Whether you’re a photography enthusiast or a commercial photographer looking for some great images to sell, Canada is definitely a place to visit. Photographers can take pictures of the beautiful Canadian countryside and diverse wildlife or visit Canada’s cities and take pictures of its grand buildings and diverse ethnic communities. Here’s a look at some of the places you could visit in Canada that will provide you with some great images.
The great Canadian outdoors
The Canadian countryside is truly majestic as a large part of it remains untouched and uninhabited. The land is full of beautiful lakes, serene rivers, dense pine wood forests and rolling mountains. Canada has so many lakes that experts believe that almost 9% of Canada’s surface area is covered by fresh water. We also recommend that you visit the Niagara fall’s which is considered by most to be one of the biggest and most beautiful waterfalls in the world. The country is famous for its harsh snow and ice winters which completely change the lands outlook. So for those who are interested in capturing images of the harshness of winter, Canada during winter season is the ideal place to be. If however your more interested in images of landscape without snow and ice then you should plan your trip in late spring or summer season.
This rugged countryside is home to a wide variety of wildlife ranging from grizzly bears and wolves to sea lions and eagles. So whether you’re into bear watching or bird watching Canada is definitely a photographer’s heaven. But Canada is also a very big country and covering all this area can be difficult. Therefore we suggest that you book a seat on the great Canadian railroad which crisscrosses this beautiful country covering all its provinces and major cities. It would be a good idea to book tour guide as they would be able to point out great places to target. This trip will be worth the investment in time and money and you’ll come back with some great photographs of the Canadian wilderness.
If you’re more interested in capturing images of the hustle and bustle of city life Toronto is the ideal place for you. The city is the commercial heart of Canada and is ranked amongst the world’s top economic cities. The city’s architecture comprises of both old buildings from the 18th century and modern buildings which have only recently been completed. This provides photographers with a diverse portfolio of images to work with. Buildings and structures that you shouldn’t miss include; CN Tower, City Hall, Toronto Art Gallery, Allen Lambert Galleria, Ontario legislative building, Casa Loma and the Prince Edward Viaduct. From the vantage point of the CN Tower the whole of Toronto city is visible and makes for an interesting photograph in itself. The city’s residents are equally diverse with over 49% of the local population born outside Canada. So if you’re interested in capturing images of people then again we strongly recommend that you take time out and visit Toronto.
Photography can best be described as both an art and a science. The science of photography involves a process of capturing images by recording light. The device used in this process is called a camera which comprises of a lens which is the prime component. It is this lens which is used to capture light which has been reflected or omitted from objects into image form that can be reproduced later on film or in digital format. The traditional camera created what is referred to as a negative image on film which is then developed into a positive image on paper. The modern day camera however captures the image in a digital image file format which can then be transferred onto a computer and later printed.
There is some dispute as to who first came up with the word photography. Some experts say that it was Sir John Herschel who in his lecture to the Royal Society of London in 1839 first introduced the word photography. However a German newspaper published an article stating that a German astronomer by the name of Johann von Maedler has used the word photography already. In any case the word is derived from the Greek words which mean Light (photos) and representation by means of lines or drawing (graphy). Together these words refer to the process of drawing using light.
Photography has a number of applications in the world of business and commerce. The term commercial photography is used when a photographer is paid for the images he/she has captured. The commercial applications of photography include advertising in which businesses use images of products to promote those products. These images are then displayed in newspapers, magazines, websites and boards and banners to create customer interest and increase sales volumes. We often forget about how these images surround us as we continue to go about our daily lives. In fact there are often so many images around us that we often ignore many of them as they tend to distract us while we go about our daily lives.
Similarly in the world of fashion and design photographs of models wearing the latest designer clothes are captured and used to promote these designer brands. Cosmetic companies adopt the same approach with models seen using the company’s products.
Aside from commercial applications photography is used by the police in solving crime. We’ve all seen the popular television series CSI and how the police always take pictures of the crime scene. These images allow the police to study the crime scene over and over again. They allow the police to share these images with other experts and consultants who can provide key insights into the probable cause of the crime. Finally these images form crucial evidence which is used in courts to convict the culprits.
