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.

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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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Some Color Renditions

The nice thing about shooting RAF files with the Fuji, is that you can process them in-camera after shooting the photo.  Furthermore, you are able to change the film simulation.

For some time, i have been using the Velvia/Vivid film simulation because i like somewhat “contrasty” photos.

However, what i have noticed in low light, is that Velvia/Vivid seems to paint the darker colors, darker.  So, i have switched over to Provia/Standard, which seems much more suitable for every shooting condition.

Saint Joseph's Oratory

Saint Joseph's Oratory

Here are some photos from my outing at St. Josephs a few weeks ago that i converted into color, using the Provia/Standard film simulation.

Saint Joseph's Oratory

Saint Joseph's Oratory

I think i am sold on Provia/Standard as my new film simulation.

Saint Joseph's Oratory

Thanks for looking.

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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.

Saint Joseph's Oratory

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.

Saint Joseph's Oratory

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

Saint Joseph's Oratory

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.

Saint Joseph's Oratory

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.

Thanks for looking.

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St. Patrick’s Basilica In Greyscale

After a bite to eat downtown, we decided to stop by at St. Patrick’s Basilica.  However, before going inside, we had to wait for a wedding to finish.

Before getting to the entrance of the church, i had a feeling that there was a wedding going on, because i saw the wedding tog.  He was a pretty cool guy though.  How do i know that? Because, he had a silver Fuji X100/s hanging around his neck.

20 minutes later, we were able to go inside and have a peaceful sit down.

I have taken many photos of the interior of this beautiful basilica, but none in greyscale.  So, today was the day.

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All photos taken with the X-Pro1 and the XF 35mm.  My aperture was f/4 & had the ISO on Auto with 6400 as the ceiling.  Though, all photos were “taken” at ISO 6400.  I used the black & white film simulation with a red filter.

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In NX2, i sharpened, increased the contrast and took back the brightness a tad.

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Thanks for looking.

Christ Church Cathedral, Montreal, Que.

I had taken photos of the interior of this church once before; though, if I remember correctly, I did not get that many & I never posted them here.

I went back today with the intention of taking photos to add to the photos I already had posted.  But, as I said before, I never posted the first ones for some reason.

Here are some links in order to learn some more about this Cathedral:

http://www.montrealcathedral.ca/

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Christ_Church_Cathedral_(Montreal)

Christ Church Cathedral, Montreal, Que.

Christ Church Cathedral, Montreal, Que.

Christ Church Cathedral, Montreal, Que.

Christ Church Cathedral, Montreal, Que.

Christ Church Cathedral, Montreal, Que.

Christ Church Cathedral, Montreal, Que.

Christ Church Cathedral, Montreal, Que.

Christ Church Cathedral, Montreal, Que.

Christ Church Cathedral, Montreal, Que.

Christ Church Cathedral, Montreal, Que.

Christ Church Cathedral, Montreal, Que.

Christ Church Cathedral, Montreal, Que.

Christ Church Cathedral, Montreal, Que.

Christ Church Cathedral, Montreal, Que.

Christ Church Cathedral, Montreal, Que.

Christ Church Cathedral, Montreal, Que.

Christ Church Cathedral, Montreal, Que.

Christ Church Cathedral, Montreal, Que.

Christ Church Cathedral, Montreal, Que.

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Part II Of Windsor Station, Montreal, Que. (In Color)

I decided to re-visit Windsor Station with the XP1 today.  When I last shot Windsor Station, I used the X10 & did it in B&W.

For some reason, I did not feel the vibe today.  There was a Christmas tree in front of the main doors and around the tree, there was this little red fence.  The whole thing just did not fit in with the architecture and I feel that it threw things off a bit.

Honestly, I do prefer it in black & white.

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