Wednesday, February 28, 2018

Eaton Centre, way up

Patterned ceiling
Toronto, ON
February 2018
This photo originally shared on Instagram
Glass ceilings were meant to be shattered. Maybe not this particular one, though.

#Toronto #yyz #Eaton #centre #mall #yonge #street #walkabout #night #urban #street #public #photography #photo #walk #light #lighting #glass #engineering #geometry #canon #canonphotography #monochrome #retail #travel #ontario #canada

Tuesday, February 27, 2018

Please tread carefully

Concrete steps at night
Toronto, ON
February 2018
This photo originally shared on Instagram
I've always found it somewhat fascinating how a simple change in light - day to night, fully-lit, backlit or not lit at all, whatever - can completely change the tone and feel of a scene.

During the day, I probably wouldn't have given this flight of stairs at Ryerson University a second glance. But at night, the combination of light and the fact that there were enough lulls in traffic to shoot it in the first place made it a compelling subject.

Or maybe I'm just overthinking it.

#Toronto #yyz #Yonge #street #st #urban #street #night #photography #building #architecture #empty #steps #stairs #shadows #light #angles #Ryerson #university #student #campus #canon #canonphotography #travel #travelphotography #ontario #canada

Payphones still exist!

Living in stereo
Toronto, ON
February 2018
This photo originally shared on Instagram
The sight of a payphone always seems to stop me in my tracks. So imagine my reaction when I discovered two of them in the shadows of a busy Toronto hotel lobby.

Mind you, I haven't actually seen someone use a payphone in pretty much forever. There isn't enough Purel in the world to make me want to set up a shoot. Some things are best observed from afar.

#Toronto #yyz #Marriott #hotel #payphone #analog #old #tech #technology #two #twins #travel #work #business #canon #canonphotography #photography #ontario #canada

Monday, February 26, 2018

Empty branches. For now.

Twisting in the wind
London, ON
February 2018
This photo originally shared on Instagram
We often make cool discoveries as the snow recedes.

#ldnont #kipps #lane #stilllife #nature #walk #walkabout #texture #grey #branches #Nikon #nikonphotography #nikon_photography #photography #dslr #nofilter #nofilterneeded #photooftheday #instagood #winter #season #weather #wx #london #ontario #canada

Remember me

Someone was here. Many someones.
Duvernay, QC
August 2017
This photo originally shared on Instagram
When you visit a Jewish grave, it's customary to leave a stone on top of the headstone as a sign that you were there, that you honoured the memory of the departed. It's considered a good deed, a mitzvah, and I never enter a cemetery without first choosing a few proper stones and slipping them into my pocket.

My father and mother-in-law are buried here. The Duvernay Cemetery, as it's commonly known, is located in a largely rural, agricultural area in eastern Laval that still hasn't been touched by the relentless creep of urbanization. We visit this place every time we make the trek back to Montreal, and every time I bring a camera.

I shoot in cemeteries because in my world, photography has always been about preserving moments, about remembering. And if a graveyard is meant to stoke memory and reflection, then somehow it feels right to remember the moments here in pixels. I'm not entirely certain it's considered acceptable to pull out a DSLR amid a collection of graves, but I find a camera in my hand helps me make sense of a place that hasn't always made sense in the history of my family.

About eight years before I took this photo, just over a month before he died, I took my dad to a couple of cemeteries in midtown Montreal so he could show me where other members of our family were buried. I carefully recorded the day through my lens, even as the light drizzle intensified, even as he chit-chatted with the caretaker. Because he never missed an opportunity to connect with a stranger, even if it meant we got a little soaked in the process.

There was no rain the day I captured this scene. But as I composed the shot just a few metres from where he was buried, I couldn't help but think that he'd probably find my inveterate photography somewhat amusing. And he'd probably have hung around for the caretaker, too.

#laval #Duvernay #Quebec #qc #Canada #Jewish #Judaism #cemetery #family #monochrome #Nikon #nikonphotography #nikon_photography #photography #dslr

Saturday, February 24, 2018

Soft puppy, warm puppy

A rare moment of quiet
London, ON
February 2018
This photo originally shared on Instagram
Wavy puppy fur. It almost seems to change by the day.

