Musicians at Union Station. EF 50mm/1.4 @ f/2.2, 1/160s, ISO1600, +1/3EV, adjusted for skin tone, cropped.
CN Tower and Skydome from the Gardiner Expressway off-ramp. Photographed with a Canon S60 in Program mode.
Late breakfast at Tim Hortons. The first in a study of restaurant patrons seen from the outside. Inspired by Edward Hopper's "Nighthawks".
Waiting for the pizza at the Lakeview Pizzeria.
Flatiron Coupola at dusk.
Corrected for perspective, contrast adjusted.
Looking west from Front and Church, the Gooderham Building is contrasted against the modern bank towers and the CN Tower. Two photo stitched together and corrected for prespective.
Berczy Park Christmas Tree 1.
In early November, the fountain in Berczy Park is turned off and in early December a tall Christmas tree made of lights is erected.
Berczy Park Christmas Tree 2.
In early November, the fountain in Berczy Park is turned off and in early December a tall Christmas tree made of lights is erected.
Yonge street at Richmond, looking north.
Harry Hippo amphibious tour bus.
The blue street banners in the background are advertising the "Lord of the Rings" musical which premiered in Toronto in 2005.
Hard Rock Cafe tour bus.
Advertising banner for "Sex and the City".
I only took the photo because the woman, waiting for her husband at the parking meter, was wearing the exact shade of pink as the ad.
Illuminated CN Tower from Front and Bay streets, Union Station is in the foreground.
Taken in Dec. 2007 when the tower began to be lit with super-bright LEDs that could be programmed to change colours. If you look carefully to the left of the tower, between the first and second red lights, you will see a green light of a passing airplane.
Window of The Senator restaurant.
The Victoria street entrance of the Canon Theater can be seen in the reflection; Riverdance was playing at the time.
Taxi waiting to turn at Yonge and Wellington.
I was in front of the Irish Embassy Pub, photographing the old buildings across the street when this taxi pulled up right in front of me.
Bicycle courier balancing at a standstill, waiting for the traffic light on King street at Yonge.
Repairing the sidewalk on King street (continued from the previous photograph.) The newspaper headlines, "France says no", are about the results of the referendum on the EU Constitution.
The Beer Bistro is in the background.
The CN Tower photographed on the day after the Burj Dubai surpassed it as the world's tallest building. On the right, is one of the three domes of St. George's Greek Orthodox Church, which was originally a synagogue.
Mural advertising the Senator restaurant. One day, a building will rise from the adjacent parking lot and obscure the artwork forever. The big grey monstrosity hulking in the background is the former Olympic Museum, now CITY TV HQ.
Dundas Square panorama, looking south from Yonge and Dundas, June 2009. The Hard Rock Cafe and the Canon Theater are on the right. The intersection recently became a Scramble Crossing-- traffic stops in both directions and pedestrians cross diagonally.
7-11 store under construction.
Hotdog vendor in front of Old City Hall. The memorial commemorating the deaths in The Great War can be seen behind the vendor's umbrellas. TTC street car number 4240 is making the Queen 501 westbound run.
The Dundas TTC streetcar detours on to Church street while repair crews work on the derailed streetcar (photo 1 of 3).
TTC streetcar derailed on Dundas at Church. Note the pieces of metal in the foreground just behind the pylon (photo 2 of 3).
TTC crewman inspects the wheels of a derailed streetcar on Dundas at Church (photo 3 of 3).
Enjoying an afternoon coffee break.
Playing hacky sack at Dundas Square.
Afternoon sun glinting off the CN tower, July 21, 2004.
The summer sun sets on the "mountain peaks" of downtown Toronto (1 of 3).
The summer sun sets in the "canyons" of downtown Toronto. The empty space on the right is now occupied by the Bay Adelaide tower (2 of 3).
Sunset in the downtown Toronto "canyon" at Bay and Wellington (3 of 3).
At left, waiting for the Queen 501 streetcar at Yonge street. On the right, is the entrance to the Queen Street subway stop. The Maritime Life Insurance building, completed in 2003, incorporated the Edwardian Baroque (?) façade of the Bank of Montreal building built in 1910.
Parking lot attendant at his post, June 2005.
Three architectural styles: the cornice of the neo-classical building from c. 1900s; the Bank of Nova Scotia building (with flag) designed by Mathers and Haldenby, completed in 1951; and the CIBC building designed by I.M.Pei, built in 1973.
Toronto skyline at night, taken from a moving car on the Gardiner Expressway; the tall building in the center is the Canada Trust tower (Nightlife: 1 of 2).
George Vari Centre for Computing and Engineering, Ryerson University (Nightlife: 2 of 2).
Sculpture in the atrium of the IDC building ("Up Stairs, Down Stairs" 1 of 3).
