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.
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.
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.
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.