Canadian Aviation Heritage Centre, St. Anne De Bellevue, Que.

There is a little known aviation museum out on MacDonald Campus in St. Anne De Bellevue.  It is called the Canadian Aviation Heritage Centre.

It is about a 24 minute drive from downtown Montreal and is well worth the drive.  There is no entry fee, but they do ask that you make a small donation of $5 or more.  Once you have finished your guided tour, you will certainly feel that a donation is certainly warranted.

Our guide was Germain and he had been volunteering at the museum since the summer.  All photos were taken with the XP1 and with a max ISO of 6400.  They are JPEGs SOOC, with some minor sharpening done.

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The museum is a “live” museum, meaning you can go behind the scenes and see where the aircraft are restored, as well as the volunteers at work restoring the aircraft.  All the volunteers who work on the aircraft, are retired guys from Canadair, Bombardier, etc.

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Below is a wind tunnel test model of a Hawker Hurricane.

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1:2 scale model of the Silver Dart.

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Below is my new camera!

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Wings that need to be restored and are part of the airplane that is being restored in the 3rd photo from the top.

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One of the very first electronic flight simulators.

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Happy Friday Everyone!

The weekend is upon us once again.  Not only is the weekend upon us, but so is December!  Can you believe it?  It’s December already.  Where the heck did the summer and fall go!

To me and to many other people who I have spoken to, this year has gone by far to fast & summer only seems like it was yesterday.  2014 really does not need to get here that fast.

The madness begins…. well, at least for other people.  For me, I will do my best to stay out of the shops this year and do everything online.  Christmas is not about being in a mall with thousands of other people, pushing & shoving or maneuvering in a parking lot with thousands of other cars, jockeying for that one spot.  Everyone gets stressed out and tired, they bitch and moan….. all for what?  I just don’t get it.

Christmas is not about pleasing other people or trying to out do other people with your gift.  It’s about getting together with family & loved ones, sharing, giving and just taking some time out to appreciate what you have.  Enough of the madness, get back to the true meaning of the season.

Anyhow…

For this weekend, the weather looks to be decent.  Mostly sunny, with some clouds on Saturday.  Sunday looks to be a cloudy day, with some snow.  Therefore, Saturday looks to be the best day to go out and take some photos.

Have a good weekend folks and remember, take your camera out with you!

X-Pro1 Getting An Update On December 19th

***I have updated this post to reflect the correct date of the firmware update.  Fuji announced that the new firmware will be delayed until the 19th.***

Fuji continues to listen to it’s end users and is not ignoring the cameras already out in the field by just bringing out a new body.

On December the 19th, Fuji will release firmware update 3.10 for the X-Pro1.  In order to learn about the improvements this firmware release will bring, please refer to this link:

http://www.fujifilm.com/news/n131128_03.html

Firmware updates for all Fuji cameras can be found here:

http://www.fujifilm.com/support/digital_cameras/software/

Wrong Kind Of Card Dingbat!

You have to laugh at yourself at times. especially when a situation warrants it.  If you don’t laugh, someone else surely is.  Besides, there is nothing wrong with humility.

We made the decision to take the car downtown to go and see the Santa Claus parade.  I had some reservations about doing so, but we needed to run a few errands at the same time anyway.

The one and only reservation I had, was of course the ability to find parking.  Well, we drove and drove, and drove some more along Sherbrooke St..  No joy.  Instead of wasting more gas, we went inside the Lotto Quebec building to park.

The first spot we took had a “reserved” sign for it.  Though, because it was the weekend, I thought it would not be a big deal.  A couple of minutes later, I had second thoughts and we moved the car to a lower level where there is general parking.  I really did not want to come back and find that our car had been towed.

Coming back from the parade, the first stop I made was at the automatic payment machine to pay for the parking.  Hmmmm, this looks simple….

You see them all over the place: the black slot for credit cards/bank cards.  You see them on gas pumps, parking machines, etc.  The parking machine I was using to pay for my parking, had one to.  In addition, it had 3 steps marked out on the front of the machine.  1) insert parking ticket 2) pay 3) get receipt.

On step number 2, the “2” was placed next to the black slot and to the left of the black slot, was another slot that accepts paper money.  I looked at this and said, “Great, I can use my Visa”.

I proceeded to put my ticket in for step 1 and the screen told me I owed $5.  So, I put my Visa card in the black slot.  The screen then stated, “transaction in progress”.  So, I waited and waited and waited some more… nothing.  After about 5 minutes, a message came up on the screen saying, “You were not quick enough.  Please try again”.

What???  I was not quick enough??  How fast do I need to put my credit card in?  Alright…. So, I do the whole process over again.  Same result.  What the fuc….

I closely inspected this uncooperative black slot and I noticed something missing.  There was no little sticker with the usual credit card names next to the slot.  It then struck me: this slot is not for credit cards, it’s for people’s monthly parking passes!!  Oh brother.

One five dollar bill later and I was out of there, laughing.

Exporail

We took a 30 minute drive to St. Constant in order to go to the Exporail.  However, a drive through Montreal without having to detour because of road work, would be nothing short of a miracle.

Having planned our route to take us over the Mercier bridge, I thought that we would actually avoid any construction. But noooooo…..

As soon as we came upon our exit to get onto the Mercier, we saw those nasty orange cones & signs.  The exit was closed!!  Detour time!

A few minutes later, we were back on course.  Once at our destination, we bought our tickets to enter the museum & then made it outside to ride the mini-rail.  Kind of crazy in -18 degree weather!  Employee of the month should go to the guy who had to stand around and wait for people to ride the thing.

Once back inside, here is what we saw.  Photos shot with both the X10 & XP1.

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Not sure what this (below) is.

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Was able to get underneath one of the trains.

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The lighting in this place was a killer.  They must have had at least 3 different types of lights in here.  Since the lighting changed so much, setting custom white balance was out of the question.

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The trains are just massive.  You truly don’t get a sense of their shear size until you are standing right next to one.  Once you get up close & personal, you know why a train will always win against a car/truck/bus.

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Inside of a mail room car.

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Inside of a caboose.

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Inside a locomotive.

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This is what the inside of the new Montreal Metro is supposed to look like.  When will we get them?  Who knows.

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Fuji X10 Cold Weather Operations

I now know that my X10 can operate in -18 degree Celsius weather.  Today was cold; but with the wind, it made the temperature drop to that bitter -18 degree temperature.  The wind was quite strong actually.  It blew across open spaces quite strong, that it rocked the Tiguan back & forth.

When we came back home from the ExpoRail, I noticed that aircraft were landing on 10-28, which meant that they were coming in right over my house.

That being the case, i grabbed my X10, extended it’s zoom to the limit, went to my balcony and started to shoot.  I am quite impressed with the results, considering that the aircraft were specs under the focus crosshairs.

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