Rear fire-escape stairs and billboard, Massey Hall. The patterns of the repair on the wall reminded me of stick-figures running down the stairs ("Up Stairs, Down Stairs" 2 of 3).
Descending the stairs to the subway at Union Station ("Up Stairs, Down Stairs" 3 of 3).
The Fall sun setting on King street at Bay.
Two TTC streetcars pass as the sun sets at Yonge and King.
A closeup of the main deck of the CN Tower. This week the Burj Khalifa was inaugurated as the tallest building in the world (828m).
Architectural detail: cornice and Ionic pilasters.
Newspaper boxes at Bay and Wellington. Will they still be there in 10 years?
The original Bank of Montreal façade (c. 1910) at the base of the Maritime Life building, Yonge and Queen.
BCE Place (Allen Lambert) Galleria, Toronto. This is a photograph I took at 1/5s shutter while holding my breath-- a completely lucky shot.
Noir Alley. If I was aware of the Rule of Thirds at the time, I would have framed this photo differently. I converted this to black and white because the orange lamp-colour spoiled the mood and added nothing to the original photograph.
St. Michael's Cathedral Papal Memorial, Sat. Apr. 9th, 2005 before the 5PM service; the weekend after the death of Pope John Paul II.
Two-image panorama of Dundas Street East, looking south from the 4th floor of the CCE building, summer 2004.
Shadow study 01: against a brick wall.
Shadow study 02: shadow intruding.
Shadow study 03: willow tree and grass.
Shadow study 05: willow tree and snow.
Shadow study 04: tree and bench in winter.
Suburban winter scene.
Snowfall on Dundas street.
Bell Canada manhole cover with snow melted in the shape of a boot.
Flight from danger.
Port Credit GO Station parking lot.
Track 3 at Port Credit GO station during a snowfall, while waiting for the train.
Business Depot storefront at night. I believe those bicycle racks are unique to Toronto.
Lottery kiosk under the clock.
Bell Canada public phones (1 of 3). See next photo for close-up of the "note" and the photo after it shows the empty spot in Feb. 2010.
Odd note on public phones (photo 2 of 3). These notes were placed on all the public phones on the streets surrounding St. Michael's Cathedral in Toronto.
Former location of two Bell Canada public phones-- see two photographs back (photo 3 of 3). This location has regressed as a communications hub-- from telephones to carrier pigeons.
A bank of public phones at Union Station. This area is completely different now.
CN Tower seen from Bathurst Street.
Telephone poles against a crescent moon at dusk.
RBC Royal Bank tower at sunset, seen from Commerce Court.
Entrance to the United Metropolitan Church rectory.
Using the Bank of Montreal ATM.
Group of women at the Mr. Sub on Bathurst Street.
Discount King, which, not surprisingly, closed down a few years ago, as the merchandise was mostly, if not entirely, crap. It also didn't help that the storefront was so uninviting.
Filling up at the Esso self-service gas station.
Arcade Mall Food Court. Now closed, along with the building housing it.
211 (A/B/C) Church Street mailboxes. As of 2009, this building no longer exists; it is now a parking lot.
House sparrows enjoying a free lunch in Berczy Park.
VIA train departures board and information desk in the Grand Hall at Union Station, Toronto.
Waiting to cross Bay street at Wellington.
The top part of the Triad sculpture.
Stained glass window in St. Michael's Cathedral.
Flatiron (Gooderham) building.
I am trying to decide between calling it either the Curvy Building or the Wavy Building.
It was only later that I noticed the woman in the ad mimicking the gesture of the man on the left.
An evening at Starbucks.
Children at play.
Poster for the 2010 Toronto Japanese Short Film Festival.
The CN Tower, seen from Bay street, reflected on one of the TD Bank towers on Wellington.
Waiting for pizza.
Stand Apart: Sony VAIO billboard advertisment.
(Update: replaced with a new one July 2010).
Sitting on the benches in front of St. James Cathedral.
The last parking spot.
Late night falafel.
Late night burger.
Late night hotdog.
Late night sub (and one undecided diner).
Pawnbroker's window display: hearts and crosses.
(Good Friday Foto)
Late night pizza (look closely).
Late night manicure.
Late night souvlaki.
(Update: Closed July 2010).
Love is in the air.
Coffee, black; Macbook, white.
Triad sculpture at the Citi plaza.
Late night spring rolls.
TTC streetcar advertising a winter vacation in the Bahamas.
Giant book blowout.
Promotional advertising at Union Station for the Blu-ray release of Avatar.
Billboards advertising coming attractions at the St. Lawrence Centre for the Performing Arts.
Balconies and windows.
Downtown buildings, looking south, at sunset.
The Royal York Hotel, opposite Union Station.
