About That Shopping…

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The photo above was taken from Hopple Island, one of the islands that you cross over while driving on the Long Sault Parkway.  

As I had mentioned in a previous post, once we had finished our little adventure on the Long Sault Parkway, we made our way north to Ottawa.

When we do go to Ottawa, we always incorporate a little bit of shopping while there.  We don’t go crazy or spend all that much while there, but we do like to go to certain stores that you can’t find here in Montreal such as, The Disney store and Build A Bear.

Here’s a little tip:  If you do end up going to Ottawa on the weekend, there are municipal parking lots that have free parking on the weekends.  There is one on Slater St., which puts you in downtown Ottawa and only a few minutes walk from anything.

Before heading off to Bayshore Mall, we decided to park downtown and take a little stroll around to stretch our legs and grab a coffee.  As we made our way up Bank Street, we “accidentally” ended up in front of a camera shop.

Actually, as you can imagine, it was no accident.  I had it planned all along but kept it to myself.  As my daughter would say, “It’s a dad store and not interesting.”  Therefore, I have to come up with creative ways to go to my kind of store with the family.

Prior to going to Ottawa, I had been searching for a second Nikon body for a few weeks.  I had my heart set on either a Nikon D200 or a Nikon D300.  At one point, I came across a Nikon D200 on a local shops website; but before I could get to the shop to take a look at it, it was sold.  My searched continued.

A few days after finding out that the Nikon D200 at my local store had sold, I came across another Nikon D200 on Henrys.com.  Though it was only rated at an 8 out of 10 and before buying it, I really wanted to check it out.  But how could I do that if my only option was to buy it online?

Out of curiosity, I checked to see what store the Nikon D200 was at and to my surprise, it was sitting at the Henrys store on Bank Street, in Ottawa.  The stars were definitely aligned.

I don’t necessarily like going shopping and when I do go shopping, I know what I want.  I am in and out of stores quite quickly.  The staff is probably left scratching their heads, wondering how I made up my mind so fast.  Going into Henrys that day was no different.

I went in, asked to see the camera, tried it out, then bought it.  I think I set a record.

If you’re wondering about the rest of the family, everyone else bought a little something at their favorite store.  No one was left out and we all had a great day during our family outing.

In regards to the Nikon D200, I have only taken some test shots with it and have not been able to really put it through its paces.  Once I do have more time with it, I do plan on writing up a review on it.

Photo was taken with the Nikon D2x and the Nikon 24-85 VR G.

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The Audience

I recently travelled to Toronto and ended up at the Rogers Centre to do some sightseeing.  I have been to this part of town many times before and yet, I still find myself taking photos of all the different structures in the area.

One particular feature of the surrounding area that has always caught my eye is this sculpture:

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As it turns out, this is a sculpture by Michael Snow, called, “The Audience”.  It was installed in 1989 and depicts baseball fans in various states of celebration.

You can find Michael Snow’s work all around Toronto – he is a Toronto native-, even in the Eaton Center.

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Black Crowned Night Heron

Back in July, we made our way to Fort Chambly, in Chambly Quebec.

It was a great day out in all respects and we only experienced about 10 minutes of rain.  Mind you, that rain came down in buckets, but we were able to take some shelter underneath the large trees in the park.

After we had finished our visit to the fort, we made our way back to the car by walking along the water front.  As we walked into the picnic area next to the fort, i looked out over the Rapides de Chambly and noticed a rather large bird perched on top of  fallen branch in the water.

At that moment, all i had in my hand was my little X10, which was somewhat useless at the distance that i was from the Heron.

Hoping that he would not fly away, i gently took off my backpack and took out my D2x with the 70-300 VR G attached.

Luckily for me, the camera was more or less set up for the shooting conditions.  It was already dialed in at ISO 400, which was perfect for the overcast weather we were having.  I only had to adjust the aperture, which i set to f/8.  Shutter speed varied between 1/320 and 1/500, which was due to the light.

I shot in RAW, which i do all the time with the D2x now.  Shooting in RAW with the D2x gives me so much more latitude when i want to edit the files.  It doesn’t take long to edit the files either.  A minute or so with each file in Capture NX-D and i’m done.

It was really great seeing such a magnificent bird up close like this.  I am very happy that i was able to photograph him.

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Blue Heron

Andrew Haydon Park is always a nice spot to go to, whether you want to have a picnic, read a book in tranquility or take photos of nature.  Of course, you can do all three if you like.

During my last visit to the park, I was lucky enough to get quite close to a Blue Heron.  He/she was very majestic and seemed to be used to people, for I was able to get very close to them and take their photo.

The heron knew that I was only mere feet from them, but it did not seem to bother them.  They just stood there, posed and was willing to give me a minute or two to take their photograph.

However, after a few clicks, they decided that that was it for the photo session and walked off.

Photos were taken with the Nikon D2x and the Nikkor 70-300mm VR G.

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Classic Car Show, Stowe, VT

While down in Vermont, we attended the classic & antique car show that is held in Nichols Field, just off of Route 100 outside of the main village of Stowe.

As we arrived at the field, the heavens closed up and it poured buckets!  Instead of turning around and going back to the hotel, we waited it out for a minutes.  Our patience paid off, because the rain stopped and the sun began to break through.

However, with the proceeding sweltering heat that we then experienced, i think i would have prefered getting drenched!

Photos taken with the Olympus TG3.

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A Stroll On The Estate

“Where there is little or no public opinion, there is likely to be bad government, which sooner or later becomes autocratic government.”

– William Lyon Mackenzie King

William Lyon Mackenzie King was undoubtedly the best Prime Minister Canada ever had or will ever have.  This past weekend, i had the chance to take a glimpse into his past personal life at his former estate, Mackenzie King Estate.

If you ever go to Ottawa for whatever reason, make a trip over the river to Gatineau and go up to Parc de la Gatineau, where you will find the estate – if you are interested, Meech Lake is situated in this park as well.

While taking a walk around the estate, i managed to take some photographs of the nature that you will come across on the estate.

Photos taken with the Nikon D2x and the Nikkor 70-300mm VR G.

Who dares wins.

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