16 July, 2013
We visited the Toronto Eaton Centre in our way to the quay, where we were picking the ferry to the Toronto Islands. It was a quick visit, getting in through one door and getting out through another nearby, we didn’t have much time. What gets your attention the most about this huge mall is this flock of ducks. I took several photos; this is the one that makes me proudest. I like the contrast between the ducks and the models.
It’s not everyday that you can take photos of a flock of birds taking your time to do so.
A while before we had walked into this square between Yonge St. and Edward St. Looking over the pictures I feel as I could have done a better job: selecting a better frame or changing some setting in the camara. But they were quick photos, stopping for a second and then speeding up to catch the rest of the family. This also makes them more natural, more spontaneous. They are the reflection of the first impression that the city provoks in the photographer.
The following photo is in Yonge St. too. Now in the evening, with the first lights switched on.
These adverts are curious. They were high, enought to make difficult to realize that it’s not a picture or a drawing, they are shoes and bathing suits stuck on the poster (you can click on a photo to make it bigger).
Dove always makes very original advertising, who doesn’t remember the wonderful and slightly fat girls of their commercials?
I like the window displays at shops. And the ones in Toronto are very expressive. I caried a polarized filter that eliminates or reduces the reflection; in these photos I didn’t use it. I feel like the reflections give them a special touch. They tell us that the mannequin is behind a barrier, in an irreal world.
If the previous models were warriors, these ones are languid, melancholic, with their party dress. Here the reflections of the glass are more present. By the way, we are between Spadina Av., entering Chinatown.
Harbord Village is a quiet neighborhood, very photogenic, with two floor houses, a lot of them from the end of the 19th century. In the photo of the library, we see how the Fuji X100S solves all the big contrasts between the foregroung, lighted by natural light, and the background, illuminated by a small lamp.
In the south of Harbord Village and west Chinatown, there’s the Kensington Market, a very lively neighborhood, with hippie stores and very random restaurants and people. It’s one of the most photographed areas in Toronto. In November of 2006, it was declared National Site of Canada.
As youcan notice, a color paradise for the photographer. Between all this color, this melocholic and decadent model caught my attention.
To finish, a mix of street photo and advertising. These figures “walked” on the sign, like any other pedestrian. The couple that appears in the picture, very gently stopped when they saw me with the camera so they didn’t interfere in my photo. I thanked them and I told them to continue walking. It was then when I took the photo, with them as the main characters. It’s a thechnique I use frequently. I thank them for their collaboration.
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