Put Some Color Into Your Life

We can’t always have a smile on our face or be happy every day.  Whether it is due to the weather or the fact that life is throwing us a few curve-balls, we sometimes go through periods where we are a bit down.

One of many cures to relieve the “blues“, is to put a little color into your life.

I took these photos with the X10, with the “super macro” feature.

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Hope you enjoyed the explosion of color and that it put a smile on your face.

Happy shooting!

Paradise In The Middle Of The St. Lawrence River

If you appreciate nature and tranquility, you will most certainly appreciate Ile Sainte Helene.  However, if you want the “tranquility” part of the equation, i would go and visit before the summer festivals start.

You don’t necessarily have to walk all that far to get a piece of solitude.  However, i would not expect total privacy, especially at the height of summer.

Many people stop and sit for a while at the side of this path.  The path runs along the shore line of the river.  There is plenty of shade and is a good way to spend a lazy afternoon.

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This is swan lake.  Though, i did not see any swans on it.  This lake is at the very western end of the island.

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Here are some small waterfalls, which can be found not far from the main event area of the island.  It was a shame to see the amount of garbage people had left though.

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Sorry, i did not blur the waterfalls.  I really don’t understand that effect and why people do it, but that is just me.  I would rather see a natural waterfall.

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There is a picnic bench in one of the little collection pools at the base of these falls; that way, you can have lunch on a hot day, while having your legs submerged in the cool water.  Reminds me of Villa Escudero in the Philippines.

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I hope to go back to Ile Sainte Helene more often this summer.  There are so many things to do and many more photo opportunities to be had.

Thanks for looking.

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Piper Super Cub

While walking along the shore line of Ile Sainte Helene, this Piper Super Cub was buzzing up and down the river, towing an advertisement.

Registration is: C-GNZC

Model #: PA-18A-150 Super Cub

Year built: 1956

C/N #: 18 4222

It is registered with a company in Sutton, Que.

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He did not go very far up or down the river.  He went about as far as La Ronde, turned around and went just past the Cirque du Soleil tents and turned around again.

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Whatever he was advertising, i had never heard of it before.

Thanks for looking.

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Boats Out On The St. Lawrence River

Today was the first day of summer and it was quite evident that the warmer weather is here to stay by witnessing all the boats out on the river today.

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These boats go zipping up and down the river, do three-sixties and i am sure get you soaking wet.  It looks really fun.

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A Canadian Coast Guard Ship

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A cruise boat from AML.  You can have a nice meal aboard while enjoying a leisurely cruise on the river.

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A catamaran.

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Le Bateau Mouche.  This is another dinner cruise boat.  You can have short cruises with a drink, or lengthier cruises with a full course meal.

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This is the island ferry.  It goes from Montreal, Ile Sainte Helene, then onto Longueuil.  Summer operation only, as are the cruise ships mentioned above.

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I took most of these photos from the ferry terminal on Ile Sainte Helene.  They have a row of bench’s you can sit on, facing the river.  It’s quiet and there are trees that provide you with shade as well.  I could have stayed at this spot all afternoon.

If you want to get away from the hustle & bustle of the city, you don’t have to go far.  Ile Sainte Helene is a great place to have a relaxing afternoon on a warm summers day.

Happy shooting!

 

Wildlife On Ile Sainte Helene, Montreal

We went for a picnic on Ile Sainte Helene today.  The weather was pretty good, except for some cool breezes and the sun hiding behind the clouds at times.

As we walked around the island, we came across all sorts of wildlife.

Below is a Groundhog (Marmota monax).

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Here is a Common Garter Snake (Thamnophis sirtalis sirtalis).

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And below is a Red-Winged Blackbird (Agelaius phoeniceus).

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Last, but never least, the Mallard Duck (Anas platyrhynchos).

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Happy shooting!

Part II: Panorama Of Montreal

My corrected panorama 🙂

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As i stated in my last post about this panorama, there was some serious distortion on the right hand side of the photo.

I thought it was because i did not correct the distortion in the original photos.  However, when i checked the original photos, i noticed that everything was quite straight.

So, what went wrong?

To answer that question, i ran the photos through Photoshop Elements again.  But this time, i did not check the “correct distortion” box.  That is what i did last time and i think that, since there was no distortion, the software corrected something that was not there.  Hence the distorted photo in the last post.

Anyhow, here it is again, nice and straight.

I just remembered that i had another panorama of the city skyline, but from the other side of the river.  It was done back in 2011 with my Nikon D3000.  I don’t remember how many photos it is composed of, but it is at least 4.

The sad thing is, i don’t think i have the original files anymore.

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Happy shooting!

Panorama Of Montreal

About 14 years ago, i took my little 35mm film camera to the top of Mount Royal and did a “panorama” of the city as you see it from the look-out.

