Road Trips Are A Release

When it all seems to be closing in on you, you sometimes need to take a deep breath and re-focus. Short road trips do that for me.

This past weekend, we made our way down the 401 and then turned off onto the Long Sault Parkway.

It was certainly a change of scenery, island hoping for some miles, instead of staring at boring highway.

We then headed North, up to Ottawa and had lunch at a wonderful little cafe in the Gleeb.

Shopping was next on the menu – I will talk about that in another post. We then made our way to a beautiful park on the Ottawa River.

Of course, no road trip is complete without a camera. It matters not what camera you have, whether it be your phone, a point & shoot or a DSLR, what matters is that you can capture moments that you can hold onto.

I brought along my D2x and was able to photograph some nice scenes; though, the best scenes had my wife and daughter in them. And that’s what it’s all about: spending time with your loved ones.

Photo taken woth the Nikon D2x and the Nikkor 24-85mm VR G.
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It’s Been Awhile

In Montreal, it is fall once again, a time for the seasons to change and for the days to get shorter.

Reds and oranges come out to take over the lush, green landscape we have been used to, but don’t mind saying farewell to – at least for a while.

One can not resist the urge to go out and enjoy the cool temperatures and crisp air, all to see the light dance on the fiery colors of autumn.

It’s my favourite season of the year.

The contrast of blue skies with the brilliance of October’s shedding of summer’s greenery, the crunch of leafs under your feet, the imminence of white blankets over our land.

Fall brings me happiness and with this, I hope to make a new begining with my blog.

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

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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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Freedom

“The most important kind of freedom is to be what you really are.  You trade in your reality for a role.  You trade in your sense for an act.  You give up your ability to feel, and in exchange, put on a mask.  There can’t be any large-scale revolution until there’s a personal revolution, on an individual level.  It’s got to happen inside first.”

– Jim Morrison (no relation)

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

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