Spa Day: Toronto Photography

My sister won a contest, sponsored by Maple Leaf, so we, and two friends, were treated to a lovely ‘spa day’. A chef arrived to cook us a delicious lunch, before we each had individual massages, manicures and pedicures. What a lovely indulgence it was!

The salad the chef prepared:

Salad from Spa Day

Perfect looking strawberries for the salad:

Strawberries for Salad

Prepping the lettuce:

Chef Preparing Lettuce for Salad

Slicing the strawberries:

Chef Slicing Strawberries for Salad

Corn cobs:

Corn Cobs

Great technique for removing those pesky corn silks:

Chef Using Cloth to Remove Corn Silk

Corn cobs started in the pot the chef brought with him, chicken (the ‘Maple Leaf’ part), started in his frying pan on the gas stove:

Chicken in pan on stove top beside corn cobs in pot

Corn was then moved to a frying pan, fried in bacon fat if I recall correctly…if you didn’t like bacon, not sure you’d enjoy this lunch! lol. 😉

Corn cobs on Stove

Dicing thick slices of bacon:

Chef Dicing Bacon

Frying:

Bacon in Frying Pan on Stove

Chef Frying up Bacon on Stove

Crispy bacon was added to pre-prepared potatoes, part of a potato side dish:

Crispy Bacon Added to Potatos

Then it was warmed in the pan…with more bacon fat…yum! It’s certainly not a way I usually eat!

Chef Cooking up warm potato salad

Alice watched the proceedings from the kitchen window:

Alice at Kitchen Window Watching

The finished lunch plate. A wonderful start to our spa day experience.

Finished Spa Day Lunch

(Equipment used: Canon EOS-1D MarkIV (new version of this camera is the Canon EOS-1D X Digital), Canon 24–70 mm f2.8L lens)

The Beautiful Changing Sky of Summer: Toronto Photography

Some interesting skies lately, with summer clouds:

Toronto SkyLine

Created a few animated gifs of the sky photos I captured yesterday, shot throughout the day:

SkyTodayClouds1

SkyTodayClouds2

SkyTodayCloudsPlane3

SkyTodayClouds4

SkyTodayClouds5

SkyTodayClouds6

SkyTodayClouds7

A little dark and stormy, another animated gif:

Sky Today

(Equipment used: Canon EOS-1D MarkIV (new version of this camera is the Canon EOS-1D X Digital), Canon EF 70-200mm f/2.8L IS II USM Telephoto Zoom Lens)

Cat Update: Toronto Pet Photography

I posted a Zoe the cat update recently, so here’s an update on Alice and Finnegan.

Alice loves to sit at the kitchen window and look out at the world, and I love photographing her through the screen, think it adds an interesting element to the photo:

AliceAtTheScreenWindow

Both cats love to snooze on the coffee bag, filled with green beans, in what will one day be a pantry area. I guess it’s like sleeping on a bean bag chair. Love Alice’s blue eyes in this shot:

AliceSleepingWithCoffeeBag

Finnegan hanging out in the kitchen:

FinneganOnCounterTop

Finnegan on a dining room chair, likely wondering why I’m taking his picture yet again, lol:

FinneganOnDiningRoomChair2

Alice wasn’t a fan of the hairball (fur ball?) medication, so we smeared some on her nose, forcing her to consume it (it’s for her own good!), now she likes it, and will lick it off an offered finger:

AliceWithHairballMedsOnNose

Backlit Finnegan and Alice:

Alice FinneganBackLit

Alice playing with her fave toy:

AliceWithToy

Two more shots of Alice through the screen window:

AliceThroughWindowScreen

AliceThroughWindowScreen2

Finnegan:

FinneganCollage

A ‘few’ more of Alice, 😉 :

AliceSittingCollage

AliceAroundCondo

(Equipment used: Canon EOS-1D MarkIV (new version of this camera is the Canon EOS-1D X Digital), Canon 100 mm f2.8 macro lensCanon 50 f1.4 lens & Canon 85 f1.2L lens)

Zoe the Cat Update: Toronto Pet Photography

As I mentioned in an earlier blog posting, Zoe went to a new home recently, and we visited the other day. She is a happy cat being the one and only! Here are some photos of Zoe in her new home.

Snoozing on her fave dining room chair:

Actually got a shot of her looking at me!

Zoe looking at me

A few more of her hanging out on ‘her’ chair. Also love her little black top hat! Too cute!

Zoe collage

She now lives in an apartment on the 19th floor, so I captured a few shots from the balcony:

Scene from balcony of buildings

Clouds and building in the distance from balcony2

Scene from balcony

(Equipment used: Canon EOS-1D MarkIV (new version of this camera is the Canon EOS-1D X Digital), Canon 50 f1.4 lens)