Today is Montreal’s 375th birthday!
I live and breathe Montreal every single day and am always discovering new splendours in this beautiful city so I had to compose this post dedicated to this magnificent city’s 375th day of inauguration.
Old port fireworks
This city offers me many different shades of emotions in my art. Sometimes moody, sometimes joyful but at all times inspiring.
It can be at times a taste of Europe and when viewed from another angle becomes a bustling metropolis. Some parts of this great city can also give out a Californian vibe.
I wish this city all the best in the 375 years to come!
Bonne Fête Montréal!
I made a short trip down to Lachine Canal last weekend. It is a real serene place with a calming feel to it. A friend even described it as “the closest feeling of California in Montreal”.
Here is my photographic experience of the beautiful Lachine Canal:
Boats Lounging in sunset
Living the Boat Life
Face of the Hill
Face to Face with the Face
Jesus Christ Monument
The Bowing Tree
This was a great experience and one I plan on having again soon. I urge you all to visit the Lachine canal and trust me, you will want to return time and time again!
I went to the old port of Montreal last night to take some pictures of 32nd edition of L’International des Feux Loto-Québec. It is a yearly fireworks display that goes on every Saturday and Wednesday for the whole month of July. It is a very popular Montreal summer event.
This was my first foray into taking pictures of fireworks and let me tell you that it takes practice, patience and timing. You will most likely end up shooting many pictures and only a few might come out usable. I shot 30 snaps and only 1 of those was a keeper.
Here is the sole keeper shot (not the best fireworks image you will witness but it’s a start):
Old port fireworks
The next time I shoot fireworks photographs, I will take what I learned with this shoot and improve upon it to achieve more keeper shots. A few important things will be to find the best spot with better foreground subjects to frame the shot without obstructing the firework display. I might try shooting from a bridge vantage point to be a little closer to the action.
Let me know what you think of the shot and if any of you have previously taken firework photographs, I would love to hear about your experiences aswell!
I discovered BAnQ Vieux-Montréal not long ago while I was searching for great architectural vistas in and around Montreal.
BAnQ Vieux-Montréal is situated near the old port of Montreal. I was unaware of this building until recently.
Stepping inside this great monument will leave a feeling of awe in any admirer of architectural beauty. It is a great place to go and study in a calm environment where you can truly focus on your work without any distractions.
Here is a photo gallery of my experience inside this amazing man made wonder of Montreal. I urge anyone in Montreal to visit BAnQ Vieux-Montréal at least once and I am sure you will want to return again.
Spiral Staircase Closeup
View from Afar
Spiral Stairs Underbelly
Historic Montreal Map
Scholars at the entrance
Exit showing Entrance
I had a chance to take some pictures this weekend at the “Centre de Commerce Mondial” of Montreal situated near the Square Victoria Metro Station.
I have to say that architecturally speaking, it is a marvel to behold! The interior is breathtaking from the moment you step through the doors.
Enjoy this short gallery and be sure to visit this stunning center if you are ever in Montreal!
Pool of Wonders
Bridging the Gap
I was walking 2 weeks ago under the overpass near the Rosemont metro station and I just had to stop and take a couple of pictures to capture the night view the streets had to offer.
Hope you all enjoy a part of Montreal at night.
Pillars lined up
Street Art awaits
Thoughtful Piece (too bad for the tags)
Japanese Garden and Lake
I recently revisited the Montreal Botanical gardens for the Lanterns festival.
This was my first visit to this festival and I have to say it was amazing.
Two of the gardens (Chinese and Japanese) were decorated and transformed into authentic festive Asian gardens full of light and magic.
Some parts actually felt like people going to a pilgrimage in China.
Enjoy this photo journal and marvel in another of Montreal’s Treasures. (click on the images to see the High Resolution versions in all their glory)
Some Vegetation (it is a garden after all)
View from the bridge : everyone is trying to get to the tower
What greeted us in the tower
Wouldn’t be Asia without Tigers
Japanese room of zen
Hallway of Swans (origami)
Origami Swan closeup
The Olympic Tower looming in the background (next MTL TTL maybe?)
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