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:
Do you have a passion for beautiful cars and love to capture images of them? Do you like observing and taking images of interesting people? Well then, let’s mix the two together and go out and capture some images at the upcoming Autorama being held inside Cobo Hall in Detroit, MI on Saturday, March 7th. We will meet at 10:00am to discuss taking images inside the show and talk about some theme challenges I will have for you. We can shoot till 12:30pm and then head over to Grand Trunk Pub for a bite to eat. The cost for show tickets and lunch will be yours but the actual photowalk will be free. I am going to limit this walk to only 6 photographers to keep the group small.
Auto shows like Autorama have celebrated and paid tribute to innovative workmanship that can improve vehicles of yesterday and today. This is a fun show to see what can be done with metal and four wheels. Many times these shows have as many interesting people as they do cars so get your small camera gear and let’s get out there to capture something interesting in the town that brought the automobile to the world.
I am proud to announce and launch my new home on the web www.mikeboening.com Working on concepts and designs for the site has consumed some considerable time over the last couple of months, so seeing them come to life through the expert help from Terry McKay has made it real. I hope to provide a home on the web where photographers interested in Street/Urban image making can find training, workshops and discussions about equipment. Please take a look around and see what’s new. In the future you can expect more announcements on workshops, training, Mirrorless Minutes updates and much more. Looking forward to a great 2015 in image making…