|"Saint Marguerite" - A statue of Saint Marguerite Bourgeoys stands in La Basilique Notre-Dame in Montreal, Canada. Canon 6D Mark II, Rokinon 14mm f/2.8 lens, 1/30 second, f/8.0, ISO 3200, handheld.
I know it's been a long while since I've written a blog post. I'm sorry for that. If you have Instagram, please follow me there: @whimbrel_nature as that is where I've been posting the most these days. But I promise to blog more in the coming months and hopefully start to add more video to the mix as well.
|"Opulent" - The altar area of La Basilique Notre-Dame in Montreal, Canada. Canon 6D Mark II, Rokinon 14mm f/2.8 lens, 1/10 second, f/8.0, ISO 3200, handheld.
Today I wanted to write about taking a vacation from your photography. But not actually a vacation from your photography completely (although that can be good sometimes too); instead a vacation from your usual style/mode of photography. Recently, I had the opportunity to travel to Montreal with my lovely wife. Lovely as she is, she understandably has no patience for my normal mode of photography where I might spend hours working one subject or area. She made me promise that if I brought my camera, I would just take quick snapshots as we went about our vacation. No long periods spent composing and working a subject and no special photography-only side trips. This is not my normal mode of photography. As such, I almost left all my heavy gear at home and resigned myself to only using my iPhone. But at the last moment, I decided to haul my gear along and I'm glad that I did.
|"Bulbous" - Large stacks of garlic bulbs were a common sight with great visual appeal at the Jean-Talon open air market. iPhone 7, 1/300 second, f/1.8, ISO 20, handheld.
Each day we went out, I'd bring a very stripped down set of gear. I left my trusty tripod (which I use in well over 90% of my photography) at the apartment. That was hard. I left the house only with my Canon 6D, a Rokinon 14mm f/2.8 lens, my Canon 70-200mm f/2.8 lens, and my iPhone 7. For quicker trips to the market etc... I did only bring my iPhone 7.
It was a worthwhile exercise to shoot all handheld and to be forced to shoot rapidly, without much pre-planning or limitless recomposing. Not only was it kind of fun to do something different, but it also caused me to think quicker on my feet, become more familiar with my camera controls on my relatively new 6D Mark II body, and worry a bit more about my shutter speed than I normally would with tripod-based landscape or architecture photography.
Limitations, particularly ones you are not normally used to, can also really spur creativity. In addition to taking some images that I would not normally do otherwise, I also used the opportunity to take lots of images of architecture and public art that I can use for later composites. For this, I used both my Canon and my iPhone, but more predominantly the iPhone.
|An example of some of the great murals and graffiti art scattered around the Plateau, Latin Quarter, and Gay Village neighborhoods.
I even dabbled in some people photography. Although as is my tendency with people/street photography, I tended to focus on gesture and body language, more than faces. I don't think this is because I'm uncomfortable approaching subjects, I've done that before. I think it is because I'm more interested in a more general representation of humanity and the human condition, rather than focusing on a particular individual, in much of my people work.
|"Opulent II" - A view of the ceiling and organ of La Basilique Notre-Dame in Montreal, Canada. Canon 6D Mark II, Rokinon 14mm f/2.8 lens, 1/10 second, f/8.0, ISO 3200, handheld.
|"Chalet Chandelier" - Looking up at the ceiling and the interesting chandelier at the Chalet du mont Royal in the Parc du Mont-Royal. Canon 6D Mark II, Rokinon 14mm f/2.8 lens, 1/10 second, f/8.0, ISO 250, handheld.
|"Old Money" - A row of old banks and hotels in the western section of Old Montreal. Canon 6D Mark II, Rokinon 14mm f/2.8 lens, 1/1250 second, f/8.0, ISO 400, handheld.
|"Royal Treatment" - Architectural detail in the main hall of the former Royal Bank Tower, which is now a beautiful cafe. Canon 6D Mark II, Rokinon 14mm f/2.8 lens, 1/15 second, f/8.0, ISO 3200, handheld.
|"World Trade" - Inside the Montreal World Trade Center and one of the many entrances to the RÉSO. Canon 6D Mark II, Rokinon 14mm f/2.8 lens, 1/160 second, f/8.0, ISO 400, handheld.