We’re back in Quebec City today. This was taken from my hotel room at the Chateau Frontenac. What I really liked about this view were the lines of the snow-covered sloping roofs. I used Topaz B&W Effects to convert the image to B&W and increased the contrast in order to accentuate the lines.
Project 52 Entry #33
A quick post today as it’s shaping up to be a busy one. This is another shot of the frozen waters of the St. Lawrence River. This is one exposure and I applied the Clarity filter in Topaz Adjust to give the ice a little more of a crystallized look. I then cropped it into a panorama.
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This walkway takes you from the main entrance of the Chateau Frontenac to the street. While my family was nice and toasty in our hotel room, I the intrepid photographer braved the cold and wind to get the ultimate shot!! Oh who am I kidding I lasted less the 10 mins before I couldn’t feel my fingers. I was able to get a few brackets of this scene before I headed in.
Project 52 Entry 32
Quebec City’s “old city” is a charming place full of heritage building, cobblestone walkways and quaint restaurants. Walking around really reminded me of being in Europe and of course with French being spoken around me this illusion wasn’t a far stretch. It was a very cold day (did I mention that before) with a dull grey sky but as we were walking back to our hotel I had to stop and take this shot. I really liked the way these 2 buildings looked like they were intersecting from where I was standing. I converted this to B&W using Topaz B&W Effects and then used the local adjustment tool to bring back the color in the window trim.
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Le Massif de Charlevoix is a ski hill in north-eastern Quebec just over an hour from Quebec City. I think I mentioned in my last post that the views are spectacular as your overlooking the St. Lawrence River. Just a bit of history, in 2002, Daniel Gauthier, one of the co-founders of Le Cirque du Soleil, purchased Le Massif. He sold his interest in Cirque du Soleil and used part of the proceeds to purchase this ski hill.
A few months ago I posted an image of Rome that I re-invented as a vintage travel poster. You can see that one here. Well I had so much fun doing that one that I had to create one for Le Massif. I see a trend starting here.
It was a wonderful week away. Quebec City is beautiful although it was cold, cold, cold. So cold and windy ( minus 30 degrees Celsius with the wind shield) in fact that when I went out to shoot in the evening I couldn’t even keep the tripod steady in the wind, so needless to say I was disappointed with my night shots as they weren’t as sharp as they should have been. That’s the way it goes.
You may have noticed that the site has a refreshed look and I’ve now added a gallery (see the navigation bar in the top right or click here) where you can now view and purchase my photographs. Have a look around and let me know what you think.
This image was taken at Le Massif de Charlevoix in north-eastern Quebec where we took the kids skiing. This is an absolutely beautiful part of the province and the skiing is magnificent. The hill faces the expanse of the St. Lawrence river and these are the views as you’re coming down.
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