Grays And Blues

On Canada Day weekend, we decided to take a little road trip down to Coteau du Lac, about 45 minutes from Montreal.

Our goal was to visit the historical site there, which lies on the shore of the St. Lawrence River.  However, what we did not know, was that the town had postponed their July 1st festivities to the next day, the day which we decided to visit.

Because of the fact that they delayed their festivities, which were being held inside the historical site and because the fireworks had been set up inside the site, the main part of the park was closed; therefore, we were not able to see much of the site at all.

We were somewhat disappointed; though, our disappointment was short lived once we saw the Grays and Blues appear.

The Grays and Blues of Montreal are a “living history” association, who dedicate their time in remembrance of those Canadians who fought and died in the American Civil War (1861-1865).

Here is their website for more information: http://www.graysandbluesofmontreal.com/

During their demonstration, we saw them fire the two replica canons they had, as well as their muskets – I was on the other side of the park, having lunch when they fired their muskets, hence no photos of that.

I was very impressed at how professional and meticulous they were when preparing and firing the canons.  They mentioned that they go to the US every year to get certified.  Anyone who does not pass does not get to participate.

All the photos were taken with the Nikon D2x and the Nikkor 70-300 VR G.  I shot everything in RAW and edited/converted them in Capture NX-D.

With it being our great country’s 150th birthday, admission to all Canadian National parks is free, so why not take advantage of it!

Who dares wins.

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Back To Coaticook

We first went to Coaticook last September and I posted about it here: (https://d7100shooter.wordpress.com/2016/09/24/coaticook-gorge/).

Well, last weekend, we went back to Coaticook; only this time, we took some family friends who had never been down to the Eastern Townships or many other places in Quebec.

They have only been in Quebec since mid-last year and they desperately want to explore different areas of the province, so we suggested that we tour them around the Eastern Townships a bit.

Coaticook is about a 2 hour drive from Montreal and most of the trip is spent driving on the highway that is very well maintained.  It’s a small town, so don’t expect too much when you get there.

Probably the two biggest attractions in Coaticook, are the ice cream factory (Coaticook ice cream anyone?) and the gorge.

Photos were taken with the Fuji X-Pro1 and the Nikon D2x.

Despite the fact that this was the second time that we had been to the gorge, it was still enjoyable.  Funny enough, the trek up to the suspended bridge did not seem as long as it did the first time.

There are plenty of places to visit and explore, just mere hours away from Montreal.  All you need to do is pack a picnic and hop in your car!

Who dares wins.

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Black Crowned Night Heron

Yesterday, we made our way to Fort Chambly, in Chambly Quebec – more about that in a later post.

It was a great day in all respects and we only experienced about 10 minutes of rain.  Mind you, that rain came down in buckets, but we were able to take some shelter underneath the large trees in the park.

After we finished our visit to the fort, we made our way back to the car by walking along the water front.  As we walked into the picnic area next to the fort, i looked out over the Rapides de Chambly and noticed a rather large bird perched on top of  fallen branch in the water.

The below photos can also be seen on my Instagram feed: https://www.instagram.com/englishmaninmontreal/

At that moment, all i had in my hand was my little X10, which was somewhat useless at the distance that i was from the Heron.

Hoping that he would not fly away, i gently took off my backpack and took out my D2x with the 70-300 VR G attached.

Luckily for me, the camera was more or less set up for the shooting conditions.  It was already dialed in at ISO 400, which was perfect for the overcast weather we were having.  I only had to adjust the aperture, which i set to f/8.  Shutter speed varied between 1/320 and 1/500, which was due to the light.

I shot in RAW, which i do all the time with the D2x now.  Shooting in RAW with the D2x gives me so much more latitude when i want to edit the files.  It doesn’t take long to edit the files either.  A minute or so with each file in Capture NX-D and i’m done.

It was really great seeing such a magnificent bird up close like this.  I am very happy that i was able to photograph him.

Who dares wins.

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New Catch

When i go plane spotting, one thing that i hope for is to be able to catch something new.

Whether it’s a new type of aircraft or a new airline, seeing something new makes an afternoon plane spotting all that much more special.

On my last outing, i was able to catch two new airlines that i have never seen before.  Well, actually, one of them really isn’t an airline per se.

One of the aircraft that i caught, is a company aircraft (Glencore Canada) and is one of my favourite types to catch: the old 737-200 series.

This particular 737-200 has the gravel kit installed, which makes it even more unique.

Photos taken with the Nikon D2X and the Nikkor 70-300mm VR G.

Who dares wins.

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A Little Walk On The Mountain

It has been quite some time since i posted here.  As a matter of fact, my last post was on New Year’s day!  Therefore, it’s time for me to get back into a routine of posting at least a few times a week again.

Personally, i am not to crazy about shooting in the winter.  Aside from it being cold outside, everything is a bit grey and somber, unlike all the color that one can find in the summer time.

That’s just me though.

Outdoor conditions should not stop anyone – including me – from going outside with their camera and taking photographs.  Though, i am more inclined to go outside if it is sunny, like yesterday.

The above shots were taken with the Nikon D2x and the Nikkor 70-300mm VR G.

While we were up at the look out, i took the opportunity to take a succession of photos in order to stitch them together to make a panorama.  However, i think i may have started a little too far to the left with this one.

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Keep in mind, if you are going to take a succession of photos to stitch into a panorama, taking vertical (portrait oriented) shots is the best way to go.  This gives you plenty of room at the head and foot of your photos when you crop afterwards.

Furthermore, always overlay your photos by about 20-30%.  If you do this, your stitching software will have an easier time blending the photos and your panorama will come out much better.

FYI: this post took more than eight hours to post.  My modem seems to be acting up; therefore, my ISP is sending me a new one and i hope the issue will be resolved.

Who dares wins.

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Low Light With The Beast

Since I bought my D2X this summer, I had not really tested it in any lowlight situations.

Being a 12 year old camera, I obviously knew that it would not perform as well in low light as my X-Pro1; however, it certainly did not disappoint.

While in Ottawa the other day, I pulled out the D2X to take some interior shots of Saint Patrick’s Basilica.  I set the ISO at 800 (I tried a few shots at H 0.3) and opened my lens as wide as it would go at 70mm, which was f/4.5.

VR is a wonderful technological advantage and it assisted me greatly in getting sharp photos, even down to shutter speeds of 1/13 of a second.

I can only imagine that I would have a much easier time taking low light photos with a much faster lens, like the 35mm f/1.8 for example.  I will definitely have to look out for a good used copy.

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Afternoon Plane Spotting

It has been a while since i did some plane spotting, so i took advantage of the great weather we had today and made my way up to the airport.

Finally, they have 55th Ave. going north under Cote de Liesse, set up for two-way traffic again.  Hopefully, one day, that overpass will be torn down and rebuilt.  I won’t hold my breath though.

Sunday’s before noon is pretty quiet at the airport, so i did not stay long.  However, i was able to get some shots of aircraft that i have never seen before.

All photos taken with the D2x and the Nikkor 70-300 VR G.

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