Sunday, January 31, 2010
Thursday, January 28, 2010
Peek outside on a snowy afternoon and the world moves in slow motion. Jumbo flakes float to the ground and coat your cracked sidewalks and patchy lawns in a thin blanket of bright white. Winds whisper through the willows as you strap your boots on and bundle up to head outside.
Making those first fresh footprints in the snow is a great feeling. You’re an explorer blazing a new trail, a skier hitting the slopes early, or just a suburban hiker carving a new path home.
I love stepping on clean white snow with my winter boots on. that noise it makes... it is just one of those things you love. Unfortunately, Toronto winter hasn't been too great on snow this year. Seemed like we had whole bunch at the beginning but then nothing but cold wind. Arg.... Winter this year is so messed up :-S
article from 1000 Awesome things
Sunday, January 24, 2010
Rose-Angeli Ringor, Flux, 2010.
Alisha Marie Boyd, Experimental Vessel Series, 2009-10
Amanda McCavour, Stand-In for Home, 2009-10
Margaret Lim, Facets, 2009-10
Niko Dimitrijevic, That One Wish...., 2010
Johanna Schmidt, Untitled, 2010
Patrycja Zwierzynska, White Snowflakes and Black Clouds, 2009
Micah Adams, Plain Jane Monuments: An Ode to My Future Wife, 2009-10
Shu-yu Lu, So far, so close, 2009-10
Adriana McNeely, On The Go Joe, 2010
Norah Deacon, Nesting, 2010
A MUST SEE exhibition!!!
Not only because it is at HFC, but because it is AMAZING!
Winter 2010 Exhibitions
Saturday 23 January 10 — Sunday 04 April 10
Visual Arts, Harbourfront Centre
Thursday, January 21, 2010
Friday, January 15, 2010
Time-Lapse Sequences Speed Up Toronto
Time-lapse photography is one of the most intriguing ways to capture the bustle and complexity of a major city like Toronto. Made up of hundreds of still photographs, these sequences accentuate activity via fragmentation and speed. Although film-like, they actually achieve a very different effect than the seamless flow produced by cameras that capture 24 to 60 frames per second.
Depending on the lighting conditions, a photographer working on a time-lapse sequence may capture as little as two or three images in a minute. But, when "stitched" together and sped up, the result is a fast-paced and often mechanized version of the world.
I love a a good time-lapse sequence, particularly those that shed new light on subject matter than in and of itself may seem somewhat stale. Fortunately, the blogTO Flickr pool has some pretty talented photographers who have dabbled with this technique to impressive results. Here are some of my favourites.
The always innovative Sam Javanrouh is behind the first two time-lapses featured here. The lead, which was taken during (and after) earth hour in 2008, underscores just how much air traffic crosses the sky over Toronto. Beyond that, it's just a fantastic sequence.
The above sequence is precisely what I look for in time-lapse work: the defamiliarization effect. A single capture of the Toronto Coach Terminal and the adjacent parking lot would be pretty much devoid of visual interest. The hundreds of stills run in sequence, on the other hand, drive home just what a busy hub the terminal at Dundas And Edward streets really is.
Flickr member, PDPhotography, also has some fantastic time-lapse sequences on offer. The one embedded above is particularly fitting given the time of year. And, I must say, it's rather enjoyable to watch the Zamboni move so quickly. If only such a thing were possible in reality.
Those working with time-lapse photography will often add music to their sequences to animate them even further. Some pairings work better than others, but when a good match is found (as demonstrated above), the resulting narrative tends to remind me of a film-trailer.
Construction and other drawn-out processes are the perfect subject matter for time-lapse photography. It's always difficult to conceive of the seemingly endless number of steps that occur between the breaking of ground and the completion of a major project. But, with a little help from photographers like ethervizion and the sequence above, a sense of order and purpose is revealed.
Thanks goes to the photographers for their amazing work!
Credits: Stars and Planes, wvs/Sam Javanrouh; Parking Timelapse, wvs/Sam Javanrouh; Ice Time, PDPhotography; King via Broadview, PDPhotography; Tumbling billboards, ethervizion (more of the set here).
Thursday, January 14, 2010
cc and I've been collecting changes since June and literally I've been collecting chagnes... pennies, nickels, dimes and such..
cc, however, collected loonies and toonies..
so when my piggy was almost full and heavy his was only half full
but we both ended up with almost the same amount of money totally to about $80.
piggy bank opening ceremony
the grand total of $78.94
we are collecting again for second time
and this time I will beat his amount by waaaaaayyy beyond~ hahahaha
Monday, January 11, 2010
Thursday, January 7, 2010
Wednesday, January 6, 2010
fun scrabbling with cc
TREADING cost him whopping 108 points!!
I felt so cheated, having offered him two extra points per word. damn!
should have known..
nevertheless, a great challenge indeed.
more motivation to expand my vocabularies.