Postal station A, at the east end of Union Station, with golden light reflected from the Royal Bank tower across the street. The names appearing on the frieze are those of significant men in Canada's railway history.
The building is currently occupied by Scotiabank and will become a public entrance once the revitalization of Union Station is completed in 2015.
A difficult choice.
Late night walk with the dog.
Red and white construction crane against a clear, blue winter sky.
Point and shoot. The camera looks like a Canon SD780.
Detail of a single panel of the door to the Sultan's Tent restaurant.
Waiting to cross Church Street at King, on a rainy day (from the "Waiting..." series).
Waiting to cross Bay at Front.
Solid gold covered glass façade of the Royal Bank building on Front and Bay seen from the Union Station moat. There is a total of $1M worth of gold in the glass coating but due to the fabrication method, it cannot be extracted.
Waiting for track departure information in the Union Station concourse on the day of the freight train derailment at Pickering GO.
Photographing the hydro towers from a train, I accidently photographed this girl strolling by.
Waiting for the doors to open on Platform 5, Toronto Union Station.
Late night fill-up.
Investigation of a train-pedestrian fatality in progress. It is common for such fatalities to increase during stock market crashes (as happened in September 2008 when this photo was taken).
Ryerson students from the Radio, Television Arts program working on their assignment. The pigeon just happened to be passing by.
CN Tower at sunset.
Waiting for the bus at Bay and Front.
Sisters, at the Victoria Restaurant.
Cigar store Indian.
One of the resident Union Station pigeons. Just behind is "the moat" and even more birds sitting over the the walkway between the train station (on the right) and the subway. In the far background is the Dominion Building.
Crossing Richmond at Church.
Two-image panorama of the Union Station "moat". The black dots on the ledge in the top-left corner are pigeons roosting.
The Dominion Building, built in 1935, spans the length of Front Street between Bay and Yonge.
DSLR video shoot at the Hockey Hall of Fame entrance, photographed from across the street.
Sparrow on a tree branch.
TD Centre sculpture on Wellington and Bay.
Sushiman restaurant (now closed) menu sign (note typo and photographer's reflection).
Sushiman restaurant (now closed) interior.
Terroni restaurant (now moved to the old Adelaide Street Courthouse).
Waiting to be served at Mama's Pizza. Who chose the font for the overhead menus?
Looking east as a GO train leaves the station. In the background is The Esplanade and the back of the Dominion Building.
Pediment above the door of the Hockey Hall of Fame building, formerly a Bank of Montreal.
Another view of The Esplanade seen from the Bay Street entrance to Union Station. The GO bus station in the middle-right, the Dominion Building on the left.
Architectural detail, St. James' Cathredral. The base of the arches above the side doors have a carving of a head.
CN Tower peeking through three towers of the TD Centre, seen from Bay and King. Note the traffic sign showing both stop and walk icons.
Michael Jackson mural at the "Harlem" restaurant. Note the personal tributes written on the pillars.
Guerrilla art mural on an exposed wall beside a recently demolished building.
Railway bridge over Yonge Street, looking south from Front Street.
The Dominion Building and illuminated CN Tower. Happy Canada Day!
U.S. flag flying in front of the Royal York Hotel. Happy 4th of July!
Need a coat?
On the right is the TD Bank Plaze designed by Mies van der Rohe and on the left, in the background, is the entrance to Calatrava's galleria.
Homeless person sleeping on a heat vent. He fell asleep in the middle of eating a sandwich, a part of which, remains in his hand.
"I saw an aged Beggar in my walk;
And he was seated, by the highway side,
On a low structure of rude masonry..."
—Wm. Wordsworth, The Old Cumberland Beggar
"Or narrow if needs the house must be,
Outside are the storms and strangers: we—
Oh, close, safe, warm, sleep I and she, I and she."
—R. Browning, Never the Time and the Place.
Checkout line at the Shopper's Drug Mart on Yonge and King, seen from the sidewalk.
Waiting for the GO train doors to open on Platform 5, Union Station.
"Paint your Faith" mural detail on the remaining side the rectory of the United Metropolitan Church. The church hall and part of the rectory were demolished to make way for a condominum.
United Metropolitan Church rectory (right part) and church hall (left part). Most of this structure has been torn down and only part of the right hand side structure exists and will be incorporated into the future condominium.
Remains of the United Metropolitan Church rectory (compare with the previous photo) and the mural.
Check your 6!
Looking south along Bay St. in the rear-view mirror of a Vespa scooter.
CN Tower, Union Station and east-bound traffic on Front Street at dusk.
The Bottom Line bar. It used to be popular with the Merril Lynch brokers (two doors down), but after it went under, it's become a hangout for Bay Street lawyers and investment bankers.
At his usual spot in front of the United Metropolitan Church.
