Toronto Urban Photography Workshop – Sept. 24-26

I recently had the pleasure of attending a photography workshop in Toronto. The workshop was hosted by Chris Marquardt (who came all the way from Germany) and Sean Galbraith. We studied all things relating to urban photography – angles, composition, and of course people. It was a blast, to say the least. I got to know many other local photographers, took some outstanding photos, and was able to spend the mornings and nights with Desi, which was heaven. 🙂

A lot of the photos that I captured were spontaneous, and there are so many great ones. One that really stands out is a photograph from the roof of the building our workshop was held in:

Another interesting element to the workshop was photographing strangers. Approaching random, unknown people and asking them to take their photo. It was new to me, and I was nervous…. then shocked at how willing people were to have their picture taken. The more interesting the person, the more likely they would enjoy the chance to me photographed. Check out a few of them, and the other street photos, in this gallery:

How, there was another part to this workshop. Sean Galbraith is a well known and acclaimed Urban Exploration Photographer, and has a television series out on the topic. Basically, the idea is trespassing through abandoned buildings to explore and photograph them. We did a little of that too, on an unofficial part of the workshop. We traveled to an abandoned pig slaughterhouse in Toronto that was destroyed by fire a few years back and never reopened. The gate was open and so was the door, so we wandered in with our cameras. I ended up with some great (and creepy) photos:

Sean was a great host for this segment, and I learned more than I imagined from Chris during the rest of the workshop. There were 17 participants on the workshop, and I got to know quite a few of them over the weekend. Some came from the US, Saskatchewan, and even a participant from Germany, and everyone took outstanding photos. Thanks everyone! I’ll keep in touch with many of you, and feel free to send me an e-mail for any reason.

Macro Photography Showcase

I’ve been meaning to write this post for some time – I have taken quite a few macro photos this summer with my Canon MP-E 65mm lens and a ring flash, the perfect combination to get up close and personal with flowers and insects. How close? Well, here is a photo of pollen:

And how about a portrait of a Bumble Bee, sticking its “tongue” out at you?

I hope you all enjoy these photos – but be warned: there are some pretty close spider photos in the mix. If you’re not a fan of the 8-legged critters, you might want to pick and choose the ones you view. 🙂