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#1 JasonTO

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Posted 02 July 2017 - 04:02 AM

I went down to the Toronto Harbourfront to see the blow-up doll, I mean "rubber" ducky . The duck was docked at HTO Park East. I went to HTO Park West first to get some unique angles. Anyways, as I was taking shots, a beaver swam by me towards the area of the duck. By the time I got to HTO Park East (a five minute walk) the beaver was nowhere to be seen.

 

 

It was kind of ironic to see something truly Canadian and iconic amidst all the controversy surrounding the duck (copyright dispute between artists, nothing Canadian or historical about it, could've got it free from original artist but paid $120,000 to the plagiarizer, etc.). Also, it's not often one gets to see a beaver in Lake Ontario. 

 

 

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Posted 02 July 2017 - 12:59 PM

Only in Canada, eh!

:lol:

Might try to get down there tomorrow morning, early.

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Posted 02 July 2017 - 01:11 PM

Nice comparison, Jason.

 

I'll take the Beaver any time, even if the City of Coquitlam considers them to be a bit of a nuisance.  As for the Blow-up Doll, did you happen to bring a large pin with you?  :lol:


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Posted 02 July 2017 - 01:51 PM

Only in Canada, eh!

:lol:

Might try to get down there tomorrow morning, early.

Any suggestions?

 

 

I went early because it was overcast. However, if it's not overcast the sun will be beaming brightly on it from behind so you'll be shooting into the sun if you try to get a shot from the front. 

 

If you don't want to mingle with the crowds, you can get a perfect shot from HTO Park West on the other side. I stood right on the edge and it was a direct line down (the shot I attached is from that angle with my 200). No people can get in the way either since HTO Park East is flooded and a large portion is barricaded and no one can approach the duck. HTO East was full of people at 9 am and it was the usual Torontonian courtesy of people walking in front of your shot or walking into you as you're trying to take a shot...

 

For best lighting, I'd probably say late afternoon. I also saw some half decent night shots (it looks better lit up at night than during the day).

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Posted 02 July 2017 - 01:54 PM

Nice comparison, Jason.

 

I'll take the Beaver any time, even if the City of Coquitlam considers them to be a bit of a nuisance.  As for the Blow-up Doll, did you happen to bring a large pin with you?  :lol:

Thanks, Mark.

 

In the 50's or 60's (before I was born), one of the ideas circulating in City Council to cure the "beaver problem" was to cut down all the trees along the waterfront lol...we've come a long way.

 

When I saw the beaver swimming towards the duck, I thought to myself, "It'd be so funny if it started biting away at it and the thing popped." But, alas, no such luck... :D



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Posted 03 July 2017 - 11:49 AM

Thanks, Mark.

 

In the 50's or 60's (before I was born), one of the ideas circulating in City Council to cure the "beaver problem" was to cut down all the trees along the waterfront lol...we've come a long way.

 

When I saw the beaver swimming towards the duck, I thought to myself, "It'd be so funny if it started biting away at it and the thing popped." But, alas, no such luck... :D

 

Most cities in Metro Vancouver just put wire mesh around the base of the trees.  It seems to work, even if it doesn't look too good.

 

As for the beaver biting at ducky, he probably took one look at it, and couldn't stop laughing.  :lol:


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Posted 03 July 2017 - 12:22 PM

Wow what a strange story. Nice series Jason and thanks for the info.

 

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Posted 03 July 2017 - 12:24 PM

Thanks, Jim :)



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Posted 03 July 2017 - 12:25 PM

Surprised they don't have one of these signs posted. :lol:

 

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Posted 03 July 2017 - 12:26 PM

Jason what is the rock/stone formation is it supposed to be a Stonehedge replica it? 

 

 

 

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Posted 03 July 2017 - 03:23 PM

Nice series, Jason.

 

I believe it was originally created / designed in The Netherlands by a Dutch Public Artist. Nice to see it floating in Toronto... quack, quack, quack!

 

:D  PS. I would have considered a Canada Goose more appropriate for the occasion!   :lol: 


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Posted 03 July 2017 - 09:54 PM

Thanks, Jason.

 

I went down, early in the morning.  Maggie dropped me off then picked me up.

 

Whoop-Dee-Do.  Much to do about nothing.

 

I took about 20 pictures for people who stopped and asked me to take their portrait!   :lol: "ask the guy with the BIG CAMERA"!  Heard that a few times.  I guess they figured I wouldn't run off with their cell phone!!!


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Posted 03 July 2017 - 09:57 PM

Nice series, Jason.

 

I believe it was originally created / designed in The Netherlands by a Dutch Public Artist. Nice to see it floating in Toronto... quack, quack, quack!

 

:D  PS. I would have considered a Canada Goose more appropriate for the occasion!   :lol: 

Seriously... you would think, wouldn't you!  OR A BEAVER!  Our National Animal.

 

Nope... rubber duck.


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Posted 04 July 2017 - 01:28 AM

Jason what is the rock/stone formation is it supposed to be a Stonehedge replica it? 

 

 

 

Jim

Jim, this is the one structure in Toronto that I can't find information about. There is no plaque nor is it in any of the Toronto sculpture books that I have. It looks like an imitation of Stonehenge.

 

We do have a phenomenon called Torontohenge which is when the setting sun aligns perfectly with Toronto's east and west streets. It happens twice a year which is funny because our city is slanted (i.e. true north is off several degrees of  Yonge St which is our "north/south marker").



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Posted 04 July 2017 - 01:40 AM

Nice series, Jason.

 

I believe it was originally created / designed in The Netherlands by a Dutch Public Artist. Nice to see it floating in Toronto... quack, quack, quack!

 

:D  PS. I would have considered a Canada Goose more appropriate for the occasion!   :lol: 

Thanks, Herman :)

 

There has been an ongoing copyright dispute between the original artist and the maker of this one for a few years, now.

 

Our coins should've been an easy clue for those who chose the duck since a variety of iconic Canadian animals are depicted (beaver, loon, polar bear, caribou)

 

The Draken Harald Hårfagre that they brought to HTO Park last Canada Day would've been more iconic than the duck since some Vikings settled in Newfoundland briefly around 1000 AD.

 

When it comes to decision making in our Parliament, Voltaire's quote comes to mind, "Common sense is not so common." :D

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Posted 04 July 2017 - 01:45 AM

Thanks, Jason.

 

I went down, early in the morning.  Maggie dropped me off then picked me up.

 

Whoop-Dee-Do.  Much to do about nothing.

 

I took about 20 pictures for people who stopped and asked me to take their portrait!   :lol: "ask the guy with the BIG CAMERA"!  Heard that a few times.  I guess they figured I wouldn't run off with their cell phone!!!

We came, we saw, we left :D

 

I get that all the time, too, minus the "big camera" comment lol



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Posted 04 July 2017 - 09:23 PM

We came, we saw, we left :D
 
I get that all the time, too, minus the "big camera" comment lol


That pretty much sums it up.

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Posted 13 October 2017 - 12:16 PM

Believe it or not, there is a sequel to this.

 

https://www.thestar....-after-all.html

 

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Posted 13 October 2017 - 08:39 PM

S P I N

 

All spin.

 

Waste of Taxpayer money.  I wonder how many people were coming to Toronto and the Festival, duck or no duck?

 

There is the $120,000 question.


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