Yonge and Dundas Sq

This is an area frequented by both locals and tourists. Tourists come for the sights, the “time-square” eque feel (though not as grand), Eaton’s Centre Mall, and many other things. For the locals, it’s just a major intersection; AMC theatre nearby, Greyhound Bus terminal around the corner, as well as other things located near by. And well, it’s Yonge street. There’s also a few events/festivals held in this area. ┬áHere are a few photos of an afternoon spent in the square.

Children playing by the floor fountains on the Square. Some remain dry, some jump right on the spewing water.

 

A pair of tourists, one posing one taking the photo. To each their own on the poses.

 

 

Everywhere you look in Y & D sq, people are taking photos. Some of them make for great subjects.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Man on the run. Looked like he just came from the financial district, which is just 2 blocks south and one block west of the square.

 

After the quarrel. This couple seemed like they were arguing. Though gladly, they hugged and made up afterwards.

 

A man plays with his phone while riding the TTC street trains.

 

Taken just half a block south of the square. A man converses with another man who was taking a nap right on the sidewalk.

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A sad reality

Essentially, my 24-70 2.8 Nikon lens is broken. I am EXTREMELY saddened as this was my workhorse lens and my baby. Hopefully warranty can fix it. So for now, I will be shooting with a 70-200 2.8 for my street photography. Less versatility, but then it allows me to stay far and away from people noticing me.

For the meantime, here’s another photo from Pride Toronto, 2011. I uploaded this photo to dpreview’s challenge themed “multiple stories”. http://www.dpreview.com/challenges/Challenge.aspx?ID=4942&View=NewFirst&Rows=4

Here is the photo. Please provide a fair vote for my photo. Comments are always welcome.

Chalkmaster Dave

For as long as I can remember, he has been paining the most amazing chalk art pieces on the southwest corner of Yonge and Dundas square. He’s always got a funny, witty line written by his artwork and he refers to everyone as earthlings. Here is a photo of him working on his rendition of Mona Lisa.

First post.

 

A couple sitting in front of the fountain at Nathan Phillips Square. The man slowly leans towards his partner. A kiss awaits.

When the crowds disipate, the homeless become visible

It is always a sad site to see people without homes. Like all great cities, Toronto is not without its population of homeless. During the day, they are less noticeable. There is simply too many things happening. But at night, when all is quiet on the sidewalks, you can see them calling the concrete their bed. Some also take naps under the shade during the day.