This past weekend I was privileged to speak about Street and Urban Photography, as well as one of my favorite topics, Live Composite, in the beautiful city of Toronto. Toronto is the most populist city in Canada and serves as the Capitol of the Province of Ontario. It is truly a center of business, arts and culture. It was my first international speaking engagement for Olympus and my first ever international street shooting workshop which I co-lead with Alanna St. Laurent. An amazing weekend would be an understatement. If you ever get the chance to visit this city don’t think twice. There is more packed into 2 or 3 square miles than most cities can offer and it’s just 3.5 hours away from Detroit, Michigan. Instead of a long post with words I will let the pictures do the talking from the weekend. Here are a few from me and one of our Olympus hosts, Kathy.
These images of the restaurant El Catrin where the presentation was held are by Kathy Nugent, National Account Executive – Canada. If you are in the Distillery District when visiting Toronto I suggest stopping by for lunch or dinner. You will not be disappointed.
After the presentation and answering questions of course, I was able to get with our workshop group. Alanna and I had a great group of photographers from around Michigan and Chicago as well our guests from Olympus. It was a fun group and very talented.
We hit the streets for the rest of the day working on Street Photography and started back up when the evening came where we worked on perfecting our Live Composite and long exposure shots. One other guest, who was in town for the weekend and able to stop by, was my fellow Olympus Trailblazer, Peter Baumgarten. If you haven’t seen Peter’s work go over to his website and check it out. He produces amazing nature and landscape images as well as some very cool street images from the weekend:) The entire event was extraordinary weekend and I am looking forward to returning and speaking again in this great city!
Some images from the day:
All Toronto images by Kevin Lad and vehicle images by Alanna St. Laurent
Join Olympus Trailblazer, Mike Boening and Alanna St. Laurent, from Alanna St. Laurent Photography Workshops, as they host an exciting photography event with our neighbors to the north in Toronto, Canada. We will meet in Toronto’s Distillery District on Saturday, August 22nd and enjoy some lunch while we talk about street photography and what we can expect to see in the Toronto area while we are out shooting for the afternoon. In the evening we will gather for a couple hours of night time photography in the city as well.
On Sunday, August 23rd we will take a short ride to capture the beauty of old and rusty automobiles. It’s an amazing place that Alanna has frequented in the past and knows her way around. This is one of those places you will love sharing your images because they are so unique.
We make these weekends all about you so you can unplug from your daily routine and focus on the hobby you love. You will meet like-minded people and find that the camaraderie built during the weekend will last long past Sunday. Give yourself the opportunity to experience a great time with some great people capturing great images.
We look forward to having you on the trip North!
Be prepared to hit the streets of The Windy City again this summer when we explore some of the most interesting neighborhoods in the North Chicago area. Join Olympus Visionary, Mike Boening and One of Detroit’s best urban photographers, Alanna St. Laurent as they lead a street photography workshop Saturday and Sunday, August 22ndand 23rd, 2015. Chicago is an amazing city where the River runs green on St. Patrick’s Day and the pizza is Deep Dish. With over 2.5 million people calling “The Windy City” home, there aren’t too many places better for capturing street scenes in America. The bustling day time foot traffic leads to a fast paced night life. No matter where you go, you will find Chicago to be one of the most interesting cities in America for anyone who loves street photography. So come and enjoy a couple days to learn and be immersed in photography. Take the time to unplug from your daily routine and grab your street gear as we hit the streets in some amazing Chicago neighborhoods as well as meet new photographers with the same passion as yourself.
This will be our 3rd Chicago workshop in the last year and we expect this one to sell out like the others so be sure to sign up early. The neighborhoods of North Chicago are amazing, eclectic and diverse, the best ingredients for some great street imaging. We will explore Lincoln Park, some of the Near North Side on the shore and of course West Town that includes Wicker Park. We keep our groups small, no more than 10, so we can focus on getting you to some of the most interesting places to capture daily life.
Here is a short video of last summer’s Chicago workshop (video by Alanna St. Laurent)
We will meet at Sava’s Restaurant in Ann Arbor for some great breakfast, while I cover the ins and outs of what is accepted and what to steer clear of when shooting people in public places. We will talk about style and composition when it comes to street photography as opposed to portrait shooting.
We will also cover how to create a story with your images. You will create two or three goals for the day and shoot with your list in mind. It will be a challenge both in photography and how you visually “see” the market and the people interacting in it.
After breakfast we will head out as a group to the State Street area to start out and begin shooting! This is meant as a fun exercise in photography to help you capture more captivating images. Both Alanna and myself will be available to answer any camera or composition questions you may have while we are out shooting.
WHAT TO BRING: Camera, a 50mm prime is great or a mid-range lens. If you only have the kit lens that will work too. We will discuss gear for a couple of minutes in regards to how going lighter is easier to improve your vision. No tripods will be needed.
The cost for the workshop is only $35 and it goes from 9am to 12:00pm on Saturday. April 11, 2015.
Look forward to seeing you on the streets.