Sustainably Delicious

Living in southern Ontario has always been a blessing for someone like me, who loves all sorts of natural surroundings even more than I love the wonderful selection of foods available to us with so many farms close to the cities. And there are many people in Toronto and the surroundings areas who share my love of nature and food, and seek to combine the two into a gastro-culture that not only respects the land but celebrates its bounties. I took the opportunity to write about these other environmentally-friendly gastro-enthusiasts in my article for the Winter 2015 issue of Jewish Review

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Tips for Photographing Renovated Interiors

Over the last ten years, I have made websites for many business of different sizes and services, including “one man operations” and I offer photograph retouching as one of my included digital services. While it’s possible to work all kinds of magic when it comes to improving the lighting and overall quality of any photograph with regards to editting out unwanted elements, there are limits to what any digital darkroom can do. The general rule of thumb is that the better the quality of the original photos, the easier it will be to give them that little extra sparkle that elevates them to professional-looking images, ready for print or web use.

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All the Best for 2016

Every year I design a card to send out to loved ones and normally I do a handdrawn illustration but this year I decided to go for a different look. This sparkly design features vector feathers arranged into snowflakes, which I felt fit nicely into my bird-friendly persona. I used Photoshop to create separate layers for each snowflake, using the blending option Bevel to give the appearance oif each snowflake being cut out of glitter paper. The glitter stock image was actually silver and I applied various layers to give it a nice touch of colour.

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Patio Paradise

When I started out writing these articles for Jewish Review, the idea was just to provide a short guide to some of the better restaurants around Toronto but since then I have been trying to group of these places by a common theme, just to keep things interesting. As I love a good patio lounge as much as the next person, it felt only right to have a restaurant guide that focused specifically on patios and the result is my article “Patio Paradise” from the Spring 2015 issue of Jewish Review

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Ontario Greenbelt Photo Contest Winner

barn owl

In my previous post, I mentioned my visit to the Mountsberg Raptor Centre and included a gallery of photos I took, which included some really nice photos of one particular barn owl named Jazz.

Well a few weeks ago, I noticed that the Ontario Greenbelt Foundation was hosting a photo contest to celebrate their 10th anniversary so I decided to enter one of the barn owl photos, as the Mountsberg Raptor Centre is definitely part of the Greenbelt area and I am very fond of those photos. About a week or so after I’d entered, I was informed that I had been chosen as a finalist out of 800 entries and then it turns out I was one of the winners chosen to be part of a photo exhibiton at the McMichael Art Gallery, which is a huge honour!

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