After just over a month in South Florida, my time having fun in the sun is finally coming to an end. I was excited to leave the brutally frigid Toronto winter and embrace the warm, tropical Miami air. I had my usual list compiled of all the places I wanted to shoot as I always do before I venture anywhere. However, my list doesn’t usually get fulfilled for one reason or another due to unforeseen circumstances. I often take for granted the amount of time I have to complete my wish-list.
In Miami I was fortunate to have stayed in a condo situated 48 stories up in the downtown area (as I mentioned in a previous article) which was facing due west and perfect for capturing sunsets. Every evening that I was at my temporary abode, I would patiently watch the sky hoping to capture something spectacular through my lens.
I think that the reason my passion for photography developed so greatly and quickly was due to photo sharing on Instagram. I had recently switched from a Blackberry to an iPhone and was thrilled to finally download the Instagram app. I saw so many iPhone users post images on Instagram and share on Facebook.
I started primarily following Instagrammers from the Paris area that shot similar images like myself. When I knew I was moving back to Toronto I began following people from the Toronto area as well. One of my favourite photographers I came across was Patrick Colpron, commonly known on Instagram as CandidCameraMan. When I arrived back in Toronto I reached out to Patrick and asked if he wanted to shoot together sometime. I never thought he would respond nor agree to meet up. He gracefully accepted. From that point on we met on several occasions to shoot around the city, sometimes just a few of us and other times in rather large groups.
Patrick has always been very helpful and willing to share his tricks and techniques. For those of you who don’t know him, we thought it would be nice to introduce him to our iLHP readers.
In a previous article, “Rooftopping – Part1: The Beginning” I introduced a craze in photography known as rooftooping that many urban photographers are exploring. I communicated how rooftoppers were not particularly thrilled exposing where they shoot from and exposing their secrets. Understandably because they often gain access by trespassing onto the properties they are shooting from. The images often raise curiosity among the viewers leaving them to wonder where exactly they were captured from. In the instances where the viewer is familiar with the city it is not too difficult to pinpoint the general vicinity where the photo was shot. However, figuring out the exact building tends to be more complicated.
I want to make it clear that I am not revealing any secrets. Many well-known rooftoppers openly discuss their experiences and post videos of them in the act. I am friendly with several local rooftoppers therefore, it is not my intention to upset anyone. I want to be able to share some incredible images by extremely talented young photographers, most who are self-taught. As well as, acquaint readers with what is typically involved in such extreme photography. Continue reading “Rooftopping” – (Part 2: An Evolving Subculture)→
Summer was quickly coming to an end so my friend Kally and I thought that a trip to Montreal for Labour Day weekend would be a stupendous idea. One of my best girlfriends had recently moved to Montreal and I have been missing living in Paris so I thought visiting an old friend and taking in some European culture would be the perfect weekend getaway. Kally and I wanted to research the best places to take pictures in Montreal before we endured the five plus hour drive. Especially since we both we are both extremely passionate about photography.
When I first starting shooting on somewhat of a regular basis, it was all done with my iPhone 4s and alone. I was living in Paris at the time and would be walking around and see something that would catch my eye and I would quickly capture the moment. The more I would photograph, the more I was determined to improve my skills and learn how to properly use a camera.
I did some research and decided to purchase a Canon 70D just last September. I have used a Canon many years before but only used it in fully automatic mode. I had no real technical background or an understanding of photography whatsoever! I would encounter difficult situations that I didn’t know how to perform and decided it was time to get a better grasp on the basics of photography. I enrolled in few beginner courses to educate myself enough to become familiar with my camera and the basic tools necessary to achieve my desired vision.