#CalliTheSchnauzer #LittleMissCalli #ldnont #519ldn #puppy #pup #puppylove #puppiesofinstagram #instapuppy #dog #actofdog #dogsofinstagram #chocolateparti #miniatureschnauzer #schnauzer #schnauzerpuppy #schnauzersofinstagram #schnauzer_planet #schnauzerlove #followforfollow #pet #doglover #petstagram #instadog #ilovemydog #doglovegram #london #Ontario #canada

Destination unknown

Singular
London, ON
January 2018
This photo originally shared on Instagram
My semi-dangerous habit of shooting photos of strangers from afar continues. The world is a fascinating place, as are the people who inhabit it.

#ldnont #kipps #lane #walkabout #urban #street #photography #shooting #strangers #Nikon #nikonphotography #nikon_photography #photography #dslr #london #ontario #canada

Friday, February 23, 2018

Waiting for life to return

Life in all its forms
Elginfield, ON
February 2018
This photo originally shared on Instagram
A farmer's field just north of London lies quiet in winter. I could stand here all day.

#Elginfield #ldnont #Ontario #on #farm #farmer #weather #wx #wood #texture #almost #monochrome #tree #trees #horizon #perspective #Canada

Thursday, February 22, 2018

The road beckons

Fender, not the guitar
Delray Beach, FL
December 2017
This photo originally shared on Instagram
On a post beside the pathway that leads to the beach, a pile of routously-colored bikes lies haphazardly beneath the Florida sun.

The cyclist in me smiles at the scene. The photographer in me smiles even more widely. There's something special about collections of old bikes, each one with a story. Part of me wishes I could tag along for a bit.

#soclose #delray #beach #delraybeach #Atlantic #ocean #yellow #bike #bicycle #bikesofinstagram #cycle #cyclist #cycling #forever #florida #fl #Fla #vacation #travel #travelphotography #Nikon #nikonphotography #nikon_photography #photography #dslr #nofilter #nofilterneeded #photooftheday #instagood

Wednesday, February 21, 2018

Homeless on Yonge

Asleep in winter
Toronto, ON
February 2018
This photo originally shared on Instagram
Some scenes make my heart ache. This one more than others.

#Toronto #yyz #Yonge #street #st #urban #street #night #photography #strangers #zoom #building #architecture #hmv #store #retail #apocalypse #homeless #winter #canon #canonphotography #travel #travelphotography #ontario #canada

Date night

Pizza from afar
Toronto, ON
February 2018
This photo originally shared on Instagram
You can have a lot of fun with a long lens when you're street-shooting, picking off scenes without anyone ever knowing you were there.

Is it questionable? I don't think so: When you're in public, it's a reasonable assumption in 2018 that cameras will capture you in some form. We have no expectation of privacy from the moment we leave home, to the moment we return. Besides, the subjects of this photo are deliberately under-exposed, and as a result are completely unrecognizable.

Besides, I'd be tickled if I knew some other intrepid long-lensed photographer had stalked me in some way, and was having some artful fun with the result. I'm not committing murder or otherwise engaging in any activities that deserve to be hidden, so it's isn't as if I would care in the first place. We've become so fixated on the concept of privacy that we've allowed balanced understanding of same to be tossed out the window.

While the debate rages, I'll continue to seek out moments like this.

#Toronto #yyz #Yonge #street #st #urban #street #night #photography #strangers #zoom #building #architecture #pizza #restaurant #winter #canon #canonphotography #travel #travelphotography #ontario #canada

Tuesday, February 20, 2018

Tragedy comes to the parking lot

Someone's gonna be hungry
London, ON
February 2018
This photo originally shared on Instagram
Not all #Timbits lead a charmed life. I present Exhibit A.

#ldnont @timhortons #timhortons #rainy #office #parking #lot #no #recycling #here #stilllife #random #urban #street #photography #london #ontario #canada

Driving through the rain

Yes, kids, that's a vinyl roof
Somewhere on Highway 401
October 2009
This photo originally shared on Instagram
Apocalyptic rain outside our window calls for this soaking-wet throwback from the 401 eastbound. Call me weird, but I love the feel and tone of a rainy day. It's good for the soul.

