Lighthouse Reflection

1.3 sec, f/6.3, ISO 100

It has been a while since I've written here. These are in fact my first brand new photos from the city in several months. It's needless to say that it has been quite a year so far. Halfway though 2020 it feels like the year hasn't started, like we are stuck in some never-ending odd dream. Thankfully, I don't have much to complain about - my small inconveniences are nothing compared to what so many others have experienced during this time.

Now that things are slowly brightening, I'm picking the camera up again and finding motivation to get outdoors. It's too easy to get caught up in the intricacies of life and forget about all the quaint little spots we have right in the city.

Parked in the Harbour

1/2 sec, f/6.3, ISO 200

I took these photos just after sunset at a nearby dock and sailing club on Lake Ontario. A camp I attended here when I was about 12 years old taught me how to tie knots, navigate, and control sailboats. Unfortunately, I don't own one myself, but many Torontonians do, and these docks are their parking space in the west end of the city. From here you can sail out into the great expanse of Lake Ontario, as far as the border of the United States.

Cityscape and Sailboats

1/100 sec, f/8, ISO 100

A few minutes earlier, while the sun was still above the horizon, I found this view of the Toronto cityscape, hidden behind the many sailboat masts. Two lonely ducks made it into the frame, breaking the stillness of the water. It was a peaceful scene, except for the commotion caused by countless other ducks, Canadian geese, and seagulls crowding near the rocks where I was standing. An occasional swan would slide into the pack, hissing at passersby.

In this last image I am looking away from the city and into the great expanse of Lake Ontario. I caught this sailboat coming in from its evening travel, with a bird perfectly placed above.

Sunset Sailing

1/320 sec, f/6.3, ISO 250