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Thursday Doors – April 06, 2017

“Inatowycz Hall’ - Royal Conservatory of Music

This week’s submission to Norm 2.0‘s Thursday Doors.

Thursday Doors is a weekly feature allowing door lovers to come together to admire and share their favourite door photos from around the world.

“Ihnatowycz Hall’ – Royal Conservatory of Music

Not far from my past two door posts, stands this lovely door, the entrance to the Royal Conservatory of Music’s Ihnatowycz Hall, which contains the Mazzoneli Concert Hall, a beautiful, intimate 237 seat concert hall. Originally known as McMaster Hall, the building underwent significant renovations in 2005 with a donation from Mr. Ian Ihnatowycz and his wife, Dr. Marta Witer — both Royal Conservatory alumni and was renamed in their honour. It’s one of Toronto’s hidden architectural gems. To my understanding, the building originally housed McMaster University, which moved to Hamilton, Ontario. The Royal Conservatory of Music moved into the building in 1963.

It’s a bit tough to get a good image of the door in the summer, as Bloor Street is lined with fairly thick trees. Despite this, the building has always attracted me, with its bright brickwork and I thought it high time that I add this to my door collection.

iPhone 7 back camera @ 4.0mm
1/340 sec;   f/1.8;   ISO 20

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“Algonquin Dreams”

Algonquin Dreams

“All things want to float as light as air through the world witnessing all that is. I am a mote of dust floating freely in the firmament, a person who merely is, and I feel full of joy for all worldly treasures, the immaculate gift of life.”
― Kilroy J. Oldster

8″ x 10″ acrylic on canvas.

I’m quite enjoying my new found hobby and getting the feel of the brush. This is my 9th painting, since taking it up in February. I have the advantage of having many photographs to base the paintings on, though I take quite a bit of liberty in my interpretation of the final image. I also have the advantage of being able to photograph them and retaining all the true colors.
The basis of this image was a canoe trip into Ontario’s Algonquin park, many years ago. I clearly recall the colours of the clouds on that warm, midsummer day, splashes of pinks amid the pure whites. Fond memories of blissful days on the water in my canoe.

 

“AGO Stairs in Mono”


This is perhaps the most photographed staircase in Toronto. The Douglas Fir clad stairs were designed by Frank Gehry as part of a major renovation of the Art Gallery of Ontario, known as the AGO and completed in 2008.

The curves, textures, and play of light are a photographer’s dream. I’ve made several images of the staircase, which extends up 5 stories and has 138 steps, but have never noticed this angle, which is shot from directly below the base. Had it not been for two small children looking up at it, I may have missed this opportunity. Ah, the eyes of children. They really do see things in the most wonderful ways.

iPhone 7 back camera @ 4.0mm
1/30 sec;   f/1.8;   ISO 40

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Thursday Doors – March 23, 2017

“Royal Ontario Museum - Front Doors”

This week’s submission to Norm 2.0‘s Thursday Doors.

Thursday Doors is a weekly feature allowing door lovers to come together to admire and share their favourite door photos from around the world.

“Royal Ontario Museum – Front Doors”

Today, something more local (I’ll return to Mexican doors soon).

The doors above are the old main entrance to the Royal Ontario Museum in Toronto, known locally as the ROM. I say old doors because these are the original front entrance to the museum. The main entrance has since been moved to the extremely modern ‘Crystal‘, which faces north, and is, in my opinion, ‘boring’. Don’t get me wrong, the architecture is very unique, but the doors do nothing to enhance it.

The old doors, facing east, are beautiful; embellished with wonderful stonework and carvings, the windows above inset with stained glass. I did not have my Nikon with me but was able to get a nice image of the doors and surrounding architecture with my iPhone. The light that morning was quite subdued but balanced. This image would be difficult to make mid day, all the features would be washed out, as you can see in the linked Streetview image.

When I made the image, this past Monday, I was very deliberate to take the time to really look at the door and its details. Despite that, I still missed many things, like the unique columns above the door and the wonderful scrollwork at the very top. So much so, that I cropped it as I made the photo. Though, it is quite grand and hard to fit in the frame. I did, however, notice the bright blue banners to either side, which looked like the sky and framed the facade, isolating it beautifully and giving it the appearance of standing alone.

In considering the image further, I realized that these doors are no longer used, except as an emergency exit, which is a bit sad.

iPhone 7 back camera @ 4.0mm
1/120 sec;   f/1.8;   ISO 32

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“Surf Fishing” – San Jose del Cabo

"Surf Fishing" - San Jose del Cabo“In every outthrust headland, in every curving beach, in every grain of sand there is the story of the earth.”
― Rachel Carson

My first real memory from my recent trip to Baja was hearing the Sea of Cortez surf pounding on the beach at San Jose del Cabo. I don’t mean surf ‘rolling’, I mean the surf here literally explodes as sea meets sand, on the steeply inclined shore, which causes the water to quickly recede, leading to strong undertow and rip-tides. It’s not safe for swimming, at least in this section of the beach.

While this image was made seconds after a large wave broke, and the surface seems relatively calm, you can see the explosive spray of waves as they break further along the beach, an area frequented by surf fishermen. I wondered why the surf was so much more intense in this area. While looking at satellite imagery, I noticed that the seabed is a bit shallower at this point, making for higher surf. It also makes it an ideal place for smaller bait fish to collect, attracting the larger sports fish, such as Dorado,  Jack Crevalle, Sierra, California Yellowtail, and Wahoo. And that, attracts the surf fishermen, which you can see on the sandy point.

The view here just resonated with me, as I looked across the bay to the distant hillside, the morning sun warmed my face, the sound of surf echoed in my ears, and the tang of the salty air, filled me with joy. It brings a smile to my face and a sense of calm, just recalling the moment.

Nikon D800
Nikkor 70-300mm f/4.5-5.6 G I AF-S VR Zoom @ 300mm
1/320 sec, f/9.0, ISO 200

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Thursday Doors – March 16, 2017

“House of the War”

This week’s submission to Norm 2.0‘s Thursday Doors.

Thursday Doors is a weekly feature allowing door lovers to come together to admire and share their favourite door photos from around the world.

“House of the War” – Art District, San Jose del Cabo

Today, I’m returning to yet another interesting door in San Jose del Cabo’s Art District. This one just screamed out “Take a picture of me!” It is such a bold and different door, though I’m not sure how practical it is, since the door panels overlap. It makes me wonder about the intent, both for the door and for the name of the art studio behind them. The bold red and painted flowers certainly got my attention.

Like last week, I checked out the door on Google Streetview and it looks completely different.

One final note on some of these facades, which is really what they are. What, at first glance, looks like concrete, is really, in most cases, styrofoam coated in adobe or plaster and painted to look like stone.

I do have to apologize for the quality of the image, which I usually take great pride in, but I was travelling in unknown parts and had to rely on my iPhone and harsh mid-day light.

iPhone 5s back camera @ 4.2mm
1/1150 sec;   f/2.2;   ISO 32

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