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Thursday Doors – December 22, 2016

“Notre Dame Cathedral Doors” - Montreal

This week’s submission to Norm 2.0‘s Thursday Doors.

Thursday Doors is a weekly feature allowing door lovers to come together to admire and share their favourite door photos from around the world.

The grand doors of Notre Dame Cathedral in Montreal. As in the case of many popular locations, I had to wait a while till there was nobody entering or exiting via these front doors.

It does always surprise me, when I review my photos of things I think I know well, all the details my brain seems to filter out. Things like the chains to hold the doors open, the light recesses in the floor just to the sides of the door, and those annoying spike to keep pigeons away from the ledge above the door. I hope you enjoy losing yourself in the details as well.

 

Thursday Doors – July 21, 2016

McGill University - Faculty Club Doors

This week’s submission to Norm 2.0‘s Thursday Doors.

Thursday Doors is a weekly feature allowing door lovers to come together to admire and share their favourite door photos from around the world.

I’m finding lately that it’s not just the doors, but the reflections in the windows that are quite interesting.

These doors are the entrance to the Faculty Club of Montreal’s McGill University. I had to resort to my iPhone for this image and waited for a while for traffic through the doors to die down. I was not happy with the angle presented to me but there were not a lot of options available to me. The door sits atop a small landing about two meters above street level. Fortunately, I’m tall but I would have prefered a wider shot that allowed me to frame the door completely.

iPhone 5s back camera 4.15mm f/2.2 @4.2mm
1/320 sec;   f/2.2;   ISO 32

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“Chinatown Rush” – Montreal

“Chinatown Rush” - Montreal

“The first problem of living is to minimize friction with the crowds that surround you on all sides.”
― Isaac Asimov

I wanted to capture the hustle and bustle of this Montreal intersection with an experimental long exposure. It was interesting to look back on it and see the woman in the foreground moving quickly across the frame, while the car is stopped.

This was also an experiment in light where I was trying to cover the whole spectrum for white to black.

Interestingly, growing up in Toronto, I really would not consider this a ‘rush’. For that, I could set up at Montreal’s Gare Centrale (about 18 million people pass through there every year) at quitting time. Perhaps on another visit?

Nikon D300
Tamron 70-200 mm f/2.8 @ 70 mm
1/10 sec, f/22.0, ISO 200

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Thursday Doors – Green Doors & Pumpkin Steps

“Green Doors & Pumpkin Steps” - Rue de la Guachetiere, Montr

“If you feel you have to open a particular door, open it, otherwise all your life that door will haunt your mind!”
― Mehmet Murat Ildan

I could not turn down the opportunity to photograph this bright display on a downtown Montreal street for this week’s Thursday Doors submission.
Mind your step 🙂

iPhone 5s back camera 4.15mm f/2.2
1/120sec;   f/2.2;   ISO 64

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Thursday Doors – May 05, 2016

“City Hall Doors” - Montreal

A beautiful mix of stone, brass and wood. Montreal City Hall – Front doors

Nikon D300
Tamron 70-200mm f/2.8 @ 70mm
1/80 sec;   f/4.5;   ISO 200

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Thursday Doors – April 28, 2016

“Stationnement Prive” - Notre Dame Cathedral, Montreal

An interesting side entrance to Notre Dame Cathedral in Montreal. It would appear the door was added as an afterthought.

iPhone 5s back camera 4.15mm f/2.2
1/125 sec;   f/2.2;   ISO 40

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“Dome” – Cathédrale Marie-Reine-du-Monde, Montreal

“Dome” - Cathédrale Marie-Reine-du-Monde, Montreal

“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

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“Centre Eaton” – Montreal

Eaton Centre - Montreal

Never let me say “There’s nothing  to photograph”.

Though my preference is really nature and outdoors images, I also, occasionally,  have a ‘thing’ for patterns and urban scenes. Today, after a day spent in several corporate offices, I took a walk through ‘underground Montreal’. It’s a series of connected shopping complexes that reaches several kilometers under downtown Montreal.

During the day, this is a very busy place, full of commuters on their way to work, students, attending the adjacent McGill University and shoppers, out for a bargain. In the evening, it is essentially vacant, and I find it a nice place to walk and stretch my legs after a day sitting through meetings.

Today, I made my way to the upper level of this section of the complex, the Montreal Eatons Centre, to get a view of the complex from a higher vantage point. The above image is the result. I like the strong lines and flow of the place and added a bit of ‘posterizing’ to accentuate that effect.

iPhone 5s back camera 4.15mm f/2.2
1/40 sec, f/2.2, ISO 40

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“Warm Spring Day in Vieux Montreal”

“Vieux-Port Montreal”

A very pleasant day in Old Montreal.

In my 50 some years growing up in Canada, I missed this marvel of culture. I know it has existed in various iterations and many of my friend s have enjoyed this cultural gem in my absence. I discovered Old Montreal a few years ago, while visiting with cousins and long to return whenever I get the chance, especially on recent business trips.

Montreal has a gorgeous “Old Town” near the port of area Montreal known as  “Vieux Port Montreal”. This area is known for its European look and feel (and some rather fine restaurants).

This particular photo was made in late May. The day was unusually hot for the time of year and Betty and I spent some time touring around and enjoying the atmosphere, before sitting down for a wonderful dinner at a local steak house. The nice thing about May is the soft light at the end of the day and how it filters down the narrow streets.

This was a fairly complex photo in that it was significantly underexposed to avoid blowing out all the details in the sky and background buildings. I spent a bit of time dodging and adjusting shadows in Adobe RAW to bring out the details in the foreground to capture the interactions of the people in the street, which was an important part of this composition.

In the end, I was pleased with the details I was able to recover for the shadows to recreate the scene as I saw it that warm, late spring day, a few months back.

Nikon D300
Tamron 70-200mm @ 70mm
1/200 sec @ f/7.1, ISO 250

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“Graduated Windows” – Montreal

Graduated Windows - Montreal(thumb)

I find interesting pattern everywhere. It’s something I can’t turn off, nor would I want to. Last week, during a trip to Montreal, I looked out my hotel window which faced an office tower cross the street.It would seem that different companies have varied tastes in lighting and this building went from bright warm lighting, to a cooler ‘sunlight’ style light, to dimmed lights.

The unfortunate thing was that the hotel windows were quite dirty and I was not able to sharpen the image beyond this. I had my Nikon DSLR with me but those shots were not much better than the iPhone. So, here it is. From a distance, people think this is a contact sheet and then they look closer. Every window seems like its own little world and no two are exactly alike. I hope you enjoy it.

iPhone 5S