On the road to Lake Louise, Alberta 2018.

On the road to Lake Louise, Alberta 2018.
On the road to Lake Louise, Alberta 2018.

Arriving from the southeast on Highway 1 to Lake Louise, Alberta, you can choose to exit at Castle Junction and drive along an interesting road that is parallel to Highway 1. The road is called Bow Valley Parkway (1A). There is less traffic on that road so it is easier to get out of the car and take a few shots of the area.

The picture above shows Castle Mountain. I waited for a car to come up the road, to add a “human” dimension to the scenery. The shutter speed was adjusted to 1/250, the aperture at 5.0, the ISO to 200 and the focal length at 70mm. I used a Canon EF 24-70mm f/2.8L USM lens with a Canon 5DSR full frame camera.

Reflections on Lake Louise, Alberta 2018.

Reflections on Lake Louise, Alberta 2018.
Reflections on Lake Louise, Alberta 2018.

This hand held picture was taken as we were starting to climb towards Lake Agnes, near Lake Louise , Alberta, during Summer 2018. It was one of the rare days where the visibility was not reduced by forest fires that were raging across the province.

The picture was taken with a Canon 5DSR full frame camera. The shutter speed was adjusted to 1/250, the aperture to 13, the ISO to 1000 and the focal was set to 24mm. The lens used was a Canon EF 24-70mm f/2.8L USM.

The Shorts 360 and the Juancho E. Yrausquin (SAB) airport.

In the unhinged virtual flights section of my blog (http://francoisouellet.ca/en/flight-simulation/unhinged-virtual-flights/), you can now find a flight with the Shorts 360 between the St.Maartens (Princess Juliana Intl) airport and the Juancho E. Yrausquin (SABA, SAB or TNCS) airport.

The Shorts 360 at the Princess Juliana Intl, ready for take-off for the Juancho E. Yrausquin airport.
The Shorts 360 at the Princess Juliana Intl, ready for take-off for the Juancho E. Yrausquin airport.

The Juancho E. Yrausquin is normally used by a DHC-6, a BN-2 and some helicopters.

The Shorts 360 is airborne from the Princess Juliana Intl airport.
The Shorts 360 is airborne from the Princess Juliana Intl airport.

The island is in sight…

The Shorts 360 and the Saba island in sight.
The Shorts 360 and the Saba island in sight.

The official landing and take-off distances required for the Shorts 360 are longer than what the Juancho E. Yrausquin (SAB), with its 1299 ft short runway, has to offer.

But for the flight simulation enthousiast (FSX), SABA offers an interesting challenge since a very well adjusted approach, at about 90 knots, is necessary in order to use only the authorized part of the runway.

Le Shorts 360 and the SABA island.
Le Shorts 360 and the SABA island.

Runway 12 in sight, on the extreme left side of the photo. The speed and altitude are adjusted.

The approach is made on runway 12. The winds blow from 180/07. The approach is made with full flaps.

The Shorts 360 is on short final for runway 12 at the Juancho E. Yrausquin airport.
The Shorts 360 is on short final for runway 12 at the Juancho E. Yrausquin airport.
The Shorts 360 is about to land at the SABA airport.
The Shorts 360 is about to land at the SABA airport.

The aircraft is immobilized within the authorized portion of the runway. The rest of the runway is used to turn around and head for the apron.

The Shorts 360 after its landing on runway 12 at the Juancho E. Yrausquin airport.
The Shorts 360 after its landing on runway 12 at the Juancho E. Yrausquin airport.
The Shorts 360 is exiting runway 12 at the Juancho E. Yrausquin airport.
The Shorts 360 is exiting runway 12 at the Juancho E. Yrausquin airport.
The Shorts 360 is parked at the Juancho E. Yrausquin airport.
The Shorts 360 is parked at the Juancho E. Yrausquin airport.

The Shorts 360 can also barely leave the airport using the authorized portion of the runway. The speed on take-off varies between 100 and 110 kts and the flaps are adjusted to 2/3.