Another popular use of photography involves taking images of wildlife. These images are then used by magazines such as National Geographic. These images allow us to see animals that we could perhaps have never seen, even in a zoo (very few zoo’s have the capacity to house a blue whale). Furthermore these images are used in the scientific study of animals. And there are countless more applications which show just home important photography has become to modern societies.
Toronto is the capital of Ontario a province located in Canada. The city is the largest metropolitan area in Canada and is located on the north-western shore of Lake Ontario. The city was developed in the late-18th century when the lands of this region were acquired by British Monarchy. The city was then named the Town of York and was declared as capital of Upper Canada. Later this town was given the status of city and was renamed Toronto. The city has had its share of scares of war when it was ransacked in 1812 in the battle of York.
Ever since its inception the city has continued to grow and increase its borders with the most recent expansion taking place in 1998. The city has a population of approximately 2.5 million people and is ranked as the fifth largest city in Canada by population. The city is one of the most diverse cities in the world reflecting the Canadian immigration policy which encouraged people from across the world to shift to Canada. Statistics reveal that approximately 49% of Toronto residents were born over outside Canada. Ratings agencies consistently rank Toronto as one of the most livable places in the world.
The city is considered by most as being the economic heart of Canada. The city is ranked amongst the top financial centers of the world alongside places such as London, New York and Hong Kong. The Toronto Stock Exchange is ranked as the seventh largest in the world in terms of market value of stocks traded. The city is home to the head offices of a number of large corporations including Canada’s top five banks. Toronto’s major economic sectors include telecom, finance, business consulting, aerospace, media, art, film, music, software production, publishing, medical research and tourism. The city was ranked by Forbes as the tenth most economically powerful city in the world and also one of the fastest growing amongst the G7 nations. The downside of course is that Toronto is also one of the most expensive cities in Canada.
The climate in Toronto is uniquely different from other parts of Canada. Where most of Canada is very cold throughout the year Toronto experiences four distinct seasons. This is due to the city’s southerly location within Canada. The city has a humid continental climate in which the summers are warm and slightly humid but the winters are also very cold. The temperature also varies considerably on a daily basis and this is particularly the case in the winter seasons. Because of increasing urbanization and city expansion coupled with its proximity to water the temperature in Canada is best described as being of a low diurnal temperature range. The urban areas experience warmer nights and are not as cold as rural areas surrounding the city. The spring and early summer afternoons are often cool due to the lake breeze and in the winters the temperature can fall below -10C are quit chilly. The city often experiences snow storms comprising of snow and rain which often have a major impact on the city’s functioning.
When you think of gambling, most people immediately think of Vegas. Sin city has its place with all the lights and big city noise, but poker is gaining in popularity in Canada. More and more Canadians are entering the spot light as professional players and winners. In November 2010 it was a Canadian by the name of Jonathan Duhamel that won the World Series of Poker Main Event.
Jonathan is a native Quebecer where the first Poker Pro Classic was held last year. With a record 246 players showing up to play in its first season it became the largest poker tournament in Quebec history. Canada’s largest poker tournament happens in Quebec as well. At the Windsor Hotel in Montreal city, almost 1800 players play poker, and fundraise at the same time. The top 30 players are flown out to Las Vegas for the finale.
Poker is not just limited to Quebec. In almost every province across Canada if you spend just a moment looking online for a game or tournament you can find one easily. Buy in costs also range in price. In looking online I have found satellite games for fewer than two dollars a buy in, up to thousands of dollars for some of the larger tournaments.
Alberta has earned its place in the spotlight as well. A research team in Edmonton, Alberta, Canada created a bot in 2003. They named it Vex bot and let it play against FullTiltPoker star Phil Laak. Phil easily beat the bot, but the research team didn’t quit. PokerBot created in 2005, repeated its match against Phil Laak winning the game in only two and a half hours. . The number one bot in North America as of yet, was created by this team.
The increasing popularity of poker in Canada is not limited to just in the casinos or in kitchen style games. It is increasing rapidly on the internet as well. The issue that Canadians are finding is that some sites can not process Canadian credit cards, leaving them out of the game and increasingly angry. Websites became aware of the issue and have recently opened play to Canada as well. There are also options to play in the Canadian dollar instead of the widely used American dollar.
