Sunday, 18 September 2011

Windfest 2011 - Toronto

If you remember from my last post - the Toronto Kite festival was relaunched as Windfest last year - Dave has taken the huge task of organizing a kite festival for the Toronto folks.

Yesterday wrapped up the 2nd annual Windfest out at the Toronto beaches. It was a perfect day - nice winds coming off the lake, full sun, blue skies with some clouds for some great photos. I flew my kite as part of the TKF group but there were kite flyers from clubs all over Ontario as well as the Windjammers from the USA.
Windfest Toronto 2011 - images by SVPhotography.ca
Windfest Toronto 2011 - images by SVPhotography.ca
Windfest Toronto 2011 - images by SVPhotography.ca
Running of the Bols
Windfest Toronto 2011 - images by SVPhotography.ca
Windfest Toronto 2011 - images by SVPhotography.ca
Windfest Toronto 2011 - images by SVPhotography.ca
Always a fav with the kids - the Teddy bear drop - although there were some technical difficulties.
Windfest Toronto 2011 - images by SVPhotography.ca
Windfest Toronto 2011 - images by SVPhotography.ca
Windfest Toronto 2011 - images by SVPhotography.ca
The Candy drop became a Candy throw due to issues with the lifter, but the kids still loved it.
Windfest Toronto 2011 - images by SVPhotography.ca
Windfest Toronto 2011 - images by SVPhotography.ca
The Windjammers put on a great show for the crowds all day long.
Windfest Toronto 2011 - images by SVPhotography.ca
Windfest Toronto 2011 - images by SVPhotography.ca

Photos were taken with the Olympus E-P3 and the 9-18mm F4-5.6 lens.

Thursday, 8 September 2011

Leica S2 spotted in the wild!

I have never seen a Leica S2 taken outside of a studio environment. Its not that they are not made for it but I am guessing because they are so expensive - no one wants to risk taking them outside.

I caught this image during the Canadian International Air Show over the Labour day weekend in Ontario Place. The gentleman was climbing on some rocks in the Lake to get a better vantage point of the planes. He didn't seem to have much fear. I didn't get to speak to him because he was so far out by the rocks.



It appears that he has the 70mm lenses on the body - which approximately corresponds to a 56mm lens in 35mm format due to the larger sensor used in the S2 compared to 35mm cameras. With 37.5 Mega Pixel files to work with, I am sure there was lots of room to crop his images.

I feel like starting a game like the Punch Buggy game but for Leica cameras...Punch Black Lecia S2 on the right - no punch backs!

Sunday, 4 September 2011

2011 Canadian International Air Show - Performance time

Sat was the first day of shows but unfortunately it was cut short due to a weather warning. Here was what I was able to capture that day.

Erick O'connor's CF-18


Misty Blue Skydiving

The Shawinigan

Mike Wiskus in his Pitts

Heavy Metal Jet Team


Pete McLeod in his Edge 540

CWH Lancaster Fly by


A-10 Thunderbolt

Saturday, 3 September 2011

2011 Canadian International Air Show

Some more images of the planes from the Canadian International Air Show. You can see these planes and more up in the air starting today, Sunday and Monday out by the Toronto waterfront by the CNE and Ontario Place.

Mike Wiskus' Pitts -



Pete McLeod's Edge 540


Rick Volker's Sukhoi SU-26M


All 4 planes together


US Navy/Marine's MV-22

Thursday, 1 September 2011

Canadian International Air Show

September is here and its that time for school to begin and the CNE to close off with its annual airshow.

Here a preview of some of military jets that will be flying this year.
A-10 Warthog

V-22 Osprey

Canadian Forces Snowbirds

CF-18

Skyhawks Jump team