One of the good things about Airbnb is that you get to see pictures of the homes. This was helpful for me as a photographer because I get to choose the condos with the best views of the iconic buildings like the CN Tower, Air Canada Centre, Rogers Dome, Etc.
Booking a condo with a view of the Rogers Dome was kind of tough. I had to book on a date when the Blue Jays are playing and also check the weather forecast because the dome only opens on a good weather. Condos with amazing views usually get booked up really fast and I also had to keep in mind of booking for the weather.
Eventually I was able to find a day and capture the dome opening and closing. I got really happy when I found out that my Rogers Dome closing time-lapse was featured on BlogTo and Explore Canada.
Real Estate Agent Condo View
I had this idea of asking a real estate agent permission to take a time-lapse from one of their high-rise condo listing in exchange for my service in photography or videography.
One day I reached out to one real estate agent who liked one of my post on Instagram and pitched him my idea. I also told him about a Toronto time-lapse project that I was working on. The real estate agent said he thought it was a cool project and wanted to help me out since he liked that I was doing this for the city. Surprisingly, he give me access to an 81st floor condo unit at Bloor One to capture a sunset time-lapse, and he didn’t wanted anything in return.
My Friend’s Condo View
I was lucky enough to found out that two of my friend’s condo had a nice high view of the skyline + Gooderham building, and Dundas Square.
Turo Condo View
I’ve rented out a car through Turo many times but this was the first time that it gave me access to the roof top patio.
Rooftop Patio Views
This view was on the 51 floor of 180 restaurant. I thought of a cool 180 time-lapse from this restaurant view.. I also ended up coming back the second time to get a night shot in November.
I went on a flight with FlyGTA and a second flight with my pilot friend Maurice to try to do a hyper lapse on the flight tour. I’ve also invited my friend Nicole to capture some video footages as well so that I can add it into the video afterwards. In the end, I’ve managed to get a few seconds of hyper lapse that was shot handheld and a lot of repositioning of each image in post production.