Busker Fest

Just a few captures I got.

First up, a man catching a coconut with his knife.

Then, a man on stilts. He was pretty cool to do some poses for me.

And lastly, a chalk artist at work. Amazing portrait this guy drew.

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Jack Layton Memorial

Before the photos, I just want to say that its been a while. Busy with work and life in general. Some great news though, I got my workhorse lens back, the 24-70 2.8. I missed this lens quite a bit. Here are the photos.

People gave their farewells to Jack by writing on the walls and floors of Nathan-Phillips Sq by city hall. There were writings all over the place. People gave him plenty of love.

A very thoughtful gesture. People left chalk in buckets so that anyone who wished to bid Jack farewell could easily do so.

People also wrote on the concrete catwalk above the square. Floor and wall space was running out on the main level.

An individual writes on a wall while standing on top of one of the large flower pots.

A man looks over the ledge and observes the people writing. Later on, he too picks up a piece of chalk and bids Jack farewell.

On a different note, the next photos are some that I took while on the way to the square.

 

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.