Tag: The EX

Everyday Inspiration – the Carnival Atmosphere

As you’ve probably gathered, Tito and I are photographers :) We travel, both within Ontario and around the world (often on shoestring budgets, it can be done!) documenting and being inspired. In my day job I work in a design firm, and my other hobbies include pottery, jewelry and painting. Tito is also a painter, and sculptor. To me, it is this cross pollination from different disciplines that allows me to be inspired by photography, and also to recreate those colours and impressions on yarn. I consider myself to be a designer foremost, and my medium of the moment, whether it be yarn, resin or paint, to be a secondary consideration.

Today I wanted to share an inspiring little shoot that we did not too far from home; at the Canadian National Exhibition. For those of you who don’t live in Toronto; the CNE is an annual tradition, the closing of summer, the airshow, rides, food combos to turn the bravest stomachs (I think this year it was a double cheeseburger with fried chicken in between two beef patties, or some such horror) and a traditional carnival atmosphere on the fairway that, to me, easily beats our other major theme park for atmosphere and ambience.

Every year Tito and I visit the CNE on a date night with our cameras. Every year we shoot something a little different. This year I took a tilt-shift lens to experiment with selective focus and how that can change the mood of an image. Here are some of my favourite results; I don’t know yet if they will translate well to yarn, but I love the atmosphere of the shots. Enjoy!

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Interludes – The CNE

Every year, for about 7 years now, Tito and I have had a tradition of going to the CNE on a work night. Some years we went on every single ride, some years we brought heavy DSLR cameras, and some years we brought heavy DSL cameras … on rides ;) There were also quiet  years where we just went to walk and enjoy, and this was one of them. I took my Fuji x100S, set it to black and white, and enjoyed what I believe is still the most genuine old-fashioned fairway experience left in Toronto.

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Night Circus Magic

The CNE Toronto

I love going to the EX – Tito and I have gone every year since we met – even the year I broke my hand and discovered that rides+broken bones=stupid amounts of pain ;)

The CNE Toronto

It’s a million times better than Canada’s Wonderland; no waits for the rides, way cheaper and with a chaotic, old fashioned carnival atmosphere.

The CNE Toronto

The rides have got that ‘folded out of a truck’ feeling to them, with the extra thrill of not being able to quite trust the straps.

The CNE Toronto

Everything smells good. Deep fried twinkies, deep fried butter, deep fried coca cola (how do they do that?) Tiny Tom’s doughnuts, funnel cakes and cotton candy. Of this delectable list I could only bring myself to go as far as cotton candy ;)

The CNE Toronto

We played lots of silly games that we weren’t terribly good at, with the result that my ferret now has all kinds of new small stuffed animals to hide on me, so that’s alright.

The CNE Toronto

Even on a Monday night the EX is vibrant, packed and exciting. The ferris wheel afforded a fantastic view of the fairway.

The CNE Toronto

All of these things make the EX something I look forward to every year. But I have the heart of a photographer – so the very best part of the EX is taking long exposure photos of the rides and the craziness.

The CNE Toronto

When the blue hour was done and I was ready to put the camera away this was the ride we opened with. Stumbling home with sore tummies was worth it :)

Bad food, great rides, silly games and magical photography = a perfect night.


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