Its been a pretty cold and blustery winter. Since getting my new X-Pro2, I’ve had little opportunity to get outside and take some shots. A little while ago, the weather was (relatively) quite warm, and I took the opportunity to get out and get a quick walk in before it rained. I brought along the new camera, and threw it into the Acros film simulation. I’m not much of a fan of black and white photography, but there has been a lot of good comments on this simulation. Given that this time of year is pretty monochrome, what better time to try it out.
I’m still not convinced that black and white photography is the best, but I had a good time, and the photos here are decent enough. Enough to try again for sure.
It’s a regular event, possibly a tradition, that I go down to visit my family in Dundas the weekend before Christmas. This year was no different. We took some time to go into town and do some shopping.
Downtown Dundas is a classic small town with a main street full of small shops. Rarely do we not come away having found something interesting or new treasure. Its the way I like it, unlike in Ottawa in the suburbs where there is no central location like this.
I few shots of the town, all decked out for the holidays. All shot with my Fuji X100T.
Its Christmas eve in Ottawa and its 16 degrees Celsius. Blame it on El Nino, global warming, climate change, or just dumb luck, its kind of nice for a change. I find as I get older, winter becomes longer and more of a pain.
However, I must say, the lights downtown are not the same without the bounce light from the snow, and the Rideau Canal is far from ready for skaters. But still, being able to go to work with a sport coat on this late in the year? I can get used to it. Maybe.
The shot below was the fates giving me a break. I follow a blog called fujilove.com. They recently had a contest for a sweet camera bag. Now, I don’t need yet another camera bag, but this one was way cool. The stipulations of the contest was to show one’s hometown with only on photo, and hit had to be shot within the last week. I had some great ideas, all of which involved some cold, snow and other winter affects, and it had been raining all week. To top it off, I had to pick up my son from school this week, and that negated staying downtown long enough for it to get dark.
As it happened, the rain held off one night before we were to go away for the weekend, and my son went to a friend’s after school. Sweet. I put off leaving work a bit later and managed a few shots like this one.
Shot with my Fuji X100T and the teleconverter. I rested it on the bridge railing for a long exposure.
I didn’t win the bag, but did have fun finding a photo – which really is the point, in the end.
Merry Christmas to everyone. I hope it is a safe and happy time.
Downtown Ottawa seems to be in constant construction mode. Most buildings and streets are being upgraded, fixed, or rebuilt. Most of Wellington street in front of Parliament Hill is, or has been, in a state of repair, such that the city could be renamed Scaffold Town. I presume most of this is due to the fact that in 2017 it will be the 150th anniversary of confederation in Canada, and things need to look all perfect for the country to come visit.
Recently, another building has been swallowed up by scaffold. It does make an interesting pattern, such that one day I made this image with my X100.
Today was interesting weather-wise. I woke up to the sound of a steady rain. It sounded great, and by the time I left for work, it had receded.
There was the constant threat of rain again all day, so at lunch, I took my umbrella and X100 for a walk. Basically, I was hoping for some heavy downpours to capture. The X100 is not weather resistant, but with it being six years old, I’m a little more cavalier with it than say my X-T1 or X-Pro1.
However, it was not to be. The most rain was little sprinkles; barely enough to warrant opening the umbrella, let alone trying to keep the camera dry.
I eventually came to the highway 417 overpass. Here I grabbed this neat shot. The water is the Rideau canal.
I usually shoot in manual mode. That is, I define the shutter and aperture the camera uses, rather than letting some scientist in a lab determine the right exposure. The only downside (if you’d call it that) is I can’t quickly change exposure for a given situation. In this case, under the bridge called for a slower shutter speed and larger aperture. A few seconds after I took this shot, a young woman walked by. I thought a quick street photo might be interesting. Well, I didn’t have time to set the exposure, and the shot below resulted. I quite like it. It has a rough film appeal.
It won’t win any awards, and I could have fixed it up in Lightroom to take away the blown out bits (which I did), but I like the original version better. It has a classic look to it.
Every once in a while, one needs a project to keep the creative juices going. I’ve been in a wee bit of a slump lately. Partially because I’ve been busy in other avenues to focus on making pictures.
The last post I put up, the reflection of the Laurier bridge over the Rideau Canal, coupled with a “missed shot” (I didn’t have a camera with me and the picture showed up) has me inspired to do a project of reflections. Specifically, but not limited to, water reflections. Each lunch time, I walk down the Rideau Canal and see the reflections of the buildings in the water, or the boats in the water, and think what a neat shot that would be. So hey, why not do a series on reflections!
Take this shot to the left. It is the Department of National Defence headquarters. I’ve seen its reflection a number of times but today as I saw this. I had my Fuji X-Pro1 with me with the 18mm f2. I had to back up a few steps (a few times) to get it all in.
Yesterday was not the best day as a bit of a wind rustled the waters. I would prefer a calm water like the bridge shot. But, there were still some opportunities for some shots.
This one for example, of the trees in the water, and some runners along the pathway. Surely better with a still water. Also with the X-Pro1 and the 18mm f2.
I’ll keep trying. I found some great Lightroom presets from Thomas Fitzgerald. Check them out. They are pretty cool.
Last week had a very calm and sunny day. The canal was thusly still. No boats were to be seen, so the water was like glass.
This was the scene I came across at the Laurier bridge, its arches making a perfect reflection.
The bridge has been around in some iteration since 1872, with a number of fixes and upgrades over the years.
Shot with the Fuji X100.
Taken last month in Confederation Park. Walking by and saw the ducks were hanging out by the fountain.
Interesting fact. This fountain used be be in Trafalgar Square in London where it was from 1845 to 1948. In its current location, it honours Colonel John By, who was instrumental in the building of the Rideau Canal to link lake Ontario to the Ottawa river.
Taken with the Fuji X100.
The sudden onset of warmer weather has been a boon to downtown Ottawa. People are out at lunch time to take in the warm and sunshine. I made this shot near the Rideau Canal at the old Sapper’s bridge.
With all the angles and business around her, she is in her own space, granted, on her smartphone, but separate from everything else none-the-less.