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Christmas Lights

Christmas eve I had some free time, so I went for a walk around the neighbourhood and brought along the Fuji X-Pro1 to get some christmas lights photos. I set the ISO to 1600 and brought the 18mm lens.

Hometown Holidays

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.

Christmas

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.

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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.

Lights of Parliament

This week was the launch of the Christmas lights around Parliament Hill. Each year its a big event with carolers, a fire pit to roast marshmallows, free beaver tails (if you are willing to wait in line for eternity), and fireworks.

We went down to take in the festivities. This year, as the countdown ended, a five minute projection story shone on the centre block of Parliament Hill before the fireworks and lights were turned on.

It was a nice evening weather-wise, with a balmy 5 degrees Celsius and no wind – which was a minor problem with the fireworks….see the photo below.

I just upgraded my X100 to the X100T and a wide angle converter, so I put them both to good use that night. I live the new camera. Its great. The new and upgraded features are totally worth it (even if I did ponder it for four months).

Ironically, being at the opening of the start of the Christmas lights season, I actually didn’t take any photos of those lights. No worries though, they are on until January 7th.

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Fireworks!

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What happens when there is lots of fireworks and little wind? This. More smoke than a Pink Floyd concert.

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Christmas and such

Ahh the holidays. Christmas. Noel. That time of year when everyone is frantic to get gifts, buy gifts, spend money! Boxing Day!! All the calamity that goes with it.

This year we took some time to remove ourselves from that and went downtown to Parliament Hill. There is always a great display of lights around it and the city in general. As a bonus, it was warm (well, for Ottawa) and no wind.

As usual, a nice display, although I’d like to know who’s idea it was to stick a projection trailer behind the eternal flame. See, there is an eternal flame on Parliament Hill. It would make an awesome photo to have it in the foreground, and the lit up parliament buildings in the background. But someone thought it better to stick a big, white trailer in between the two. Yes, the result (as you see below) is nice. But I think the alternative I mentioned would be better.

Oh well. It was a nice, quiet evening just the same. Shot with a Fuji X-T1 and 10-24 f4 OIS lens.

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