Infrared Series #2

Digital, 2021.

These are all old photographs that I went back and reworked into infrared inspired images. I think at this point, I’ve exhausted all older photos that would work well with this edit and where I ended up liking the final result. With the greenery of summer, I’m hoping for some new images soon!

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Storm and a Sunset on March 11, 2021.

Digital, 2021.

This was one of those days where just by looking at the clouds in the evening, I could tell we would have a brilliant sunset later on. Sometimes I’m wrong since Mother Nature has a mind of her own, but I really love being right!

When we got to my spot, we could see the clouds rolling in and in no time at all, the sky opened up and unleashed a downpour onto the city. I was super lucky as I was out taking photos just seconds before! I headed back to the car, closed the door, and was just stunned at how the rain pelted down seconds later while the wind really picked up. Since we were by a hill, we could see the wind moving the rain horizontally. For a second or two, the rain streaks on our windshield were all completely horizontal!

After the rainstorm and a few short videos of the rain later, the sky began to turn pink and then orange. Soon after, some of the clouds gained definition and turned red. It’s not the most intense sunset I’ve seen but I’m not one to turn a sunset opportunity down! I’m really happy I got to go out to capture this beautiful scene.

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Sunset on March 6th, 2021.

Digital, 2021.

Another Toronto sunset. I had fun merging two images in the first photo to get an HDR edit. It’s definitely something I want to experiment with more in the future. I like having the option of having the skyline visible or shrouded in shadow, depending on what mood I’m going for. Here, I liked the way both turned out!

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Sunset on March 5th, 2021.

Digital, 2021.

Another brilliant Toronto sunset. Sunsets like these near the end of winter feel like a light at the end of the tunnel. I personally don’t mind winter and I love the photographic opportunities, but by the end, it really starts to eat away at me. I look forward to the longer days and the sunsets at 8 or 9pm. We still have a little while longer to go but with vivid skies like these, the wait feels a little easier.

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Scarborough Bluffs and Scarborough Sunsets on Valentine’s Day, 2021.

Digital, 2021.

The Scarborough Bluffs is one of my favourite places ever. With Lake Ontario being partly frozen, we decided to venture out to the Bluffs for some sights and fresh air. The day was definitely on the colder side so I’m glad I bundled up. The water wasn’t as frozen here as it was down by the pier. It’s possible that it was and eventually thawed with slightly warmer temperatures. Only the water right by the beach had turned into ice. I was hoping for a fully frozen lake here but it’s still February, so who knows what will happen in the future.

As the sun started to set, we ventured up top and I was able to capture some gorgeous scenes of the sky over the lake.

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Frozen Sunset on February 11th, 2021.

Digital, 2021.

As a self proclaimed sunset chaser, I knew I had to go down to the pier and get some shots of the sunset while the lake was still frozen. Did we get that brilliant, the sky is on fire type of sunset? Sadly no, but in this case, I’m not picky at all. The reflection of the sky and sun in the frozen lake was just gorgeous. I feel like even the most “boring” types of sunsets would look stunning against this backdrop.

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Frozen Toronto on February 10th, 2021.

Digital, 2021.

Born and raised in Toronto and somehow, I’ve never seen the lake frozen over. Granted it’s only frozen near the harbour and the ice is nowhere near thick enough to skate on (despite what some people are doing on Instagram…), but it’s still such a beautiful sight. I don’t even know what I was expecting to see when I went to visit Polson Pier in person but I was still blown away. When we visited, it was only my mom and I. It was such a nice day, and we were able to enjoy some sunlight and nature while enjoying the views of the city. She also enjoyed throwing some chunks of ice overboard. I almost wish I could visit every day just to soak in the sights before it inevitably all melts.

We visited Cherry Beach after and the whole beach was frozen over! Instead of sand, we were met with very slippery ice and huge chunks of it. Honestly, us Torontonians are so lucky to have places like these in our own backyard.

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Hanging Ornament on February 4th, 2021.

Digital, 2021.

Some houses around the neighbourhood have taken to decorating their trees out front with Christmas ornaments. Christmas is long gone by now but the ornaments look so pretty against any kind of lighting that it would be a shame taking them down. I always love photos of ornaments so I was happy I was able to capture this one.

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Blue Skies and Bare Trees on February 4th, 2021.

Digital, 2021.

The combination of blue skies at twilight and the tops of bare trees have always fascinated me. Summer, winter, any season, it always feels so dreamy going for a walk and looking up seeing the branches against the clear sky. This attachment also stems from the fact that this is a common occurrence in my actual dreams so seeing it in real life often feels otherworldly to me. These are simpler photos than what I usually capture but I’m still happy I had my camera with me on this walk. Sometimes it’s the simple moments that help pull us through.

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