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Marathon photo session shows off Toronto the beautiful

Posted by Derek Flack / May 30, 2013

Roaming Focus PhotographyThe first episode in a new web series on photography turns a lens on Toronto, and the results are both beautiful and fascinating. It sounds like a pretty simple plan. Local photographer Mike Palmer decided to capture the city in one marathon shooting session from sunrise to sunset — or, in other words, a full light cycle. With a video crew in tow — notably the talented Jon Simonassi — he treks across the city searching for how best to capture the unique character of his hometown.

The mini-doc will likely be of most interest to photographers, but given the stunning photos and video coverage produced as part of the project, pretty much anyone with an interest in Toronto will find something to like about this work. "The greatest part of documenting a full cycle of light was really the authenticity of what photographers have to constantly deal with," Palmer explains. "There's the changing lighting conditions, weather, 'x' factors and of course, a strict timeline. Overall it was an amazing experience and another reminder of how great of a city Toronto is and how much it truly has to offer."

Check the video out below.



Lionel / May 30, 2013 at 03:58 pm
Loved it! Nice work.
GRBY / May 30, 2013 at 04:14 pm
Well shot. Great video ... amazing work!!
lopr / May 30, 2013 at 04:17 pm
Great video... but, I'm confused why he started downtown in the east end and (beach) then the west end (kensington) but goes all the way up to Yonge and Lawrence for lunch in-between. Seems a bit strange.
jjlarks / May 30, 2013 at 04:25 pm
wear your helmet!
(nice work!)
torontodude / May 31, 2013 at 07:13 am
this should be mandatory viewing for developers planning to build a condo in town. maybe they'd be inspired to come up with a name for their property that reflects the joys and beauty of toronto and forget about trying to sell us on the living experience of other cities.
Shawn Gresley-Jones / May 31, 2013 at 07:49 pm
Nicely done. My daughter lives in Toronto but grew up in Rossland BC a small ski town of 3400 people. I have been to TO for visit's but found your video so well done. Nice
Jacob / June 2, 2013 at 07:11 pm
That is very well done movie. Congrats to the crew!!

However as far the story goes there are few things in it that that made me think. One is the photographer saying that Subway is in the essence "what makes the Toronto special". Really?! Is having a public transportation system is what people cling on when they try to find something special about Toronto?
I know the city is very special if you compare to other more exciting places but Subway?

Secondly he said the helicopter ride at sunset will show Toronto at it's best. That is wrong. Toronto downtown architecture is NOTHING special. Even if we assume a typical N. American financial district's architecture may be interesting, Toronto does not have much on places like Chicago or New York.

He should really look somewhere else for things making Toronto special. Kensington Market is special. Having subway or (mostly) bland financial district is not.

Just saying.
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