Wednesday, 23 August 2017

Tuesday, 22 August 2017

Smiths Falls, ON

I have a meeting in Smiths Falls (about four hours northeast of Toronto) tomorrow.

I have never been here before so took a walk towards downtown.

The lock

Matty O'Shea's Pub and Restaurant, Smiths Falls, ON

I had supper this evening at Matty O'Shea's.


I ordered a pretzel and chicken wings.  Yes, a weird combination but they both caught my eye.

The pretzel came first.  It was hot and soft and huge and delicious!  Apparently I could get it with either mustard or caramel.  I chose mustard and found it odd that it arrived with a bottle of mustard .... usually pretzels are served with fancy mustard on the side.


I had ordered my wings medium with ranch sauce.  They were good too.


I'd get both again.

The servers were friendly.

Matty O'Shea's Pub and Restaurant Menu, Reviews, Photos, Location and Info - Zomato

Montana’s BBQ & Bar, Kingston, ON

I was travelling to Smiths Falls today and met my Aunt Sandra and Uncle Dave for lunch in Kingston at Montana's.  They live about 40 minutes north of Kingston and it's been a few years since I've seen them.


Dave ordered a Southern Fried Chicken Sandwich with fries.  He said it was good.

Monday, 21 August 2017

Pretty Ugly, Toronto, ON

Gord and I read about Pretty Ugly (on Queen Street W, just west of Dufferin Street) in last week's Toronto Star about how they have created new booze-free concoctions that taste, look and smell like a real cocktail.  This sparked Gord's interest because he doesn't drink.

We had an errand to run in Parkdale so we stopped in afterwards to check them out.

Sunday, 20 August 2017

Book ~ "Understanding Color in Photography: Using Color, Composition, and Exposure to Create Vivid Photos" (2017) Bryan F. Peterson and Susana Heide Schellenberg

From Goodreads ~ Veteran photographer and instructor Bryan Peterson is best known for his arresting imagery using bold, graphic color and composition. 

Here he explores his signature use of color in photography for the first time, showing readers his process for creating striking images that pop off the page. He addresses how to shoot in any type of light and looks at color families and how they can work together to make compelling images in commercial and art photography. 

He also helps readers understand exposure, flash, and other stumbling blocks that beginning and experienced photographers encounter when capturing images, showing how to get the most out of any composition. 

With its down-to-earth voice and casual teaching style, "Understanding Color in Photography" is a workshop in a book, helping any photographer take their images to the next level. 

I take a lot of pictures and have done a few photography courses and workshops, though I'm still quite an amateur.  I like reading books about photography so I can learn more, get ideas and see things through the eyes of a professional.

This book focuses on understanding colour and the chapters are:
  1. Introduction
  2. Light, exposure and colour - light and the science of colour, exposure and colour, and white balance and colour temperature
  3. Colour and composition - using colour for high-impact images, the colour wheel, complementary colours, using colour as a seamless background, using motion and more
  4. Color and mood - the psychology of colour, red, orange, yellow, etc.
  5. Using tools to enhance colour - filters and Photoshop

Though some of the stuff in the book went over my head, for the most part I found it interesting.  I liked that there were lots of vibrant colour pictures and the descriptions (shutter speed, aperture, etc.) were under them.

I shoot pictures in "P" mode and the only thing I change is the exposure compensation ... I tend to have it at -3 or -7 which is something the author also recommends.  He also suggests having the white balance set on "sunny" or "daylight" whenever you are outside (I tend to leave it on auto).

I liked the chapters on the colours ... in the "red" one, for example, there were lots of pictures that had red in them which emphasized how it stood out.  The author mentioned in the "green" chapter that he didn't have a lot of "green" pictures in his portfolio ... I was in High Park yesterday and saw and was inspired to take lots of pictures that would have fit in that chapter.

High Park, Toronto, ON

After lunch, Gord and I walked to High Park.

High Park is a municipal park in Toronto, Ontario. It spans 161 hectares (400 acres) and is a mixed recreational and natural park, with sporting facilities, cultural facilities, educational facilities, gardens, playgrounds and a zoo. One third of the park remains in a natural state, with a rare oak savannah ecology. 

High Park was opened to the public in 1876 and is based on a bequest of land from John George Howard to the City of Toronto. It is the largest park entirely within the city.

We entered it from the northwest corner.  We went down the stairs off Bloor Street W ... I lived in the 'hood from 1996 to 2001 and I didn't know they were there (I spent a lot of time in the park and usually entered further east near High Park Avenue).


There's Gord!

Shakey's, Toronto, ON

Gord and I had lunch today at Shakey's on Bloor Street W in Bloor West Village.


We sat inside and it was nice and cool.  If you are a hockey fan, you would like it because there is tons of hockey memorabilia on the walls (the restaurant was originally owned by former Toronto Maple Leaf Mike "Shakey" Walton).


Gord started with mushroom soup, the soup of the day.  He was it was delicious (he ate it all) and he'd get it again.


He also had Crab Croquettes.  He said it was really good and he'd get it again.

Saturday, 19 August 2017

Toronto Wolfpack 50, Newcastle Thunder 0, Lamport Stadium, Toronto, ON

Toronto Wolfpack is a Canadian professional rugby league club, based in here in Toronto, which began play in the 2017 League 1 season.  They are notable as being the first Canadian team to play in the Rugby Football League system, the first fully professional rugby league team in Canada and the world's first trans-Atlantic rugby league team.  Their home stadium is Lamport Stadium (aka "The Den"), which is just a couple blocks from where we live.

This afternoon they were playing the Newcastle Thunder.  This is game four of the Super 8s and the Wolfpack were 16-1-1 going into this game.

Seating is general admission (so you can sit where you want) and Gord and I sat where we usually sit ... in the middle on the east side.

The Wolfpack's cheerleaders are the She-Wolves and they entertained before the game started.


God Save the Queen and O Canada were sung before the game.

Hula Girl Espresso, Toronto, ON

I went for a long walk this afternoon and stopped in at Hula Girl (on Ossington Avenue, just north of College Street).  I'd never been there before because I don't drink coffee (it's a coffee shop) but the big ice cream sign drew me in.  Apparently they recently started selling it.


I had a scoop of creamy orange and a scoop of death by chocolate.


It seemed kind of frost bitten, not creamy and wasn't overly flavourful.  I wasn't sure if that's how it's supposed to be so I asked the server where the ice cream came from.  He didn't know.  Hmmm ... I would think that he should.

Maybe they should stick with being a coffee shop.

Hula Girl Menu, Reviews, Photos, Location and Info - Zomato