street photography

3 Year Anniversary!

WordPress 3 Year Anniversary

Wow! I can’t believe I started blogging three years ago. A lot has changed in the time since I started this blog, including the reason I started blogging.

In the beginning, I created a blog with the idea that I would write about the things that were going on in the industry I was trying to enter… fundraising. Without successfully landing my dream job, and not having many experiences to write about, I did as many of us do with a blog when we are starting out, and that is to just let it lie.

Over the next two years my ideas about the blog evolved and I went through short spurts of new blogger excitement, but I continued to struggle to find my spot in the blogosphere. My writing frequency, and my site views struggled too. Discouraged but still determined to make this dead horse of a blog work, I decided to give it one last shot, so in early 2014 I decided to start sharing the photos I was taking.

On Jan, 15, 2014 I published a post called Hair May Come and Go, but Friendships Stay The Same, and I was suddenly hooked. I began publishing with more frequency, participating in the WordPress Weekly Photo Challenges, and commenting on other people’s blogs. The more I blogged, the more fun I had, and the more hooked I became. The hard work I’ve put into the blog has definitely started to pay off, particularly in 2014, and I don’t really consider those first two years as blogging time. But in reality, I guess I was technically blogging in that time, and when I look back on it I think I learned a lot about the process.

I have made a LOT  of great friends through this process, and I’m thankful for that. Blogging has been a tremendous creative outlet for me, and I love what I, and others on WordPress have created. This is such a fantastic, close nit community, and I am so grateful for all of you who have encouraged and motivated me along the way.

Shane

My Last Street Image… For Now

This is the final street image I took while still living in Toronto.

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May in Toronto is a wonderful time of year; the weather is cool, but not cold; the air quality is manageable; and everyone is happy.

A couple of days before making the move to Ottawa, I took an evening stroll through my neighbourhood to unwind and gather my thoughts while in the midst of the mayhem that is moving. And of course, I took my camera along. The funny thing was, even though I had taken photos all over the city, I had almost no shots of my own neighbourhood. I only took three shots that night, but I came away with one that I really liked… this one. And true to my style, I was a spur of the moment snap.

I’m not sure why, but I like everything about this shot. Maybe it’s because it reminds me of everything we loved about living in that part of town. It was one of the trendiest parts of Toronto, but it was quaint and had a relaxed suburban feel. The streets were wide, there were parks and trees everywhere, and you couldn’t walk five feet without passing a place to eat or grab a coffee.

Next week I am making a return to the old city, and I couldn’t be more excited. Yes, it’ll be a chance for my wife and I to have a couple of days to ourselves, but I am so excited to visit the streets I know so well, see old friends, and take some pictures… obviously! I hope to have some new stories and adventures to share on the blog after the trip, but until then, enjoy a taste of home.

 

 

Weekly Photo Challenge: Symmetry

Order has been a very important thing for me from as far back as I can remember. When I was a child in school, I was often the only kid in class with a tidy desk, notebooks stacked largest to smallest, pencils aligned. And because books and papers were always exploding out of the desks of many of my classmates, we always had to turn our desks in toward each other so our teachers didn’t have to see the mess. I’ve always found it calming to have things in order, and I’m not sure if I have been like that from birth, or if it was a learned trait.

However, in photography, I often write about using lines to throw interest points off centre. For me, this technique helps to create interest in my images and help viewers see an otherwise ordinary scene in a different way… hopefully. But on occasion, I find beauty in symmetry

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Weekly Photo Challenge: Depth

This week’s photo challenge prompted me to think about why I take photos the way I do, and the short answer is because I try to create interest by incorporating depth in my scenes. I almost always use some sort of angle that creates leading lines in some direction or another, but I’m also a big fan of including a shallow depth of field to help isolate my subject matter.

In the end, my goal is to create a scene that makes you feel like you can walk into.

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