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The Frog Prince
Made by fesign
Best Viewed Large For a group called Poetry and Pictures International (poem beneath photo) THE FROG PRINCE by Lesley was a young Princess Not of Royal blood, I guess. But Daddy was the King of News An anchor Man with his own views It earned him Kingly revenues! Their home looked like some ancient tower And represented daddy’s power. The garden too was very splendid With great high walls it was defended. These kept out the papparazzi So none of them were saying, “grazie”. But Lesley had to play alone Or call friends on the telephone. She liked to play with golden balls And romp around in overalls. She often threw them in the air And tried to catch them as a pair. Now one day a precious ball fell in the water. Her dad, much too busy to search for his daughter. She sat beside the pond and cried. T’was not as though she had not tried. The ball had vanished deep inside. Then out of Daddy’s water feature Emerged a green and slimy creature. Not a lizard or a newt (Some famous people find those cute). Addressing her upon a log Was an amazing talking frog. He offered her a special deal. I promise you that this is real! He’d go dive and fetch her ball. It would not take him long at at all. Then she would take him in her house And love him just like her pet mouse. In fact, to love him rather better. He wrote it in a slimy letter. He must dine upon her table And share her food, if he was able. Then afterwards to share her bed With little pillows for his head. Now Lesley, she really just wanted her ball. She hardly considered this froggy at all. Preposterous to keep a deal With a talking frog. Come on. Get real! The frog disappeared and came back with her toy. She cared not if it were a girl or a boy. She ran away, back to her house, Which made our froggy grouse and grouse. “You promised you would take me too. Now what am I supposed to do?” Slowly he hopped up to her door Requesting honoring his score To Lesley this was just a bore. How could any frog expect A human child to show respect. Frogs are meant for vivisection She’d done it at her school inspection. But dad has heard the froggy croak He does not find it just a joke. For he’d done a programme on animal rights And knew of the animal terrorist’s fights. “Now Lesley, let this frog come in. No, you can’t put him in the bin. I’m not risking bombs being thown at my home You must understand he’s a frog, not a gnome. If you agreed to make this deal Then froggy has to share your meal And he will have to share your bed If that is truly what you said. So froggy got to share her plate. Her food, which once had tasted great Had suddenly lost all its flavour For frog it was a meal to savour. But how’s a girl that’s so well bred To take a slimy frog to bed? She has to take him to her room She wants to crush him with a broom But daddy says that he must stay. Poor Lesley can’t throw him away. The two of them get into bed Its not as if the pair are wed. She puts a bolster in between. Do you think that this girl is mean? But frog insists he sleep on her pillow Or, he declares, her father will know. To lesley, that’s the final straw. She hurls the frog against the door The froggy makes a dreadful squelch. Lesley lets out a satisfied belch. But what is this upon the floor? Its dark inside, so she’s not sure. Its much too big to be a frog Our Lesley’s suddenly agog. The frog’s become a sexy male He pulls himself up on the rail. “I guess,” he says, “ We need a chat” But that is not quite where she’s at. Talking with frog’s is bad enough But talk with men, that really rough! She pulls the stranger into bed The man is happy to be led. She reckons that her dad’s agreed And so the two begin to breed. Next day he takes the girl away. He has a place where they can stay. A witch had put a spell on him, A relative called Uncle Jim. His world was covered up with slime. He hoped he’d be released in time. If any girl would honour him, But not for all his features grim. She’d had to get into a lather To find she could oppose her father. And now at last our tale is ended And all of this abuse is mended. At least that is the way I see it Unless of course you don’t agree it.
