There's this thing that happens to me surprisingly often: I'll do something photographic, often requiring substantial effort, and then my favourite photos are the ones that I recorded on my way home. These are that.

These photos are both long exposures, 2-5 seconds each, and digital in-camera multiple exposures, stacking three photos together. The camera was pressed up against the streetcar's window as I went from Harbourfront to Spadina Station.

It will always be Skydome to me. I don't care that a monopolistic telecom company bought it from the city (taxpayers) for less than what it spent on a single year of a long-forgotten player's contract.

Waiting to cross the street. I have an idea where this is, but the combination of the blur from passing traffic and the doubled street stops it from matching my expectations of the space. It still matches the experience, though, which is more important.

This set is a spin-off of another idea I've been working on, which is to use a pinhole camera and open the shutter every time the streetcar stops, and close the shutter as soon as the car moves. Unfortunately the easiest pinhole to do this with is my sub-frame 35mm, and it just doesn't record enough detail to make the results legible.

I may keep trying, though, if time permits.

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College street.

Tools change the technique and the results. Using a small digital camera for these, with the blend mode set to preserve the brightest parts of each frame, works very differently from the investment needed with film. But it's more subtle than that, too.

My previous flirtation with multi digital-in-camera exposures – multi-DIC exp – was with the XF10, which can only combine two photos in a jpeg, while the Ricoh GRiiix that I'm using here can produce raw files from many different exposures, and using different blending modes. But its increased sophistication also means more complex operation, making it harder to use spontaneously.

As always, life's a barter.