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Runnymede Branch Library

Runnymede Branch Library

Toronto, Ontario 2019

 

November 15, 2019

 

iPhone 6

F/2.2  1/30 sec. ISO100

 

2854 Dundas St W. at dusk

2854 Dundas St W. at dusk

Toronto, Ontario 2019

One of the more magical experiences of Toronto, is the city at the outset of the  holiday season, particularly The Junction. Its stone buildings remained propped up as decorative walls beneath the moon, and glow of luminescent bulbs. But sometimes one happens across the quieter, more subtle images, such as nature basking in the glow of winter's sky at dusk. 

 

I snapped this photo as I walked through the Junction.

0° Celsius. No tripod, cold hands.

November 14, 2019

iPhone 6

F/2.2  1/15 sec. ISO400

 

BEFORE PHOTO
k.g Sambrano, Kingsway Cinema
k.g. Sambrano, Kingsway Cinema

Place of dreams, Kingsway Cinema

Toronto, Ontario 2019

My first film was David Lean's Dr. Zhivago,  when I was no older than three of fours years of age. The majority of my life has been spent in movie theatres such as this one. Romance, heartbreak, journey—the Kingsway theatre has held them all for me, as well as for hundreds of thousands since the theatre first opened in 1939.   

This image has been processed in three different styles. The first photograph (below the original) is highly unusual for me, as more often than not my work is dramatic and/or surreal, as I ask the viewer to suspend their disbelief allowing me to create a photo that otherwise would not exist. 

 

Much like my written work, my visual work is often considered to be impressionistic. In this case, I deliberately strove for realism as I attempted to capture the mood of the experience. It had rained most of the day, only stopping for a short time for me to take a photo of a church across the street and this marquee. It is an old building and I wanted to depict it as such. There was nothing particularly grandiose or dramatic about the evening other than being fortunate enough able to make this photograph. If there is an old theatre in your neighbourhood, visit it, as it may hold the miracles, the hopes, and emotions of countless generations.

Ironically, in my attempt to present the photo in an unremarkable manner, my efforts resulted in my creating one of my most technically complex photographs to date. Below is  a summary of my workflow.

Using Lightroom I applied approximately 15 to 20 radial filters to accentuate the light in key areas of the image. I applied soft gradient filters on all four sides of the frame to guide the eye to centre of the image and spent an additional hour or two "dodging and burning" with the adjustment brush, as well as the applying of the standard adjustments to colour, tint, and contrast. The final step was adding one or two "splashes" of saturated colour, probably the last  remnants of the marquee's original colour from almost 80 years ago.

Below are two additional variations of the same photograph, processed in keeping with my usual work, each perhaps eliciting a slightly different emotional response based on light and dark, and colour. 

June 15, 2019

SONY a7r AUTOMATIC  F/16 ISO64 28MM

SEL Sony 28-70mm

Place of dreams, Kingsway Cinema

Toronto, Ontario 2019

 

 

 

June 15, 2019

 

Variation of a theme No. 2 monochrome

Drama of light

"I've seen things you people wouldn't believe. Attack ships on fire off the shoulder of Orion. I watched C-beams glitter in the dark near the Tannhäuser Gate. All those moments will be lost in time, like tears in rain."

 

"Bladerunner"

Tears in the rain monologue

k.g. Sambrano, Kingsway Cinema

Place of dreams, Kingsway Cinema

Toronto, Ontario 2019

June 15, 2019

Variation of a theme No. 3.  Monochrome

Small Town, Summer Carnival

First Unitarian Congregation of Toronto

Toronto, Ontario 2019

The magic of living in a large city is that you sometimes stumble across photographs that have not been over-exposed  (pardon the  pun!).  Many of the photos that I find are often during my daily travels at times when the sun may be at a perfect angle, or when clouds suddenly part, or when I choose to simply look up.

It was during the first brisk days of fall that I came across this building commingled among the many buildings along St. Clair Avenue west. The structure was the perfect embodiment of what I consider to be the holy trinity of my work—concrete, glass, steel.  I only had my iPhone with me but the sky was so perfect, and the reflections in the glass so pristine, I thought to shoot first and return later if need be. It was one of the fleeting moments which I am so grateful to have experienced.

October 29, 2019

iPhone 6

F/2.2 ISO32 4

 

 

First Unitarian Congregation of Toronto, k.g. Sambrano
k.g. Sambrano

Sunrise in The Junction

Toronto, Ontario 2019

The Junction at dawn. 6:25 am

August 5, 2019

 

SONY a7r AUTOMATIC  F/11 ISO64 28 MM

SEL Sony FE  ZA 28-70mm

 

 

Dundas Street West Overpass

Dundas Street West Overpass

Toronto, Ontario 2019

The Junction at dusk.

