A Beam of Light

It was one of those all too common days in the life of a working creative, the type of day that doesn’t involve a camera:  Admin.  Billing.  Accounting.  Marketing.  Planning.  Client meetings.  Client follow up.  Resource management.  Writing.  Editing.  Processing… it was a day of doing the tasks that keep the trains running on time.  It was a day of doing “the work”.

And then a 7 month old Labrador Retriever puppy, who has sat patiently at your feet all day long while you work,  lies down in the perfect beam of light.  You stop what you are doing for a few minutes, grab your camera, and make photos for no reason other than it is what you love to do.  You get to be an artist again, and it is a wonderful thing.

Note:  All photos taken with the Fuji X100F, using the Acros film simulation.

Toronto Street Photography Part Two – Rain

I have just returned home from a ten day trip to Europe, where I taught a street photography workshop and spent some time on personal photography.  I have a lot to share from that trip but, for now,  here is a quick post with a few more images from my Toronto trip this past summer.

Part one of this series:

Toronto Street Photography Part One – Sunshine

… featured images taken while the sun was shining.  Toronto is famous for it’s summer storms, however, and we also had a few hours of torrential rain while I was there.  During the storm I managed to get out to shoot for an hour or two and had an absolute blast sloshing around the soaking wet streets.  I highly recommend shooting in the rain, it is a lot of fun!

These images were captured with a Fuji X-Pro2 and the Fujinon 50mm f/2 lens (with one or two exceptions).  All of the black and white images in this series were shot in the Acros+R film simulation and the colour images are a mix of Classic Chrome and Velvia.

I hope everyone is doing well, and I look forward to sharing a lot of work from Europe over the next few months!

Cheers,

Ian

Toronto Street Photography Part One – Sunshine

In July I spent a week in Toronto on business:  a 3 day street photography workshop, a photowalk with my friends at Fujifilm Canada, meetings, and a day of private instruction with a student.  It was a whirlwind trip, to say the least.

When I teach, I rarely take photos as I am of the belief that my students should be the ones creating the images unless I am demonstrating something specific.  Experiential learning is so important to a student’s development, and every photo that I don’t take is one that I can help a student create instead.  Still, I did manage to grab an occasional frame during the week, mostly during walks between meetings, after each workshop day, or during quick meal breaks.  That last part is so important: never forget to carve out a few minutes here and there with a camera in your hands doing what you love.

Now that the summer rush is over I finally have time to get to these images.  This blog post will feature a few photographs taken during the sunny summer weather you’d expect in Toronto.  Don’t think of them as a series though, they really are just small snippets of life observed as I walked around the city.  We also had a few hours of torrential rain, however, and part two of this series will feature a few photos from that.

All of these images were taken with either the Fujifilm X100F or the X-Pro2 (usually with the 50mm f/2 lens).  All processing was done using either the Classic Chrome film simulation (colour images) or Acros+R (black and white images).

Talk soon!

Ian