My Top 10 Images of 2013 PT. 2 5-1

Thanks for coming back to see the rest of the list!  Here is part two with my top 5 favourite images this year.

If you've read through my blog you have heard me mention Taha who is an extraordinarily talented photographer/all around artist.  His ability to capture the world around him with his iPhone is mindblowingly inspirational.  So much so that it inspired this image.

If you've read through my blog you have heard me mention Taha who is an extraordinarily talented photographer/all around artist.  His ability to capture the world around him with his iPhone is mindblowingly inspirational.  So much so that it inspired this image.

At the end of an eventful engagement session that saw torrential downpours and an inadvertently donated umbrella, Juan and Daniella ended up in front of this wonderful window.  This was the last frame of our session and by far my favourite!

At the end of an eventful engagement session that saw torrential downpours and an inadvertently donated umbrella, Juan and Daniella ended up in front of this wonderful window.  This was the last frame of our session and by far my favourite!

This wedding was so much fun to shoot, Jason and Melissa were so relaxed and into getting good images and the bridal party was a blast.  This image speaks to me of the soft and gentle soul that Melissa is.

This wedding was so much fun to shoot, Jason and Melissa were so relaxed and into getting good images and the bridal party was a blast.  This image speaks to me of the soft and gentle soul that Melissa is.

I shot this wedding with Ecstatic Photography Every time I look through the images from that day, I am drawn to this one.  To me it speaks of deep contemplation and reflection.  Getting to know Ira throughout the day, I am sure that there was a lot of thought being processed in this moment.

I shot this wedding with Ecstatic Photography Every time I look through the images from that day, I am drawn to this one.  To me it speaks of deep contemplation and reflection.  Getting to know Ira throughout the day, I am sure that there was a lot of thought being processed in this moment.

In April I spent two weeks in Uganda with Africa Arise. When I was there I met many amazing people, Vicky is a recipient of a micro loan through ILA Uganda, who is a partner of Africa Arise.  This image was taken in front of Vicky's business. When I look at this image I see a woman who has found dignity and is brimming with pride. 

In April I spent two weeks in Uganda with Africa Arise. When I was there I met many amazing people, Vicky is a recipient of a micro loan through ILA Uganda, who is a partner of Africa Arise.  This image was taken in front of Vicky's business. When I look at this image I see a woman who has found dignity and is brimming with pride. 

My Top 10 Images of 2013 PT. 1 10 - 6

This year, I decided that I'd like to do a blog post to highlight some of my favourite images that I made over the past year.  This blog post will highlight images 10 - 6 with Pt. 2 to come after Christmas.

This is one of the first images that I shot with my Nikon D700.  This image spoke to me about the faithfulness of the individual who sits in it day after day.  A lot of work has been done while sitting in this chair.

This is one of the first images that I shot with my Nikon D700.  This image spoke to me about the faithfulness of the individual who sits in it day after day.  A lot of work has been done while sitting in this chair.

I did some portfolio building with a local model, she had a few looks that she wanted to capture and I wanted to get some more work in with a model.  While the purpose of this kind of shoot is often working on posing and directing, this moment seemed raw and uninhibited and for me was the most powerful image of our shoot.

I did some portfolio building with a local model, she had a few looks that she wanted to capture and I wanted to get some more work in with a model.  While the purpose of this kind of shoot is often working on posing and directing, this moment seemed raw and uninhibited and for me was the most powerful image of our shoot.

This image could not have been directed or posed any better if I tried.  To me it captures the  fun and excitement of my family's time picking apples this fall.  Not only is it one of my favourite images of the year, the day itself may have been my favourite of the year!

This image could not have been directed or posed any better if I tried.  To me it captures the  fun and excitement of my family's time picking apples this fall.  Not only is it one of my favourite images of the year, the day itself may have been my favourite of the year!

If you are a photographer and you ever have the chance to work with an actor, do it!  Michael is a good friend and he's attacking the world with one strong creative idea after the other, whether he's playing a part or dreaming a script, he's fully immersed and always delivers.

If you are a photographer and you ever have the chance to work with an actor, do it!  Michael is a good friend and he's attacking the world with one strong creative idea after the other, whether he's playing a part or dreaming a script, he's fully immersed and always delivers.

When Tanya told me that her and Alfred wanted to do their engagement pictures at the AGO, my heart began to race.  Inspired by our surroundings we ventured forward in an artistic collaboration.  I love this image as it speaks of this time in a couple's journey when it doesn't matter what is going on around you, only you exist.

When Tanya told me that her and Alfred wanted to do their engagement pictures at the AGO, my heart began to race.  Inspired by our surroundings we ventured forward in an artistic collaboration.  I love this image as it speaks of this time in a couple's journey when it doesn't matter what is going on around you, only you exist.

