I went to Boot Hill at the foot of Beach Hill, to take some demo shots with my Sony HX80. The camera is resting on a tombstone to keep it steady. Zooming magnifies camera shake and I didn’t want that to blur my results.
The first shot has no zoom, the last one is max zoom. (30X) Click any slide to enlarge.
The next set is handheld and all are taken from the same position. I used the popup viewfinder to help me frame the thing I wanted to zoom in on. It certainly helped, but I struggled to compose the shot. None of these are cropped and edited in Photoshop, which is something I would usually do.
In the first slide, you can barely see the object that I want to pick out. By the time I was at maximum zoom, the image was still pretty good and even too big for the frame.
The Sony HX80 likes to have lots of light, so daylight is ideal. It does a respectable job in normal indoor light, though, and there’s a popup flash to help, if needed. I try to avoid flash and prefer to enhance dark shots with editing if I can.
For very low light situations, the HX80 has a Manual setting to permit long exposures. Obviously, fast moving subjects will not work with those.
From the Beach boardwalk … handheld. A tripod would have helped.
It’s a bit early to be showing the work in progress, I guess, but the artists didn’t chase me away. There’s enough to see a great idea shaping up. A street map loosely related to Gerrard’s Bazaar strip already indicates a problem area … Bad Ideas Street. I expect considerable fun finding subversive factitious events and incredible landmarks. Follow up will follow.
Good while it lasted, Andrew’s hand-lettered Big Question is history, now.
Photo policy behind this Elm Street door was not clear and since Danica and I were Ruth Colombo‘s guests, it was better to put my camera away.
Ruth’s husband John, Ruth, Danica and I enjoyed a lovely dinner with other club members, seated at long tables in the Great Hall. Ruth succeeded in starting some animated discussions about topics like Jody Wilson-Raybould and Conrad Black. Great fun.
Ruth recounted a visit that she and John once made to the Sutton Place residence of Barbara Amiel, Conrad Black’s wife. Chinese food had been ordered in and was late arriving, so John suggested to Ruth that she turn on the oven, to reheat the food, if necessary. Ruth went to the kitchen and experienced “a vision of Fahrenheit 451 “. The oven was full of books.
Shawn Micallef, author, columnist and co-owner of Spacing magazine was our after-dinner speaker. Micallef is a flaneur who knows much more about Toronto than I will ever learn on my walks, but I recognized many of the places illustrated in his slides. Danica knew even more, thanks to of her working days in suburbia.
A major theme in the talk was “contrasts” … poverty and pest infestations inside sterile apartment towers, slummy shacks beside beautiful, natural ravines, unsightly strip malls serving delicious international cuisine.
Of course, societal divides between relatively prosperous old-towners and downtowners were contrasted with vast surrounding zones where car is king and neighbourhoods are severed by highways, parking lots and rail corridors. Ford Nation.
Micallef’s talk covered many points described in his book, Frontier City. It was a treat to hear his essentially optimistic but unflinching appreciation of Toronto.