Canada

Thus far, my 10 favorite new Montreal Shots

One of the super fun things about moving to a new city is that you get all kinds of new territory to explore. Enough that I’m probably going to have to get a GPS module for my camera so I can remember where on earth I specifically took all of these.

I haven’t shot any film (yet), but I’ve been excited to just get out there and do some shooting and getting in the habit of the “take your camera with you everywhere” adage.

Without further ado, here are my favorite shots out of the hundreds I’ve already shot here in this gorgeous city on a mountainside.

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Here’s the Montmorency Metro station on the orange line, waiting on my train. This stained glass is amazing.

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This little guy was at Weinerfest Montreal at NDG. Out of all the silly little Dachshunds at the park that day, this was the only one I saw with heterochromia, where each iris is a different color.

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This is a pretty typical scene on the montreal metro. Middle aged dudes looking bored, young girls dressing like it’s always time for the club, and older women looking on with disgust.

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I adore not only the way this image came out, but the street art itself. This mural is on the building across the street from my apartment building.

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This guy is just chillin on the corner in front of a Botox ad. There’s a lot of Botox Ads. In the summer, you’d think parts of this place were LA.

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Here’s an urban garden project, looks like one of the ones where residents rent space and do communal gardening. This was my view as I walked by from the other side of the fence. As soon as I clicked the shudder it became one of my favorite photos of all time.

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Me and my wife were eating lunch at Atwater Market when out of nowhere, this trio of musicians came out of nowhere. I got a lot of shots of them, but this one shows the contrast between work and play really well.

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This one was taken from inside a bus window, with these two standing on the sidewalk by a gas station.

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During one of the street fairs we noticed that multiple pianos had been placed around the city in parks for people to play and enjoy. Were they out of tune? Sure. But this guy didn’t mind too much. Off frame there’s some Pseudo-hippie girls playing hacky-sack and doing each other’s hair. It was a good day.

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A laborer works on a new metro station entry behind a gate. Despite everyone’s complaining about things not getting done in Montreal because of bickering in politics, there sure seems to be a lot happening.

 

Bonjour, Montreal!

I had the chance last weekend to check out Montreal, the frozen Canadien city. French canada is a wild place! Here’s a glimpse into life there.

Welcome to Toronto

Ended up in Toronto for labor day. It was a glorious time taking in a truly international city, with all the cuban cigars, poutine, and bike rentals a boy could ask for. Never been happier to have my password.

These shots come in 2 different lenses on my Nikon D5000: A 18-200mm Tamron Zoom lens (my standard “walk around” lens) and a 50mm f1.9 manual focus Minolta MD Lens from circa 1972. It came off of an SRT-100 I plundered from Ebay. The lens alone was worth the $20. I love the way the Minolta lens shots come out, with the help of a converter I can get that warm, early 70s look without paying for film (but I am looking forward to firing some shots with this old camera).

Here’s some of my favorites.

Toronto Skyline

Toronto Skyline from atop the tower in Casa Loma

Yongo Street

Yongo Street. Shot with my Minolta 50mm

Casa Loma

Casa Loma.

Directions

Two people stand on the street in downtown Toronto discussing directions.

Apartment Building

This was a random apartment building I used as a test shot, standing in a parking lot with my 50mm.

Laundry Lady

A woman takes laundry across the street in Chinatown.