My “panorama” turned out to be a bunch of 4 x 6 prints, taped together to make the “panorama” and i hung it up on the wall of my apartment.  Somewhere, deep in some box i assume, i still have those photos.

The below “panorama” is made up of 5 photos, stitched together in Photoshop Elements.  All photos within the panorama, were shot at ISO 100.  f/8 was used because that is the aperture i generally use, but a much smaller aperture would have been best.

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When i took some photos of the city from the same look out back in May, i never intended them to become a panorama.  Therefore, the photo i have here, as a “panorama”, is technically wrong in many ways.  For one, shooting vertically would have been far better for a panorama.

Anyhow, i was just thinking about those photos and i thought that perhaps i can attempt to make a panorama out of them.  Usually, i use the Windows Photo program to do this, but it downsizes the photos so much, the final file ends up to be only around 40KB.

This time around, i used Photoshop Elements to stitch the photos together and my laptop nearly gave up!  Thankfully, it made it through the task and i was left with a file of around 50mb.  Much better!

Once all put together and somewhat polished off, i saved it as a JPEG.  The JPEG, which i have attached to this post, is only 7.38mb, but it gives enough detail to serve it’s purpose.

As you can see, there is some distortion in the final photo.  For a better outcome, i believe i would have had to fix the distortion in each individual photo and i would have had to have the intention of making a panorama.

Once again, i have learnt a little more about Photoshop elements.

Happy shooting!

Piano Recital

Tonight was my daughter’s piano recital.  It’s always a pleasure to see my daughter show off her talent.  She has taken to learning piano quite quickly and her teacher has been surprised at how fast my daughter has progressed.

It was nice that they had pushed the piano to the back of the room this time.  It was the perfect area for a piano and there was a lot more light.

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I sat next to a Steinway while watching the recitals.  I made sure that i did not sit to close though – the price tag scared me!

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It was a wonderful evening and it was nice to see so many kids with such talent.

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Happy shooting!

Grand Prix Festival In Little Italy

After going to Crescent street to check out the cars on Grand Prix weekend, we made our way up to Little Italy.

Little Italy, the Grand Prix, Ferraris… it doesn’t get any better!  We only discovered this car show a few years ago when we were looking for things to do during the summer.

It was extremely hot walking around, looking at all the cars.  At the end, i must admit, i gave up taking photos and concentrated more on drinking water.

I would have to sit in the back seat of this Fiat if i were going to drive it.

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As i have stated in the past, i am not really a car buff, so i don’t know all that much about any of the cars in these photos.  Though, i do like cars and i like photography, so it was a good mix for the day.

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I could not believe how clean the engines were.  I suppose they are so clean partially because they are not used that much.

When i took the same kind of photos last year with my Nikon, i was not getting the same kind of dynamic range as i was with my Fuji.  I had to lift a lot of shadow from the photos taken with my Nikon.  Not so with my XP1.

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I am not sure if this motorcycle was part of the show, but it’s pretty nice.

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A 1970 Plymouth Barracuda – i only know the year because the owner had a license plate at the front with “1970” on it.

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Back end of the Barracuda.

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You can see my big knee in this photo.  It was hard to avoid reflections with so much sun.  It was also a tad difficult to get full shots of the cars with the 35mm.  I had to stand so far back, it was guaranteed someone would walk through the frame.  Therefore, i concentrated on more up close shots.  My wife worked with the X10.

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They started this hot rod up and i honestly don’t know how i still have my hearing.  The noise level definitely broke a few municipal bylaws.

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Of course, you can’t have a car show in Little Italy without some Ferrari’s.

Where’s Magnum?

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I really like these Renault Alpines.

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It was a fun day and we were able to see some cars that we have never seen before.  The nice thing about this car show, is that it is not as loud (except for the hot rod) as the car show/festival on Crescent street.

Happy shooting!

Crescent Street Festivities

Grand Prix weekend is always fun.  There are so many things going on, you won’t get bored.  The hot spot for the weekend, is Crescent Street.

Every year during Grand Prix weekend, the two blocks of Crescent between Sherbrooke and St. Catherine, are blocked off to host the Grand Prix festivities.

You have cars, live music, the tire change challenge, cars, race car simulators, drink stalls, cars, Formula One merchandise for sale, did i mention cars?

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The live music had not started yet.  As you can see, the sky only had a few clouds in it.  By this time, the sun was right over head and it made it somewhat unbearable to be outside for to long.

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Here is the seen from the northern end of Crescent Street.

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The above car had Jacques Villeneuve’s name on it, but i don’t know if he is racing this weekend.  The security guard tended to freak out if you got a little to close, but i was bigger then him.

All photos taken with the X10.

Happy shooting!