The bonus of being Canadian and playing poker, just like any gambling in Canada, is that you do not have to pay taxes on any of the winnings. Unlike American winners of lotteries, casinos, poker games, or any other form of gambling, Canadians get to keep every cent that they win. The exception is, if you play poker as your main source of income. Then there are some taxes that need to be paid. If this is you, keep track of every hand you play, of your wins and your losses and consider hiring an accountant when you file your taxes. The expenses you incur as a professional player, such as meal and hotel stays are write offs.
The percentage of Canadians that play on www.FullTiltPoker.net is third ranked spot in the world, behind the United States and Britain. However quickly as more and more Canadians find a love of the game, this could change.
It seems that every time I make an online casino run there is always at least one player at the blackjack table complaining about the bad play of other players. While the blackjack player may demonstrate poor blackjack decision-making skills, I fail to see the point of getting upset. Less a chronic case of obsessive-compulsive disorder, the play of another player does not directly impact the results or expected return of the blackjack players at the same table.
Each player’s hand at the blackjack table is independent of one another. If the first baseman of the blackjack table fails to hit his fifteen it makes no difference to the rest of the table, statistically speaking. Additionally, if the third baseman takes what the entire world is certain is the dealer’s inevitable bust card, the odds of the dealer drawing to a bust remains unchanged.
If players of blackjack competed head to head, the play of each player would matter more, as players would be in a situation where they were handing chips to other players hand over fist. However, blackjack is a battle of individual versus the evil empire – the casino or house. It should not matter to me how much or how little money the player to my left is handing the house. The only amount that matters is how much I am forking over to the house by way of the blackjack dealer.
When a US online casino player takes a hit and clearly should not, the only figure other than his own bottom line that is impacted is the card count. Whether he hits or stands has no bearing on the statistical likelihood of the dealer owning or paying the rest of the table.
Also worth noting, the bad player’s decisions tend to be far more memorable when he “kills” the table, taking the bust card that allows the dealer to hit to twenty-one. When the horrible blackjack player hits unwisely, yet pulls the dealer’s sure-fire miracle card, the table’s memory is erased. Yet players will complain for hours about the sooner scenario.
When it comes to playing blackjack, the fact of the matter is that a player should only worry about his or her play. Concerning one’s self about how their neighbors play a hand of blackjack matters not, unless of course you are bankrolling the player. If bankrolling the player, speak up. If you have no direct financial interest in the bad player, let him play poorly. Soon enough, his strategy will take care of him and the seat will be open.
Ever watch the dealer closely between series of hands? While most casinos these days use automatic shufflers, there are plenty that still rely on dealer shuffles to get the job done. And from close observation, many players claim some dealers are talented enough to separate certain cards like Aces from 10-value cards to lower the percentage of future blackjacks.
Is that possible? I’ve personally never seen a blackjack dealer pay close enough attention to the cards during the shuffle to even know where they are, nevermind manipulate their placement, but many regulars argue to the contrary. That puts them in somewhat of a predicament…do they call gaming authorities? You couldn’t prove it, plus you’d be a thorn in the side of the casino and a watchful eye would forever cast itself over your shoulder – pretty much eliminating any chance you’d have of trying to count in that or other nearby establishments. An unfair, but likely scenario.
Another burning question is how the dealer would do this in the first place? The likely answer is by selective shuffling. Usually easier in lower deck games, the dealer won’t have a predetermined shuffle spot. The dealer, then, is determining when to shuffle. There is typically more discretion here with one or two-deck games then in six- or eight-deck games. Also, discards are picked up by the dealer and reinserted into the stack in the same order in which they were picked up from the table. A seasoned dealer can keep that order, and therefore stack the deck, as even through a shuffle, the mechanic can avoid separating the stacked cards and work around them. Another common method of hurting the players besides separating cards is grouping middle cards together, such as sixes, sevens and eights. This gives a distinct advantage to the dealer above the already established house odds.
