Posts Tagged 'Canada'

The Brickworks Pt2

My second brickworks piece for the Etsy Holiday Sale is a similar treatment to yesterdays beauty, but minus the steampunk factor. Instead of being contained in an antique copper bezel this one is in a large, round, silver plated bezel.

Resin Jewelry ©Shireen Nadir 2013

The Queen Anne’s lace is separated from the maple leaf base by a layer of resin a few millimetres thick, to give that shadowbox effect.

Resin Jewelry ©Shireen Nadir 2013

The piece cured to a gorgeous, high shine. Something about resin really pops colours, so the reds in the leaf came through beautifully.

Resin Jewelry ©Shireen Nadir 2013

The bezel is oversized – it will come on a 16″ silver plated snake chain, but it’s really built for a bold, silver choker, or overlong silver chain.

Resin Jewelry ©Shireen Nadir 2013

This and many other goodies will be featured in my upcoming Etsy sale, starting Sunday November 24th at noon!

 

Canada Day Marathon

This weekend for Canada Day we are driving to Winnipeg. Yup. Winnipeg. By car.

Whenever I tell this to someone, the answer is an incredulous ‘why?!’ (with a few exceptions among the very coolest people I know). The answer is because it’s gorgeous. From Sault Ste. Marie to Thunder Bay is one of the prettiest stretches of highway I’ve ever been on, if not the prettiest. I’ve posted some favourites from that stretch below.

My dad was talking to Tito last night about his family leaving El Salvador during the civil war. My dad summarized ‘So you left El Salvador when you were 10, spent a year in Guatamala and then came to Canada’. It’s not just a description of Tito’s journey, there is a tone of voice to the way he says ‘Canada’ There always is. Hope, optimism, aspiration, a sense of arrival and quiet pride all were present in that one word.

Happy Canada Day.

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The Morning After the Deluge

Tito and I are taking off to Montreal today :) I promised I wouldn’t take my camera or computer (knitting, of course, is still coming. To do otherwise would be madness). To get my shutterbug out of my system I went out an hour before dawn this morning to snap some shots of the beautiful snow we got yesterday.

Who says we don’t have white beaches in Canada?

PS – For those interested – here is my set up this morning. I shot everything RAW, at f.10 for sharpness, and processed the details in Lightroom.

Canon 7D, Lee Filter, Sigma 10-20

  • Canon 7D
  • Tripod
  • Remote Release
  • Lee Filter System with .6 Graduated Neutral Density Filter
  • Sigma 10-20mm, f4.5 Lens

Snow, Toronto, Canada, Winter, HTO Park

Snow, Toronto, Canada, Winter, HTO Park

Snow, Toronto, Canada, Winter, HTO Park

Snow, Toronto, Canada, Winter, HTO Park

Snow, Toronto, Canada, Winter, HTO Park

Snow, Toronto, Canada, Winter, HTO Park

Snow, Toronto, Canada, Winter, HTO Park

 

The CN Tower

CN Tower Toronto ©Shireen Nadir 2012

Yesterday I had to do some photography from the CN Tower as part of a project (it’s a tough gig, I know) and I got to thinking about what an amazing engineering achievement the tower is. My father is fond of telling me about how he and a friend spent April 2nd, 1975 lying on the hood of the car with a few beers and watching the helicopter putting the antennae on. How amazing it must’ve seemed to Torontonians at the time.

Today this tower forms the most distinctive part of our skyline.

In 1995, the CN Tower was designated a Wonder of the Modern World by the American Society of Civil Engineers. I’ve shot the CN Tower many times, here are a few of my favourites coupled with some facts about this awesome human achievement!

The CN Tower at 553.33 meters (1,815 ft., 5 inches) was once the tallest building, tower, and freestanding structure, but as of 2010 retains the title of world’s tallest tower. Here is a shot I took from a helicopter, of the iconic tower.

CN Tower Toronto ©Shireen Nadir 2012

1,537 workers toiled five days a week, 24 hours a day over 40 months to build the CN Tower. Here it is towering over the business core, dwarfing some of our tallest sky scrapers. This shot was taken from the roof of my old apartment.

CN Tower Toronto ©Shireen Nadir 2012

The CN Tower was built to withstand an earthquake of 8.5 on the Richter scale (the Kobe earthquake in 1995 was 7.2 on the Richter scale). The upper reaches of the CN Tower were built to withstand winds up to 418 km/h (260 mph). It can also bend, apparently in high winds the sky pod can move by as much as a metre! Here the tower is barely visible on a super foggy morning.

CN Tower Toronto ©Shireen Nadir 2012

Lightning strikes the CN Tower an average of 75 times per year. Long copper strips run down the CN Tower to massive grounding rods buried below ground to prevent damage. I’ve had the good fortune to get a few great shots of this happening.