Have a good flight!

Fall colors in the Petit-Champlain, in Old Quebec.

Fall colors and tourists in the Petit-Champlain, Old Quebec, 2018.
Fall colors and tourists in the Petit-Champlain, Old Quebec, 2018.

Residents of Quebec City see a huge increase in the number of tourists in the Petit-Champlain during fall, when several cruise ships are docked at the Port of Quebec. Thousands of passengers head to Old Quebec and the Petit-Champlain to buy a few souvenirs and photograph everything that can be.

Fall colors in the Petit-Champlain in Old Quebec in 2018.
Fall colors in the Petit-Champlain in Old Quebec in 2018.

The background in the picture above shows the Breakneck Steps (Stairways in the Quebec region), an elevated and very popular spot with tourists from which they can photograph one of the most visited alley in the Petit-Champlain.

A view of a section of the Château Frontenac with the mountains in the background during Fall 2018.
A view of a section of the Château Frontenac with the mountains in the background during Fall 2018.

Lake Louise area and a view from the Big Beehive.

View from the top of the Big Beehive, in Alberta.
View from the top of the Big Beehive, in Alberta.

If you are spending some time around Lake Louise, in Alberta, a very interesting outdoor activity is to go hiking on the 10 km trail that leads to the Big Beehive. You start from the Fairmont Lake Louise and slowly walk up to the Lake Agnes Tea House. There, you can get a simple meal and rest before walking around Mirror Lake and heading for the Big Beehive trail. The view on top is absolutely superb.

I have included a link that provides you with commentaries and informations from people who actually did the trail: Alltrails.com

Once you have tried the Big Beehive trail and are ready for a more relaxing activity, you might consider renting a canoe at the Fermont Lake Louise Hotel facility and head for the lake for an hour. The color of the Lake Louise water is amazing and the view stupendous.

Canoers profit from the beautiful surroundings of Lake Louise, Alberta, in 2018.
Canoers profit from the beautiful surroundings of Lake Louise, Alberta, in 2018.

The pictures above have been taken with a Canon 5DSR full frame camera. I carried a tripod and some equipment up the mountain as it was obvious that there would be great photo opportunities. Using RAW files helped a lot when came the time to work with different levels of luminosity.

Photography in the rain in Old Quebec.

Two Quebec pubs on the St-Jean street, in Old Quebec.
Two Quebec pubs on the St-Jean street, in Old Quebec.

Photography under the rain often allows for fairly decent results, even if it is a bit less comfortable for the photographer.

In the picture above, I first considered a close-up plan of the St-Alexandre English pub (Pub St-Alexandre ) and of the Chez Murphy’s Irish pub (Pub Chez Murphy’s) on St-Jean street, in Old Quebec. Both pubs belong to the same owner; this is an excellent way to curb the eventual competition.

I then waited for pedestrians holding colorful umbrellas to show up in front of the pubs. That took some time since today’s fashion is all in for black: black cars, black clothing, black hats and …. black umbrellas!

Water reflections on the sidewalk and an appropriate light completed the scenery.

The MV Golden Princess in the Vancouver Harbour.

The Golden Princess cruise ship in the Vancouver Harbour in 2018.
The Golden Princess cruise ship in the Vancouver Harbour in 2018.

The cruise ship Golden Princess  leaves the Vancouver Harbour while, in the background, a few rain showers help making the scenery even more interesting. The MV Golden Princess can carry 2592 passengers. It was built in Italy by the Fincantieri shipbuilding company.

I took the picture from the balcony of a condo tower’s thirty second floor with a Canon 5DSR equipped with a Canon 70-200m f2.8L IS II USM. The focal length was adjusted to 200mm but, as I was really far away, it was necessary to seriously crop the picture in order to enlarge the cruise ship even more.

For more ship photos, click on the following link of my blog:

Ship photography

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