With the current divisive administration in the United States under Donald Trump, citizens are more than ever willing to express their political opinions. In 2019 in Boston’s Brookline suburb, a quick walk in the neighbourhood allowed me to take the two following pictures.
In case your cell phone screen cannot clearly show what is
written on the sign above, here it is : « In our America, all people are equal. Love wins. Black lives matter.
Immigrants and refugees are welcome. Disabilities are respected. Women are in
charge of their bodies. People and planet are valued over profit. Diversity is
On the sign below, the message is clear : « No kids in cages. »
These pictures were taken in October in the St-Gilles region, in Quebec. In the photo above, the sunlight was streaming through the leaves, giving the peach color even more intensity. To make the leaves the main subject of interest, I positioned myself under a branch and reduced the aperture of the Canon 5DSR to 3.5. The leaves in the foreground were now in focus while everything else became blurred, adding to the atmosphere.
The owner of a nearby house in St-Gilles had a thought
for walkers and left two chairs near the water. The chairs became the main
interest in the photo and are therefore in focus. The forest and the colored
leaves in the background are deliberately kept blurred.
The St-Jacques de Leeds region, in Quebec, offers interesting opportunities for photographers who like very diversified autumn colors.
At the time
this picture was taken, most red leaves had already fallen. But the contrast
between the dark tones of the evergreens and the other colors still offered
To compose the picture above, I decided to keep the trail. It leaves the main road where I stood and heads, with a few curves, towards the house. The trail starts at the left of the picture and the observer naturally follows it to the house, then to the forest in the background. With my position, I was also able to hide part of the house with the colored trees.
During late afternoon in Autumn, the light is quite softer than in Summer. It is not necessary to wait for the evening to get interesting results. The scenery above offered a natural contrast between the blue of the sky and the orange tones of the trees. I kept part of the evergreen, for its position in the foreground as much as for its dark tone, to add to the dynamism of the picture.
The tripod was necessary for the picture above. The Canon EF 85mm f/1.2L USM lens, that is normally used for portrait, requires less light than the human eye. It perfectly captured the atmosphere and the colors that were prevailing a few minutes before nightime. All the pictures were taken with a Canon 5DSR full frame camera.
This year I have searched for new sites to capture autumn colours. I drove by Val-Bélair and stopped by a house that looked abandoned. The colour of the chair and the yellow background allowed me to compose my first shot.
There are superb trees between Val-Bélair and L’ Ancienne-Lorette . The picture above represents only a section of the forest.
Val-Bélair is a region with both agricultural and city life. It was natural to compose a picture that would include a car and a tractor. The colored leaves are used as a natural frame around the vehicles. The Canon 5DSRfull frame camera’s aperture was adjusted to have only the middle ground in focus.
A fisherman profits from the beautiful morning to try to catch an Atlantic Striped Bass.
Since the fisherman will be on the beach for at least an hour, I have enough time to install a tripod on the beach and use the telephoto lens to bring in the man artificially. It is worth waiting for a few seagulls to fly nearby; this always add a bit of life to the scenery.
The compressed perspective offered by a telephoto lens and the significant cropping allow to increase the presence of the houses on the Ogunquit and Wells beaches, in United States.
The Atlantic Striped Bass can grow up to 1.5 meter (5 feet) in length and weight up to 35 kg (77 pounds). Fishing laws are different for each State. I believe that in Maine, a fisherman cannot keep a fish that is less than 71 cm (28 inches) in length.
Although I am quite far away from the fisherman, he has nonetheless noticed me. He turns around and proudly shows the Striped Bass that he just caught. A few seconds later, he puts the fish back in the water, knowing that the fish is still too small to be kept.
pictures are oversaturated to increase the visual effect. There comes a time
when we forget that nature is full of subtleties and that it is not always
necessary to exagerate the saturation to obtain an interesting effect.
For this photo of a sunrise in Ogunquit, Maine, I chose
to show the natural colors at 5h30 AM, in August 2019. There is no violet-blue
nor citrus yellow in the scenery. Nonetheless, depending on your position in
front of the screen, the colours will always vary somehow.
Ogunquit, Maine. It is 5h15 in the morning and in the hotel room, the thick curtains do not allow me to know what type of light is offered by the sunrise. A quick glance outside gives me the signal that my night is over. The light is worth being captured.
On the beach, there are already a few people who have arrived, either to fish, meditate, jog or take pictures. I will spend the next few hours, capturing the different nuances of light on the water and through the waves.
I will try to include a few of these photos in the coming editions of my blog.
This picture of a seagull has been taken from the third floor of the Norseman Hotel in Ogunquit, Maine. The aperture was reduced almost to its minimum to blur everything but the bird. Some serious cropping was needed to enlarge the seagull. I was helped by a Canon telephoto lens and the 50.6 megapixels of the Canon 5DSR full frame sensor.
The houses and buildings of Victoria and Vancouver are really stylish and deserve some attention. The nice Victoria weather allows for the rapid growth of the vegetation and the house owners generally try to have flowers in front of their property. Oak Bay and Uplands are two sectors where a visitor is sure to find very interesting houses.
During wintertime, the grass is green in Victoria. During summertime, it is yellow unless watered daily. The microclimate is due to the proximity of the Olympic Mountains. The air that slopes down the east side of the mountains warms up and dries, favoring a more stable weather than in the rest of Canada.
The picture above shows the view that an Airbnb rental can
afford. In fact, it was the view from our room on a recent trip to Vancouver.