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Montreal, Evening Street Scene

Dec 28 2012
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I thought I had finished posting photos of Canada when I found this one. I thought that the photo had potential so after a bit of editing I ended up with a version I was happy with. The shot itself was one which I took while walking past this area. Set the camera up on a high ISO (400 or 800 as far as I recall) so that I could get a bit of movement at 1/30s … while all the time trying to minimise hand-shake. The result is one which I am happy with, nice colour, light and the […]

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Chinese Gardens in Montreal Botanical Gardens

Nov 20 2012

If you are in Montreal you must visit the Montreal Botanical Gardens. Highlight of these amazing gardens was the Chinese gardens and buildings. The vivid colours were striking with Greens and the reds from the buildings. In order not to white out the colours with the intense sun I found some shade and this allowed more of the colour and detail to be preserved. I like the shot below because of the framing thanks to the trees and shrubs. The photo was hand held, no time to setup the tripod and I exposed to the temple interior keeping it slightly […]

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Notre-Dame Basilica, Place d’Armes, Montreal

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Nov 07 2012

The Notre-Dame Basilica, is located in Place d’Armes, Montreal, opposite where the photo of the Maisonneuve Monument was taken. Again the area was swarming with tourists so I opted for a long exposure. The shot was taken with the same wide angle Tamron 10-24mm lens. The result, Notre-Dame Basilica, is shown below. The photo is nice but there are certain things I would do differently. I think the exposure is a bit off on the highlights within the church spires a little over exposed and also there is a little lens flare coming in on the right due to the […]

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Place d’Armes Maisonneuve Monument,Montreal

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Nov 02 2012
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This shot is an evening shot of The Maisonneuve Monument in Old Montreal which, built in 1895 at Place d’Armes in Montreal in memory of Paul Chomedey de Maisonneuve, founder of Montreal. The Maisonneuve Monument is in a busy square and with many people about I opted for a long exposure, therefore any people walking by would not appear or would appear less vividly than the subject of the photo. The photo was also taken during what is known as the “Blue Hour” when there is still enough light in the sky to show outlines of buildings etc. as well […]

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Marché Bonsecours Montreal – A Second Version

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Oct 23 2012
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I added a photo of Marché Bonsecours Montreal as part of my Project52 earlier this week but I have found an alternate version which might be of interest. I was taken earlier in the evening and from a slightly different angle. The sky is less red and it is easier to see the detail in the roof of Bonsecours Market and environs. I still used the same setup, the wide angle lens, low tripod, cable release but I was not using the ND filters here as there was no need to. In post production I slightly accentuated the highlights and […]

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Marché Bonsecours Montreal Sunset – 33/Project52

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Oct 22 2012
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Of all the photos of Montreal I think this turned out the best. It is a photo of Marché Bonsecours Montreal at Sunset. Near sunset I could see that the sky would be quite interesting. I also had an ND9 and a ND Grad filter in my camera bag and decided to use these to accentuate the sky. The mini-tripod was used – just about 1 foot in height from the ground, giving a different aspect on the view. I used a cable release with mirror lock up turned off to minimse any vibration / potential for blur. The result […]

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Montreal Street View – 32/Project52

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Oct 20 2012
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Street Photography is something I have being trying to do some more of recently and this next shot is a photo from Montreal which I really like because of the lighting and the way the sun hits the buildings. The sun was setting and the sky still had a bit of interest. There were also some interesting buildings in the shot, the old impressive building with the turret, the Hotel Nelson with the red brick and the building in the direct foreground which had very interesting windows and caught the light well. I really like this shot, perhaps taking the […]

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Montreal Harbour at Sunset – 31/Project 52

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Oct 18 2012

The next few project 52 photos will be of Canada. This weeks one was taken on a river cruise in Montreal Harbour. On a river cruise the sky was quite nice and gave the opportunity to capture Montreal cityscape from the river cruise launch. The boats capstan had great reflection as did the water. The shoot itself, this shot of Montreal was on a boat, therefore a tripod was not an option. So it was handheld with the bobbing of the boat, fastish shutter speed and as much as possible I always try shoot in ISO100 or 200. I wanted […]

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