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.

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Flowers Of Mount Royal

Mount Royal is not only a great place to go for a nice bike ride or a picnic, it is also a wonderful place to immerse yourself in nature.

Aside from the small animals and birds that are abundant on Mount Royal, you will also come across a variety of flowers.

Photos taken with the X-Pro1/18-135mm and the TG3.

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    • mamulaklak (mang-) to bloom. Namulaklak ang mga halaman sa hardin. The plants bloomed in the garden.

We took a somewhat unplanned trip to Ottawa this past weekend, mainly to go and see the tulip festival.

The temperature was pretty cool on Sunday, but the rain that had been forecast held off and there was quite a bit of sun as well.  Because the weather was not that great, i think that is one of the reasons why it was not as busy as we thought it would be.

This time around, we managed to park near Dow Lake where the majority of the tulips are.  For ten bucks, you get to park your car in the park across from Dow Lake.  From there, all you need to do is cross the street and you’re there (at Dow Lake).

We also made it up to Parliament Hill to see the tulips there.  Along with the tulips, we saw some pretty serious looking RCMP officers, one who had a Colt C8 Carbine slung over his chest.  I definitely felt and saw a heightened sense of security on the hill.

It was certainly nice to see that the tulips, at least most of them, were in full bloom.  I am not sure what state they will be in this coming weekend though.

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Using The “Microscope” Feature On The TG3

While i was out on Sunday testing the TG3, i did a bit of “macro” photography with the TG3.

Olympus calls it’s macro setting, “Microscope” and even has a little microscope symbol on the command dial.  Once in the “microscope” position, the lens is set to a position where you can focus as close as 1cm away from your subject.

Once you have your subject in front of the lens, you can zoom in and out while in the “microscope” mode.  You can also digitally enlarge the subject without zooming the lens, but i find that this feature brings in a lot of unnecessary noise once you go beyond a certain point.

I would say that the “microscope” feature on the TG3 is very good and is more or less equal to what my X10 can do.  However, the TG3 has one very nice advantage over the X10: a ring light.

As you know, when you bring your camera so close to a subject, the shadow of your camera is going to cut out the light that is falling on the subject, making it difficult in getting an evenly lit photograph.  A ring light solves this problem.

Olympus LG-1 LED Light Guide

The light guide attaches to the front of the camera just as the fisheye or tele converter lenses do.  It gets it light source from the LED illuminator that is on the front of the camera.

I do not posses the light guide yet, but it is on my shopping list over at Amazon.

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