#highway #road #trip #travel #rain #weather #wx #throwback #Chrysler #Ontario #canada

Monday, February 19, 2018

Let this sleeping dog lie

I know you're up there, Dad
London, ON
February 2018
This photo originally shared on Instagram
I don't have the heart to move her, so I won't.

#ldnont #calli #callitheschnauzer #mini #schnauzer #schnauzersofinstagram #instagramdogs #petstagram #dogs_of_instagram #dogoftheday #dogsofig #dog #actofdog #dogsofinstagram #instagramdogs #puppylove #let #sleeping #dogs #lie london #ontario #canada

No pizza for you

A forgotten slice of Yonge Street
Toronto, ON
February 2018
This photo originally shared on Instagram
In a city dominated by an increasingly dense forest of construction cranes, it's only a matter of time before neighborhood shops like this one get swallowed up by mega-developments. I think the one planned for this corner will be 50 storeys. Or maybe 70.

I don't even think the number matters much anymore. The only thing of relevance to me as I stand across the street and shoot this scene before my fingers freeze is what gets lost along the way.

#Toronto #yyz #Yonge #street #st #urban #street #night #photography #building #architecture #empty #canon #canonphotography #travel #travelphotography #ontario #canada

Sunday, February 18, 2018

A light snack before tipoff

The salt is kosher
London, ON
February 2018
This photo originally shared on Instagram
Can't watch the @LondonLightning play @budweisergardens without a pretzel. It's how I roll.

#ldnont #Get├čtruck #basketball #date #night #oops #afternoon #pretzel #food #foodporn #sports #impromptu #smartphone #photo #shoot #yes #they #stared #london #ontario #canada

Zed, to me

Backlit retail
Toronto, ON
February 2018
This photo originally shared on Instagram
Last in the alphabet. First in style.

#Toronto #yyz #Eaton #centre #mall #yonge #street #walkabout #night #urban #street #public #photography #photo #walk #light #lighting #sign #retail #zed #zee #travel #ontario #canada

Saturday, February 17, 2018

Filthy Henrietta

Scene from a driveway
London, ON
February 2018
This photo originally shared on Instagram
Conventional wisdom: Shoot when the car is clean.

But I'm not conventional.

#ldnont #driveway #photo #shoot #stilllife #everyday #photography #car #auto #automotive #red #black #texture #winter #weather #wx #takethetime #ontario #canada

Friday, February 16, 2018

Shades of Q*bert

Bygone
Toronto, ON
February 2018
This photo originally shared on Instagram
Brick-and-mortar retail may be losing ground to the e-commerce powerhouse I carry around in my pocket, but no app offers up the visual appeal of a well-detailed in-store display. Once upon a time, stores in Toronto's downtown employed specialist window dressers, and their sense of fashion and marketing set the tone for generations.

These days, not so much. But there are still flashes of inspired design lurking in the odd display. Whether this store is even here a year from now is irrelevant. On this cold night, it was enough for a quick picture before I headed back to my hotel.

#Toronto #yyz #Eaton #centre #mall #yonge #street #walkabout #night #monochrome #texture #geometry #perspective #angles #nofilter #nofilterneeded #photooftheday #instagood #travel #travelphotography #ontario #canada

Thursday, February 15, 2018

A kiss in the washroom

Singular sweetness
Toronto, ON
February 2018
This photo originally shared on Instagram
What happens when I'm alone in a hotel room far from home? Random still-life photography on a well-lit washroom vanity.

#Toronto #yyz #Hershey #kiss #chocolate #valentinesday #hallmark #invented #holiday #stilllife #photography #Marriott #hotel #hotels #travel #ontario #canada

Wednesday, February 14, 2018

Dropping my breakfast in the buffet line

Oops
Toronto, ON
February 2018
This photo originally shared on Instagram
This morning I was THAT guy. My colleagues may never let me live this down.

