axenCanada — Toronto Skyline Blue | Niagara Falls Sunset | Toronto Skyline Rose
I visited Canada for the first time many years ago, over the weekend of my 19th birthday, but never got to photograph it until a few months ago.
I spent 2 weeks in and around the city and got the chance to capture its stunning skyline from a number of different angles.
Toronto Skyline Blue
This was the last shot on my trip to Canada.
I followed the coastline on Toronto Island, away from the ferry pier, climbed over some rocks to get this last shot, far away from any light pollution from the docks.
It took 25 minutes to get this shot exactly as I wanted it and I don’t think I’ve ever been colder while shooting a landmark in my life!
But it rounded it out the collection beautifully and I’ll never forget this amazing trip to Toronto.
Niagara Falls Sunset
Here’s another one, in my series of world-famous international landmarks (UNESCO has a list of about 125 of them all over the world, this is number 26 for me, I will totally get ’em all!)
This here is Niagara Falls, which runs across the border of the US and Canada, upstate New York, and the outskirts of Toronto.
It is the largest waterfall in North America and at its peak around noon, over 3 million cubic feet of water go over the falls every minute!!
I shot this series of images right before sunset, to create a composite of multiple images stitched together to get a wide, epic panorama. This one is nicely detailed and looks good big!
Toronto Skyline Rose
The islands in the Bay of Toronto are incredibly beautiful, especially at sunset.
This was shot in early March, with huge slabs of floating ice near the shore, and my god was it cold!
But 3 layers of thermals kept me from frostbite and ensured I was still alive to catch the very last ferry back to the mainland that night!
CN Tower Red Roger Stadium
his picture is a new photo I took recently in downtown Toronto!
It was a real challenge shot to get, and I’d tried and failed 9 months ago to get this.
I was dealing with 2 different types of distortion that counteracted each other, and my ultra-wide lens just wasn’t wide enough for the entire scene I wanted to capture, and I couldn’t back up any further without getting run over by speeding taxis, and it was below freezing outside both times!
After some incredibly detailed survey and experimentation, got me two shots that I then blended together and then went through the intense process of correcting perspective on two axes, while keeping all the vital elements in the frame!
This is one of the most technically challenging shots I think I’ve ever made or published, but I love how it came out!