Thursday, March 31, 2011

So long March, don't come back

I didn't pick a very nice day to test out some manual flash settings that I learnt about yesterday on Strobist and scattershot genius.

Wednesday, March 30, 2011

The case of the curious dog and the Yonge Street piper

I'm pleased I decided to take a little detour on the way home tonight. Just one block out of my way and I stumbled on this piper nestled between these beautiful old columns. I took a number of shots and then caught this gem. He was busking in celebration of Tartan Day, April 6th.

Monday, March 28, 2011

Subway emergency closure mob and the chief supervisor

Far from an artistic shot, but a snapshot of a far from pleasant day.

Sunday, March 27, 2011

Saturday, March 26, 2011

Friday, March 25, 2011

Wednesday, March 23, 2011

Rather alert considering...

My son arrived home from a very long trip back from Toulouse, France. He flew via Munich and had a few delays caused by a nasty Toronto snowstorm. I think he'd been up for almost 24 hours. He was in France on a 2 week student exchange and from all accounts he had a great time and is already talking about a return visit next summer.

Since I've been taking photos of my children continuously since they were babies, they are very comfortable in front of the camera and are great sports. My son, oftentimes strikes a comic pose like this one which I love.

Swiss knife silhouette

Swiss knife silhouette - #80/365, originally uploaded by PJMixer.

Monday, March 21, 2011

The Hilton's inviting glow

As I was setting up this shot I noticed an official looking gentleman approach, so I quickly asked if it ok to take a shot before he had a chance to say something. He was a security guard and we struck up a nice conversation as I was waiting for my boss and head out for dinner. We talked about photography, the hotel and his job. He didn't have a big problem with me taking a few shots as long as no guests were in the shot. But I didn't push my luck and only took two shots using my new Pod beanbag to support the camera on a flat ledge. I asked him if I could take his photo to add to my stranger project, but as expected he was on duty so he wasn't comfortable with it - but said he'd easily say yes if we met on the street.

Sunday, March 20, 2011

Dunvegan Road

Dunvegan Road - #78/365, originally uploaded by PJMixer.
Photoshop watercolor filter.

Friday, March 18, 2011

Giving him a piece of her mind - The Washer Woman Brawl dance

Part of a medieval presentation during March break at the Royal Ontario Museum (ROM).

Sunday, March 13, 2011

Pot hole and dent

Pot hole and dent - #71/365, originally uploaded by PJMixer.
On of the many pot holes on my street and across Toronto; my old '93 Mazda is in the background. I managed to move it from it's diminishing snow cocoon and take it around the block to give it a little love. I got the dent a few years ago from a anonymous admirer in Scarborough parking lot; the cost of fixing it is actually more than the value of the car.

The Streatles @ Tranzac

The Streatles @ Tranzac - #70/365, originally uploaded by PJMixer.

Friends invited us to join them to see their children's guitar teacher Edward, perform with his Beatles cover band The Streatles.  Our daughter joined us for a great evening of Beatles songs and good times.  Click here for the full set of photos.

Thursday, March 10, 2011

Wednesday, March 9, 2011

Trip of a lifetime excitement

I'm really exciting for my son (pictured on the right) as he begins his two week student exchange in Toulouse, France.

Tuesday, March 8, 2011

Underneath the table with Kooper

Idea taken from

Sunday, March 6, 2011

A snowy happy birthday to Toronto

Happy 177th Birthday Toronto (founded in 1834).

Saturday, March 5, 2011

Rainy day laughs

Rainy day laughs - #63/365, originally uploaded by PJMixer.
Actually, as my wife was was being a good sport and posing for a rainy day shot for me in the middle of the road, a car approaches fast and it turns of to be an old friend of ours passing by !

Friday, March 4, 2011

Harry Connick, Jr. intro from Rudy Blair

Harry Connick, Jr. did a brief interview with Rudy Blair from AM680, then signed autographs to promote his new CD/DVD at First Canadian Place on March 4th, 2011. I've seen Harry perform a couple of times, incl. his Toronto debut at Roy Thompson Hall in 1989. Click here for other shots.

Thursday, March 3, 2011