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A new year, a new site — Welcome!

While others were curling up with their valentine, wrestlers converged in Sudbury for the Ontario University finals, some 380 perilous kilometers away from our humble Toronto, to show off what eight months of sacrifice, perseverance and training looks like. I tagged along with Ryerson’s new team as well as the University of Toronto Blues to shoot the event. The three competing wrestlers from Ryerson each scored seventh, getting us lucky sevens for the first year. We’re taking this as a good sign for team growth and development for the next season!

Here is a selection of photos from the event, featuring both Rams and Blues:



Special thanks to Ontario Northland, Travelodge and Laurentian University; our coaches Johnny Cho and Saeed Azarbayjani; and Ryerson Rams/U of T Blues for making this event happen. Credit also to mother nature for not killing us on the dark, cold, snowy way back.

Photo licensing available.

The D3200 with the NIKKOR f/5.6 70-300mm lens is not a combination that sees much use in sports photography. The camera is a total noise machine at ISO3200, required by the narrow aperture of the telephoto to keep shutter speeds faster than 1/250 of a second; the AF is dog slow and loves to hunt the entire throw of the focus; the few points that are provided aren’t enough to get reliably tack-sharp faces; and the lens itself also is especially unsharp at the telephoto end.

But if that’s all you got, then that’s what you gotta deal with.

As part of Team Impact and Ryerson Rams Wrestling I attended the Brock Open to have a look at my first wrestling tournament and take some shots for our media materials. I think the equipment (and team!) did admirably well.

Denoising in post made a massive difference, but not preferable to a camera that doesn’t generate that noise in the first place. Fingers crossed that the easter bunny brings me one.

Great job Team Impact, Ryerson, and everyone that attended the open!

For more information about Team Impact or Ryerson Rams wrestling, visit Team Impact’s website.

Santa brought me the Nikkor 50mm f/1.8. I can’t believe how tack sharp this lens is. It puts my 35mm f/1.8 DX to shame, and makes my 18-55 kit look like mud.

Here’s some shots from the first day of use:

The morning after, I awoke to a ton of emails — the picture of the streetcar interior was on Explore!


Holey moley, my photostream has received over 250,000 cumulative views! I wasn’t keeping track until I discovered my TTC2054 map had almost 20000 hits and one of my images got explored. Not bad publicity for my first year with a DSLR. I’d be curious to see what the views are when the BlogTO/UrbanToronto postings are factored in.

Thank you all so very much.

(Now let’s do a million)

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