It is no secret that I am not very fond of the cold Canadian winters. I actually detested being in Toronto so much that I decided to escape The Great White North and seek warmer climes. Being back in Toronto for just my second winter now after 12 years away, I am finally appreciating the four seasons we Canucks experience living here. If it had not been for my photographic passion, it is highly likely I would have managed to find a way to flee south once again.
For those of our readers who have never visited my home and native land, I am proud to share with you some images from each of our provinces and territories.
Canada is composed of ten provinces and three territories: Alberta, British Columbia, Manitoba, New Brunswick, Newfoundland and Labrador, Nova Scotia, Ontario (my home), Prince Edward Island aka. PEI, Quebec and Saskatchewan. The three territories are the Northwest Territories, Nunavut and Yukon.
After being an avid Instagram user for several months and over saturating my account with numerous photos I decided it was time to try another photo sharing social network, Flickr. I was starting to become more serious about my photography and I was tired of seeing scantily clad females, photos of over-priced gourmet coffee from across the country, #ootd (outfit of the day), and shameless selfies to name a few. I thought that creating a Flickr account would help inspire me to grow as a photographer, which in turn it did.
At first glance, many of the images posted on Flickr are really well composed and edited as well as have a slightly more professional feel in comparison to those on Instagram. Some of the photographers I follow are present on both social media sharing sites. Other photographers still have a preference to only one specific photo site.
Here is a list of my top 10 favorite Flickr photographers:
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.
When I began taking photos, it was done predominately with my iPhone 4S and when I was alone. Occasionally I would lug about my Leica when I believed I would encounter something so phenomenal that my iPhone would not be capable of capturing the reality of the image. I was residing in Paris and would be walking around and desire to stop recurrently to capture something that caught my eye. It became so infectious that when I was out with friends I would pause mid-conversation, stop and snap a photo. My friends would tend to get annoyed that my picture taking would interfere with our conversation and take away our precious time together. Photography gradually began to become somewhat of an obsession.
Instead of annoying whomever I was with at the time, I would venture off unaccompanied to explore the city and be able to take photos without hearing any complaints. I wanted to upgrade from my iPhone, to improve the quality of my photos, so I had my ancient Canon shipped from back home in Toronto to Paris. Continue reading One Is Such A Lonely Number. Or Is it?→
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)→