How do I view the city? It’s a city that is changing constantly and a city we call home. It’s also a city where we work and play. It’s more than that. For photographers, it is our canvas. I’ve been exploring the city for months and the experience is incredible. Not only is it good exercise, but it feels like you’re exploring the a different world. Toronto is more than just the CN Tower. Scratch the surface and you’re walking into parts unknown.
West Don Lands
One of my favourite spots in the city is the West Don Lands. The West Don Lands features the Martin Goodman Trail and a multi-use park, Corktown Common. The park features a fantastic view of the skyline and it is also located next to Toronto’s newest neighbourhood, the Canary District, once home to the Toronto 2015 Pan Am/Parapan Am Athletes Village. As I spent time at Corktown Common, I was drawn to its natural beauty and design especially when the sunset hits.
Queen Street Viaduct
Within walking distance of the park lies a bridge known as the Queen Street Viaduct. What’s unique about the bridge is that there is a transcription written “This river I step in is not the river I stand in.” Underneath the bridge lies the Don River flowing.
Another part of the city I always seem to traverse is downtown. It’s the hustle and bustle and it’s the heart of the city. Walking along Queen Street, you can tell that there’s a certain hipness that adds character from concert venues to small businesses. You can also tell that along Queen and Spadina lies the grit known as Graffiti Alley. Walls covered with art make it the perfect backdrop for portraits and landscapes.
I enjoy exploring the city. There’s more to The 6ix than the iconic CN Tower. There’s parks, street art, architecture, ravines and valleys; even subway stations with unique and intricate designs. I capture what I see on the streets. Inspiration is in the details.
Want to showcase the beauty of the city through the use of your DSLR
or smartphone? Here are five tips to capture the 6ix through your lens.
- Don’t be afraid to change perspective. Try shooting from different angles.
- Scout out locations. This is a very important tip when you’re taking pictures. Use your surroundings to find and capture unique shots.
- Always shoot manual in RAW/NEF when shooting with DSLR Cameras. You can change the ISO, shutter speed, aperture, white balance so you can edit it in Photoshop or Adobe Lightroom.
- Use social media to share your photos. Instagram is a great platform for photographers. You can learn a lot from other photographers; how they capture each shot and use hashtags to be featured.
- Always charge your batteries the day before you go out to shoot. Who knows how long you’ll spend outdoors shooting and the one shot you really want to take… the battery ends up dying on you.