The Streets of Toronto

I am finally home, after a whirlwind 3 months that saw me travel from Vancouver to Amsterdam to Paris to Vancouver to Toronto and finally back to Vancouver.  My time was spent teaching workshops, shooting engagement sessions, capturing weddings and attending to the assorted tasks that keep the business running smoothly.  It was an amazing and successful summer, one that I am so grateful for, but I am ecstatic to finally be home with my girls for a while.  And, finally, I can get back to writing more consistently on this blog and sharing the work that has been sitting on my hard drive for months now.

Toronto is a wonderful city for photography, with beautiful architecture and amazing people.  I was fortunate to teach two workshops while I was there: my weekend street photography course, followed immediately by a new, five day storytelling travel workshop with my friend and fellow Official Fuji X Photographer, Spencer Wynn.  

I don’t shoot a lot when I teach street photography, as I believe that if there is a photo to be made it should be one of my students taking it.  Still though, I occasionally make an image to illustrate a point or when I find a quiet moment while my students are on assignment.  In this post, I’d like to ease back into the blog with a series of new street images from this world class city, the first of four articles featuring new work from Toronto.

I left my Fujifilm X100F at home for this trip (crazy, I know) and shot everything with my X-T2.  I did stay with my preferred 23mm field of view though, using the Fujinon 23mm f/2 for all of my street work.  I also had the 16-55mm f/2.8 zoom lens with me, which saw a lot of use during the travel photography workshop (more on that to come in a future post).

I hope you enjoy these little vignettes from the streets of Toronto.  I look forward to sharing more with you soon and hope you all had a wonderful summer!




15 thoughts on “The Streets of Toronto

  1. ScottSymesPhotography says:

    Some really great photos, Ian! I do have a couple of questions for you. One is what are your thoughts around shooting in both color and black and white for the same subject matter? The Fuji film simulations encourage this for me but I do worry about consistency in my work. Second question is why you chose the XT-2 w/23mm instead of your X100F?
    I’d love to hear your thoughts on both topics. Thanks!

    • Ian says:

      Consistency is important to me if I am shooting a storytelling essay or a singular body of work around one subject. For street, however, I simply try to make the image that I see in my mind. I don’t worry about style or consistency, but let me eye and my heart direct the capture and processing.

      In regard to the X-T2, the simple truth is that I hadn’t used it in months so I thought it was time to shake off the dust and put it through its paces again. Plus, have the 16-55mm lens came in very handy for the travel workshop I taught.



  2. Alex says:

    I am from Toronto, would love to be in your workshop next time you are in Toronto again! Love your street photo. I have X-T20 and thinking of getting 23mm f2. Maybe to get X-T3 if it helps for auto focus. I have Canon 6D Mark II with 35mm f2 IS and 85mm f1.4 IS, still thinking if I should fully switch to Fujifilm for portrait job.

    • Ian says:

      Hey Alex!

      Toronto is a wonderful city for street photography, isn’t it? I will be back there twice next year for workshops and it would be great if you could attend.

      I have been all Fuji for several years now, for all of my work, with absolutely no regrets. It’s great.



  3. Elena Biasi says:

    Wow I really like your photos! The colours are incredible. And I especially like the first / second one with Umbrella Man looking around.. and the pop art reminiscent with white black yellow and red background. 🙂

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