Montreal – April

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!)

Montreal Downtown

Fujifilm X-T1| XF35mm | 35mm
1/100 | f11 | ISO 200 | Monochrome film

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.

Montreal Downtown

Fujifilm X-T1| XF35mm | 35mm
1/100 | f11 | ISO 200 | Monochrome film

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.

Montreal Downtown

Fujifilm X-T1| XF35mm | 35mm
1/100 | f11 | ISO 250 | Monochrome film

Montreal Notre-Dame Basilica

Fujifilm X-T1| XF35mm | 35mm
1/100 | f11 | ISO 250 | Monochrome film

I stayed right by the Basilique Notre-Dame de Montréal, which you can see in the background here, and what a beautify church.

Notre-Dame Basilica

Fujifilm X-T1| XF35mm | 35mm
1/50 | f1.4 | ISO 1250 | Pro Neg. Hi

Notre-Dame Basilica

Fujifilm X-T1| XF35mm | 35mm
1/60 sec | f1.4 | ISO 800 | Provia

And what an impressive  Casavant Frères pipe organ, dated 1891, which comprises four keyboards, 92 stops, with 7000 individual pipes.

 Casavant Frères pipe organ / Notre-Dame Basilica

Fujifilm X-T1| XF35mm | 35mm
1/60 sec | f1.4 | ISO 800 | Provia

 

5 thoughts on “Montreal – April

  1. The way you captured the blue backlit altar is extremely beautiful – the craftsmanship and atmosphere are breathe taking

  2. Hi! I really like your last picture; the pipe organ.
    May I use that photo to create a little concert poster?
    I am in a college orchestra club and we need a picture of pipe organ.
    I promise you that this won’t be used commercially.
    The concert is a free – entry concert and we are not making any profit out of it!
    I will be waiting for your reply!

    • Hi Lee,
      Yes you are more than welcome to use the photo, not a problem.
      Good luck with the concert, and I’d be interested to see the poster when its done. 🙂
      Thanks,
      Mart.

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