#gravity #challenged #breakfast #champions #not #so #much #hotel #staff #hate #me #Toronto #Marriott #Ontario #Canada

Frozen in traffic

Bright lights, big city
Toronto, ON
February 2018
This photo originally shared on Instagram
I may have pushed my luck a little in snagging this shot as I crossed the busy intersection of Yonge and College. I had the right-of-way, but it still freaked some folks out when I stopped in the middle of the road and quickly took this low-angled photo.

I know. My bad.

#yonge #college #Toronto #yyz #walkabout #urban #street #smartphone #photography #texture #nofilter #nofilterneeded #photooftheday #travel #travelphotography #Ontario #canada

Tuesday, February 13, 2018

Thirsty yet?

Pop goes the world
Toronto, ON
February 2018
This photo originally shared on Instagram
I shot this super quickly, as I waited in line for lunch at a conference with hundreds of my closest and dearest colleagues.

Got lots of stares, and started more than a few delightful conversations about the power of photography in the most unexpected places.

#pop #soft #drink #drinks #coke #monochrome #stilllife #pattern #patterns #guerrilla #smartphone #photography #Toronto #Ontario #Canada

Hotel washroom tap

Chromed
Toronto, ON
February 2018
This photo originally shared on Instagram
Design aesthetic in a hotel washroom. Thanks, @marriotthotels!

#Toronto #yyz #travel #chrome #water #reflective #design #stilllife #shoot #everyday #ontario #canada

Monday, February 12, 2018

Early-riser Tetetubby

Happy travel talisman
London, ON
February 2018
This photo originally shared on Instagram
Po's on the move again, as another early-morning trip to the big city begins.

Bring it, #Toronto.

#ldnont #via #viarail @viarailcanada #train #rail #railway #station #long #distance #commute #po #teletubby #road #warrior #london #yxu #yyz #Ontario #Canada

Sunday, February 11, 2018

Semen on the ice

Not everything translates perfectly
London, ON
February 2018
This photo originally shared on Instagram
I will never complain about my name again.

#olympics #olympics2018 #pyeongchang2018 #pyeongchang #winter #games #Russia #team #south #Korea

Saturday, February 10, 2018

Foggy traffic on Wonderland

Lights on for safety
London, ON
January 2018
This photo originally shared on Instagram
Whenever I wake up to fog outside the bedroom window, I grab my camera and head out. Because that perfect moment of visual peace won't last forever, if at all.

#ldnont #weather #wx #fog #foggy #foggymorning #carpediem #Canadian #winter #grey #light #Nikon #nikonphotography #nikon_photography #photography #dslr #nofilter #nofilterneeded #photooftheday #instagood #london #ontario #canada

Friday, February 09, 2018

Calli turns 9 (months)

Birthday girl
London, ON
January 2018
This photo originally shared on Instagram
She's nine months-old today. As she's a dog, I'm sure she has no clue why today is significant. But in the life of a puppy, every day matters, and every day is special.

Hmm, maybe this isn't limited to puppies.

#ldnont #freshly #groomed #calli #callitheschnauzer #littlemisscalli #mini #miniature #schnauzer #miniatureschnauzer #schnauzersofinstagram #dogsofinstagram #instagramdogs #petstagram #dogs_of_instagram #dogoftheday #dogsofig #actfdog #puppy #puppiesofinstagram #london #ontario #canada

Thursday, February 08, 2018

Fun with car logos

Not mine
Pompano Beach, FL
December 2017
This photo originally shared on Instagram
Behold: The Chevrolet El Toro!

#pompano #beach #florida #fl #Fla #vacation #travel #travelphotography #Chevrolet #Chev #Chevy #parking #lot #shoot #everyday #photography #canon #canonphotography #car #carporn #auto #automotive #peak #logo #bowtie #gm

Wednesday, February 07, 2018

Distant, lonely pelican

Floating in paradise
Jensen Beach, FL
December 2017
This photo originally shared on Instagram
I take pictures like this because later on, after we get home, I want to remember what it felt like to stand beside the water. I want to feel the wind in my face, the smell of salt in my nose, the sound of the waves in my ears.

And if a pelican photobombs me in the process, so much the better.