Postal truck in front of the Dominion Building.
These large vans are being retired in favour of smaller vehicles due to the overall decrease in the volume of mail.
"Feats of Clay". Zoom-in and look around.
Metro Toronto police officer from the mounted unit at Dundas Square.
Waiting for the 20:43 westbound GO train on track 3B at Union Station. All the garbage receptacles at track-level were removed during the G20 meeting and it is now common to see refuse lying on the tracks.
"Soon there’ll just be feathers and the quiet of the fall"
Two-photo stitched panorama of graffiti.
Two-photo panorama of the Willowbrook rail yard in Mimico and the Islington overpass. Taken Oct. 18, 2007.
Switching trains at Willowbrook rail yard. Seen from the accessibility platform, passengers are transferring from the right-hand-side train to the left.
Willowbrook rail yards panorama, looking south, after switching trains. The train conductor, on the right, is walking to the rear of the new train. VIA rail maintenance shed is in the center.
Enjoying lunch at the BCE Place galleria.
Enjoying a good book in St. James' park
Graffitti wall art panorama stitch; I can only make out "MOURT". 14 Feb. 2005
Bank of Montreal on Bay Street.
Without the pedestrians the building's scale is not readily evident.
CP-140 Aurora from the 2010 Canadian International Air Show.
F-16 Falcon/Viper from the 2010 Canadian International Air Show.
Carving on the redstone building.
Firestone sign: need new rubber?
Construction workers on the Trump Tower.
The granite panels are quarried and prefabricated in Italy and shipped to Toronto for just-in-time installation.
Sales showroom for the Trump Tower c. 2005.
De-focused towers at night.
Sidewalk art: maple leaf with Inuit design.
St. Michael's Cathedral (before the Paint Your Faith mural appeared on the left side).
Movie shoot at the Cafe Nicole on The Esplanade. The actors are on the right, just behind the step-ladder; the crew is on the left.
The King Edward Hotel reflected on a Camaro.
Street musician playing the classical guitar.
Window display at the Hudson's Bay Co.
BCE Place rotunda connecting, BCE Place to the Royal Bank Plaza, the TTC subway and the GO Transit concourse at Union Station.
Poster advertising Paul Oakenfold concert at The Guvernment.
Poster for Agyness Deyn fashion show.
The poster man.
Two city halls. The old one on the right and the new one (briefly featured in a Star Trek episode) bathed in purple, on the left.
A beauty on the GO train this morning; I couldn't resist.
St. James Park in Fall colours.
Long Branch GO station seen from the upper deck of a train.
Reminds me of 1970s "Brady Bunch" architecture.
Old City Hall in the Romanesque architectural style.
It houses courthouses now.
Panoramic photo of the GO bus terminal at Union Station seen from Yonge street.
Discussing the menu at Origin restaurant.
Personal banking floor (after hours) at the Canada Trust tower.
Victoria and Dundas at night.
Emergency Services respond to a pedestrian accident at Church and Gould.
The pedestrian, who is alive, is about to be lifted onto the gurney after being stabilized by emergency services.
Street performer with audience participation at Dundas Square.
Street performer and audience participation at Dundas Square.
Air Canada Centre Entrance to Union Station panorama.
In the background are the Royal York Hotel, the TD Centre, the Royal Bank Tower and the Canada Trust Tower.
Ernie "The Hotdog Man", a iconic presence on the Ryerson University campus.
The anniversary of his death is Nov. 14.
A pair of beauties. I couldn't resist.
The blonde was cute too, but alas, she was shy.
Entrance to Ernst & Young tower.
Part of the TD Centre complex of towers.
The Laws of Attraction.
The 19:43 westbound GO train pulls into platform 5 at Union Station.
Yoga studio door detail.
The audience enters the Canon Theater on Yonge for the show "Wicked".
BMW motorcycle parked in front of Original
Motorcycle Gourmet Burgers.
Billboard at the rear of the Canon theater.
Onlookers in front of the Christmas-themed window display at The Hudson Bay department store.
Outside Santa's workshop, the ground crew prepares the sleigh and reindeers.
Christmas decorations in Berczy Park.
Sunset from the westbound GO train.
The Cellist (rotated).
Testing a hunch that rotating the image slightly would make it look even better.
Interior of the Second Cup cafe on Victoria and Dundas c. 2003.
The building now houses government offices for recovering drug addicts.
Commerce Court designed by I.M. Pei, 1973.
The red CIBC cube on the left is fairly new. It was erected on top of a large medallion commemorating the inauguration of the building.
Chapel in the south transept of St. Michael's cathredral.
I don't know if the saints are placed in a specific order.
On my way home, through the silent night.
This album continues in the album called Pfoto2011.
Papercraft shoes from the School of Design at Ryerson University.