600
  • Focal Length24.0 mm
  • FlashOff, Did not fire
  • Exposure ProgramManual
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Toronto from the Railways

Daily Photo – Toronto from the Railways

When photographing new cities, I often randomly walk from bridge to bridge to see what I can find in terms of new perspectives. Most of the time, it’s a total bummer. But when you jump on Google Maps, you can often find bridges that go over railways. That’s usually a guaranteed winner situation because it makes for amazing leading lines the head towards an epic skyline… and it’s hard to do better than the skyline of Toronto.

Toronto from the Railways

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  • Date Taken2019-08-02 02:33:39
  • CameraILCE-7RM3
  • Camera MakeSony
  • Exposure Time2
  • Aperture5
  • ISO400
  • Focal Length41.0 mm
  • FlashOff, Did not fire
  • Exposure ProgramManual
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Sunset in Toronto

Abandoned City in Iran

I saw this article on Reddit about an abandoned city in Iran and thought it was super interesting. I’ve seen a few of these around the world… it’s usually the fault of government corruption.

Daily Photo – Sunset in Toronto

We ended up in a fairly funny situation in Toronto. I had marked a spot on the map where I wanted to go take sunset photos in at the end of the dock. Curtis and I went there on our final night to get shots, but we did not realize that Caribana Toronto was going on. This is basically a huge street party for people in Toronto of the Caribbean descent. Man, it was wild. I can promise you we were the only two whities for miles… I looked so nerdy and white walking around with my camera. They were trying to figure out what the heck I was doing there! But, most of them were super drunk or high so they were super happy and nice… I was quite welcomed by the Carribean community in Toronto, so thanks everyone! 🙂

Sunset in Toronto

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  • Date Taken2019-08-03 01:45:18
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  • Exposure Time1/320
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  • ISO640
  • Focal Length26.0 mm
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A Castle in Toronto! Casa Loma

Daily Photo – A Castle in Toronto! Casa Loma

Who knew there was such a cool castle in Toronto? Certainly not me! But, in our research, we found this place called Casa Loma. You may remember it as the castle Patrick Stewart lived inside in the X-Men movies. It’s pretty during the day, but I decided to go at night because of all the crazy lighting. Besides, castles are always a bit more romantic to me in the night.

A Castle in Toronto! Casa Loma

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  • Date Taken2019-08-02 20:06:37
  • CameraILCE-7RM3
  • Camera MakeSony
  • Exposure Time2.5
  • Aperture4
  • ISO100
  • Focal Length24.0 mm
  • FlashOff, Did not fire
  • Exposure ProgramManual
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Toronto in the morning from Humber Bay Park

Daily Photo – Toronto in the morning from Humber Bay Park

Early one morning, I had a new friend take us over to Humber Bay Park East to get a view of the sunrise. There is a lovely little walk there along the lakefront. We got up at about 4:30 AM and headed out there… I didn’t expect to see many other people, but we saw about a dozen or so around the track. It’s also cool that this place, as remote as it is, is actually connected to the main city of Toronto through a running and biking track.

Toronto in the morning from Humber Bay Park

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  • Date Taken2019-08-02 18:58:27
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  • Exposure Time1/50
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Wild Night in Toronto at Caribana

Photos from Caribana

Here are a few photos from Caribana so you can see what it’s like! What a wild party… I want to go back! 🙂

Daily Photo – Wild Night in Toronto at Caribana

I didn’t know what I was getting us into when I recommended we head down to this pier in Toronto to take sunset photos. It turns out there was a MASSIVE party going on called Caribana. We were arriving just as the party was ending… and, let me tell you, we were absolutely the only white people there. But that’s totally cool. They seemed to really accept me into their community. Probably because they were all drunk and high. But hey, I’ll take it. I talked my way into the pool area after everyone had left to get this photo.

Wild Night in Toronto at Caribana

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  • Date Taken2019-08-02 19:02:57
  • CameraILCE-7RM3
  • Camera MakeSony
  • Exposure Time1/13
  • Aperture4
  • ISO200
  • Focal Length37.0 mm
  • FlashOff, Did not fire
  • Exposure ProgramManual
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My Workflow in Toronto!

Speaking of Canada…

I thought I would share three fun photos from Canada. They’re all quite different, but I hope you enjoy!

I looked through the looking glass

And now on with the show…

My Workflow in Toronto!

At a recent art talk, I got many questions about my workflow. This is a fairly “boring” but important thing, so I decided to make a video for you that shows how I do this! Hopefully I keep it upbeat enough so that it is not too boring!

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