Ghosts With Just Voices
Made by Elizabeth Salib
Alright, so the thing is, I know absolutely nothing about photography. No, I'm not kidding. I really don't. I mean, I barely know what aperture is. I'm starting to think that maybe I need to take a class or two, at least to learn the basics. Obviously I don't know what those are. Anyways. So I'm looking into lenses now. I think I'm finally starting to understand what I may need. But I'm still not super sure. Cost is always an issue, so I'd rather just stick to what I need then going on a splurge and buying every cool lens I see for a cheep price. I rarely do any landscape photography. I've found I'm mostly into portraits and macros, so I know I'll have to be looking in to lenses of that nature. I prefer zoom lenses, but the low aperture capability of ones that don't zoom is extremely helpful since practically everything I do is in natural lighting (and thus, can't be helped much). SOOOOoo.. does anyone have any suggestions on lenses I should look into getting? Right now I'm using the 50 mm 1.8 lens quite a bit. I hate that you can't get too close, and that you can't zoom, but I absolutely love the fact that it can take pictures in darker places than my starter lens. Help? * * * www.elizabethsalib.com
Royal Ontario Museum
Made by Scott Norsworthy
The controversial renovation of the Royal Ontario Museum, 'the crystal' makes a bold statement on Bloor Street. Both loathed and loved by Torontonians, yet possessing an undeniably unique identity, the steel, aluminum and glass Crystal rises ten storeys high (37 metres) and the tip of the Crystal hangs over the sidewalk about nine storeys up. Consisting of five interlocking and self-supporting crystalline shapes, 25% of the exterior is glass (there are 52 windows), while the rest is three layers of aluminum cladding, giving it a brushed metal, corrugated appearance. Toronto is finally waking up to the importance of investing in innovative architecture. Years ago, we wouldn't have expected to have large projects by Daniel Libeskind, Frank Gehry, Norman Foster and Will Alsop being built simultaneously, and now some much needed attention is being drawn to Toronto's development. An interesting by-product of Toronto's sudden interest in audacious architecture is that it gets the general public talking about buildings and neighbourhoods—a subject where Torontonians have never been particularly cohesive or informed. Text from a great article at: torontoist.com/2007/05/inside_the_rom.php Explore August 29, 2008 - #7
Lightning Doesn't Strike Twice...
Made by adijr
... in the same place... well, unless you're the CN Tower, Toronto. Two quick lightnings striking the CN Tower caught in the same capture This was during the night storm Thursday night (June 4th) (Toronto, downtown). I counted about 8 lightnings hitting the CN tower altogether. Picture: After the first 3 or so lightnings I decided to pick up the camera & try to catch one. Being night, I had it on slightly longer shutter time in order to also capture some buildings (if i'm lucky to get a lightning). After a few tries I was lucky to get two quick and consecutive bolts in the same pic :D Processing Worked from RAW and jpeg to get a few pseudo-Exposures with Lightroom Created the pseudo-HDR with Photomatix Noise cleaning with Photoshop and Noise Ninja. Stuff (or, eh, Gear) (Not sure where or why the EXIF data got lost...) Canon EOS 450D EF-S 18-55mm Velbon Sherpa 200R tripod UV Haze 1 Related Links: >> >> Stumble It!
Bad liver and a broken heart
Made by torontofotobug
.. after a five hour shoot we stopped at our local pub on the way home to unwind. and a little Tom Waits because this shot just seems to call for it.. Bad Liver and a Broken Heart Well I got a bad liver and a broken heart yea I drunk me a river since you tore me apart and I don't have a drinking problem cept when I can't get a drink And I wish you'd a known her we were quite a pair she was sharp as a razor and soft as a prayer so welcome to the continuing saga she was my better half and I was just a dog and so here am I slumped I been chippied I been chumped on my stool so buy this fool, some spirits and libations it's these railroad station bars with all these conductors and the porters and I'm all out of quarters and this epitaph is the aftermath yea I choose my path hey come on Cath, he's a lawyer, he ain't the one for ya and no the moon ain't romantic it's intimidating as hell and some guy's trying to sell me a watch And so I'll meet you at the bottom of a bottle of bargain Scotch
Dale Chihuly in Toronto
Made by Lisa-S
Explore #213 Ever since I became aware of Dale Chihuly's glass sculptures through images on flickr, I have wanted to see one in person. Today I did and here it is. I had a wonderful day today. I took my two older children to the Toronto Symphony Orchestra at Roy Thompson Hall for a Glen Gould 75th birthday concert. It was wonderful. We then took the subway (exciting for kids raised in suburbia) to the Bata Shoe Museum, then moved on to the Royal Ontario Museum and then the CN Tower (after dark) for the free ascent (in the elevator) that we earned by climbing the tower stairs for charity a couple of months ago. There were lots of photo opportunities along the way. This wonderful day started with finding gore-tex hiking boots in my size at MEC for the ridiculous clearance price of $29 and finished with the discovery of a Dale Chihuly installation at the SoHo Metropolitan Hotel on the way back to the car. Perfect!
