Sunnyside Bathing Pavilion – Toronto, ON

I posted this shot because after all the aggravation of taking the picture, I’m using it dammit! It is not a great shot and not one I’m likely to print and frame, but it IS going up on this blog out even if that’s just for spite. OK let me explain.

On New Years Eve we were going to dinner at this great little BBQ joint in Toronto. As we were driving along the freeway, I spot this really cool white building along the lake. “What’s that?” I ask. “Oh that’s the swimming pool and some park” I’m told. “Wow, I need to take a picture of that.” Silence…silence…”I mean some night when we are not heading to dinner with other people.”

So I planned to go back in a few weeks to shoot the building at sunrise. Only its an hour away, and sunrise is kind of early. Go figure. I tried 3 times and each time I woke up to rain or freezing temperatures. Finally, Saturday it was clear and bright. The weather wasn’t too cold (32 degrees F) and I had no other plans. Up at 5, out at 5:15. There in time for sunrise.


Helps if you know where to park your car. And how far you need to walk. And where the sun will rise in relationship to the thing you want to shoot. Oh…and it helps to know whether the building itself is worth photographing Before you head out for leisurely 5:15 AM drive…

It certainly looked cooler from the freeway. Not that it isn’t a neat structure, it’s just not one that was particularly inspiring up close. I got there and my first thought was Meh…Never a good sign. I took a few detail shots, some side shots etc but none of them jump out at me. So I’m posting the boring “stand in front of the building and shoot it” shot.

In order to get it all in, I had to stand as far back as the oncoming traffic would allow – which I should point out wasn’t very far back – maybe the width of a drive way and a sidewalk. Even at 11mm (on my D7000) the front was so wide I couldn’t get it in easily so I cropped in on the important bits. I guess it’s OK, just not what I was hoping for.

Oh well, you never find the great shots if you aren’t willing to risk a few bad ones.

Happy Tuesday everyone.

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  1. Posted May 1, 2012 at 5:09 pm by Bashar A. | Permalink

    Gorgeous image :)

    • Posted May 1, 2012 at 6:50 pm by Tom Baker | Permalink

      Thanks Bashar. Not happy with it, but not sad either.

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