Thank you for reading, I hope you enjoy these images as much as I do.  I'm looking forward to sharing the rest after Christmas.

Kodak TMX100 120 Film + Diana Clone

You know what the coolest thing about shooting film is?  Getting your scans back and seeing what you shot.  I mean there is a vague recollection of what you pointed the camera at but not knowing how it turned out turns into anticipation and then, hopefully, satisfaction.  I shot a roll of 120 with my friend Simon's Diana clone as we were out one sunny but cold day a couple of weeks ago.  There were some pretty cool light leaks at the end of the roll.

Toronto Water Works - Day For Night

I got out with a couple of buddies on Friday night and did a bit of shooting at the Toronto Waterworks.  I love shooting down there and turning the night sky into almost day like scenes by way of long exposures.  The portrait of Paul is lit with a cell phone! We also looked inside the buildings and noticed quite the workshop.

Where My Dawgs At??

I went for a photowalk with my dawgs Simon and Taha today.  We bumped into a couple of dogs too!  See if you can guess which one we got closer to.  Later on in the day, I stopped into Vistek and picked up a Lensbaby Spark. The Spark is a manual tiltshift lens. It's going to take a little bit of getting used to, but I like the results it produces.

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Jay McIntyre Photography Toronto Street Photowalk
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Jay McIntyre Photography Toronto Street Photowalk
Jay McIntyre Photography Toronto Street Photowalk
Jay McIntyre Photography Toronto Street Photowalk
Jay McIntyre Photography Toronto Street Photowalk

And from this day forward, Taha will be forever known as the Snowman Assassin

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The Night To End The Year

On the Eve of New Year's Eve, I got out to do a bit of shooting.  As cold as it was, I enjoyed getting out and pressing the shutter button.  As is typically the case, a good night is one that involves shinny hockey!  Here are a few images including some iPhone images.

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At The Lonely End Of The Rink

On Friday I was so pumped up about shooting at night after posting about it, I had to get out again.  Myself and a couple of other photographers got together and headed out.  We started at a park just south of the Danforth where, we stumbled on an empty rink, I thought of the lockout and the Tragically Hip song that inspired the title for this post.  From there we went downtown.  Here are a few frames. Toronto Street Photographer Jay McIntyre PhotographyToronto Street Photographer Jay McIntyre PhotographyToronto Street Photographer Jay McIntyre PhotographyToronto Street Photographer Jay McIntyre PhotographyToronto Street Photographer Jay McIntyre PhotographyToronto Street Photographer Jay McIntyre PhotographyToronto Street Photographer Jay McIntyre PhotographyToronto Street Photographer Jay McIntyre Photography

Underpass Park - Toronto Development

I got out last weekend to do a bit of night shooting.  If you follow my blog, you know that Toronto at night is one of my favourite things to photograph.  Last week we got down to Underpass Park, part of the waterfront development plan here in Toronto.  If you get a chance, check it out either by day or nigh, it is a wonderful spot! Underpass Park Toronto Jay McIntyre PhotographyUnderpass Park Toronto Jay McIntyre PhotographyUnderpass Park Toronto Jay McIntyre Photography It obviously never hurts to run into a skater while photographing a skatepark.

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Toronto Street Shooting Photowalk

Yesterday, I got the chance to go out on a photowalk with more than 20 other great photographers.  Here are a bunch of images that I grabbed, as you'll see, we found a lot of skaters. Jay McIntyre Photography Toronto Street PhotographyJay McIntyre Photography Toronto Street PhotographyJay McIntyre Photography Toronto Street PhotographyJay McIntyre Photography Toronto Street PhotographyJay McIntyre Photography Toronto Street PhotographyJay McIntyre Photography Toronto Street PhotographyJay McIntyre Photography Toronto Street PhotographyJay McIntyre Photography Toronto Street PhotographyJay McIntyre Photography Toronto Street PhotographyJay McIntyre Photography Toronto Street PhotographyJay McIntyre Photography Toronto Street PhotographyJay McIntyre Photography Toronto Street PhotographyJay McIntyre Photography Toronto Street PhotographyJay McIntyre Photography Toronto Street PhotographyJay McIntyre Photography Toronto Street PhotographyJay McIntyre Photography Toronto Street PhotographyJay McIntyre Photography Toronto Street PhotographyJay McIntyre Photography Toronto Street Photography

It was really cool to bump into my old friend Taha on the walk, we ended up spending the whole day shooting together along with my friend Simon.  I didn't know that he had taken up photography and further to that he is the greatest iPhone photographer I've ever met.  Seriously.  check out his Instagram feed and see for yourself.  That said, I processed everything from yesterday's walk in black and white with the exception of this portrait that I grabbed of Taha, the colour was just too good.  You can see Simon's set from yesterday by clicking here .  It's neat to see how we each captured similar situations from different perspectives. Jay McIntyre Photography Toronto Street Photography Taha

