Nifty Fifty Bokeh

Brookfield Place bokeh

OK, so not all of these photos have bokeh, but many of them do…

Brookfield Place bokeh

These first shots were taken this evening at Brookfield Place, where I had dinner with a friend at Richtree, interrupting possibly the longest stretch (in recent memory) of cooking at home. In fact, I just checked, and the last time I had a restaurant meal was November 28, so it’s been an entire month. Wow. I’m feeling quite proud of myself for lasting that long! And I spent less than $20! But I also broke my no-retail-except-grocery vow, which isn’t entirely the case since Richtree is also a market, not just a restaurant…

Anyway, back to the photos. I’ve decided to take my camera to work with me every day this week, which means tomorrow and Thursday, to see what I come up with. Here’s the rest of today’s, shot late in the evening:

Brookfield Place

This one is probably my favourite, I like the symmetry of the bokeh circles on one side and the circle tiles on the other:

Union Station

This is a few shots later, processed entirely in Lightroom. The photo above was processed in Nikon Capture NX2.

Union Station

I think I prefer the monochrome version below (and I’m not the only one, click on the pic for comments):

Union Station

shoe shopping

This was taken in PATH, Toronto’s underground retail labyrinth.

chilly winter night

I live in a Polish neighbourhood with lots of churches. There’s a nativity scene at this one that I finally got around to shooting.

nativity scene
nativity scene
nativity scene
nativity scene

The statue of Pope John II, the only Polish pope, rules over my neighbourhood. There are always flowers and candles at his feet.

Pope John Paul II

winter flora

And lastly, St. Casimir’s gate, which I should return and shoot with my wider-angle lens.

St. Casimir's gate

Yesterday’s photos have comments, too, but you’ll need to click on the pictures to see the comments in Flickr.

In case it wasn’t obvious by the title, I shot all of the photos with the 50mm f/1.8. There’s a version for every brand of DSLR camera and it usually retails for about US$100, hence the other nickname “thrifty fifty”. I’m using it more again because it’s got a wide aperture for low light, it’s lighter and easier to carry around, and best of all it draws less attention to me.

Video for today: “Goodnight Moon” by Shivaree