I started to write about 2013 and realized that the focus of this post shouldn’t be my words but my photos – the reason I started cricketprints.net to begin with.

(I will note that getting married was awesome and I would love to have a party like that every year.  So maybe next year we’ll do it again to celebrate our anniversary?  It was a lot of fun…)

2013 in photos: a good year for street art photography.  And while my love of all things street art will be top of mind when I shoot in 2014, I want to re-familiarize myself with the basics and expand my viewpoint beyond what’s on the walls.  That, and expand my knowledge of Lightroom!  Cheers to getting better at my craft in the new year.

Wishing you & yours all the best in 2014!

Lacking Colour.

This weather isn’t very inspiring, is it?  The dark skies and cold air make me want to stay in bed all day with the blankets over my head.  Not that I want to celebrate the upcoming snowy season but I thought some nice black & white edits would be suitable to match the exterior of Toronto this evening.  Cam and I went for a nice long walk and the clouds seemed to be following us.   We endured some rain and hale before retreating into the subway and heading back towards home.

Weather aside, last night I went to a great show at The Great Hall.   A dear friend introduced me to Lindi Ortega who was just fantastic.  The exposure to the venue also sealed the deal for plans next weekend to see Hannah Georgas!  Moving on…

Admittedly, I’m not a huge fan of black and white photography.  I find that the finer details can be lost in the muting of the contrasting colours.  Yet at the same time, I find it interesting and fun to play with & balance out the tones to make the focal point of a photo really stand out.  Once and awhile you end up with a shot that you just adore yet the colours don’t seem to work the way you want them to; no matter how hard you try.  I’m not saying all of my black and white photos were a by-product of this, I’m just saying that sometimes colour just doesn’t work!

These are a few of my favourites from over the past while – some were taken more recently as I’ve been learning how to do black & white edits in Lightroom.