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Favourite spots to shoot, uptown GTA?

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Favourite spots to shoot, uptown GTA?

Looking to take the camera outdoors more. Any spots with nice bg, or buildings, architecture, etc?
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I live in uptown and I can't think of anything. It's pretty bland up here. You'd have to conjure up some creativity instead of looking for good vantage points.
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You'd have to define 'uptown'. I live near Casa Loma and I've heard people refer to my area as uptown, but then there are those who live further north at Yonge and Eglinton who say they live in midtown, and those around Downsview who say they're uptown.

Around here, just Casa Loma, the George Brown campus, and the graffiti on Bathurst would be okay to take shots of, but there isn't really much else of interest.
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gonna look that up. thanks!
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Piro21 wrote:
Feb 28th, 2018 1:15 pm
You'd have to define 'uptown'. I live near Casa Loma and I've heard people refer to my area as uptown, but then there are those who live further north at Yonge and Eglinton who say they live in midtown, and those around Downsview who say they're uptown.

Around here, just Casa Loma, the George Brown campus, and the graffiti on Bathurst would be okay to take shots of, but there isn't really much else of interest.
not sure why i always thought casa loma was out of town. im an idiot.

im in markham, so i definitely consider bathurst and st claire as downtown
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kevwo wrote:
Feb 28th, 2018 1:39 pm
not sure why i always thought casa loma was out of town. im an idiot.

im in markham, so i definitely consider bathurst and st claire as downtown
I've been living on the east end for a few years, but I consider Bloor to be the upper limit of "downtown"... once you get to areas where the people rely less on public transportation, then you're getting into the midtown/uptown areas of the city. Richer enclaves/areas like Forest Hill, Summerhill, Rosedale, even Yorkville... It's hard to consider those as downtown anymore.

Also, maybe consider joining a photowalk? I've never done it myself but I remember seeing a group of people who were on one, and the person leading it seemed to know spots to shoot. I'm sure you can google photowalks and find out one in or near uptown
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In the summer I did a timelapse over an overpass but it's a bit cold for that right now.
I'd like to hear some ideas as well.
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Feb 28th, 2018 2:10 pm

I've been living on the east end for a few years, but I consider Bloor to be the upper limit of "downtown"... once you get to areas where the people rely less on public transportation, then you're getting into the midtown/uptown areas of the city. Richer enclaves/areas like Forest Hill, Summerhill, Rosedale, even Yorkville... It's hard to consider those as downtown anymore.

Also, maybe consider joining a photowalk? I've never done it myself but I remember seeing a group of people who were on one, and the person leading it seemed to know spots to shoot. I'm sure you can google photowalks and find out one in or near uptown
I did a photowalk last weekend and it was just an attempt for people to get their follower count up on IG.

Very unorganized, barely any tips/tricks, people brought their own models, other people hitting on said models, basically it was a waste of time.

Glendon Campus might be pretty unique photograph, since it's used by wedding photographers during the summer.
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I did a photowalk last weekend and it was just an attempt for people to get their follower count up on IG.

Very unorganized, barely any tips/tricks, people brought their own models, other people hitting on said models, basically it was a waste of time.

Glendon Campus might be pretty unique photograph, since it's used by wedding photographers during the summer.
Yikes... I didn't think that's how they turned out.

The one I saw was at Riverdale farm, and it was pretty small, but the older guy who was leading it was actually giving some useful info to one person who seemed like a beginner, teaching about how to attain shallow depth of field through aperture, etc...
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It was organized by four guys from Ryerson, basically a shill attempt to get their follower count up.

All we did was up from Ryerson SLC, up a couple blocks, then to UofT, at which point everyone disbanded for their own meals.

It was a Sunday and it was also a bunch of people in the 18-22 year old group.

There was a few mid-to-late 20s in the mix, but very poorly organized.

What was interesting was that most of the gear used were older Rebel series with third party lenses. However, they have access to campus computer stations to lift the weight of heavy editing.

There's far too many people in Toronto trying to peddle themselves as social media influencers at the cost of this hobby.

There was another one recently organized by a few people of a photowalk in Algonquin, with a guide.

I didn't end up going since my 70-200 with 2X converter had been delayed by the vendor and I was switching brands.
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Should we do a photo walk uptown? I promise I won't plug my IG Face With Tears Of Joy
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kevwo wrote:
Mar 4th, 2018 11:48 am
Should we do a photo walk uptown? I promise I won't plug my IG Face With Tears Of Joy
I'm game, weather is warming up too.
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you could always check out Aga Khan. Not uptown but still very easy to get to as there are parking spots available.

I find once outside the downtown core, its just easier to shoot at parks and conservations like Rouge Park.

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