I took a bit of a break from blogging over the last week as I was on holiday in Toronto. Yet, the whole time I kept contemplating what my next post would be about. After some thought, I have decided to go with a photostream of my adventures during my vacation.
Photography has been an interest of mine for years. However, like many people who love the medium, I am no professional. Though I have considered purchasing a fancy DSLR camera, it is a bit out of my reach at the moment, so I’ve stuck with my Nikon and Ricoh point-and-shoot cameras instead.
What I find interesting nowadays is despite carrying around a real camera almost everywhere I go, I tend to grab my smart phone first when I want to capture a moment or an image. Cell phone cameras have come a long way over the years, and with the addition of all the apps that are available, even those who have little experience with photography can create share-worthy photos. A good eye for composition still helps, but the ability to crop and apply filters gives everyone the ability to become an artist in their own right.
While there are many apps out there that are probably as good as Instagram, I did stick with that particular app for my entire trip. My apologies for not noting which filter I applied for each photo as I didn’t keep track myself (I will be sure to do so next time). On the plus side, you can likely gauge some of them based off of the frames that you see. Some of the images have also been brightened or blurred for greater effect. All of the images were shot using my HTC Incredible S Android phone.
I hope you enjoy the ride and perhaps consider your own trip to Toronto, the NYC of Canada!
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Fabulous party dresses at Fashion Crimes on Queen Street West in Toronto
The “Kiss Kiss” booth at the Drake Underground
The amazing Kate Miller-Heidke performing at the Drake Underground on June 27
Graffiti on the side of building while walking down Church Street towards Adelaide Street in Toronto
Notes from visitors at Osgoode Hall about what fences mean to them. Osgoode Hall has a beautifully ornate fence that protects an equally peaceful garden right in the downtown core of the city.
The Great Library at Osgoode Hall
Library stacks at Osgoode Hall
Mural of Nails at City Hall
Amazing Balmain shoes from The Room at HBC in downtown Toronto
Every dish at Guu SakaBar at Bloor & Bathurst is delicious
Salmon tataki at Guu
Desserts from Guu, clockwise from top: sesame ice cream, sake tiramisu, green tea cheesecake
Sunset on our way back to Bloor Street from Little Italy
At the Bata Shoe Museum: adorable early 20th century Chinese children’s booties made to look like dragons to protect them from harm
Display about shoes made for dolls and prototypes, and shoes in stories throughout history at the Bata Shoe Museum
Display of women’s shoes throughout history at the Bata Shoe Museum
The exterior of the Royal Ontario Museum
An attempt at a self portrait using my reflection in the exterior of the ROM
Part of the biodiversity exhibit at the ROM
The nicest Club Monaco I’ve ever seen. It’s situated in what looks to be a historic building on Bloor Street right across from the ROM.
A very elaborate looking daycare across from the bus station at Ossington & Bloor in Toronto
The schedule board at Lower Ossington Theatre. We went to see their production of Avenue Q, an Off-Broadway show from New York.
Flags in Union Station
Pride week celebrations down Church Street in Toronto
Trattoria Nervosa, a great little Italian restaurant, in Yorkville
Standing in front of the fountain in Yorkville Park
A man working at a club/bar on Church Street hanging bananas on their balcony and patio in preparation for the last day of Pride Week in Toronto
My friend looking pensive while riding a streetcar to get to the beach
Coffee bean roasting machine at te aro coffee roasters in Leslieville
Ducks in the marina at Ashbridge’s Bay Park
Boats sitting in the docks at Ashbridge’s Bay Park
A Canada goose in the marina of Ashbridge’s Bay Park
Boats along the marina walkway of Ashbridge’s Bay Park. The CN Tower is visible in the background.
The home of the streetcars along Queen Street East
Looks like TD Bank’s float at the Pride Parade on July 1 in Toronto
Drummers in the Pride Parade
Male cheer team in the Pride Parade
At the AGO: Zhang Huan’s 2007 piece, ‘Airplanes’, is his take on Chinese propaganda using the medium of ash on linen
At the AGO: one piece from Zhang Huan’s Memory Door Series depicts the unearthing of a Buddha sculpture and the cultural and spiritual revival in China and Tibet after the death of Chairman Mao
View of the CN Tower from the 2nd floor windows of the AGO
Ian Baxter&’s polaroids on model at the AGO
Ian Baxter&’s TV display at the AGO
AGO visitor art inspired by Ian Baxter&’s work
The view from the 5th floor of the spiral staircase in the AGO
A defunct psychic house on Parliament Street heading towards the Distillery District
The pedestrian entrance into the Distillery District
Weird ‘War of the Worlds’ type sculpture and old barrels in the Distillery District
Artwork in front of Balzac’s coffee shop in the Distillery District
An old beat up truck to the side of Balzac’s coffee shop in Toronto’s Distillery District
Reflection of the Distillery District in The Gallery’s sign
Enoch Turner Schoolhouse built in 1843; the oldest standing school building in the city
Front lawn of a house not far from the Distillery District
Beautiful ceramic vases at Anthropologie
Artwork in the square of the Shops at Don Mills
The ‘I love Canada because…’ chalkboard inside the domestic gate area of the Pearson International Airport in Toronto. I really wish this group of kids didn’t go ahead and erase a bunch of the notes just before I took the picture.
The view outside my seat window on the plane while waiting to head home
I can’t believe you took those with your phone–a lot of them look professionally done! I particularly love the shot of the graffiti on the wall.
Thanks for the comment, Kate! The graffiti wall is one of my favourite pictures, too. It would make for really cool wedding pictures.
It is pretty crazy what you can do with a smart phone nowadays. I think that’s the beauty of Instagram. It doesn’t always work, but most of the time you can take what would be a pretty mundane photo and make it look amazing.
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