“It’s attention to detail that makes the difference between average and stunning” – Francis Atterbury
From my hotel room in downtown Montreal, this view greeted me every day. The dome of Cathédrale Marie-Reine-du-Monde (Mary, Queen of the World Cathedral) fascinated me. The lines and detail are beautiful and I could spend hours scanning over the dome finding small details in the larger view, including the differences in the ‘dormer’ window roofs from peaked to rounded (made you look!).
The 19th century cathedral dominates a large block in downtown Montreal, in strong contrast to the shining glass towers and neon lights that surround it.
I felt the black and white treatment accented the details and subdues the bright blue sky, forcing the eye to the dome itself.
Nikon D300 Tamron 17.0-50.0 mm f/2.8 @ 50mm 1/400 sec, f/10, ISO 200
This photo was made within a few minutes of my previous post, “Golden Hour”. The same cloud fragments remain in the sky, the remnants of an earlier storm.
I had finished photographing the lone maple and was driving home and was amazed at the colour and textures of the sky as it transitioned from gold to a ruddy orange. Not wanting to miss the sunset, I parked my car at the top of a hill just south of town and watched the drama unfold in the west. My goal was to capture the last sliver of sun before it dropped below horizon. The photo above is the result.
On the horizon, you can see the silhouette of the Cathedral of the Transfiguration, in Markham, Ontario. This cathedral was blessed by Pope John Paul in 1984. Interestingly, the church lost it’s “Cathedral” designation back in 2006 as the result of a dispute and last service was held June 25, 2006. It now sits abandoned, unused, and deteriorating.
This final moment of sunlight lasted only a few seconds and then it was gone, turning the sky a deep red filled with wispy dark clouds and bright orange streaks.