Mar 25, 2011

Mayor Hazel McCallion at CLM 2011 tribute to Jack Prazeres

Mayor Hazel McCallion at CLM 2011 tribute to Jack Prazeres
Portuguese singer Hernani
90 years old and still a great speaker. And at 90, when she talks about the history of Mississauga it comes from having lived it.

I finally got a great shot of Mayor Hazel McCallion at the Community Living Mississauga fund raising tribute to Jack Prazeres. At 90 years old, the mayor is still going strong. But the lines on her face make it a chalenge to get a flattering photo. This one shot with a Canon 5D MkII and a 70-200 2.8 lens and a flash is as nice as I have been able to get.

A stage spotlight provided the ultimate hair light for Portugese singer Hernani performing at th eevent. Had to get down on teh floor to get the right angle. And man, what a wonderful voice.

Mar 16, 2011

De-industrialization in Hamilton

abandonned factory de-industrialization in HamiltonIn search of material for a documentary on de-industrialization, I spent an afternoon in Hamilton photographing the remains of de-industrialization, including the Rheem plant on Barton and the Otis Elevator plant on Victoria.

And this unidentified building carcass on Hess North. Further research suggests it was a company called Imtrex, closed in 1986. Now planned, according to "the internet", by the City of Hamilton for residential development. Or maybe not.
Walking the hill by Otis Elevator brought back memories of selling Dickie Dee ice cream to the guys in the plant 40 years ago. They lowered money in a bucket from the second floor windows, I sent ice cream bars back up. Just a s summer job for me. But, according to that plant had real jobs for 900 Steelworkers in the 1950's and just 230 when it closed in 1987.

Shot with a Canon 5DII. And then a touch of Photoshop HDR.

Mar 13, 2011

WordPress photography website for

I had used the built in Flash photo gallery function in Photoshop to create a website for George Socka Photography. At that time Flash was cool. However, Flash has become a pariah on websites, as has the concept of finely hand crafted but hard to change static HTML. My new website to promote George Socka Photography in Toronto is based on WordPress. Easy uploading of new images and easy changes to text makes WordPress an ideal content management system for changing content.

The new website is