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Then and Now Project July 20, 2014

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This is an interesting project to get you out and about.  While surfing the web on day I came across some very old photos of my neighborhood.   I have to thank the Vintage Toronto Facebook group for this.  I printed the old photos as started walking around to line op the angles.   Some “finds” were obvious, but some were more of a challenge as the building did not exist any longer.  Google earth is also a good source for finding locations, but to get the view just right, you will have to go to the location is person.

It also is a great way to meet people.  I have been approached while setting up a shot by interested passers by.  I got a few stories about the area from the past.  Locals are very willing to share, just respect property lines and privacy.

The results are very satisfying.



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To line up the before and now images, I used a little android app called PhotoGrid.   It was quick and simple.

So, get out and visit some local history.  It is fun and rewarding…..and you get some exercise.




The ROM Expedition June 25, 2012

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ROM 295ROM 282ROM 279ROM 189ROM 178ROM 174
ROM 172ROM 170ROM 169ROM 168ROM 164ROM 139
ROM 129ROM 127ROM 110ROM 104ROM 095ROM 091
ROM 082ROM 079ROM 071ROM 061ROM 060ROM 050

ROM, a set on Flickr.

I moved to Ontario in the early 1990s. The Royal Ontario Museum has always been on my “To Do” list. Years passed and it never bubbled to the top of my list. Embarrassingly, I work just blocks away and see it every day from my local Starbucks.

Recently, my son’s fascination with dinosaurs, made me think of it again.

Maggie was working on Saturday, so I asked my 6 year old if he would like to see some Dino bones. He was “all in” to say the least.

Saturday arrived and the two adventurers boarded the subway and headed to St. George Station. We entered, and were greeted by the helpful staff. William and I wandered around with no plan at all (sometimes that is the best way). I let William lead from one display to the next. “Look! Look! Look!”, he chirped with excitement. Today was not the day to stop and read. Today was the day to run behind and watch him take it all in.
This place is huge! Why did I wait so long to experience this amazing place?

William and I wandered around through all the exhibits. Some had to be experienced 2 and 3 times. He and I loved the bat cave best. He saw a mummy first hand. I made mental notes, “next time we come, I want to see this and that”.

Our stomachs informed us that it was lunch time, so we stopped at the café. At the table, we made plans to revisit the dinos before we left. Tummies full and a game plan agree to, we made our way back to the exhibits. This time William slowed down and showed me all the characters from the Ice age movies.

After the last visit with the dinosaurs, we headed to the gift shop. I thought for sure a huge stuffed Dino would be requested. Instead, William approached me with a stuffed bat toy. William promptly named it “Screacher”. We bought a mummy for mommy and a book for me (no surprise).

Saying good bye, we left the museum and headed towards my office to catch the train home. We stopped to look at the Indy Car on the tea cups.
ROM 303

ROM 300

It was such a lovely day. We both learned something today.

William is an excellent teacher.

Steep Climb August 7, 2011

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Steep Climb 2 by Roger's Eye
Steep Climb 2 a photo by Roger’s Eye on Flickr.

I was in the Toronto harbor yesterday on a friend’s boat. We cruzed by the Island airport as Porter Air was flying out. If you zoom image to full size you can seen a corkscrew effect behind the propellers. That was a new one for me. I love finding pleasent suprises when looking into the details.

Thx 🙂

Duet April 23, 2011

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Duet by Roger's Eye
Duet a photo by Roger’s Eye on Flickr.

Nothing more haunting than a wolf pack howl. We enjoyed their song for 10 minutes or so. I was glad I had my 300 lens to capture it.


Planet Toronto April 19, 2011

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Planet Toronto v2 by Roger's Eye
Planet Toronto v2 a photo by Roger’s Eye on Flickr.

I know that there are the purists that may not like photo manipulation. For me, I have cleaned up, adjusted levels and cropped my photographs. I think is one of the key advanteges to the digital age of photography.

The above is a heavily twisted photo of mine of Toronto. I saw the effect on the web and thought I would try the same.

I think it turned out very well.

It is very easy to do. This link gave me all that I needed.


Guildwood March 30, 2011

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Guildwood, a set on Flickr.

This is a little gem is in Guildwood. Totally worth wandering around and getting glimpses of Toronto’s past before glass and steel.