Early Fall & Goodbye, Nikon D70s

Here are some of the last photos that I’ll be posting that were taken with my old faithful Nikon D70s. I bought it back in 2006, and it’s served me really well for over 6 years. In return for its loyal service, I’m heartlessly ditching it for a sexy new Nikon D600, which is full-frame (!!!!) and better in almost every way.

Sorry, old pal.

“Gourmet” food trucks (as seen at the Queen West Art Crawl last weekend) are a thing now.

Of Montreal

I found myself in Montreal last week on a really last minute vacation. Despite my dad being from Montreal, I’d never properly explored the city until now, and I wasn’t quite sure what to expect from the land of delicious smoked meat, abundant sex clubs, authentic poutine, and awesome indie music. I really enjoyed seeing what the city had to offer, but it didn’t move me as much as I though it might. I’m still perfectly happy living in Toronto, even though apparently everyone hates Toronto. Haters gonna hate.

Trip highlights included: Mile End, Mount Royal Park, eating smoked meat at Schwartz’s, staying at a sweet apartment in the Plateau (found through Airbnb, aka the best site ever), exploring the Montreal Museum of Fine Arts (for free!), discovering Distroboto, which sells tiny artwork for $2 out of former cigarette machines, and successfully carrying on some conversations in French without the other person switching into English.

Trip disappointments include: dropping my camera and damaging my kit lens, which now doesn’t focus properly at certain distances. Awesome! Good thing I kind of hated that lens anyway. At least that’s what I’m telling myself.

Chippies Ahoy

Let’s face it – this kind of thing is the real reason why I decided to start a blog.

I’m thoroughly enjoying my “new” (and by new I mean new to me, since it’s definitely used) 80-200mm f/2.8 lens that I bought about a month ago on eBay. I got it for a fraction of the price of a new one since it’s about 15-20 years old. I’m a huge fan of old lenses, especially the ones that are built like tanks and are roughly the size of my head.

True story.

Hey, it’s a blog!

Hi! I’m Dara. This is my new blog. First posts are always the hardest so I’ll get this one out of the way without really saying much of substance.

I’m starting off as a bad blogger because I don’t have a purpose or mission or focus for this site. I have no grand plans or aspirations. Really, I just want a reason to write (something I really miss since graduating from university) and a place to do it.

Some things that might appear here include:

  • Photos! I’m a hobbyist photographer and love to shoot just about anything on just about any kind of camera.
  • Projects I’m working on. By day I’m a web developer, but by night I do a lot of other (mostly designy, art-related) stuff
  • My apartment. I love decorating and making my living space great. Yes, I love Eames shell chairs, just like everyone else. No shame.
  • My random thoughts about life, and how to make it awesome.

Tulips in Istanbul

I like big butts and I cannot lie