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Toronto photographer's 'skyline porn' video goes viral

A still from Ryan Emond's "Toronto Skyline Porn" video. VIMEO/Reemond

Toronto Skyline Porn from Ryan Emond on Vimeo.

“I take the elevator up to the top. Sometimes a door’s open. Sometimes it’s not.”

Ryan Emond has been taking videos and photographs from the city’s highest heights since moving here six years ago.

But when he started doing it professionally two years later, he needed a way to keep the passion for the work.

He made “Toronto Skyline Porn” — a three-minute time-lapse and aerial view of Toronto over the last four years — just for himself.

The 25-year-old freelance photographer and cinematographer posted the video to his personal Vimeo account on Wednesday afternoon.

He gets some of his more spectacular shots from the tops of Toronto’s highest towers through luck.

He declined to name any of the buildings for fear of landing someone in trouble, but would say he’s been on one of the top three tallest buildings in the city.

“I like shooting from up high most just because it’s kind of quiet up there. You get a different understanding of the city,” Emond said.

He shot the video using his Canon camera and a GoPro rigged up to a DJI Phantom 2 drone.

It’s a view of the city that Emond says wasn’t possible until recent developments in camera and drone technology.

“Even just four or five years ago, you’d have to pay $4,000 to get this footage. You would have to rent a helicopter,” Emond said.

“[The drone] is so small that seagulls are bigger than this thing.”

Emond controls the drone from the ground with a remote control and tools to monitor the shots and the altitude, so as not to violate any regulations.

With his drone and a sense of adventure Emond ventures throughout the city shooting storms, cranes, and baseball games.

He tracks weather patterns on webcams and has a bag of photographic equipment ready to go if he sees a good-looking storm brewing.

Emond has captured the city’s construction boom in the four years he was shooting footage for this video.

“I wasn’t going to tell the story of what [the city] has to offer — restaurants, the multiculturalism — I just thought it would be interesting to do a piece to showing where Toronto’s at right now.”

Planet Toronto from Ryan Emond on Vimeo.