A Growing Core

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Photo taken with the X-Pro1 and the XF 18-135mm.

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A Little Bit Of Downtown

What amazing weather we are having this weekend.  It may have been hot and sunny, but there was a nice wind today to somewhat cool you off.

Along with the great weather, i had a wonderful day with my daughter.  We went for a little walk downtown, had a bite to eat (McDonald’s) and spent some time in church.

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I bought the X100T along and managed to fit it in my belt bag.  No camera bag required.

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Along with the camera, i also brought along a spare battery and SD card.  All of this fit into my belt bag, along with my camera.

It really is awesome to be able to carry an APS-C camera with you, without a bulky camera bag to lug around.

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It was really nice to have a leisurely walk with my daughter.  It was nice to hear that she had all sorts of questions about what we saw around us.  She was also quite impressed at how tall PVM was.

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L’Homme

On St. Jean’s day last Wednesday, we went to Parc Jean Drapeau to have a picnic.  While i was there, i decided to take some greyscale photo’s of the sculpture known as, “L’Homme”. AJMP5098

These photos were taken with the X-Pro1 and the XF 27mm f/2.8.

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Sugaring Off

This weekend, we took advantage of the “warmer” weather.  I say “warmer”, because it was not negative 28 degrees Celsius outside and there was no wind chill factor that would bring the temperature down to something even more unbearable.

With the “warmer” weather and it being March break for the kids, we decided that it would be nice to top off the March break with a visit to the sugar shack.

One aspect of these sugaring off places that i like, is the fact that you get a feeling of being in another time period.  You have the horses pulling the sleigh and the buildings have that old, run-down, weathered look.  To top it off, it is all set in the woods, giving you that rustic feeling of a time gone by.

In order to go along with that theme, i converted some of the photos i took into greyscale.

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I first ran these photos (they were color to begin with and converting from color to greyscale is the best way to go) through NX2 to sharpen them up a bit.  I also boosted the contrast and color as desired.

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After putting them through NX2, i brought them into Photoshop Elements one by one to convert them into greyscale.  After converting them, i proceeded to put a thin black border around them.

I must admit, i am starting to like the black border around my photos.  However, Photoshop does seem to somewhat crop the photo when  applying the border around the photo.  I have just started to do this, so perhaps i might not be doing something right.

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I used a preset in Photoshop to do the conversion to greyscale.  I do tend to like greyscale photos that are slightly more contrasty, but i wanted to retain as much detail as possible in these photos.

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It was a great afternoon of being outdoors and eating great food.  Now, aside from processing the photos, i have to think of ways to burn of the calories.

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First Actuation’s Of 2015

We always go to church on the first or second day of the new year and this year was no different.

Today, Mother Nature decided that she would give us a taste of winter, finally.  It was around -9 degrees Celsius; but with the wind, it felt more like -17.  Despite the cold, the sun was out, which made for a beautiful day.

Standing on the upper deck of St. Josephs to take this panorama was very cold.  The wind was very strong and it was hard to keep steady.

I took 8 vertical shots and stitched them together.  I had to cut off more then i wanted to at the bottom because i caught the tops of some people standing on the lower deck.

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I chose to do these photos in greyscale because i have photographed St. Joseph’s in color many times before.  I used the monochrome film simulation with red filter and shot in RAW.

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I processed all the files in-camera and as needed, i pushed or pulled the exposure.

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One thing that i did differently while taking these photos, is that i used spot metering instead of the usual multi metering that i use.  This, however, did present a problem when i was focusing on a very brightly lite subject.  Though, i was able to compensate somewhat by using my exposure compensation dial.

Saint Joseph's Oratory

Saint Joseph's Oratory

Saint Joseph's Oratory

Even though it was cold outside, my camera case kept my camera warm and protected from the harsh wind.

Saint Joseph's Oratory

Saint Joseph's Oratory

We were able to get to the chapel just as the mass was finishing.  It never ceases to amaze me how far people come to visit St. Josephs.  You see license plates from all over Canada and the US.

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The organs in St. Josephs are both very impressive and two of the most beautiful that you can find in Montreal.

Saint Joseph's Oratory

Saint Joseph's Oratory

St. Josephs is an impressive structure.  If you take the full interior tour of the oratory, you will come across some photos of St. Josephs in various stages of construction.

Saint Joseph's Oratory

Saint Joseph's Oratory

Saint Joseph's Oratory

It was fun trying something new.  It was also nice to be able to go out and enjoy some nice weather, even if it was a bit cold.

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