The X-E1 Does Plane Spotting

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This was one of the last tests that I wanted to do with the X-E1: plane spotting.  The weather was calling for rain, but we chanced it and went up to the airport.

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Many people on the interweb complain about the AF of the X-E1 and the fact that it is not necessarily built for sports.  Well, no, it is not a sports camera.  However, it is very capable of taking excellent photos of moving subjects.  The one thing you have to keep in mind, is not to treat it or think of it as a DSLR.

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For these photos, I had the shutter speed a 1/1000, aperture at F/8 and the ISO at 800 to keep my shutter speed constant.  It was very overcast and there was a bit of fog/haze lingering around; therefore, making distant shots somewhat useless.

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I turned off the picture preview.  When you have it on, you will see the preview in the EVF as well, which slows down snapping photos at a constant pace.  In my opinion, Fuji needs to take away this feature in the EVF.  Looking at your pictures on the back LCD is far more beneficial, rather then on a tiny EVF screen.

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Since I only have the 18-55mm lens, I did need to crop the pictures after the fact.  I am looking forward to getting the 55-200mm when the time is right.  Fuji is also coming out with an XC lens that goes out to 230mm and I look forward to reading reviews about that lens when it comes out.  The XC line is a more “economical” line of lenses.  If they are more or less on par with the XF lenses, I am all for buying into them.

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Shooting the X-E1 at this type of subject takes slightly more work than using a DSLR.  Though, the results are no different in terms of the photos I can capture.

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All in all, I am extremely pleased with the results.  I could not have obtained anything better from my DSLR.  As I said before, i am looking forward to getting the 200mm or the 230mm, depending on cost/quality.

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It was really nice to go back up to the airport and get some photos of the aircraft in action.  It was also nice to come back home without any pain in my neck from having a couple of pounds of hardware hanging around it.

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Tunnels

We have a lot of tunnels here in Montreal.  Tunnels for cars, for subways and for people.  Here are a few tunnels that I came across last Sunday.  The first one is the tunnel that connects Lucien L’allier Metro station, to the Bell Centre & the AMT train station.

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This second photo is of a tunnel that leads out of the parking lot in front of the Via train station.  Many people don’t know or remeber, but there was actually a bombing at the train station back on September 3, 1984.  The bomb was a “pipe bomb” and killed 3 people, injured 30 others when it went off inside a locker.  The bomb was planted by retired American Armed Forces officer Thomas Bernard Brigham.  It is said that he was protesting Pope John Paul II’s Canadian visit.

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Windsor Station, Montreal, Que.

The following photos were taken with my X-10.

If there is one building that I love to go inside of, it is Windsor Station.  It really does take you back in time and you can just “feel” Canada here.  CPR (Canadian Pacific Railway) has left the station hall open to the public; therefore, you can go in at any time and appreciate a historic building that dates back to 1889.

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During WWII, CPR pretty much gave up all it’s resources to the war effort & the Canadian government.  Windsor station became the starting point for many a soldiers, airmans and sailors journey into the hell that is war.  Just knowing that thousands of men went through this train station and never came back, is very sobering.

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The walls of the station are constructed with grey limestone, which was mined from a quarry in Montreal.  The architecture is considered to be Richardsonian Romanesque.

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Back in 1970, we nearly lost Windsor Station when CPR had the grand idea of tearing it down and erecting a 60-storey office building in it’s place.  Because of numerous delays, the project never made it out of the architects office.

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Another interesting fact, is the expansion of the station in 1916.  This expansion included the building of a 15 storey tower, which dramatically changed the skyline of Montreal.  Just think, back in 1916, there was nothing over 15 floors high!

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Unfortunately, because of changing times, rail traffic started to slow down in the mid 1980’s and was completely stopped because of the construction of the Bell Centre, which began in 1993.  Today’s Bell Centre sits on the site where all the rail lines came into Windsor station.  The only rail traffic that comes in now, is the AMT and those trains stop in front of the Bell Centre on the western side of the building.

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Even more unfortunate, was the fact that CPR packed it’s bags in 1996 and headed West to Calgary in order to relocate it’s headquarters.  Some people may dispute this, but the reason behind can no doubt have been because of the political climate in Quebec and the fact that a referendum on sovereignty just occurred one year earlier.  CPR were not the only ones who left town.

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Not Really Sure

As I took a rest from my walkabout on Sunday afternoon with some Tim Hortons, a girl walked along in front of me and stopped a few feet away from me.  She took out her iPhone and pointed it upwards and took a photo.

I looked up at where she was pointing her iPhone and all I saw was the parking garage across the street.  However, I also noticed one lone lamp post that was sitting there with nothing but clear sky behind it.  I assume this is what she was taking a picture of, i don’t know.

Monkey see, monkey do.

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Reflections

On my walk around downtown on Sunday, i walked past Atrium Le 1000 and something caught my eye.  I looked to my left and I saw some beautiful reflections on all the glass of the office building.

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These first two photos are of reflections of the Mary Queen of the World Cathedral.

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This last one is a reflection of the Queen Elisabeth Hotel.

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St. George’s Anglican Church, Montreal, Que.

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This Anglican church sits in front of Windsor Station at the corner of Peel and De La Gauchetiere.  It is open daily (except Mondays) until mid-afternoon; therefore, you can go in and visit.  Please keep in mind:  if there is a service going on, please refrain from taking any photos.

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This was the first real test of the X-E1 in a low light situation.  I put it on auto ISO in order for the DR to kick in.  The photos really do represent the level of lighting inside the church.

The wood really is that dark, so any light inside/coming inside, is not reflected off of it.  I walked in just as service was finishing, so i sat down and relaxed a bit and prayed.  I waited until everyone had left in order to have the inside space to myself.

I introduced myself to the Priest and told him what I was up to.  Below is a link from Wikipedia in order for you to learn a bit of history about this beautiful church:

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/St._George’s_Anglican_Church_(Montreal)

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Got Milk?

Have you ever seen a 13,000 pound milk bottle??  Now you have.

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This milk bottle is a Montreal landmark and one that fell to disrepair until 2009 when $100,000 in private donations helped restore the art deco water tower.

The water tower was a way for the Guaranteed Pure Milk Company to advertise their product and was designed for them back in 1930.  The steel structure was built by the Dominion Bridge Company.

It is nice to see it this way, rather in the state of disrepair it was in 5 years ago.