North York Nights - Street Photography

I'm in love with the Yonge and Sheppard/Yonge and Finch area.  I really am, I've set up shop here and I really can't get enough of it, there is so much culture here that you can experience most of the world in less than half an hour.  There really always seems to be something going on and I love to get out and take some of it in,  This past weekend, I got out for a little bit. North York Street Jay McIntyre PhotographyNorth York Street Jay McIntyre PhotographyNorth York Street Jay McIntyre PhotographyNorth York Street Jay McIntyre PhotographyNorth York Street Jay McIntyre PhotographyNorth York Street Jay McIntyre PhotographyNorth York Street Jay McIntyre PhotographyNorth York Street Jay McIntyre Photography

Torontox3 - print 2

I'm currently working on a series of images called Torontox3.  The images are triple exposed in camera and then processed. Here's the second image.

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The first image can be seen here

You can view the whole series by clicking here

To Purchase a limited edition print, please contact me: info(at)jmphotographyonline(dot)ca

Ilford FP5 400 scans

I was recently loaned the use of a canon AE-1 manual focus film slr. This is an insanely awesome little camera, if there were no such thing as digital and autofocus, it would be my primary camera. Seeing as there is such thing as digital and autofocus, the AE-1 is a bit of a novelty, but it's also an opportunity to think really hard about photography. Shooting film means that you need to be fully committed to the shot before you press that shutter and I see that as an opportunity to learn even more and push myself as a photographer.So I set out to load the camera and came across Ilford FP5 black and white film which is what the call "true" black and white. True black and white film only captures black and white as opposed to regular black and white which captures all of the colors but processes them as black and white. The results are a rich contrast and really deep blacks. Shooting this film will require a little more thought as I approach each shot but I really like it. Here are a few scans from the roll

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Shooting Strangers In The Street

A while back I posted a series of images that I shot after setting up a "Street Studio" you can see that post here As well as planned and agreed upon street shooting, I am also quite interested in the candid guerrilla style of street photography.  I have been reading and following a few incredibly talented street photographers as of late.  Thomas Leuthard and Erik Kim in particular have an inspiring approach to street photography.  If you get a chance to read their blogs, do yourself a favour and watch some of their videos on shooting strangers in the street.  I got out at lunchtime today and shot as though I was one of them, although they may say that I didn't get close enough into people's faces.

Baby steps.

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Exposed. Twice.

I've been playing with the double exposure feature in the Nikon D90 and I really like the results.  I'm working on a series that I'll be showing soon but today I did some as portraits.  After seeing the results, I may actually abandon the other series and stick to portraits for this type of shooting!  all of the images are exposed twice in camera and then in lightroom I applied a preset that I have developed to bring out some of the contrast and dark tones. Jay McIntyre Photography, Jo - Double ExposureJay McIntyre Photography, Jesse - Double ExposureJay McIntyre Photography, Jeremy - Double ExposureJay McIntyre Photography, Jay - Double ExposureJay McIntyre Photography, Marilyn - Double ExposureJay McIntyre Photography, Jordan - Double ExposureJay McIntyre Photography, Gene - Double Exposure

Beautiful Bala Night And It's Star Trails

Last week was family vacation week as we joined the in-law side of the family at "Uncle Ken's Cottage" for the week. Insert in-law jokes here (most are applicable). It was a great time and I captured a number of great images, but most of my images are just for me and my family. I did, however, find the opportunity to sit on the dock and enjoy a cigar while capturing my first ever star trail image. jay McIntyre Photography Bala Star Trails

Studio In The Street

On Friday night, my friend and I set out, as we often do, to do some downtown shooting.  As I set out to meet him, I was reminded of a video I watched a while back of Clay Enos shooting portraits in the street.  This gave birth to the idea to set up a studio in the street. We set up an umbrella with my flash and wireless trigger and a reflector against a wall on the corner of Queen and Peter streets at around 11pm and started stopping people for portraits.

Update - I took a more incognito approach here

 First things First was a couple of test shots on Paul, which grabbed enough attention to start stopping people for their free portraits.

This concept generated a lot of discussion about model release forms and whether or not I need one for this kind of shooting.  There is absolutely no plan to profit from any of these images, they will never be used commercially, so I see no need for a model release form.  The purpose of this shoot was to get some on location lighting practice while also giving people a free portrait that they can use for their social media profile pics and such.  And for me to do something that terrifies me, making myself completely vulnerable to strangers.  That said, if you see yourself in this post and would like the image removed, please let me know and I will take it down. (and email you a copy)

BTW, not everyone who's image I took is on the blog.  If you had an image taken by me, please email me for your copy!