I had an appointment downtown in the early afternoon and rather than take the train downtown I grabbed a ride with Jen. It was a pretty lengthy time to hang out so I started by going to the gym to get some stairclimber time in. Instead of watching netflix like I usually do, I had some reading to do to prepare for the meeting. After the gym, I grabbed a coffee, made my way up to the building's cafeteria and did a bit of work before finally walking over to the appointment at around 1:30.
On the way I was distracted by this frosty tree It was somewhat cold out so frost was forming on the branches dressing it in white.
I had about an hour before Jen would be getting off work so I wandered around and took my time to capture some photos. I liked how the reflected light was hitting the snow in the foreground here and tried to incorporate the stairwell as part of the composition. I did try to capture a figure at the bottom of the stairs but its a pretty narrow opening and my timing was off, they didn't quite turn out.
One thing I love about shooting downtown is that the light reflects and bounces all over the place. with the sun at your back you can still have light reflecting towards you. It can be really beautiful.
I held the camera just above the ground here and shot blind. The lense I was using was manual focus only, so I pre-set the focus before lowering the camera into position to take the shot.. It took a few tries to try and get the angle right and not cut off the top of the buildings. Looking at it now, I probably should have tried to wait until the people were better positioned in the frame. I take a lot of photos, but many of them are learning opportunities and practice at seeing things.
|Confluence of Light|
|Dirty Window View|
While she was busy packing up and leaving work, I found myself waiting in this plus15 overlooking 9th ave with the first bits of rush hour traffic starting. Sitting there warming up my hands, I looked out the window and thought hey, this might work. A frame within a frame. I wasn't sure about it, but the more I look around this photo the more it seems to be offer. I like the balance of the approaching cars, nothing's quite cut off and the could walking on the street seem to balance that area of the frame out nicely.
|Nothing is free|
Later that evening, while Conor was at horn lessons, I had an idea to try and capture some photos underneath Bow Trail on 10th Ave S.W. A few weeks ago I'd shot the downtown skyline from near 12th ave and Bow Trail and I'd noticed this spot and made a mental note to return and see if I could find any compositions. So here I am.
|Just hold me up|
An hour passes quickly when you're mucking around with a camera and I had to get back to pickup Conor so I quickly packed up and left. I felt like there was still some potential at this location and made plans to come back here again.
Thanks for looking.