Back on Aug 4th, 2010 I (along with the cast from Full Frame, the Social Photography Podcast), arranged for a small photowalk in the downtown core along Queen St. West.
Slated to meet at the Duke of Richmond (20 queen St. West) for 6pm, we all arrived relatively on time. An amazing group of people, we had what some would call…“the best photowalk EVER!”
There were a few issues that I learned, this being the first time I’ve ever attempted something like this. The first was to give more time than a month to spread the word about the photowalk. Next was the time factor. Starting a photowalk @6pm, you probably shouldn’t start at the pub LOL. And if you are going to start with meeting at the pub….DON’T GET COMFORTABLE!
That being said it was an awesome time! It turned into more of meet n greet than a photowalk, and everyone was okay with that. We spend several hours just yapping about photography, getting to know each other. It was good times!
Another tough challenge with photographing a birthday party in a very dim set-up 😛 My SB-900 stayed on all the time and I used 3 different lenses to capture different moments; 50mm 1.8, 24-120 3.5-5.6 and my 70-300mm 4-5.6. I ended up with some half decent shots not really knowing what to expect.
And this last photo is a selective colour shot which is something that I love creating. What’s different though is I’ve added a boarder to it. Thanks to @martinbailey for sharing this wonderful LR2 plugin. There will be some fine tuning with it, I’m hoping to get some opinions on whether people like the framing or not. 🙂
Saturday February 21st, some ol’ school friends (literally) took advantage of my offer to have some photo’s taken of their family. The Kelly’s suggested that we meet at the Toronto Zoo and see if we can’t come up with a couple of nice portraits of their daughter, Elizabeth.
It was a perfect day, sunny but very brisk. The major challenge for me was capturing moments in the midday sun without over exposing and blowing out highlights.
We stopped by the Tundra Trek first and visited the Polar Bears.
After the Tundra Trek, we decided to head inside to a pavilion where it was a little warmer…HUGE mistake a my part. I’ve heard it a million times on podcasts about transitioning from one extreme to another and what happens to your lenses, but do you think I listened? Noooooooooo 😛 My 24-120 was pretty much useless for the rest of the adventure…all fogged up : So I pulled out nifty fifty and my SB-900 for the indoor shots.
It was a great time, Elizabeth was a great sport and a cute subject!
Thanks to the Kelly Family for helping me out and I hope we can do it again some time. 🙂