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Ontario snowshoeing in December

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Georgian Bay, not yet frozen
We managed to get out on the snowshoes for the first time this season in mid-December. There wasn't a ton of snow yet, maybe a foot, but enough to enjoy the Ontario forest. In some places there were branches sticking up through the snow, but not a lot. Here are some shots of the wonderful old lodge nearby, the afternoon sun in the forest itself, then down to Nottawasaga Bay which still has exposed sand. You can't see it in the photo, but the ski hills of Blue Mountain are directly across the bay, and look amazing all lit up for night skiing.

Lost Symbol resources - part I

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Here's the 1st section of resources for the Dan Brown novel 'The Lost Symbol' with a map, a video, lots of links, and some example photos. I suggest you read the chapter first before scrolling down to see the photos, videos and other links.

This section covers the following chapters in the book:

To see the complete list so far, head back to the main Dan Brown's Lost Symbol resource page. And please add a comment if you have any other links you think should be added to this page!

The Lost Symbol Companion: Links, photos, videos, MP3s, and more details

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Dan Brown's latest book The Lost Symbol, is full of all sorts of references - religious, scientific, artistic, historical, architectural and on and on. If you're like me, you'll want to learn more about many of them, so I've started collecting maps, photos, videos, audio-clips, and other links to expand on some of the details in the book.

I've divided all this information up into multiple pages, organized chapter by chapter - you should read the chapter in the book first and then delve deeper into the items I present for that chapter -- in many cases you won't want to even see the titles of the links. You might want to skip some altogether, or dig even deeper into others...

Fashion photography at the ROM and AGO - Fall 2009

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Toronto has not one, but two fashion photography exhibits this fall. One at the Art Gallery of Ontario (AGO) and one in the new crystal at the Royal Ontario Museum (ROM).

  • Edward Steichen: In High Fashion, the Condé Nast Years, 1923–1937
  • Vanity Fair Portraits: Photographs 1913 - 2008

Both shows are worth checking out if you are a fan of classic fashion, modern fashion, or portrait photography.

3 minute video of U2 360 tour at the Rogers Center in Toronto

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Here's a quick 3 minute video from the U2 360 Tour here in Toronto on September 17th, 2009. It was a good concert, with the dome open. I'm not a huge fan of huge concerts, but the sound was great, and there was a fair amount of energy. The famous 'claw' stage, designed by longtime U2 collaborator Mark Fisher was really impressive - great sound and lighting, with a huge 360 degree colour display. Live shots of the band from moving cameras really added to the show, and eventually the screen spread out and down.

3 ways to enjoy Photojunkie's Toronto Panoramic photos

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Rannie Turingan is a prolific and influential blogger and photographer here in Toronto. For one of his latest projects (which won him a Nissan Cube) he set out taking panoramic photos with his iPhone. Here are three ways you can enjoy those photos. Whether you're just visiting Toronto on vacation, or if you live here, they are well worth a look!

We'll run through three choices:

  • Standard web page and online map
  • iPhone and Blackberry specific web page
  • iPhone application (that also runs on an iPod touch)

Tiny Beaches rail trail outside Elmvale north to Penetanguishene

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There is a wonderful multi-use trail called the Tiny Beaches rail trail, running north just outside Elmvale up to Penetanguishene. It is a snowmobile trail in the winter, and a great biking, running, and hiking trail in the summer and fall (there are LOTS of bugs in the spring...).

Here's a short video of a few sections along the northern end of the trail from July, 2009.

Ottawa Lock #3 Time Lapse video

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We were in Ottawa last summer, and I've finally got around to adding some music to a time lapse video I made of one of the locks on the Rideau Canal, right downtown.

I used a Canon PowerShot SD870 IS and the built in time lapse function, trying to hold the camera as steady as possible against a railing.

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