So back to the “what should you do” question…my advice would be if you notice something fishy in the online blackjack world, just get up and walk away, go to another table. You can slip a line for the other players if you want, something like “this dealer doesn’t feel right” or “keep an eye on this guy’s hands” under your breath, but don’t take it any further than that. It’s going to be rare that it happens to begin with, and even then it’s only if you’re watching the dealer intently for a considerable amount of time. You’d probably be better off paying attention to your hand and those of your fellow players, anyway.
I’ve read this in a few articles this quarter, and have seen the topic pop up in some poker forums I frequent. Poker tournament pots are down. Why? Fewer players. Why? Many blame the economy.
Poker as a sport might still be popular to watch and follow on television and the Internet, but the World Poker Tour and Rush Poker are reporting that they are hurting. Some historically popular tournaments are down nearly 50% attendance. It doesn’t matter how much you hike up the buy-in, that translates into fewer dollars for the winning players. And when the pots drop, the big names fade away, too. There’s not much glory in Phil Ivey walking away with a $140,000 grand prize.
But is the economy really to blame? Could poker’s own popularity worldwide be it’s own worst enemy? After all, different countries/continents have their own poker tours now, with winnings promising to be just as lucrative. Not every poker player cares about their two-minute interview on ESPN2.
The odds are a combination of things, including both the aforementioned issues. Smaller prizes and more competition pulling the attention away from the audience both are likely contributing to fewer sponsors, as well. And that’s where the real financial hit shows up. You can bet Full Tilt or another popular poker site isn’t dying to throw money at a tournament where only half the audience will see those baseball hats that did just a year ago. Even in a down economy, advertisers are smart with their decisions.
So what can you do? Not much, short of scrounging up a few thousand for a buy-in…err…donation to the cause. But if you’re like most players, you’re not coming anywhere close to something that’s being filmed by a TV crew, so that’s out of the question. And with people busy working more jobs to get by right now, that means less time to enjoy the FullTilt Poker game on TV.
The game still has the big tournaments and the big faces (although Harrahs had to bail out the WSOP just a few years ago itself). As long as Farha, Ivey, Hellmuth and the gang are making it look easy from across the green felt, there’ll still be money to be made. Just not as much. And people wonder why Ivey spends so much time raking in the dough on side games at the tournament, even when he’s at the final table.
So perhaps the economy isn’t bluffing. It might just be holding all the cards in this one.
Just being the best poker player in the tournament does guarantee that you will win it. The honest fact is that poker still contains some percentage of luck. Aces can be beat and A-K often runs into small pairs. The truth is when you do play with weaker players; the luck factor comes in to play. The worse the players get, the higher percentage of luck is involved.
How to play against bad players
It happens all the time, and especially in larger field tournaments. There always seems to be a massive amount of bad players at your table. You see them raising from early position with really average hands. They over value any Ace. They will chase a three outer to the river. So what do you do? It is actually very simple. Play simple poker. Raise your big hands and fold your bad. Just do not try anything clever. However, the most important thing to remember is they will make mistakes. Look for the mistakes they make and then take advantage of the errors.
Let them make the mistake
The usual tactics that work against better players at Spade Club do not usually work against weaker players. Against strong opponents, an UTG raise means strength. Weaker players do not usually notice this and will actually call with average hands. This can actually cause you trouble against weaker players.
When you raise UTG with A-A against a weak table, it is not unusual to end up with four to five players left in the hand. This happens because another player in early position has K-J, so he calls, the person next to him has 7-8 suited so he calls, next thing you know everyone else thinks they are getting value, so they call, and you end up with five players going to the flop. It is important to remember what usually works on good players is not necessarily effective on weaker players. Always try to keep it simple and look for areas when your opponents make a mistake.
Where you find bad poker players
You can actually find bad players in any tournament. As a rule though, the smaller the buy-ins – the worse the field. However, that does not mean just because you are playing high stakes buy-ins they are no bad players. Take the Main Event at the World Series of Poker for example. The WSOP and club wpt has a buy-in of $10k, but I guarantee you that it will have a larger field of bad players than any of the smaller buy-in events at the World Series of Poker. So just keep an eye out for those bad players. Play simple poker against them and wait for them to make a mistake, and you can profit from them at your table.