The Audience

I recently travelled to Toronto and ended up at the Rogers Centre to do some sightseeing.  I have been to this part of town many times before and yet, I still find myself taking photos of all the different structures in the area.

One particular feature of the surrounding area that has always caught my eye is this sculpture:

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As it turns out, this is a sculpture by Michael Snow, called, “The Audience”.  It was installed in 1989 and depicts baseball fans in various states of celebration.

You can find Michael Snow’s work all around Toronto – he is a Toronto native-, even in the Eaton Center.

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Concorde At JFK

I have only ever seen Concorde twice.  Once at Mirabel when I was either on my way to England or coming back to Montreal, I don’t quite remember.  Taking an international flight to/from Mirabel should give you a good indication of how long ago it was.

The second time I saw Concorde, was at New York’s JFK airport while on my way to Tokyo.

When I took this photo, I was not yet using digital; therefore, this was taken on 35mm film.  I scanned the negative with my camera to get it into a digital format.

Concorde was always an awesome sight to see.  If you’re wondering, compared to regular commercial airliners, Concorde was not very big.

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The Long Road Ahead

It always fascinates me seeing how long some freight trains are.  Some seem to go on for miles and most probably do in some instances.

I always imagine what they may be carrying: Food? Furniture? Cars? Raw materials?  In reality, it could be anything.

Though, I don’t much like freight trains when I’m caught at a crossing, waiting for it to go past.  It can be a long wait.

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The photo was taken with my LG G5.

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One Type Down, Many More To Go

I love flying.  I’m an admitted aviation geek.  I’m plane crazy.

When I do get the chance to fly, I always make it a point to see if I can possibly fly a type of aircraft that I have never flown on before.

I have flown on Boeings, Airbuses, Lockheeds, Cessnas, British Aircraft Corporation aircraft, Embraers, and Bombardiers.

In regards to Boeing, I had yet to fly aboard a 737; therefore, when I had a chance to fly aboard one on a recent trip, I was quite pleased.

I always ask for a window seat, of course.

These photos were taken with my LG G5.

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St. Joseph’s By Night

St. Joseph’s Oratory has always been an interesting subject for me to photograph.  It’s dominating presence can only truly be appreciated once one is up close to it, only then will you be able to truly appreciate it’s large than life architecture.

By night, it is no less impressive to see it under the light of the moon, as well as in the light that floods over it, from spotlights strategically placed around the grounds.

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The photograph was taken with my LG G5.

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Black Crowned Night Heron

Back in July, we made our way to Fort Chambly, in Chambly Quebec.

It was a great day out in all respects and we only experienced about 10 minutes of rain.  Mind you, that rain came down in buckets, but we were able to take some shelter underneath the large trees in the park.

After we had finished our visit to the fort, we made our way back to the car by walking along the water front.  As we walked into the picnic area next to the fort, i looked out over the Rapides de Chambly and noticed a rather large bird perched on top of  fallen branch in the water.

At that moment, all i had in my hand was my little X10, which was somewhat useless at the distance that i was from the Heron.

Hoping that he would not fly away, i gently took off my backpack and took out my D2x with the 70-300 VR G attached.

Luckily for me, the camera was more or less set up for the shooting conditions.  It was already dialed in at ISO 400, which was perfect for the overcast weather we were having.  I only had to adjust the aperture, which i set to f/8.  Shutter speed varied between 1/320 and 1/500, which was due to the light.

I shot in RAW, which i do all the time with the D2x now.  Shooting in RAW with the D2x gives me so much more latitude when i want to edit the files.  It doesn’t take long to edit the files either.  A minute or so with each file in Capture NX-D and i’m done.

It was really great seeing such a magnificent bird up close like this.  I am very happy that i was able to photograph him.

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