Making My Workflow A Little Easier

Yesterday, i went out to buy a new laptop.  I used the money that i made off of my two sales to buy it.

I did not get anything to fancy and i stayed well within my budget by not spending anymore then what i had.  Truth be told, any new laptop out there now is an improvement over what i had before.

I can now use Photoshop Elements without it hanging and getting that awful “not responding” message.  Stitching photos is going to be a breeze now and i won’t need to have a cup of java while waiting for my laptop to sort itself out.  Furthermore, the screen on the new laptop is bigger and displays my photos much better.

When i went downtown yesterday, i brought along my little X10 so that i could take some photos while going store to store.

Downtown Montreal DSCF5584 (Copy)

I was surprised at the lack of people downtown.  I am not sure whether it was because it was overcast or maybe everyone was having a lazy Saturday morning, but there was no one about and the stores only had a few people in them.  Though, it did make for a relaxing shopping experience.

One place that i am always attracted to, is Mary, Queen of the World Cathedral in downtown.

Mary Queen of the world cathedral

Mary Queen of the world cathedral

I have photographed the interior of this church many times, but there seems to always be new opportunities when i go inside.  There are so many angles and beautiful architecture, that it is like a gift that keeps on giving.

Mary Queen of the world cathedral

Mary Queen of the world cathedral

Mary Queen of the world cathedral

Mary Queen of the world cathedral

To get the photograph below, i had to get down on my knees.  Needless to say, i did receive some strange looks.  But, i was able to get the shot that i was after.

Mary Queen of the world cathedral

At one point, i was competing for shooting position with some guy and his mobile phone.  Hey, whatever camera you have with you, right…

 

Mary Queen of the world cathedral

Mary Queen of the world cathedral

Some of these photos were done below 1/30s.  Mind you, the X10 is not that big or heavy, so i can hold it pretty steady.  I shot at f/2 to f/2.2, depending on the focal length being used.

Mary Queen of the world cathedral

Mary Queen of the world cathedral

Below, is the Bishop’s Mortuary Chapel.  This is actually the new chapel that was built in 2005 next to the original one.  In here, they have prepared extra tombs to accommodate future Bishops.

 

Mary queen of the world cathedral

Mary queen of the world cathedral

I have never photographed this part of the Cathedral before.  In order to photograph it, you have to poke your camera lens between the bars of the steel gate that is blocking off the entrance to the chapel.  A wide angle lens serves you well in this instance.

Mary queen of the world cathedral

Mary queen of the world cathedral

Thanks for looking.

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