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Thursday Doors – September 01, 2016

“Provost’s Lodge Door” - University of Toronto

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.

As the name tag indicates, this is the door to the Provost’s Lodge at Trinity College, part of the University of Toronto. It’s part of a full day photo shoot I did at the U of T a few weeks ago. The light that morning was wonderful and soft, reflecting off the ground and nicely filling the shadows for me.

Nikon D800
Tamron SP 70-200mm f/2.8 Di VC USD
 @ 70 mm
1/60 sec, f/4.0, ISO 200

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“Millstone & Hammer” Black Creek Pioneer Village

Millstone and Hammer - Black Creek Pioneer Village

It would seem I am on a black and white theme lately?

The photo above was made at a local pioneer village, which is made up of many historic buildings from the area which have been moved to a central location. Inside this village sits Roblin’s Mill which was originally built in 1842 in Ameliasburg, Ontario in Prince Edward County. It is a fully functioning mill, and as such, is the only operating stone mill in Toronto.

I have been to this building may times and made photos of windows, timberland gears. On this particular day, the dim sunlight was shining on one of the mill wheels that was exposed to show how it worked. Someone had left a hammer sitting on the wheel and it made a nice composition.

It was a low light situation and I did not use a flash and was pleased at just how well the VR on my sense worked at 1/10th of a second handheld. I really should have used a tripod!

Nikon D300
Nikor 70-300 mm f/4.5-5.6, @ 70 mm
1/10 sec, f/4.5, ISO 800

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“Post Office Lion”

“Lion Gargoyle” - Post Office, Ottawa

This beautiful statue sits outside the Canada Post Office at Sparks Street and Elgin St.

I was standing outside, waiting for the rest of my group to mail something and thought this might make a nice photo. It was mid-morning and the light was softened by a low cloud deck. All the elements seemed to be aligned. The colour version was quite nice, but I really like him in black and white. All the tones and structure seem so much more pronounced. There is something about stone carvings that appeals to me. I can imagine the artist working on it and carving all the fine details. The other nice feature about this statue that I am more aware of now, is that it is not covered with ‘anti-pigeon’ spikes. I see that in a lot of old buildings lately. It was not something obvious, but when I review the photos I can’t help but notice. The netting and spikes keep the stone clean, but they sure a distraction from the fine workmanship. I guess it’s all about compromise.

Nikon D300
Tamron 70.0-200.0 mm f/2.8 @ 70 mm
1/400 sec @  f/10,  ISO 250

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Martello Tower Staircase – Kingston, Ontario

“Martelllo Tower Staircase”  -Kingston, Ontario

The city of Kingston, Ontario was a military outpost for many years. The War of 1812, between America and Britain (Upper Canada), caused to be built many fortifications. Among them Fort Henry and supporting structures such as several Martello Towers which still stand today, beautifully preserved.

I had the opportunity this summer to tour one of these amazing structures, which at one time held about 20 soldiers to be on watch for, and repel, any attacks from America over Lake Ontario and the adjoining shoreline. The tower also contains a 35 pound cannon which rotates 360 degrees.

I was particularly taken with the amazing stonework and especially this winding staircase which come down from the upper cannon level to the main floor. I like the way the light shines up the stairs and reflects off the stonework.

iPhone 5S
1/120 sec @ f/2.2, ISO 320