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Aerial views of Toronto

Posted by Derek Flack / August 2, 2010

toronto aerialWhen I put together last week's piece on the top views of Toronto, there was a heavy bias toward public access areas with photo-friendly environments. But, of course, there are other ways to catch great views of the city. The vantage points from balconies and rooftops are, no doubt, familiar to us all. But, when it really comes down to it, the most interesting (sweeping) views of a city are almost always from the air.

Even for nail-biting fliers like myself, the prospect of capturing aerial views of my city and those that I travel to are always enticing. And, the act of shooting often distracts me from the most stressful parts of the flight: take-off and landing.

Most of the photos below were taken from commercial airliners on their way into Toronto, but a few are from smaller planes or helicopters (the closer and sharper the view, the less likely it is from a jetliner). For more of the latter, check out the slideshow at the bottom, which has lots of helicopter shots of the city or this prior post.

If you'd like to try your hand at shooting from a commercial jet, try to book a seat away from the wing, bring a camera with manual functions (or aperture and shutter priority programs), shoot with fast shutter speeds, and remember to bump the contrast up in post processing (otherwise the photos will be extremely hazy). And, remember, the best time to shoot what's down below is when the plane is banking.

Toronto AerialPhoto by dvanvliet.

20100802-yD.jpgPhoto by Duke 360°.

Toronto AerialPhoto by w0nko.

Toronto aerialPhoto by Kevo89.

Toronto AerialPhoto by photosapience.

Yonge St. AerialPhoto by neuroticjose.

For more shots -- some of which are just downright stunning -- have a look at the slideshow below. There's a few that are of the planes themselves, but the quality of the images makes them a worthy addition.



brian / August 2, 2010 at 09:40 pm
no one posted the view from dundas/lansdowne east on dundas untill ossington. cooooolest view
Scott / August 2, 2010 at 10:11 pm
Those rooftops sure could use a little greenery.
ed / August 2, 2010 at 10:46 pm
Where is the fifth photo taken?

(With the circular road)
helen replying to a comment from ed / August 2, 2010 at 11:02 pm
1 spadina crescent is in the middle of the circle. just S of that is college.
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