Montreal International Jazz Festival

Well, the summer in Montreal starts with festivals and it ends with festivals.  It’s hard to believe that we are at the end of July!  Time flies when you are having a great summer.

I have tried to get out to all the major summer festivals this year and so far, i have succeeded.  Though, at times, i really want to just relax at home – i don’t like crowds that much either.

Anyhow, i know i am doing this in reverse since i already posted about the Just for Laughs festival, but better late then never.

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Here is the main outdoor stage.  I remember the days that the festival was sponsored by DuMaurier.  Seems like ages ago.

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If there was any doubt where you were, all you had to do was look around and you would get the hint.

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There was a family zone where the kids were able to go and make some crafts.  My daughter made a crown with the Jazz cats on it.

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I found this very eye-catching.  When i shot this, i was trying to stay cool and out of the blazing hot sun.  We certainly can’t complain about the lack of sun & heat this summer.  Both have been plentiful.

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These guys were just in front of the main stage.

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It was a good thing that there was a kids concert inside of Complexe Desjardins, because the heat outside was getting to be a bit to much.

This musical dance troupe is called, “La Petite Ecole Du Jazz”.  They had their stage set up in the middle of Complexe Dejardins and must have performed their show 2-3 times in a day.

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Taking these photos was a bit of a learning experience for me.  I had to keep my shutter speed at a relatively decent number in order to capture the movements of the troupe.

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After messing about with the aperture for a while, i simply put the camera in S mode (1/125s) – i do this by simply turning the dial on top of the X-Pro1.

Once in S mode, i set my ISO to Auto, with 6400 being the ceiling.  From this point on, it was far easier to shoot and not worry about shutter speed.

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It was a great show for the kids.  The nice thing about it, was the fact that the animators got the kids involved, instead of just letting them sit and watch – my daughter stood up and danced.

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I am not to sure what the story line was.  I was kind of tuned out and just waiting for some photo ops.

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With the Jazz Festival done and the Just For Laughs ending on Monday, there is not much summer left to go.  Let’s not contemplate that to much though.

There is still plenty to do in Montreal in the next month or so and there is plenty more warm weather to come.

Thanks for looking.

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