#jensen #beach #jensenbeach #florida #fl #Fla #Atlantic #ocean #sunset #water #waves #bird #pelican #fly #flight #blue #nikon #nikonphotography #nikon_photography #photography #dslr #nofilter #nofilterneeded #photooftheday #instagood #silhouette

Message in the ivy

Clinging to life - and love
London, ON
January 2018
This photo originally shared on Instagram
Love can appear in the most unusual places. Look closely and you might find it.

#ldnont #adelaide street #ivy #concrete #block #construction #architecture #stilllife #nature #walk #walkabout #texture #grey #white #color #london #ontario #canada

Tuesday, February 06, 2018

Watching Falcon Heavy...from the anchor desk

T+3, as Ron Burgundy might see it
London, ON
February 2018
Photo originally posted to Instagram
I lead a somewhat surreal life. Not predictable. Not conventional.Not remotely normal. But all that weirdness sometimes leads to cool moments. Like today's.

Most Tuesdays, I participate in a live segment called Tech With Todd on CTV News Channel. The anchor, Todd van der Heyden, hosts it from Toronto, and I join in from the CTV London studio. Erin Bury and I spend a few minutes touching on some of the more notable tech stories of the week, and it's always great fun.

The segment usually runs at 2:40 p.m. Eastern, but given the realities of live, news-driven TV, can sometimes get bumped into later slots if breaking news comes along. As you can imagine, delays happen fairly regularly, and represent another neat aspect of life in media. Stuff changes, so you roll with it. No biggie.

The Falcon Heavy rocket was originally supposed to launch at 1:30, well before our scheduled 2:40 airtime. Then two things happened: A press conference bumped us to 3:40, and unpredictable upper-level winds in Florida kept pushing back the launch time. Eventually, it became apparent that SpaceX's schedule was about to align perfectly with ours.

And sure enough, the rocket lifted off while we were on the air. So when the big moment came, we shifted gears from what we had planned to talk about, and simply talked about the vehicle's significance as it rose into the sky.

It seemed surreal: Sitting at the anchor desk on live TV, providing play-by-play of the biggest milestone in U.S. space history since the Columbia first lifted off. I was a kid on that day, and I watched that first space shuttle leave the planet on that day, too. Then, as now, it felt like something had changed, like we'd ended one chapter and started in on the next.

Some days you just get lucky, and this day was one of them.

Your turn: Did you see the launch? Starman? Is this as cool as I think it is?

Switched off

Old school electric
Deerfield Beach, FL
December 2017
Photo originally posted to Instagram
You don't see light switches like these much anymore - at least not in new-build homes. But my father-in-law's condo, like all the condos around it in this cookie-cutter-concrete retirement development, is delightfully reminiscent of the style that reigned when the place was first built in the 1970s.

So during our recent visit, I found myself taking photos of the small-ish details that jumped out at me. While everyone else chatted and chowed down on snacks, I wandered around and quietly recorded scenes like this one. Life at the fringe isn't always glamorous, but it is memorable. To me, anyway.

Monday, February 05, 2018

On the very edge of aerodynamic control

Frozen in flight
Delray Beach, FL
December 2017
This photo originally shared on Instagram
How exactly do I stay in the air, again?

#delray #beach #delraybeach #blue #sky #bird #birds #gull #flight #fly #freedom #everyday #photography #Nikon #nikonphotography #nikon_photography #high #speed #photography #dslr #nofilter #nofilterneeded #photooftheday #instagood #vacation #Florida #fl #Fla #Atlantic #ocean #sunset

Playing in the snow before work

Tracks in a studio parking lot
London, ON
February 2018
This photo originally shared on Instagram
We all leave evidence of our passage. Sometimes it's temporary.

#ldnont #weather #wx #snow #tire #tracks #storm #onstorm #canadian #winter #winterwonderland #night #nighttime #photography #nofilter #nofilterneeded #photooftheday #instagood #monochrome #texture #london #ontario #canada

Sunday, February 04, 2018

Old football memory

All alone
London, ON
November 2011
This photo originally shared on Instagram
Dug into the archives for this #throwback to a @bantingss #broncos game 6 years ago. I have no idea who this player is, and I'm pretty sure we lost the game. But the indelible memories of spending a cold afternoon in the stands with our daughter remain priceless to this day.