Made by NaPix -- (Time out)
The tomato (Lycopersicon lycopersicum, syn. Solanum lycopersicum) is an herbaceous, usually sprawling plant in the Solanaceae or nightshade family, as are its close cousins tobacco, chili peppers, potato, and eggplant. The tomato is native to Central, South, and southern North America from Mexico to Argentina. Evidence supports the theory that the first domesticated tomato was a little yellow fruit, ancestor of L. cerasiforme, grown by the Aztecs in Mexico who called it ‘xitomatl’ (pronounced shi-to-ma-tlh), meaning plump thing with a navel. 125 million tonnes of tomatoes were produced in the world in 2005, with China, the largest producer, accounting for about one-fourth of the global output followed by United States and Turkey. According to FAOSTAT, the top producers of tomatoes (in tonnes) in 2005 were: from Wikipedia: en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Tomato i needed a macro shot for the contest at the MACRO-5 500x500 :)) its here:
Made by Philipp Klinger Photography
Info The Allen Lambert Galleria, sometimes described as the crystal cathedral of commerce, was the result of an international competition and was incorporated into the development in order to satisfy the City of Toronto's public art requirements. Designed by Spanish architect Santiago Calatrava, it is one of the most photographed spaces in Toronto's financial district, and is heavily featured as a backdrop for news reports, as well as TV and film productions. As pictured above, the interior illustrates Calatrava's signature organic style, with a vaulted ceiling that is intended to evoke an avenue of trees. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Brookfield_Place#Allen_Lambert_Gall...
Snow Queen's Mischief
Made by Katrin Ray
Well, it happened at one night. Yesterday it was lovely autumn and over night, Snow Queen came to the throne. Explore #134 , November 25, 2008 Thank you all :) UPDATE: I'm happy to share my great news with you all! My photograph 'Snow Queen's Mischief' is a winner of the City of Toronto Photo Contest Building a great city - together! 'Snow Queen's Mischief' is placed first /best overall in the category of Toronto by night (you may see the ! ) The reception for winning photographers was January 18, 2010 at Toronto City Hall. It was great - read the City of Toronto's news release!
Made by barbera*
I, the world, things, life, 2004 Jacob Dahlgren - Farsta, Sweden Installation Jacob Dahlgren wears a different striped shirt everyday, and has done so for at least a decade. He has over a thousand of them. They are props in his performances and models for his paintings. His works are based on repetition and the recycling of existing aesthetic languages and ready-made objects, from coloured ribbons to yoghurt containers. I, the world, things, life consists of hundreds of dartboards mounted side by side and twice as many bright red darts. Referencing Op Art, Pop Art, Action Painting, minimalism, and a myriad of other movements, the work alters over the course of the evening with accumulative participation.
Made by serhio
As I recall, I know you love to show off, but I never thought that you would take it this far. What do I know? Life is like a rollercoaster. You're going along, and everything seems cool. And it's not like you're looking down, but you're not necessarily looking up either. You have ups and downs, get twisted and turned and life seems to be upside down and inside out. I used to be so scared of rollercoasters, but eventually, you have to face your fears. If you don't get on the ride, you won't experience the adventure. www.serhio.com www.facebook.com/serhiophoto
mother nature, revealed
Made by n+s
either this is the makings of a new pink floyd cover or somehow a 3xp shot processed in photomatix can turn a raging electrical storm over west toronto into a floating deity. and what's with the devil - top left? 3 bracketed images processed photomatix tonemapped and colour adjusted/black levels in PS. 'dat's it. thanks for looking. view this one for full effect -------- super thanks to the kind folks at The World Through My Eyes for selecting turning point as their image of the day for May 16, 06.
