Not yet ready to leave the beautiful colors of Fall? Here is one of the last pictures of this season in 2022: the “Café La Maison Smith” on Île d’Orléans. When you want to take a leisurely tour of the island, this is the first place you stop for a good coffee and a croissant to go.
As soon as the visitor enters the café, the relaxation begins. Then comes the ride around the island, the “42 milles de choses tranquilles (42 miles of quiet things) ” of the singer Félix Leclerc. A few hours later, you leave the island fresh and relaxed!
There are many beautiful flowers at the Domaine Cataraquiin Quebec City. While examining the interior of a flower from close up, I noticed a very active ant which eventually stopped moving long enough for me to take a chance at macro photography. I used an old Canon EF 100mm f/2.8 USM lens and got an interesting result.
There are only a few leaves left in the trees of this clearing in Quebec City, but the scene retains all its charm. The broken tree cuts the landscape diagonally and guides the eye to the center of the photo where a small pond reflects part of the blue sky.
For me, this peaceful place represents the opposite of what we keep seeing as a standardized representation of autumn, without losing interest.
An alley cat that has been in a few fights, judging from its bruised eye. Surprised by the sound of the camera’s shutter release, he stopped dead in his tracks, assessed the danger, and continued on his way.
I framed the animal tightly to avoid visual distractions. The ball in the background represents leisure time, while the cat is in a totally different mindset: he must fight and find his food.
Want to try an out-of-the-ordinary excursion in the Quebec City area? Here is an idea: if you have a car, start by parking (for free) in one of the spaces available at Domaine Cataraqui. The new staircase designed in 2022 in the forest behind the domain allows you to go from the heights of Sillery to the bottom of the cliff giving access to the Promenade Samuel-De Champlain (Note, however, that the Promenade is not maintained in winter). Walking from this point to the Petit-Champlain district in Old Quebec takes two hours, without hurrying. If you do it in the Autumn, you may even be able to see the cruise ships.
The photo above shows a section of the Caribbean Princess cruise ship moored in the port of Quebec. When it comes to a floating hotel, this ship is a good example.
You now have the option of staying in Old Quebec for as long as you wish, and then take St. Jean Street and walk a few minutes to Place d’Youville to take bus #25 which will bring you back comfortably on St-Louis Street, at a stop very close to the place where you parked your car initially.
You will have had a great day that allowed you to exercise, see the St. Lawrence Seaway and the beauties of Old Quebec. All this for the price of a bus ticket ($4.00).
Here is a view at dusk of the Château Frontenac and the surroundings of Old Québec. Even before taking a first shot, you can anticipate that the illuminated tower of the castle will distort the reading of the camera sensor, because it is much brighter than the surroundings.
To correct this frequent error in advance, it is best to look for an HDR (High Dynamic Range) effect by taking five photos with complementary apertures which will then be compiled in an appropriate software.
The most important challenge for this night photography photo was however to avoid taking pictures of too many tourists walking in the foreground. When they are in five close-up photos, people form what are called “ghost images“. You see them in duplicate or triplicate, half decomposed. They are useful when comes the time to add special effects, but this is not the case in the scene above.
The fall colors are particularly intense in Quebec towards the end of the first week of October. Rather than sticking to pure landscape photography by framing only the trees and mountains, one can choose to include in the foreground the result of the work of one or more people. Far from distracting, the addition of people or objects related to everyday activities often increases the interest of a photo.
In the photo above, an apple grower from Île d’Orléansis spreading out his harvest.
Another great time for Quebec City merchants begins with the arrival of multiple cruise ships each fall. Not only do the thousands of tourists pour into Old Quebec and its Petit-Champlain neighborhood, but the ships must also be restocked in anticipation of the continuing voyage.
In terms of photography technique, the Promenade des Gouverneurs and its staircase act as an entry point to the center of the photo above. It is of course important to preserve some autumn colors, as they are so ephemeral. A wide-angle lens helps the photographic composition, but it certainly distorted the street lamps on the left of the photo, which had to be straightened with an image processing software. Finally, the rule of thirds worked perfectly here to highlight the magnificent view from the heights of Quebec City.
The exhibition of Mosaïculture of Québec City 2022 , entitled “Once upon a time… the Earth“, ends in a few days, after having been a great success throughout the summer.
More than six million plants were used to build 200 animals and insects in the Bois-de-Coulonge, not to mention the flowers along the way to further enhance the tour.
In a few months, hundreds of thousands of visitors will have walked through the circuit of 90 minutes to visit the largest edition of mosaiculture since its creation in 2000 in Montreal. In Québec City, more than 80% of the works were exposed for the first time.
The site had to be prepared nine months in advance. As intensive watering became mandatory, Québec City temporarily modified its watering regulations, explaining that it was an exhibition and not a horticultural production.
Above, a shepherd plants a tree in a place that seems to be very unfertile, indicating at the same time the need not to give up when it comes to saving the planet.
These Québec 2022 mosaicultures will have been another major tourist attraction for Québec City, after a cascade of other summer events. In fact, there have been times when so many tourist activities overlapped at the same time, that residents and tourists had to make choices. A spectacular rebound from a pandemic that forced people to make sacrifices for two years!
A vintage car show is held every year in Quebec City on St.Paul street and surroundings. About a hundred cars, as well as a few motorcycles, can be admired by the amateurs during a weekend in September. The picture above represents a 1958 Oldmobile 98.
Above, 81-year-old owner Clement Allard, a former businessman, proudly poses next to his 1964 Mercury Parklane 25th Marauder that he acquired at an auction in Detroit. Taking the time to talk to the owners is part of the fun: it helps to understand what they went through in order to finally get their car.