My first time to Montreal, and I really liked the City and its residents. A fun friendly city with lots of charm and a fantastic night life, which was my main reason for going. I got to experience a totally amazing set by Ben Klock at the fantastic night club Stereo. I timed it right as this turned out to be one of my highlights when it comes to events, and I’m told one of the best nights Stereo have seen.
Now I did take my camera, but a few days of rain meant it didn’t come out too often. (Mainly me being lazy!) But did get some fun shots on the nicer days. (I did miss getting any shots of the snow!)
I really liked how downtown had grown up around the old buildings and churches, creating some really interesting vistas with really contrasting materials and designs.
I had read somewhere about a technique for street photography where you set your aperture to a nice high value, switch to manual focus, and set it to the infinity end, getting a big as possible range in focus, set your shutter speed, and then stick ISO on auto. This way you can hang your camera around you neck and shoot blind without needed to bring it to your eye, or when you want to go down the viewfinder, you are good to shoot quickly, so you don’t miss a thing.
I actually quite enjoyed this method of shooting out in a city. With the Fuji X-T1 focus peeking, makes it dead easy to see what is in focus. I actually got so into the manual focus, I shot the Are You Listening? Festival fully manual, including focus, first time I did this, and found it great.
I stayed right by the Basilique Notre-Dame de Montréal, which you can see in the background here, and what a beautify church.