Made by n+s
i kid you not, this was shot upside down.... not rotated in pshop. my daughter katja liked this one best as she said it looked like the northern lights. noise levels are a bit high but quite frankly, every attempt in photoshop to bring the black levels up only reduced the impact of the reflections. suppose I could crop it a bit tighter as well but katja likes it as is, so i'll let her win out on this. amazing just by changing white balance and you get this: other cliche skyline versions here: www.flickr.com/search/?q=toronto+skyline&w=79642675@N...
Day 46 - Casa Loma
Made by Daifuku Sensei
Toronto Ontario, Canada. February 5th, 2008: Being completed in 1914 at the cost of $3.5 million, Casa Loma required a team of 300 and 3 years to build. Casa Loma's property taxes were increased during the depression, and ultimately led its owner Sir Henry Mill Pellatt into bankruptcy. The city seized Casa Loma in 1933. Casa Loma has 98 rooms, two vertical passages for pipe organs, non-completed bowling alleys, an oven large enough to cook a steer, and of course secret passages. I recall seeing a swimming pool as well. Please view , or put me on your wall.
Toronto Yonge-Dundas Square
Made by szeke
This is Toronto's Yonge-Dundas Square, which reminds me of Times Square in NY. I spent a couple of hours here and was lucky to get a colorful sunset. This is an HDR of 3 shots (-2, 0, +2), tonemapped in Photomatix. In PS: - Imagenomic Noiseware twice, one stronger on the sky. For the next commands I masked the sky. - Smart sharpen - Freaky details masking - Nik Tonal Contrast - Vibrance increase on the whole image - A bit os saturation boost on the sky - Curves - Burn the top of the sky and the edges - A bit of Nik Glamour Glow.
West on Dundas
Made by Doug Mo (Gone Vagabonding)
Handheld 3exp HDRI Toronto has the one of the largest Chinatowns in North America. It is centred around the intersection of Dundas Street West and Spadina Avenue, and extends outward from this point along both streets. It has grown significantly over the years and has come to reflect a diverse set of Asian cultures through its shops and restaurants, including Chinese, Vietnamese, and Thai. (Cribbed from Wikipedia) (Top Explore Position 41 -- September 29th, 2007)
Made by wvs
shot from our kitchen last night during the storm in toronto. update: for this photo I set up my camera on a tripod and set it to f8 and started taking 10 second exposures when I felt there is a possibility for lightning appearance. I took about a hundred shots and in only about 10 of them the lightning was captured and this one is by far the most interesting of them. check the for more detail (or for desktop wallpaper use). my original blog entry.
Made by n+s
this light marker also serves as a visual cue for sailboats coming about while racing on the lake. 6:30 pm spring, 06 humber west, toronto six exposures ranging from 1/30 to five minutes tonemapped & merged with photomatix ironically the two sailboats that were beyond the marker just disappeared with the long exposure. also the spots in the clouds - i gave up cleaning 'em. it started raining. at least not sensor dust. another lovely long exposure from same photo session can be .
Made by redmann
In Toronto Ontario there is an underground network of tunnels; housing shops, and connecting various parts of the city near the downtown core. There are literally miles of tunnels and one can live an entire existence without ever seeing the light of day. This is the entrance to part of what is called The Path. It was quite eerie to see. I must add that I applied a filter in photoshop to make it look a bit futuristic. It reminds me of some alien spaceship you might see in a sci fi movie.
Toronto Eaton Centre
Made by Doug Mo (Gone Vagabonding)
One of my first attempts at an HDR creation... (and my first photo to have made it into Explore!) This is the Eaton Centre shopping mall in Toronto, looking towards the Queen Street (south) end. I set up my tripod on one of the upper-west balconies and adjusted my shutter speed to take thirteen different RAW exposures. I ran five of those RAW files through Photomatix to come up with this. -Added to the pool as most interesting. (Top Explore Position 24 -- March 4th, 2007)
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Toyota on the Park
The Bridle Path
York University s Glendon College
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