Cyclist - Queen & Spadina - Toronto

Wheeling through Toronto in spring

Cyclist - Queen & Spadina - Toronto

A cyclist heads east on busy Queen Street, crossing over Spadina Avenue at one of Toronto’s most historic intersections. (Owais Qureshi/

Photo by Owais Qureshi Sports Photographer

As someone who photographs sports, I am used to trying to capture people in motion. This cyclist on the streets of Toronto posed the same challenge as trying to snap a shot of the Blue Jays’ Jose Bautista swinging for the fences.

The goal is to stop the main subject of the image in a situation interesting to the viewer. Here, the cyclist crosses Spadina Avenue while pedalling along Queen Street West, known for its trendy fashions and patio restaurants. The exposure on my camera, a Nikon D90 with a 52-millimetre lens, was set at F-22 with a shutter speed of 1/25th per second and an ISO setting at 400.

In this section of the city, visitors will want to make sure to drop in on stores like Lavish & Squalor and Aritzia to bag the latest styles. Some of Toronto’s most famous watering holes are near this famed intersection. The Horseshoe Tavern and Rivoli are just a few feet from where this photo was taken. The Black Bull, home to one of the most popular patios in the city, is a block away.

As spring takes hold, the liveliness of this area is one of the reasons you’ll want to visit the city. Whether you’re in a car or taking a bike tour, be sure to pull over and spend some time exploring the stores, cafes and music venues in one of the most intriguing and fun stretches of Toronto.


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