These were used to brighten up a back alley in downtown Toronto. I don't know why they depict bicycles which aren't anywhere near as ubiquitous as around here.
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I can never resist having a little fun with geometry. Since getting the RX1, I'm also much more prone to shoot into the shadows; areas not in the direct sun are more subtle while still retaining a rich gradation and crispness. Gone are the flat, murky shadows I had to deal with before.
Normally this time of the year, I'm outside reveling in the return of warmer weather. Not so this year with uncomfortably cold winds still blowing out of the east. The wind made it feel so cold that we sought refuge in the art gallery's warm interiors.
I just love contemporary art, especially art that transforms our perceptions of the environment around us.
This will be the first post in a series on Amsterdam's Light Festival. Although most of the works won't be unveiled until at the end of this week, a few are already transforming the dark December nights along the Amstel River. This 7m tall egg is aptly named “OVO.” I had noticed the colors changing but the mist spraying from above caught me off guard: the bulbous front end of my ultra wide lens was immediately coated in fine droplets.
I had hoped to start shooting the light festival with the RX1, but the camera that I ordered way back in October still hasn't arrived. I console myself with the thought that these kinds of dramatic, all-encompassing perspectives wouldn't be possible with an RX1 anyway.
A few of you thought that yesterday's photo “Miniature City” would work better in a vertical orientation. It's a valid point and certainly worth trying, so today I returned to the scene to try my luck at a vertical composition. At the water's edge, I immediately found out why I stuck to horizontal photos the first time around. Framing shots close to the water means having to fold the screen up unless you want to crouch down in the mud (it's still a little cool to be playing around in the water). With the camera in a vertical position, however, the screen can't be tilted up. Usually you can see enough, even when viewing the screen at an angle, but in this case the glare off the water caused the screen to be almost completely washed out. That translated into a lot of cropping when I got home.
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These were taken today at the Art Zuid outdoor sculpture exhibition. It's not just the artworks that are interesting subjects, but also the diverse people that are attracted to the event. I have a lot more photos and maybe I'll post a few more after we return from London next week.
I've now progressed from a pile of components to something which hums along smoothly and provides internet access. At the moment, I don't have any image editing software installed, so this is a photo that I took a few weeks ago: one in my yellow series.
This has to be one of the strangest self portraits (the photo, not me). I was busy taking abstract photos of a sculpture from close to the ground. Peering down over the upward pointed lens, I saw myself on the screen (that's actually possible with a screen that folds forward). So while I was staring at myself, I couldn't help but notice the wonderful contrast between the furry silhouette of my hat and the smooth, metallic finger of the sculpture ascending above me. So this photo has earned the dubious right of being the first self portrait on this blog.
There are quite a few unique sculptures that adorn open spaces in Amsterdam. This is one of my favourite. Steel, normally hard and straight edged, forms a feather light banner being shaped by the wind. Contrasting the undulating steel form is the arrow straight contrail of a jet plane above.
Location: Intersection Apollolaan and Stadionweg, Oud-Zuid, Amsterdam