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Canada Exploration

Coming from Southern California to Canada! Don't mess with the real life Walter Mitty; aka, Sosa. I had the privilege of meeting with a few creatives at some agencies I truly admired in Toronto. Fortunately, that weekend was a civic holiday so I had an extra day to spare. From there, I made the trek out to see one of the seven wonders of the world; Niagara Falls! it was a first in my book, hence I really was set out to transcribe each and every moment of that weekend. 

Downtown Toronto; August 2015

Lets Play Two! Statue aside Rogers Centre; Home of the Toronto Blue Jays. 

I had the opportunity to catch up with an old cousin in Canada. She got to show me the ropes and Snap my photo! Thanks Danielle.  

I highly don't recommend a lot of you at home to follow what I did unless you're a professional and know what you're doing. I had my rig set up the entire trip on the Hornblower. My hasselblad is meant to withstand just about anything since I was shooting film, there's no electronics required and my GoPRO has a water housing to protect it. All of the images you'll see today however, are digital.

My film is currently being processed, yes this includes post processing folks. I try and shoot film just about every weekend for my personal collection and for stock purposes. Some images I leave undeveloped for a few months, I want to look at the images with fresh eyes when the time is right; it helps curate my ideal design.  

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Exiting my Canada Trip, it was about networking and putting faces to some of those names. I felt as if I had accomplished what I had come, if not it's always a positive to take a risk in life. On the way out of Niagara, we had stopped at the Niagara Fallsview casino for parking.

I pressed my luck that day and slipped $20 in the slots, after 5  minutes at the same machine I was ready to walk away with $100. Morale of the story, it's always good to press you're luck because you never know when that day will be your lucky day. 

Know Your Presence

Outside of my studio environment I must always have my special hats on. No I'm not talking about costumes, I just mean my hat of presence and of heightening my senses to notice the details of my surroundings. 

I've been a man of many hobbies and interests. Yoga is a greater form of stretching to me; however, to many others it is a spiritual task and a greater understanding of ones body. Breathing alone is the key to being a yogi. This is where you need presence the most, where you tend to find the composition around the environment to create the story. 

Always remember to smell the roses 

And breath the air around.