Tuesday, May 29, 2012

Photoessay with Carl Zeiss Jena Tessar 50mm f2.8

Once or twice a week in the afternoon, I would walk south with my camera on John St. to King St., and then back to Spadina & Queen, where I work.  This area is very busy, especially during lunch hour in a nice day.  People would come out in full force; they would eat their lunch in the park bench, have a stroll with friends, line up for a hot dog or ice cream, or have lunch in one of the many eateries in the area.

Lining up for ice cream -- NEX-5N & Carl Zeiss Jena Tessar 50mm f2.8. Click for larger.

There are many, many hot dog stands in Toronto, mostly in the downtown area.  Some will argue the hot dogs are not as good as those in New York City, or Chicogo, but that does not stop the hot dog lovers from lining up for one, barbecued right in front of you up on ordering.  Add your favourite condiments from the dazzling number of them available to you, and you will be in hot dog heaven. Bad for you?  Who cares?

Hot Dog Condiments -- NEX-5 & Carl Zeiss Jena Tessar 50mm f2.8. Click for larger.

One of the many complains people have about downtown, is the horrible traffic and hard to find parking spaces.  In Toronto, we have streetcars that run on electricity and tracks.  We call the streetcar the "Red Rocket".  It's been a symbol of Toronto since the 1920s.  One of the disadvantages of running on tracks is that a blockage will affect all the streetcars the follow.  In the picture below, the delivery truck broke down and could start, forcing all the street cars pile behind it.  The streetcars are quite reliable and you don't see this happening often, but does happen once in a while, either due to streetcar break down, or other vehicles blocking them.

All blocked up -- NEX-5N & Carl Zeiss Jena Tessar 50mm f2.8. Click for larger.

The most popular place people go to in the afternoon, is restaurants and all kinds of eating places.  Almost all of them are packed with people.  What economic crisis?  You certainly will not see any signs here.  People just want to go out and have a nice lunch with friends/colleagues and enjoy themselves, and away from the (busy) workplace.

Lunch with friends -- NEX-5N & Carl Zeiss Jena Tessar 50mm f2.8. 


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