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2016 NBA All Star Game in Toronto

NBA payers line up for the national anthems during first half NBA all-star basketball action in Toronto on Sunday, February 14, 2016.

NBA payers line up for the national anthems during first half NBA all-star basketball action in Toronto on Sunday, February 14, 2016.

The NBA All-Star game was probably one of the funnest sports assignments around. I was lucky enough to be able to shoot for the Canadian Press, feeding the Associated Press for coverage around the world. There was a very light and fun atmosphere, and it was cool to see Kobe’s last All Star game before he retires. Here is a collection of images from the weekend.

Team United States Jabari Parker dunks the ball while playing against Team World during second half NBA rising stars all-star basketball action in Toronto on Friday, February 12, 2016.

Team United States Jabari Parker dunks the ball while playing against Team World during second half NBA rising stars all-star basketball action in Toronto on Friday, February 12, 2016.

Team World forward Andrew Wiggins slam dunks the ball while playing against Team United States during first half NBA rising stars all-star basketball action in Toronto on Friday, February 12, 2016.

Team World forward Andrew Wiggins slam dunks the ball while playing against Team United States during first half NBA rising stars all-star basketball action in Toronto on Friday, February 12, 2016.

Minnesota Timberwolves Karl-Anthony Towns (32) and Boston Celtics Isaiah Thomas compete during the NBA all-star skills competition in Toronto on Saturday, February 13, 2016.

Minnesota Timberwolves Karl-Anthony Towns (32) and Boston Celtics Isaiah Thomas compete during the NBA all-star skills competition in Toronto on Saturday, February 13, 2016.

Minnesota Timberwolves Zach LaVine slam dunks the ball during the NBA all-star slam dunk skills competition in Toronto on Saturday, February 13, 2016. LaVine won the event.

Minnesota Timberwolves Zach LaVine slam dunks the ball during the NBA all-star slam dunk skills competition in Toronto on Saturday, February 13, 2016. LaVine won the event.

Rapper Drake, right, and Spike Lee, centre, react on court during the NBA all-star slam dunk skills competition in Toronto on Saturday, February 13, 2016.

Rapper Drake, right, and Spike Lee, centre, react on court during the NBA all-star slam dunk skills competition in Toronto on Saturday, February 13, 2016.

Orlando Magics forward Aaron Gordon slam dunks the ball during the NBA all-star slam dunk skills competition in Toronto on Saturday, February 13, 2016.

Orlando Magics forward Aaron Gordon slam dunks the ball during the NBA all-star slam dunk skills competition in Toronto on Saturday, February 13, 2016.

Orlando Magics forward Aaron Gordon slam dunks the ball during the NBA all-star slam dunk skills competition in Toronto on Saturday, February 13, 2016.

Orlando Magics forward Aaron Gordon slam dunks the ball during the NBA all-star slam dunk skills competition in Toronto on Saturday, February 13, 2016.

Orlando Magics forward Aaron Gordon competes during the NBA all-star slam dunk skills competition in Toronto on Saturday, February 13, 2016.

Orlando Magics forward Aaron Gordon competes during the NBA all-star slam dunk skills competition in Toronto on Saturday, February 13, 2016.

etired NBA player Steve Nash, right, back kicks the ball to Detroit Pistons Andre Drummond (0) during the NBA all-star slam dunk skills competition in Toronto on Saturday, February 13, 2016.

Retired NBA player Steve Nash, right, back kicks the ball to Detroit Pistons Andre Drummond (0) during the NBA all-star slam dunk skills competition in Toronto on Saturday, February 13, 2016.

Los Angeles Lakers forward/guard Kobe Bryant (24) hugs his daughter on the court in warm up before first half NBA all-star basketball action in Toronto on Sunday, February 14, 2016.

Los Angeles Lakers forward/guard Kobe Bryant (24) hugs his daughter on the court in warm up before first half NBA all-star basketball action in Toronto on Sunday, February 14, 2016.

New York Knicks forward Carmelo Anthony (7), goes to the basket against Los Angeles Lakers forward/guard Kobe Bryant (24) during first half NBA all-star basketball action in Toronto on Sunday, February 14, 2016.

New York Knicks forward Carmelo Anthony (7), goes to the basket against Los Angeles Lakers forward/guard Kobe Bryant (24) during first half NBA all-star basketball action in Toronto on Sunday, February 14, 2016.

Oklahoma City Thunder guard Russell Westbrook (0) slams dunks during first half NBA all-star basketball action in Toronto on Sunday, February 14, 2016.

Oklahoma City Thunder guard Russell Westbrook (0) slams dunks during first half NBA all-star basketball action in Toronto on Sunday, February 14, 2016.

Golden State Warriors guard Stephen Curry (30) slam dunks the ball past Indiana Pacers forward Paul George (13) during first half NBA all-star basketball action in Toronto on Sunday, February 14, 2016.

Golden State Warriors guard Stephen Curry (30) slam dunks the ball past Indiana Pacers forward Paul George (13) during first half NBA all-star basketball action in Toronto on Sunday, February 14, 2016.

Cleveland Cavaliers forward LeBron James (23) reacts after a slam dunk during first half NBA all-star basketball action in Toronto on Sunday, February 14, 2016.

Cleveland Cavaliers forward LeBron James (23) reacts after a slam dunk during first half NBA all-star basketball action in Toronto on Sunday, February 14, 2016.

