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#262740 pumpkin man

Posted by Art on Yesterday, 04:02 PM



OK, here is my critique ....  :P 

I think your WHITE BALANCE is SPOT ON.  Lots of white, you nailed it. I was going to ask if this was black and white, but there is no black, just white.



#262739 Nature Depleted in Toronto! :(

Posted by Art on Yesterday, 03:57 PM

High Park was my main go-to.  Every year, around August, through the end of October you could count on being entertained by countless Blue Heron, Egret, Night Heron, Wood Ducks and you would see other exotic birds like Hawks fly about.  King Fisher is also in abundance here.  The park flourishes with nature.

You can still see Great Blue Heron and Egret but it is seldom and typically, they now avoid the ponds where people have access.  Why?  Non-stop: People walking (well, that is what a park is for), People walking their dogs, cycling, joggers, etc.  The numbers are way up.  In the past, you would get lulls and time periods where you saw no one.  Because there are so many people now, foot traffic is continuous from previous years.  Net result, nature is pushed away.  It is subtle and gradual, but it has happened in a big way over time. Also, the City did a dredging of the stormwater pond and clear cut the banks that used to be large trees lining it.  I have no idea why they did this! All those trees were roosting spots for juvi Black Crested Night Heron.  Haven't seen a Night Heron in a few years now.

Humber Bay Shores was another go-to.  It is a pure disaster now.  The shoreline is wall to wall condos and another 16 are slated to go in at some point.  35,000 more people than 5 years ago! The ponds in the park have only the usual suspects ... ducks, because everyone feeds them bread!!!   You walk along the shore and they follow you.

I harp about this but the attitude of Torontonians is pathetic.  No one cares.... its "progress".  Yes, I suppose it is.  But I don't like it.  And, I am stuck here, my wife won't move.  All the things she likes about Toronto I can't stand.  Most especially, the people.  It is turning into a very large Metropolis and they expect another million people to move here in the next few years! By and large, Torontonians are an ignorant, me-first, oblivious only to themselves and their immediate needs. It is turning into a very ugly selfish city. They remind me of bugs that are marveled by the bright lights. Sports is big here and occupies the mindless mob.

Traffic here is a nightmare.

Parking is a nightmare.

Shootings, drugs, and gang-related violence (gang to gang) is a nightmare.  There is a small percentage of collateral damage that has people outraged but not yet enough.  It will take perhaps, the life of a very young child before everyone acts.  This is typical of Toronto.  Something really drastic has to happen and then they act. For a country that has very strict gun laws and handgun bans blah blah blah blah... we have a shooting or more a day, every day.

There are many positives to living here, like most big cities, it never sleeps, lots of restaurants, movies, theatre, art, etc.  Really, don't care anymore.  I much prefer nature.

My summers over the last few years have been primarily filled with Motorsport venues.  So, now that the racing season is over, I have been trying to go out and catch up on nature.... GONE!  I did post some Heron and Egret pictures on FB a week ago. It was no easy task chasing those two birds down at the Humber River.  They were also in a different spot from where I typically go.  Again, further away from people and the banks of the river there are tricky to negotiate.  Go enough times and I am sure I will end up slipping into the drink!!  In the summer, no big deal, it is only a few feet deep, but it's the gear that you want to keep from getting wet.

Honestly, the fun has gone out of trying to shoot nature in Toronto.  

I am heading out to Hendrie Valley, Burlington tomorrow with Jason.  He pops in here once in a while. The leaves on the trees are changing, I think he is keenly interested in shooting some landscape images of the valley.  I am going for the birds primarily, will bring Bungie and hope to find some nice, gnarly perches for some interesting captures.

#262736 Nature Depleted in Toronto! :(

Posted by Art on Yesterday, 02:36 PM

I have gone out three times now to get some Heron, or Egret or something interesting .... NADA! ZIP!


Lots of people.

Lots of dogs.

Lots of dogs off leash.

Lots of people who should be leashed!

No nature.

I used to love going out at certain times of the year and predict what wildlife would be in the area and where.... that is all over thanks to construction.


I did manage these .... 


Monarch Butterfly.

- starting to see more of these again, which is a good sign.  No where near the numbers as previous years when they were everywhere.




This is a moth. 

A Painted Lady to be specific.



#262731 Sidecar shot with/Nikon D5 + Nikkor 600mm f4E

Posted by Art on Yesterday, 02:24 PM

Thanks for your effort, Art. Confirms my motorcycle knowledge is less rusty than I thought!

I am impressed with your knowledge of motorcycles, clearly, you are a fan! :)

#262710 Sidecar shot with/Nikon D5 + Nikkor 600mm f4E

Posted by Art on 13 October 2019 - 01:29 PM



I found out that the bike is, in fact, a Moto Guzzi!


Races are:

Eric Todd Trosper as the pilot


Celia Wren Coca-Trosper as the monkey


Took a while and had to join a group page on 3 wheeling to find out! 

#262695 Deerbrook Mall

Posted by Art on 12 October 2019 - 05:52 AM

Nice series, Bill.

As far as I can tell, malls are still very busy here. Some companies, thrive, others not so sure.

Hudsons Bay Company I am not so sure of. I think they lost $1.6 Billion last quarter. Yes, with a B!!!! Billion.

#262693 Nikon 200mm f2G VR Lens

Posted by Art on 12 October 2019 - 05:44 AM

But f2 screams to be used in low light.

I think you are mistaking where that sound is coming from! :lol:

It’s your wallet screaming! :lol:

#262662 NIKKOR Z 58mm f/0.95 S Noct Lens US Price to be at $7,996.95

Posted by Art on 08 October 2019 - 10:58 AM

Wow, a bargain for any  .....  :blink:


$8K???  :lol:


At some point, no one will be able to afford cameras any more.

#262599 2019 October Challenge: Spooky

Posted by Art on 01 October 2019 - 08:37 PM

Very nice treatment, Herman!

#262595 2019 October Challenge: Spooky

Posted by Art on 01 October 2019 - 09:24 AM



#262577 Both African & European Continents

Posted by Art on 29 September 2019 - 06:24 PM

That is interesting Herman. I didn’t realize they were that close. Kind of like Alaska and Russia. Jeff

According to Sarah Palin, yes! ;)

Very nice, Herman.

#262573 2019 September challenge: People

Posted by Art on 29 September 2019 - 06:17 PM

All great submissions!

#262564 Nikon 200mm f2G VR Lens

Posted by Art on 28 September 2019 - 01:44 PM

A walk around? No, that is for sure, it certainly is not.  Way too heavy for that.  In fact, I am not sure how purposeful this lens actually is.  I was thinking about the lens the last few days and I really think the 70-200mm is by far a better choice, more flexibility, lighter and about the same image quality.... not to mention a fraction the price.


This is outrageously priced at $8K CDN!  It is a lovely lens, though. No doubt about it.

#262545 Nikon 200mm f2G VR Lens

Posted by Art on 26 September 2019 - 01:12 PM

Very nice series, Art.  That is an impressive piece of glass, even if it costs a small fortune.  :o


Your puppy looks like he's had a long day.  Makes the viewer wonder what doggy dreams he's having.  :)



Thanks, Mark.

I would think he is dreaming of. "steaaaaaaaaaak, mmmmmmmmmmm". :lol:

#262542 2019 September challenge: People

Posted by Art on 26 September 2019 - 09:44 AM

I promise to keep the race images to a minimum! :lol:

An image of some stacked racers coming into the final turn at Shannonville Motorsport Racetrack.