Its in the Details

When you look at the parliamentary buildings, especially the Centre Block, you see lots of details, sculptures and carvings. If you take the time to look up at some of the other buildings around the area, there are numerous little figures and details everywhere.

Like this sleepy guy. This is over what is really a side entrance to one of the supreme court buildings.

I may take some time soon to just photograph the various mini works around the city some day soon.


Winter in Ice

Its that time of year – freezing cold, snow and ice, and…Winterlude! An annual festival to get people out of their warm houses and into the fresh air and take in the beauty of winter.

Over three weekends in February, events take place outdoors. Skating on the canal, snow slides, snow sculptures, various wintery demonstrations and the highlight, the ice sculpture competition. This is where teams from around the globe (yes even warm locales) come to Ottawa to create works of art in ice.

Being downtown, I was able to go check the ice sculptures at lunch time, and avoid the throngs of weekend crowds. Some highlights are below.

Ice is a difficult thing to photograph. A lot of detail is lost in its translucency, and really, each piece could garner a dozen shots each to show the detail. Night time is the best viewing, as LED lights add an extra dimension to the work.

All photos were taken with the Fuji X-T1 and the 10-24 f4 lens.











Job Hazards

Winterlude in Ottawa starts this weekend. In Confederation park, things are starting to take shape as organizers put up tents, scaffolding and ice sculptures. The main competition will come later, but for now, some of the decorative ones are going up now.

Today I watch this guy working away, snow flying in his face as he worked away on the art.

Taken with the Fuji X100, back in colour mode again.