Cleveland Cavaliers forward LeBron James (23) slam dunks past Golden State Warriors guard Stephen Curry (30) during first half NBA all-star basketball action in Toronto on Sunday, February 14, 2016.

Cleveland Cavaliers forward LeBron James (23) slam dunks past Golden State Warriors guard Stephen Curry (30) during first half NBA all-star basketball action in Toronto on Sunday, February 14, 2016.

Los Angeles Lakers forward/guard Kobe Bryant (24) and Cleveland Cavaliers forward LeBron James (23) laugh during second half NBA all-star basketball action in Toronto on Sunday, February 14, 2016.

Los Angeles Lakers forward/guard Kobe Bryant (24) and Cleveland Cavaliers forward LeBron James (23) laugh during second half NBA all-star basketball action in Toronto on Sunday, February 14, 2016.

Oklahoma City Thunder guard Russell Westbrook (0) slam dunks past Indiana Pacers forward Paul George (13) during second half NBA all-star basketball action in Toronto on Sunday, February 14, 2016.

Oklahoma City Thunder guard Russell Westbrook (0) slam dunks past Indiana Pacers forward Paul George (13) during second half NBA all-star basketball action in Toronto on Sunday, February 14, 2016.

Los Angeles Lakers forward/guard Kobe Bryant (24) receives a hug from New Orleans Pelicans forward/center Anthony Davis (23) and teammates after playing in his last game during second half NBA all-star basketball action in Toronto on Sunday, February 14, 2016.

Los Angeles Lakers forward/guard Kobe Bryant (24) receives a hug from New Orleans Pelicans forward/center Anthony Davis (23) and teammates after playing in his last game during second half NBA all-star basketball action in Toronto on Sunday, February 14, 2016.

Los Angeles Lakers forward/guard Kobe Bryant (24) tries to move the ball past /Toronto Raptors guard Kyle Lowry, left, during first half NBA all-star basketball action in Toronto on Sunday, February 14, 2016.

Los Angeles Lakers forward/guard Kobe Bryant (24) tries to move the ball past /Toronto Raptors guard Kyle Lowry, left, during first half NBA all-star basketball action in Toronto on Sunday, February 14, 2016.

Western Conference's Kobe Bryant, of the Los Angeles Lakers, (24) makes a jump shot during first half NBA All-Star Game basketball action in Toronto on Sunday, February 14, 2016.

Western Conference’s Kobe Bryant, of the Los Angeles Lakers, (24) makes a jump shot during first half NBA All-Star Game basketball action in Toronto on Sunday, February 14, 2016.

Los Angeles Lakers forward/guard Kobe Bryant (24) reacts during first half NBA all-star basketball action in Toronto on Sunday, February 14, 2016.

Los Angeles Lakers forward/guard Kobe Bryant (24) reacts during first half NBA all-star basketball action in Toronto on Sunday, February 14, 2016.

Rapper Drake wears a Los Angeles Lakers forward Kobe Bryant jacket during second half NBA all-star basketball action in Toronto on Sunday, February 14, 2016.

Rapper Drake wears a Los Angeles Lakers forward Kobe Bryant jacket during second half NBA all-star basketball action in Toronto on Sunday, February 14, 2016.

Los Angeles Lakers forward/guard Kobe Bryant (24) reacts to the crowed after playing his last game during second half NBA all-star basketball action in Toronto on Sunday, February 14, 2016.

Los Angeles Lakers forward/guard Kobe Bryant (24) reacts to the crowed after playing his last game during second half NBA all-star basketball action in Toronto on Sunday, February 14, 2016.

Extreme Cold Weather in Toronto

Steam rises from Lake Ontario in front of the skyline during extreme cold weather in Toronto, Saturday February 13, 2016.

Steam rises from Lake Ontario in front of the skyline during extreme cold weather in Toronto, Saturday February 13, 2016.

Steam rises as people look out on Lake Ontario in front of the skyline during extreme cold weather in Toronto, Saturday February 13, 2016.

Steam rises as people look out on Lake Ontario in front of the skyline during extreme cold weather in Toronto, Saturday February 13, 2016.

Steam rises as people look out on Lake Ontario during extreme cold weather in Toronto, Saturday February 13, 2016.

Steam rises as people look out on Lake Ontario during extreme cold weather in Toronto, Saturday February 13, 2016.

Not much to say here, other than it was extremely cold out!

Toronto Moon Rise – The Moon Illusion

 

The moon rises over the Toronto city skyline as seen from Milton, Ontario, Canada, January 23, 2016.

The moon rises over the Toronto city skyline as seen from Milton, Ontario, Canada, January 23, 2016.

Photographing the Moon over a Skyline

I had planned to make this picture for a while, but I needed to wait for a clear day. There are people who believe that this can’t be real, but in fact it is 100% real. When you see the moon rise behind something, like a skyline or a horizon, it appears bigger than it does when it’s higher in the sky. The farther you get from the horizon when the moon rises, the bigger it can appear. Using an ultra telephoto 600mm lens, I was able to see Toronto from roughly 50 KM away, I was able to get the moon to look massive coming over the skyline. People call this “The Moon Illusion”.

Also, the moon does not rise in the same place and time every day. I had to use an app called the The Photographer’s Ephemeris to find the exact spot where the moon would line up with the city from 50km away.