Wednesday, December 27, 2006

The Boxers

Taken in the vortex of hell, I mean The Eaton Centre, Toronto, 1:35pm, Tuesday, December 26, 2006.

Monday, December 25, 2006

Merry Kittymas!


On behalf of myself, my betrothed and our darling little girl (pictured), we would like to wish you all the merriest of Christmases, the happiest of holidays and the, uh...newest of new years (?). All the very best!


Sunday, December 24, 2006

80 Degrees and Sunny times Six

Greetings and Merry Christmas Eve, everyone...


After six days of Florida sun, a plane ride from hell, and the first of several Christmas parties, I have returned. I'll share a few of the 300+ shots I took down in the Sunshine State over the coming days. Starting with.....

Foggy-flection - Little Lake Bryan
Palmer - Daytona Beach
Duckstroke - Little Lake Bryan
Sun-day - Lake Bryan
Eyeball - Orlando International Airport
More to come....

Friday, December 15, 2006

To the Sun, Alice....


Howdy folks....


It's that time of year again. Time to take a well-earned vacation to sunnier climes. To me, nothing says Christmas quite like 80-degree temperatures and fake snow in the middle of Florida. So, until next weekend, I hope you all stay swell and reasonably warm ;-)

B


Tuesday, December 12, 2006

Happy 'Fiti

Taken Sunday, December 10, 2006 at Charles and Balmuto Streets, Toronto, Ontario.

Saturday, December 09, 2006

Oncoming

Taken Friday, December 11, 2006 at the old Unionville train station, Markham, Ontario.

Thursday, December 07, 2006

Pearson

Waiting Room

Propaganda

Mylar

Welcome

Shots taken on Thursday, December 7, 2006 at Pearson International Airport Terminal 2, Mississauga, Ontario.

Wednesday, December 06, 2006

Wallflowers

Taken Tuesday, December 5, 2006

Leonard Cohen x24

Taken at the corner of Greenwood and Gerrard, Toronto, December 5, 2006.

Tuesday, December 05, 2006

Lundi


Taken from the window of the 31 Greenwood bus, Toronto, Tuesday December 5, 2006.

Monday, December 04, 2006

A Night Out

With new toy in hand, I went for a drive through downtown Toronto last night, just as the snow started to fall. B&W season is upon us....

Parkway


Planters
Rearview

506
Portal
Shots taken between 9 and 10 pm, Sunday December 3, 2006

Sunday, December 03, 2006

Death and Resurrection

Wow! You're still looking here! I'm amazed and grateful for your attentive eyes! I've had a couple of occasions which have prevented me from posting here over the past few months. First, my grandmother recently passed away and since then, my brain hasn't exactly been on picture taking. Second, my dear HP R817 suddenly died on me last week.

I was attending a Sloan concert at the Kool Haus in Toronto and was taking some sample shots of the opening band, The Yoko Casionos (I LOVE that name! Great band, too), when the death occurred. My final shot, number 5772, was this:















(OK, it's not exactly "going out with a bang" but this is history we're talking about here)

What caused the premature demise was one of the camera settings called "Theatre Mode", which allows you to take indoor shots with a high ISO setting, no flash and a relatively quick shutter speed. Well, I set the camera to go into Theatre Mode on startup and turned off the camera. When I turned on the camera, it gave the HP version of the Blue Screen Of Death.

Perhaps this was the Universe's signal for me to enjoy the concert for once and not worry about getting killer souvenir shots. The concert was indeed wonderful, as it usually is with them, but I still managed to use my camera phone to get souvenirs that look like this:















Ugh. 2 MegaPixels never looked so so-so.

Numerous e-mails to HP support (and yes, I followed their instructions) hadn't fixed the problem, so I had to make a quick decision. The camera was out-of-warranty, so any repairs would cost me. Plus I had bought a spare battery and accesssory kit for the HP and if I were to return them, I had to move fast.

So, I bought a new camera yesterday. A Canon A710 IS. Gorgeous camera. 7.1 MegaPixels, 6x optical zoom, and DOESN'T USE PROPRIETARY $70 BATTERIES! AA's will do quite nicely, and cheaply. More details here: http://www.canon.ca/english/index-products.asp?lng=en&prodid=1099&sgid=23&gid=2&ovr=1

And thus begins a new era. I present you IMG_0001.jpg. Cropped and decoloured, of course.




















