Unfortunately this week I was unprepared for a figure review and just didn’t feel like trying to rush through one. Instead, I’ve decided to post up a few pictures I’ve taken in the past, all of them before I started collecting anime figures (though not before I had some at all). The idea to do this stems from a question I was asked by @Drossel_vF on Twitter.
Taking this question perhaps too seriously I decided to scour through all the 19,081 photos I’ve taken since 2005. In doing so I came across many pictures I’d forgotten about, many memories and many great shots. But her question was hard to answer, because she didn’t say best, she said favourite. Both are hard to answer, but mean different things to me. Best means technically best, or the one others might also consider my best. However favourite means which one do I actually like the best, and this can be for any reason opening up the question to a wider variety of potential pictures. It could mean a terrible photo that has a lot of meaning to me, or a photo I was really happy with the results given the circumstances, or a photo of a get together with friends, anything. Over the course of this little exercise the thought crossed my mind, perhaps I could share these on OMGW at some point in the future. As it would turn out, the future was much closer than I imagined it would be, the future is now!
Black & White photography has always been one of my favourites, I think because I tend to like really high contrast pictures. I’m always turning the contrast upon my camera and my photos, often to the point of ruining a picture. It’s a delicate balance I have to play with myself. After messing with the contrast and ruining the picture I have to revert back to the original settings and walk away. If I don’t walk away the picture never looks right. I have to ‘forget’ what it looked like.
With black & white photos I feel I’m much more free to mess with contrast in photos as well as lighting. There’s no colours that will appear unnaturally saturated and stand out, everything either becomes lighter or darker and that’s it.
This particular photo is my answer to @Drossel_vF’s question. Back in September 2008 I went on a road trip to the east coast of Canada, by myself. All summer I’d been trying to go, but trying to match up schedules with friends just wasn’t working out and as summer was ending I decided to hop in what to me was still a new car at the time and go by myself. I took many pictures along the way, all of which hold a place in my memories, but this one more so than the rest. This one has always stood out for me as a great picture because it summarized my entire trip. As I wrote in response to @Drossel_vF “With the remnants of hurricane Hanna passing over head and the emptiness of the ocean it may seem sad or perhaps even depressing but it was far from it for me. Spent an entire week alone driving wherever I wanted to go with no obligations to anything or anyone. I’d love to do it again, but perhaps with more time.”
These two shots are from the same trip as above. The shot on the left being of some of the very fun roads I’d travelled on along the edge of what I believe to be Cape Breton Island. Also seen in this picture is the location of the shot above as well as the shot on the right, which was taken just right of the picnic bench I was sitting at. If you look halfway down the picture on the right hand side you can see a small road that’s just above sea level, that’s where the two pictures were taken. I love how in both these pictures you can see the clouds forming as they rush up the small mountains. My only complaint about the picture on the left, that pickup truck at the bottom.
Going waaay back to when I used to live in Toronto. I was younger then, travelled around on my bicycle a lot, even at night through the city. I always liked how this picture turned out, with what seems to be a an entmoot in progress. I always wished that the lights seen in the background on the right half of the picture would just go away leaving a much darker picture overall. But I’ve never managed to photoshop it such that I found it acceptable.
These two were also taken in Toronto. Atlantis, er I mean Ontario Place on the left and almost a silhouette of downtown Toronto on the right. Opposite of a silhouette? Both were quite long exposures as can be seen with the water in the shot on the left and the 14-pointed stars on the right indicating a tight aperture. Both were taken from Ontario Place.
Perhaps the creepiest photo I’ve ever taken. This was taken in Belfountain, Ontario in the Belfountain Conservation Area next to the dam and under the bridge there’s a little subterranean prison cell from god knows when. Actually, the photo I took through the bars might be the creepiest ever. Depends on one’s perspective I suppose.
In my opinion it’s a pretty terrible picture. However the poor quality and low lighting conditions just makes you think something is going to pop out at you and get you. Which is very much how I felt at the time, and it was the sunniest brightest day ever. I have a very active imagination I guess.
Taken in downtown Toronto. I’m not sure if it’s a remarkable picture, but I’ve always enjoyed looking at it. Was walking down Bay St. in Toronto after getting fired from a job for reading a book. I wasn’t too upset, but I did take my time going home, walking quite a while before hopping on the subway. Was quite a nice day, always nice to get fired on a beautiful day, it makes it hard to be angry.
This shot of an alleyway has always reminded me of a crime scene photo. There’s the mist in the lights from the fog, the harsh contrasting light from what could have been the flash (actually my cars lights), graffiti on the walls and what looks like a rundown old building, which was in fact, a run down old building. Was bored one night on the way home from work and noticed a little ‘bridge’ at the end of a road Google had told me was a dead end, so I decided to investigate. It wasn’t a dead end, Google had failed me.
The maze of roads into and out of Pearson International Airport. One of the many times I was bored and on my lunch break at work. I suspect security was wondering just what this person (me) was doing stopping all over the place and taking pictures. Only once was I ever approached though, but that’s because I was in a slightly more restricted area… oops! 😉 Was hard getting this shot without any cars though, was amazed I managed it. The best parts of this photo for me are all the textures in it.
And that’s that. The end of my little self indulging photofest. I leave you with this picture of what I think is the edge of the world.
The world is apparently flat…