Project 365+1: Spring Cone

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It is really spring. For the last few days, the weather had been really nice. I don’t mind the thunderstorms (at least at this point) and rain. It’s just great to really spend some time out. Another photo that I love which I took last year is this:

Happy Spring time!:)

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Project 365+1: Which Way?

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Today is all about planning – for tomorrow, for the next few months and even the next few years. It’s not like the plans are set in stone. It’s more of a precaution to be prepared on what’s coming ahead; in other words, “seeing” the future. It’s an exhausting but exhilarating task. It gives you the energy that will last a lifetime.

The best way to see where you want to go is to lay down all of your options. It’s not going to be easy, but  you know that it’s going to be fun. It’s all about the journey.

Project 365+1: Simple Pleasures

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Some simple pleasures that we often disregard:

Our train leaving on time.

Arriving in a comfortable home.

Eating a healthy meal for dinner.

…and more. These are just what I realized tonight on the way home. Any simple thing that had happened to you lately and really appreciated it?

The Calm After the Snowstorm

Originally posted in my old blog on January 15th, 2011.

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I had always wanted to take some winter photos. Winter meaning snow. It did not happen last year since 2010 was officially proclaimed one of the warmest winters in Canada due to less amount of snow. Though I hate being out there and cold, I welcomed the white stuff with genuine appreciation as it fell beautifully from the sky when the first snow storm of the year (and decade) hit GTA last weekend. I even admired the snow-covered street and cars in the middle of the night.

The next morning, I woke up early feeling energized. I took my camera out and stole some shots from my bedroom window before I dressed up. But by the time I finished, the storm had stopped. Still, that was the best time to go out and play with the freshly fallen snow. I even volunteered to shovel our balcony :P.

Here are some of the photos I took literally a few minutes after the storm.

 

c2011. Playground.

c2011. Icicles.

Snow photography isn’t really as hard if you have mastered control of your camera. Some point-and-shoot cameras nowadays even have a built-in setting for this type of shots. There are only two things you have to watch out for: exposure and white balance. Some cameras automatically adjust the exposure compensation. The adjustment makes the snow look gray. If this happens, you can always correct the exposure through your editing software. You also have to make sure the white balance is set correctly. I have mine in auto. For some shots, it didn’t have any effect at all. However, I noticed that a few came out with a bluish tinge. To correct this, you can either use photo filter or adjust the photo temperature. I prefer the latter.

We have a long way to go till winter is over. So for everyone wishing to take their cameras out, you still have a lot of chance. Don’t let it pass. 🙂

Project 365+1: Misleading

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Earlier today, I used the skywalk leading to the building where the Tim Horton’s is located to get a cup of tea. Going through the bridge, it was incredibly warm. What more, this beautiful view outside greeted me, making me want to just run out and enjoy the nice sunshine. However, happy though I was to see the sun out, today’s one of the coldest days in Toronto this winter even without snow: -16 degrees C without the wind chill; -26 degrees C with the wind chill. For that, I contented myself to just take in this view from the skywalk. It didn’t help though. After a minute, it made me wish spring or summer would come faster when we’re barely even halfway through winter.

Fun fact: Tunnels and other underground paths help us get around Toronto without having to walk outside at all or for a long period of time. That’s how some people (like me) avoid winter. So we do not get sunshine vitamins, or even get exposed to natural light, for most of the season, even on a day like this (and that’s why it can get depressing during this season). Also, the days are shorter so by the time we leave the office, the sun has set.

I don’t totally avoid winter though. I like the first snow fall and those moments after a fresh snow fall. It makes me feel refreshed. The snow looks soft, clean and yummy (lol). So when the snow has just fallen, I make it a point to spend a few minutes out, walk on it and make tracks and take pictures. To be honest, it isn’t actually that cold when it’s snowing unless, of course, if it’s too windy. I also like it when there’s snow and it’s sunny out. But, I must confess, walking outside is as active as I have ever gone in winter. I’ve never tried ice skating nor skiing. Other than the fact that I get discouraged easily by staying too long out in the cold, I do not know how to do both — any good Samaritan out there who’s kind enough to train me? I am willing to learn! 🙂

All these said, I wonder how people in Alberta survive when the temperature plunges to as low as -50 degrees C. Eeeek!