So, on behalf of my cat Athena and myself, I'd like to thank you for reading through all that. I promise I'll stick closer to "just photos" from here on in.

B

Saturday, September 30, 2006

Shelburne

A drive up Highway 10 took me to the most interesting burger joint.....


Ex-TTC 4341, now a dining room at Superburger
(They forgot "No Advertising")
Pick-me-up
Taken Thursday, September 28, 2006 in Shelburne, Ontario.

Saturday, September 23, 2006

Equinox in the Sunshine City

There wasn't a whole lot of sunshine to be had during my trip to Orillia yesterday, but some things still managed to look pretty for the camera.
Autumn
Pistils
Bluets
Please Stop
No Deposit, No Return


Taken Friday, September 22, 2006 in Orillia, Ontario.

Thursday, September 21, 2006

Never See The End Of It

Some shots taken at the album release party for Sloan's new album "Never Hear The End Of It" on Tuesday, September 19, 2006 at the Lula Lounge, Toronto, Ontario.


Now Playing

Andrew Scott on the drums, via Chris Murphy's bass arm

Chris on a very high note

Andrew Scott on Guitar, Gregory MacDonald on Keys

Patrick Pentland as Lemmy


Jay Ferguson as "The Cute Sloaner"

Saturday, September 16, 2006

The Baltimore Rocket

Taken September 15, 2006 on Connaught Avenue, Toronto.

This month, the city has been under seige from a whole bunch of movie types. Most notable of these is the Toronto International Film Festival (where I caught a glimpse of some Graduate-type, below), but also the filming of the remake of the film "Hairspray", which will feature a drag-laden John Travolta.

One of the unsung stars of the film, well two actually, will be the vintage PCC streetcars operated by the TTC for special occasions such as this, where the rollsign has been replaced for a permanent-looking Baltimore destination sign.

And now, with narry five minutes til Wapner, here he is. You know him, you love him, it's...uh...oh yeah, it's Dustin Hoffman!

Monday, September 11, 2006

I Am The World Trade Center

Taken June 29, 1999 at the southwest corner of 1 World Trade Center, New York City.

For those who were lost, those who have lost, those who will never be the same.

They are all of us.

Peace.

Saturday, September 09, 2006

Way to Shop

Today marks the day that nearly a dozen American department stores disappear. Marshall Field's, Kaufmanns, Filenes, Foley's, L.S.Ayers and others will now simply be known as.....

(photo taken August 8, 2003 in Herald Square, New York City)

I feel particularly sad for the people of Chicago. Sure, Pittsburgh is "losing" their downtown Kauffmans, but Chicago is losing the venerable Marshall Field's after 125 years. I'm no retail analyst, but I do know how branding is important to me as a consumer. When I grew up, there were two types of folks in the city: Eaton's people and Simpson's people. The (Simpsons-)Sears folks lived out in the suburbs, so they didn't count.

I was a Simpson's person. My parents would take me down to the flagship store at Yonge and Queen at least once a week, just to wander around and maybe get a hot dog and an orange drink down in the basement. The neatest thing about the downtown Simpson's store was that it was connected to a parking garage across Richmond Street via an overhead walkway. This walkway preceded the admittedly more exciting one which linked to the Eaton Centre by many years, but it was still neat to watch the one-way traffic zip beneath you as you walked over to check out the latest deals on slacks.

Alas, the Hudson's Bay company purchased the Robert Simpson Co. in 1978 and erased the Simpson's name from Canada's retail landscape in 1991.


(screen cap from the TV series "Today's Special", linked above)

So today, I can identify with you folks who are losing a small piece of your past. Keep those souvenir bags and gift boxes and receipts and charge cards, because now, besides some cherished memories, that's all you've got.

Oh, by the way. My wife was an Eaton's person. At least it's better than Woolco! ;-)

Thursday, September 07, 2006

CNE 2K6

For those of you who still think it's summer, here are a few memories of the 2006 Canadian National Exhibition.

21st Century Kewpie

Upside-down Gate


Cowlick(er)


Ostrich-sized
Shots taken on September 3, 2006 at the Canadian National Exhibition, Toronto