Weekly Photo Challenge: Sea

Sailing at the Thousand Islands

Sailing at the St-Lawrence River | 1000 Islands Seaway, Brockville, ON

Allow me to cheat a little on this week’s WordPress Weekly Photo Challenge and for the (not so) Wordless Wednesday.  This is as close to the sea as I can get this time of year. This is the waters of the Saint-Lawrence river. As I mentioned yesterday, we took a quick trip to the Thousand Islands last Sunday.  It was a good day to be outdoors, and an even better day to be on the water with the temperatures hovering above the 25 degree mark (Celsius). Aboard the “Wildcat“, we made our way upstream, taking a closer look at some of the area’s more prominent islands. The captain did an excellent job narrating each island’s history as we navigate through the river while occasionally speeding up to get the adrenaline pumping as we hit open waters . It was an hour cruise, short and sweet, but enough for me to get a taste of what it may be like to be on board a speed boat. Perhaps the only thing missing was the feel of the salty air filling up my lungs. It did give me a nice “hair make over” though, but nothing that a good ol’ solid brush can’t fix. It was an amazing experience and I cannot wait to do it all over again.


Weekly Photo Challenge: Color


The Daily Post’s Weekly Photo Challenge: Color

I realized that I have missed a few of the Daily Post’s Weekly Challenge. I have to admit, I haven’t been out with the camera lately. My weekends seem to always be busy these days, and since I work full-time during the week, I only have the weekends to go out and shoot.

I went out last Saturday though, when the sun finally graced us with its presence. Found myself wandering inside the Centre de Commerce Mondial (World Trade Center) in downtown Montreal. It is described as a small but chic indoor village composed of posh boutiques, restaurants and cafes. It is conveniently linked to other known establishments in the area. One feature which caught my attention was a very colorful mural painted by Rafael Sottolichio (assisted by Olivier Roy) located under the steps leading to the hallway which connects to the Palais Des Congres. The mural was created to celebrate the 20th anniversary of the Centre.

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 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: My 2012 in Pictures

The year is finally coming to a close, and I cannot help but look back at how much I’ve learned this past year. I have been into photography for some time now, but it was only in the last 2 years that I have really pursued this passion. I have learned so much through tutorials, and photography blogs, I still have a long way to go before I can consider myself a pro, but I know I have improved a lot during this past year, and part of that is from your continued support and encouragement. So, thank you for a wonderful year. My hope is that you will remain by my side and continue to join me on this photographic journey. May the New Year be filled with lots of good Light as we continue to capture the beauty around us, one pixel at a time.

This is my entry to The Weekly Photo Challenge. Head on over to The Daily Post and have a look at all the wonderful entries to this challenge.