I don't really understand the concept of jellyfish. They're photogenic little beasts, but aside from that I'm stumped.

These are from Toronto's newish aquarium, which I visited for the first time this weekend. The spotted jellies in the first two photos are quite small, so they were photographed with my Sigma DP3M, while the larger animals in the last three photos were recored with the DP2M. The Merrill's were very lucky to find blue light, which their black and white mode responds well to, but it was a tough place to shoot for colour.

This is with the Ricoh GR, which does better in colour in low light than the Sigma cameras do, but not as well for black and white under these conditions. Both styles of camera had a hard time with focusing speed and light levels, so it was just as well that this wasn't really a photographic visit; next time I'd probably carry the same cameras, but take a lot more care with each shot.


Snowstorm 2015

A few things that I haven't done much recently: take some photos on my walk home and post them with minimal fuss, and get snowed on.

This has been a very uneventful winter with very few storms and almost no snow accumulation. We've had cold, and plenty of wind, but not much actual weather. It was almost nice to be able to walk home in it for a change, even though it was pretty trivial by 2014 standards.


Happy New Year VI

This is in danger of becoming my longest-running photo series. Happy new year.


White Castle

I went to White Castle and couldn't resolve which end was up.


I have a new personal rule: if it doesn't look appetizing in black and white, don't eat it.

City Wall

This shape of building – square with a central void – is New York, not Toronto. It's a big part of why the cities sound so different.

Park Central NYC

My fourth trip of the year, and my second one to include a one-night stay in a hotel.

I have broken the links to hundreds and hundreds of photos, which will take a long time to repair. The workaround is to replace "photo.matthewpiers" in the link URL with "matthewpiers.smugmug". Awkward, but only temporary.

This is happening because I have revamped matthewpiers dot com. More of what I write and photograph will be going there, so check it out as well.

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