#ldnont #TD #Waterhouse #stadium @westernuniversity #football #game #sport #sports #family #moments #parenthood Nikon #nikonphotography #nikon_photography #photography #dslr #nofilter #nofilterneeded #photooftheday #instagood #london #ontario #canada

Red branches on a grey day

Intertwined
London, ON
January 2018
This photo originally shared on Instagram
Just back from walking the pup through the middle of a classic Canadian winter storm. The overwhelming visual dose of white made me long for a bit of color, so here it is.

I still can't believe I shot it just a week ago. Nature can sure turn on a dime.

#ldnont #kipps #lane #stilllife #nature #walk #walkabout #texture #grey #red #color #branches #Nikon #nikonphotography #nikon_photography #photography #dslr #nofilter #nofilterneeded #photooftheday #instagood #winter #storm #onstorm #london #ontario #canada

Saturday, February 03, 2018

Balconville redux

Lives lived
London, ON
January 2018
This photo originally shared on Instagram
Not the newest buildings in town. Not the prettiest, either. That's what makes them so fascinating.

#ldnont #balconville #balcony #adelaide #random #urban #street #photography #Nikon #nikonphotography #nikon_photography #dslr #nofilter #nofilterneeded #photooftheday #instagood #london #ontario #canada

I've been playing in fountains again

Don't blink
Delray Beach, FL
December 2017
This photo originally shared on Instagram
Frozen, never to be repeated.

#delray #beach #delraybeach #water #fountain #frozen #freeze #frame #light #contrast #Nikon #nikonphotography #nikon_photography #dslr #nofilter #high #speed #photography #reflections #reflected #mirror #light #nofilterneeded #photooftheday #instagood #vacation #Florida #fl #Fla

Friday, February 02, 2018

Palm fronds above my head

Mother Nature paints the nighttime sky
Delray Beach. FL
December 2017
This photo originally shared on Instagram
In an outdoor mall on the very edge of developed Florida, perfectly manicured palm trees cover a masterfully designed and built landscape designed expressly to drive commerce. That it looks neat is incidental: This place has been created to make money.

Makes no difference to me, of course, because I'll grab any opportunity to shoot something neat. And as I sit on a bench and wait for my little fam to regroup, I decide this is as neat as anything I've seen all day.

#delray #beach #delraybeach #palm #tree #trees #palmtrees #treesofinstagram #treestagram #green #sky #nature #nofilter #nofilterneeded #instagood #canon #canonphotography #photography #florida #fl #Fla #vacation #travel #travelphotography

Take one schnauzer. Add snow.

Happy girl
London, ON
February 2018
This photo originally shared on Instagram
Someone had an amazing time during this morning's walk. Sometimes it takes 15 pounds of bouncy schnauzer to remind me that days like this have a beauty all their own.

#ldnont #inspiring #puppy #calli #callitheschnauzer #littlemisscalli #mini #miniature #schnauzer #miniatureschnauzer #schnauzersofinstagram #dogsofinstagram #instagramdogs #petstagram #dogs_of_instagram #dogoftheday #dogsofig #dog #actofdog #weather #wx #snow #storm #onstorm #london #ontario #canada

Thursday, February 01, 2018

16 Gb of pixellated goodness

Mass storage
London, ON
January 2018
This photo originally shared on Instagram
Memo to self: Make more memories.

#ldnont #stilllife #SD #flash #memory #card #solid #state #apple #mac #computer #writer #writersofinstagram #writerslife #london #ontario #canada

Blink and it's gone

Splash!
Delray Beach, FL
December 2017
This photo originally shared on Instagram
Standing in the surf and shooting high-speed photos of the tidal zone insanity will never get old for me. If it ever does, I may as well hang up my camera for good.

#delray #beach #delraybeach #Florida #fl #Fla #Atlantic #ocean #surf #waves #water #never #gets #old #vacation #Nikon #nikonphotography #nikon_photography #high #speed #photography #dslr #nofilter #nofilterneeded #photooftheday #instagood