 

October 28, 2019

 

iphone Camera

Timothy Eaton Memorial Church

Timothy Eaton Memorial Church

Toronto, Ontario 2019

Take the streetcar along St. Clair Avenue west to see the city's beginning. The route is a time capsule moving from present to yesteryear as one becomes lost in history by simply peering out the window. In the wake of progress are slim shimmering towers of affluence, not as tall as the structures in the heart of the city, yet still they glisten in the sunlight. Farther west, the buildings begin to change—stockier, older, many fighting gentrification and losing the battle until one arrives at the Timothy Eaton Memorial church.

 

The day began overcast and grey, yet as I travelled, the clouds slowly cleared revealing the fierce October sky. The church caught me by surprise as I passed it. Returning about an hour later, I  faced the reality that the building's sheer size made it impossible to capture the structure in its entirety with my iphone, so I was forced to think along more abstract lines. I was at first frustrated by the tower to the right, and planned to Photoshop it out of existence, but upon processing noted the tower created a magnificent foil or counterbalance to the windows and the arches, without which, there would simply be negative space or empty sky.

 

The photo was processed in Lightroom, then Aurora HDR, and completed in Photoshop.

 

October 29, 2019

 

iphone Camera

Wallace Avenue Footbridge, Toronto

Summer for a Day (Wallace Avenue Footbridge)

Toronto, Ontario 2019

Each fall I take a break from my shooting, at least with my professional gear. I had recently inherited a used iphone and had made some very nice photos. Having noted the intense sunlight through my living room window that Saturday morning, I did something I rarely do—I reached for the phone to carry with me on my bike ride. As I cycled past the Wallace Avenue footbridge, I  made an abrupt U-turn. At the base of the structure and while still straddling my bike, I took two or three quick photos. The resulting image may be more reminiscent of a “smash and grab" photo, or perhaps more akin to a snapshot of this serendipitous moment.

 

That evening I spent about an hour developing the photo in my usual style as a black and white image, until providence intervened as I hit the wrong key reverting the photo to colour image! I then  reprocessed the file as a HDR (High Dynamic Range) using Aurora HDR software to bring out the richness in the tones and colour. I combined two images in Photoshop using layers to produce a composite that  juxtaposed the underside of the bridge and that of the sky. 

 

I always attempt to establish a focal point in my images in order to direct the viewer's eyes. In my urban landscapes that point is usually a street light, the sun or the moon. “Summer for a Day” may very well depict the last vestiges of Toronto's summer.

 

Ray Bradbury fans may be reminded of his short story, All Summer in a Day.

 

October 26, 2019

 

iphone Camera

Absolute World (I)

Absolute World (I)

Mississauga, Ontario 2019

October 15, 2019

 

(Donated) iphone camera

Absolute World (I)

Absolute World (II)

Mississauga, Ontario 2019

October 15, 2019

 

iphone Camera

Absolute World (I)

Absolute World (III)

Mississauga, Ontario 2019

October 15, 2019

 

iphone Camera

misstower-4-1-6bkflat.jpg

Absolute World (IV)

Mississauga, Ontario 2019

October 15, 2019

 

iphone Camera

k.g. Sambrano

Fall Evening (Self-portrait)

Toronto, Ontario 2019

For me, as a photographer, a self-portrait is the ultimate jack-in-the-box.  Unlike selfies, you don't know what you have until after its been taken. I had been spending more time shooting at dusk as the days began to grow noticeably shorter. While frustrated that  my long exposure shots were simply uncooperative that evening, it came to mind that the last photo of myself was almost 6 years old. No time like the present! I am unsure how many people appreciate just how difficult it is to sit still for 30 seconds!

 

The image itself went through numerous renditions, from colour to black and white, then back to colour. I decided the final image would be monochrome as that is what I am most known for. I dodged and burned and otherwise processed the image the way I would any other print, and what may be my trademark in regard to post-processing is abundant. Light is the principal in each photo I make. I don't like the model so much as the surrounding architecture, perhaps even the calm of nature on a fall evening, and the play of light on human-made objects- the foundation of so much of my work.

September 22, 2019

 

SONY a7r AUTOMATIC  F/10 30 SECS ISO50 41 MM

SEL Sony FE  ZA 28-70mm

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