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Hugh’s Weekly Photo Challenge: Week 27 – ‘Vintage’

“Casa Loma Telephone”Vintage – a repost from awhile back. Here’s the original post “Sir Henry’s Phone” which appeared back in September 2015.

Nikon D300
Tamron SP 70-200mm f/2.8 Di VC USD
 @ 95mm
1/15 sec @ f/2.8, ISO 250

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“Conservatory Fountain” – Casa Loma, Toronto

“Conservatory Fountain” - Casa Loma

Another long exposure from my visit to Toronto’s Casa Loma. This one is from the Conservatory. A bright spacious room, with a stunning stained glass domed roof. The Conservatory once once held beautiful plants in all seasons. Today it is largely empty but beautiful, nonetheless. The Conservatory is surrounded by large, ornate windows, has Italian marble floors in pink and grey and the walls are lined with pink Ontario marble, quarried in the Bancroft area.

I was fascinated by the fountain, located in an alcove, which was running very slowly and I wanted to see what the image would look like as a long exposure. By Tamron 70-200mm f/2.8 has incredible vibration reduction, so I took my chances on a narrow aperture, long exposure, to see what the final image might look like.

The image above is the result of a 1/8 sec handheld exposure. It freezes the water drops as they fall from the fountain bowls, yet still captures the details of the fountain itself.

I have not been to Casa Loma for about 40 years. My last memory was going there on a school trip, but I remember how grand the building was. It was definitely worth the re-visit.

Nikon D300
Tamron 70-200mm @ 155mm
1/8 sec @ f/29, ISO 250

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“Sir Henry’s Phone” – Casa Loma, Toronto

“Casa Loma Telephone”

On a recent visit to Toronto’s only castle, Casa Loma, I set out to make my photos with existing light only. It would be an interesting experience, since the castle is filled with so many 20th century items, including more telephones than I could count. It seemed every room and hallway had a phone. I suppose I should not be surprised, since there are 98 rooms in the 64,700 square foot building.

The lighting that day was very nice and I was able to make several photos of rooms and architectural details. This photo really appeals to me. Given the light coming in through the window and the dark to gold tones on the old telephone in Sir Henry Pellat’s Study, I was able to capture the image in a style that resembles a Dutch Golden Age or Baroque style. And, as I look at the image, I can only imagine the conversations that took place on this phone, so many years ago.

As I said earlier, this image was made using existing light only. Something the technology of modern photographic lenses makes possible through advanced image stabilization and fast optics. I was able to shoot this at 1/15th of a second, handheld, which is pretty awesome and opens up so many possibilities.

Nikon D300
Tamron 70-200 mm @ 95mm
1/15 sec @ f/2.8, ISO 250

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