Weekly Photo Challenge: Forward

Occasionally, I find myself enjoying and loving the snow. This doesn’t happen often, but when it does, I take advantage of the rare moment of insanity and go out in the snow. I remember doing just that in January, as soon as it started snowing. I received a few odd stares from strangers because while everyone was rushing inside to hunker down until the storm passed, I braved the cold, wrapped the camera with my scarf and wandered around outside taking photographs. I did walk away with a few keepers that day. The building with a dome that you see on this photo is the Marche Bonsecours located at the Old Port in Montreal.

This photo was edited in Lightroom 4. I created a preset called Golden Sunset, which I used on this image (I will give it away as a freebie in the next few days, so stay tuned). Click on the photo to see the transformation.

Marche Bonsecours

Marche Bonsecours

Weekly Photo Challenge: Love

I was out in the city one night, poking every nook and cranny, trying to find unusual subjects to photograph. What do you know, I stumbled upon LOVE. So it must be true, LOVE may turn up in the most unexpected places…

LOVE

LOVE Sculpture by Robert Indiana | ISO – 500 | 24 mm | 1/10 sec @ f/4

In my case, I found Robert Indiana’s LOVE sculpture, which is a famous installation which has become an important part of the L’Hotel in Montreal. It wasn’t my original intention, but I thought today I would take a direct interpretation of The Daily Post‘s Weekly Photo Challenge which has LOVE as the current theme.

Weekly Photo Challenge: Illumination

Yesterday’s temperature was incredibly warm for mid-January. I believe it was plus 4, and fairly dry, it was cloudy for the most part, but dry… It was the perfect night to go see the new attraction at the Quartier des Spectacles in Montreal called Iceberg, a series of illuminated metal coves that tells a story of an iceberg, from its formation to its dissolution. Visitors are invited to walk through the coves and listen to the sound that is produced in the crevices. As the rhythm changes, so does the colors that illuminate the iceberg. This spectacle is open to public, and is a free activity which will continue to run until February 3rd. If you ever find yourself in Montreal, be sure to stop by and see the spectacle.

Linking to The Daily Post’s Weekly Photo Challenge. This week’s theme is “Illumination”.

Weekly Photo Challenge: Delicate

Living in an urban jungle where the natural beauty of nature is scarce, it has become a practice for me to frequent parks and wildlife sanctuaries to get close to nature, where I can fill my lungs with fresh air, and feast my eyes on cheerful little birds flying above my head.

One of my favorite parks to visit is the Montreal Botanical Garden where I am allowed the opportunity to photograph flowers and plants even during a nasty winter storm, thanks to the greenhouses which are usually open all year round.

Pink Begonia

The delicate flowers of Begonia | ISO – 1600 | 90 mm @ f/4 | 1/180 sec

Golden Barrel Cactus

The not-so-delicate Golden Barrel cactus | ISO – 1600 | 90 mm @ f/4 | 1/125 sec

Today’s post is my entry to the Weekly Photo Challenge where the current theme is “Delicate”. Head on over to the Daily Post for more of these entries, or to participate to the challenge.

Weekly Photo Challenge: Changing Seasons

Surely, I am not alone in thinking that Autumn is the best season ever! The dramatic change from the lush green landscape to the brilliant hues that is gold, yellow and red is enough reason to love the season.

 

This post is my entry to the Weekly Photo Challenge‘s Changing Seasons theme.

Weekly Photo Challenge: Reflections

When I went to the Old Port last week, I noticed that the fountains on the pond were already turned off. Thankfully, there was still water on it which provided a really nice reflection of the nearby trees and installations.

Pond Reflection Old Port

ISO - 100 | Focal length: 18 mm | F-stop: f/11 | Exposure time: 1/250 sec

Today’s Photo Challenge from The Daily Post is Reflections and I think this photo works well for this challenge.