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Here is a shot from my archives that I used to try to teach myself some things, I took this back in 2006, I believe inside Eaton Centre in Toronto, Ontario, Canada. Eaton Centre is a huge mall and part of a pathway you can walk in Toronto for a long way without every poking your head outside. We stayed near the train station (well, one night) at the Fairmont Royal York and explored this underground catacomb of shops and restaurants, walking for hours and never venturing outside at all. It was a rainy day, when I think back on this day I am reminded of Blackie & the Rodeo Kings' song "Under the Rain" (from their album Let's Frolic - click here to listen to it).

This trip was our first extended visit into Canada, I never really considered how folks might deal with long and arduous winters and where they might go when the lake effect snow and wind was blowing in. Now, after three visits into Canada and having many conversations with real Canadians (I'm only an honorary Canadian) on TE and TL, I realize the winter they get in Toronto is nothing compared to much of the country, although much worse than what I experience in my own mid-western US city.

I just caught myself straying off topic... I was here to explain this photograph and what I learned from it...

I shot this with my old and slow, but trusty Olympus 8080WZ (not many folks appreciate that camera, but it was a real introduction into a decent lens and what it could do). The Oly has been relegated to the pile of old and slow technology, but not yet thrown away or sold as it may still have a use now and again. These are not real Canada geese flying through that mall - it is a sculpture, and I think I remember it being called "In Flight". I was taken by the anachronistic silhouette against the skylight and the shopping mall background.

I always liked this shot, but I never knew what exactly to do with it, so I got it out and played with it last night for a while and created this monochromatic rendition. I added a blue filter to add a little chill to the air.

I like how it turned out. I think the conversion went well for once. What do you think? I'll add the color version to the workshop.

Thanks for looking!

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