The Junction Triangle is a tiny neighbourhood located in West Toronto. It is squeezed in between the Junction, Roncevalles and Bloordale Village. The “triangle” shape of the neighbourhood is formed by the three sets of railroad tracks on the north, west, and east sides.
The Wallace Avenue pedestrian bridge was built around 1907 and it connects the neighbourhood to Dundas Street West. You can check out this photo taken in 1916 from the City of Toronto Archives.
Sherbourne Common is a 1.5 hectare waterfront park located at Lower Sherbourne Street. It is the first park in Canada to integrate an ultraviolet facility for neighbourhood-wide storm water treatment facility into its design. The architect is Phillips Farevaag Smallenberg.
Sherbourne Common has transformed a former industrial area into much needed public greenspace on the lake. The project won the National Urban Design Award in 2012.
I will be teaching the ‘HDR Photography’ workshop on June 23rd, 2012 at Pikto in Toronto’s Distillery District. It is a full-day workshop from 10 AM to 5 PM.
If you like more info, please visit Pikto’s site here.
Here’s the workshop description:
High Dynamic Range Imaging (HDRI) is a process where photographers create images with a wide range of brightness between highlights and shadows to obtain more tonal detail. This can be achieved through software technique by using just one RAW file or multiple fiels with different exposures.
In this workshop you will learn to edit a single image with raw convertor and Photoshop layering to maximize details in highlights and shadows. You will be shown techniques of exposure blending from multiple originals in Photoshop and other current HDR applications like NIK HDR Efex Pro. Tone mapping will also be discussed for creating special effects.
This workshop is recommended for photographers who are looking at producing sylized and dynamic images in a more creative way.
Requirements: DSLR Camera and tripod
Santa María Magdalena Cuitzeo is one of the most magnificent 16th century monastery built by the Augustinian missionaries in the western province of Michoacán.
This ex-convent are filled with imagery of Christian faith. In the room above, you are able to see a fresco depicting Mary Magdalene holding a jar filled with oil and washing the feet of Jesus. In the cloisters, the Capitulary Hall also houses the convent’s nearly 1,100-volume bibliographic and documentary archives, most dating from the 18th and 19th centuries.
Located 7 kilometres north of Dunhuang city, Mingsha Shan (Echoing-Sand Mountain) is part of the Gobi Desert region with an area spanning 200 square kilometres. The highest peak is 1715 metres above sea level. Mingsha Shan gets its name from the singing sound of people treading or slide on the surface of the sand. The sand mountains are formed by drifting dunes and the sands have five different colors of red, yellow, green, white and black.
There are various theories about the singing sand mechanism. It has been proposed that the sound frequency is controlled by the shear rate. Others have suggested that the frequency of vibration is related to the thickness of the dry surface layer of sand. The sound waves bounce back and forth between the surface of the dune and the surface of the moist layer, creating a resonance that increases the sound’s volume. The noise may be generated by friction between the grains or by the compression of air between them. (Wiki)
Besides strolling around or climbing the sand dunes in Mingsha Shan, one can always try a different kind of entertainment: sand tobogganing. It looks exciting enough but the thought of going down the steep dune on a wooden board with the camera gear on my back just did not appeal to me. I prefer the good old fashion way of hiking. As for the workers carrying the wooden boards up and down the dunes all day, it gives the word ‘grueling’ a whole new meaning. The man in the picture above had at least six boards on his back.
Anshei Minsk Synagogue is located in the old Kensington Market in Toronto, Canada. It was founded by poor Jewish immigrants from Russia (mostly Minsk) in 1912. The current Byzantine Revival building was completed in 1930.
The congregation has had only three full-time rabbis: Meyer Levy (1916–1921), Meyer Zimmerman (1940–1954), and Shmuel Spero, who has served from 1988 to the present. It is the only Orthodox synagogue in downtown Toronto with a full-time rabbi, and the only one that holds daily services.
Most of the Mink’s founders were poor Jews from Minsk (in Russia), who had settled in Kensington Market at the turn of the century. At its founding, it was a shtibel or small storefront synagogue typical of poorer Jewish immigrant communities of the time.