I know I haven't posted in awhile, so I figured I'd share a little bit of an adventure I had the other night.
I was commissioned by a neighbor of mine to take a photo of the Opera House on Queen st and Broadview. I wanted to wait until it was late and raining, to make the shot as interesting as possible.
After that, I walked along Queen, taking light trails every now and then in the pouring rain. I also shot the new Eaton centre bridge for it's grand opening the day after.
Then at 4 am or so I checked the CN tower live cam, and by god the clouds were looking incredible. To ensure that I would be above the fog, I decided to climb Tridel, the construction site that's wedged between the Gardiner and York st, despite the fact that it was a Tuesday night. Typically, these kinds of adventures are saved for weekends when workers are less likely to be there. If you plan on staying as late as sunrise, Sunday mornings are the only option. Because I only decided to hit Tridel at 4am or so, that only left me a couple hours until the morning shift would start. As stupid as this decision was, I couldn't say "no" to low fog. After hiking up almost 700 feet of stairs, I reached the top level of construction, a floor that was shrouded in mist. Looking up I could barely see the pod of the CN tower, looking down I couldn't see the streets below. But as I climbed up the crane, the city began to reveal itself.
After I figured it was time to leave, I could heard voices as I started down the stairs. I quickly went up a flight, crossed to the other stairwell and continued down. However two flights more and the same thing happened. I went back to my floor, hid in a room and kept going when the coast was clear. 60 flights of cat and mouse, at least every other floor was having work done on it. As my friend would say, "I basically Splinter Celled the shit out of this place."
The wind howling, the rain pouring, the city drowning in a sea of fog. I can't think of anything more beautiful.
I know I haven't posted any rooftop shots yet, from skyscrapers I mean, and it's mostly been abandoned spots and other nic naks. However "rooftopping", as mainstream and stupid as it's become, is still the most surreal thing I've ever done in my life. The countless hours I've spent watching the city from above have been the best times of my life.
If you want to check out some more of my photography in high res, here's a link to my website. http://www.jspics.ca/