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We are introducing a brand new series of Photo Essays! Have a look at amazing Photo Sets all shot by local photographers. Explore the vibe of the city, its hidden treasures, meet the Torontonians! This time, let's have a look at Toronto through the lens of Sanjin Avdi?evi?!
The Incredible Transformation of Toronto
While spring is the season when everything wakes up from its winter sleep and nature turns green with a light touch of white and pink blossoms everywhere, fall is an altogether different story. Since Toronto is famous its many parks in and around the city, even locals are overwhelmed by the transition it makes after the summer. All the leaves turn burning red and glowing yellow before eventually fading to light orange and falling. This is the best time for long walks before the snow falls.
Try visiting Cabbagetown, a neighbourhood just east of downtown that can proudly boast being the largest area of preserved Victorian houses in all of North America! The red bricks on the houses go pretty well with the fall colours. It’s not difficult to understand why this beautiful historic neighbourhood is among the Heritage Conservation Districts (as of 2004). The truly Victorian façades, gardens, fences, and other architectural details make Cabbagetown one of Toronto’s most unique and significant neighbourhoods.
Great Time To Get Your Camera Out
Fall is definitely a magical time for photography. The vivid greens and flowers in full bloom slowly disappear only to be replaced by muted reds, browns, yellows, and oranges. The fall colour palette is very special and you have to patiently wait the whole year to be able to capture the beauty that lasts for only a couple of weeks. With a trained eye and some good tips from experienced photographers, it’s not that difficult to land a photo worth of hanging in your living room!
Think about the fact that these colours exist in these exact combinations only during the fall season. So find some time to take a long walk and explore your surroundings. You might be surprised by how an ordinary tree turns into a beautiful display burning with colour. To get really amazing shots, you have to be creative and use the colours of fall in less predictable ways. Use high colour contrast in your compositions. How can you achieve this? By combining complementary colours (colours opposite each other on the colour wheel). For example: bright red and yellow leaves against the clear blue sky will create a stronger effect. Play with your camera, and most of all, have fun!
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Meet The Photographer
Originally from Bosnia and Herzegovina, Sanjin moved to Toronto in 1994. A computer programmer with passion for photography since very young age. "Digital camera that I usually use is Canon T2i and one of my favourite lenses, Tamron 17-50mm f2.8. I am a big fan of film photography and I never go out without my Canon AE-1, or plastic toy cameras."