CN Tower Toronto ©Shireen Nadir 2012

CN Tower Toronto ©Shireen Nadir 2012

CN Tower Toronto ©Shireen Nadir 2012

On a clear day, visitors to the CN Tower’s observation deck can see over 160 kilometers (100 miles) — that’s all the way to Niagara Falls and across Lake Ontario to New York State. Here is a photo of the view of the business core that I took at night.

CN Tower Toronto ©Shireen Nadir 2012

The foundation of the tower is only 15 metres deep – a small percentage compared to it’s height! This is a graphic I did just for fun once, curving a photo I took of our skyline around  to create ‘Planet Toronto’. I took the initial shot from the Toronto islands.

CN Tower Toronto ©Shireen Nadir 2012

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An Etsy update at last

I’ve finally updated my Etsy site with jewellery made from the leaves collected on our road trip. If you followed my travels around North Ontario you might have seen this picture:

autumn leaves ©Shireen Nadir 2012

During the trip I made sure to be collecting leaves along the way – looking for anything that caught my eye including small ferns, and strips of birch bark. We didn’t hurt any trees though ;) everything I used was collected from the ground. We slowly dried  and preserved the leaves over the trip so when I got home I had all kinds of beautiful material to work with.

Real leaf jewellery ©Shireen Nadir 2012

Every necklace is made with jeweller’s grade resin; it will never yellow and it won’t scratch easily. Little compositions of leaves and bark have been created in each 1″ bezel.

Real leaf jewellery ©Shireen Nadir 2012

They come in a variety of finishes; copper, bronze, hematite and silver. Each one comes on a matching 18″ball chain.

Real leaf jewellery ©Shireen Nadir 2012

If you like what you see then head on over to my Etsy site to see more :) These one of a kind pieces are crafted with love and are a great way to celebrate this beautiful time of year.

Real leaf jewellery ©Shireen Nadir 2012

Where I Wish I Was – Peggy’s Cove, Nova Scotia

Peggy's Cove ©Shireen Nadir 2012

Has anyone else noticed how much the nature of work has changed for them in the past few years? This summer my boss, and most of my clients, worked while on vacation. A few weeks ago I was sick; I worked from home. I take my midday meal at a working lunch and frequently work evenings and early mornings to catch up. It used to be a deadline thing, now it’s a new normal thing.

Peggy's Cove ©Shireen Nadir 2012

I blame a host of reasons – smart phones allow people to work anywhere, any time. People can reasonably expect that I will check email, even if it arrives at night. I always have my computer with me, and I happen to love what I do, which can make the line seem a bit blurry when you’re pulling serious overtime.

Peggy's Cove ©Shireen Nadir 2012

It reminds me of the value of unplugging these days. Turning off the phone, not answering email, and doing things that are soul food. Eating well, sleeping well, spending time with our favourite people, pets and pastimes and remembering to breathe.

Peggy's Cove ©Shireen Nadir 2012

My favourite place in the world to do all of these things is Peggy’s Cove, Nova Scotia. Today, when I am up to my ears in deadlines I remember the rocky isolation, the sound of the ocean, and the afternoons that I spent alternating between napping on the warm rocks in the sun and knitting while listening to the waves crash.

Here are some photos of the place where my soul sings, and where I wish I could be right now. Enjoy!

Peggy's Cove ©Shireen Nadir 2012

Peggy's Cove ©Shireen Nadir 2012

Peggy's Cove ©Shireen Nadir 2012

Peggy's Cove ©Shireen Nadir 2012

Peggy's Cove ©Shireen Nadir 2012

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Peggy's Cove ©Shireen Nadir 2012

Peggy's Cove ©Shireen Nadir 2012

Rocky Mountain High

Blogging today from beautiful sunny Vancouver where I’ve just completed 3 fantastic helicopter shoots – one of which included a trip through the Rockies and two of which were in absolutely magical golden hour and blue hour light. Today I wanted to just share the Rockies pics. I’ve flown over them before – the foothills outside of Calgary, but this was far more spectacular.

Rocky Mountains

My assignment was to shoot a selection of properties in the downtown core, but we had 4 hours of flight time, so I figured it was time for a bucket list item.

Rock Mountain aerial

It’s one of those things. I’m trying to figure out what to say here that can possibly convey what it was like to witness and to photograph them. Lacking as I am in words I’ll go with a poem by Emily Dickinson that I love: “The Mountains—grow unnoticed”

Rocky Mountains

The Mountains—grow unnoticed—
Their Purple figures rise

Rock Mountains

Without attempt—Exhaustion—
Assistance—or Applause—

Rocky Mountains

In Their Eternal Faces
The Sun—with just delight

Rock Mountains

Looks long—and last—and golden—
For fellowship—at night.

Rocky Mountains

I’ll share the pics of Vancouver too – but these had to come first ;)

Rocky Mountains

Rocky Mountains

 

 

 

 


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