Tuesday, September 30, 2014

MARATHON DE MONTREAL 2014 (272/365 DAYS, 4.0)

The Marathon happened last Sunday 
and it was a glorious morning to grab the camera for a few shots. 
It was amazing to see thousands of people running through the city 
to achieve their personal goal. 
Some seemed better prepared than others [IMHO] 
but surely the experience was rewarding for all. 

As for myself, 
you know I don't often include people 
but this was an opportunity 
where people wouldn't find offence at being photographed. 
I took a lot of pictures and had a hard time figuring out which ones to keep. 
But after much pondering 
and going back and forth, 
gradually putting aside some and focusing on a few that stood out from the rest, 
where the subjects's motion was properly captured 
and the images were well balanced. 
When I chose my spot on the Sherbrooke Street overpass, 
I knew that at that time of the morning, 
I would see the runners in a contre-jour
with their shadow in front of them, 
which was ideal for I wanted to accomplish here. 
The sun was strong and the shadows were sharp. 
Doing HDR mapping highlighted each individual 
and I found out a few things along the way... 
Let me show you the scenarios I came up with.


"DUO (E-2014+E-2010) [MARATHON DE MONTREAL 2014]" 

These two were running side by side, 
and given their respective number, 
I suspect they were part of a group. 
Whatever happened to the others, 
no idea... 
I am merely speculating here, 
but surely it is encouraging when doing this as a team 
rather than by yourself, 
helping you to push your limits a little further 
to complete the task at hand. 


"CLEARLY AHEAD (E-229) [MARATON DE MONTREAL 2014]" 

This one, 
I don't know where she is from, 
but she was gliding through space very gracefully, 
looking strong and resolute. 
It was great to watch her run. 
I hope she did well. 


"2 THUMBS UP!! (1-1046+BARECHESTED GUY) 
[MARATHON DE MONTREAL 2014]" 

I noticed the one in the foreground that was giving a thumbs-up, 
and it is only once I was back home 
and looking at my pictures on the computer 
that I noticed the barechested guy in the background 
that was also giving me a thumbs up, 
with a big smile too. 
Clearly these guys were enjoying the experience 
and were well prepared for this. 


"WOOFY GUY (2-1249) [MARATHON DE MONTREAL 2014]" 

I certainly wasn't at the marathon to troll for guys 
but how could I resist this one!?! 
His white t-shirt soaked with sweat, 
revealing a hairy chest and belly. 
This one got my vote!! 
Very sexy!! 


"DISTRACTED (1-3048) [MARATHON DE MONTREAL 2014]" 

And lastly, 
this one just as he was about to disappear under the overpass, 
looking up at me... 
Watch where you're going, man!!! 
That was one of my concerns, 
that I would cause someone a distraction 
and someone would trip or something... 

This was fun for me 
and I suspect most participants also had a great time. 
When I left home, 
I followed a part of the itinerary 
and there were stages along the way with rock bands playing loudly, 
and since it was early in the morning, 
I thought it was brave of them to give it their all this early. 
It was not in vain 
as it conferred a great mood to the event. 
So, 
35 000 participants in total for all the events, 
an army of volunteers to support them, 
and lots of on-lookers to applaud their efforts; 
and me, 
going home happy, 
the camera hanging off my shoulder, 
loaded with potential!! 
The battery almost gave out on me 
but I knew I had enough here already... 
Wouldn't you say!?!

Monday, September 29, 2014

THOSE OLD ADDRESSES (271/365 DAYS, 4.0)

Pursuing that stroll from the other morning
I came across a couple of addresses with interesting details. 
Even though they were in the shade, 
the sun rising being these building, 
I thought it was worth a closer look.


"MOLSON BREWERY [MONTREAL, 2014]" 

It is great to still be able to see this old building part of a much larger complex, 
revealing its architectural history from this old building to more modern ones. 
Founded in 1786, 
this is the oldest brewery in North America, 
and even if Molson has merged with Coors [in 2005], 
making it the 7th largest brewery in the world, 
this remains the headquarters for the Molson family. 
Well, 
the actual headquarters are across the street... 


"452 NOTRE-DAME STREET EAST [OLD MONTREAL, 2014]" 

Well, color me surprised!! 
This building has a good facade 
but doesn't say what it stands for. 
Turns out is is a lush hotel with two suites full of character and modern amenities. 
Check out their photo gallery
This is what I like about doing photography, 
taking the pictures and then researching those things that caught my attention through the lens. 
I now know it's a pity one cannot go inside to photograph details reserved for their paying customers, 
understandably. 


"UN AIR DUBITATIF" 

"A dubious air", 
you might say... 
Funny what came to mind though. 
I was looking at this and thought it looked familiar... 
My father was somewhat of an introvert, 
very susceptible and prone to sulking. 
Since my mom and I both had a strong temperament, 
we both often teased him for acting all sullen and a bit morose. 
He would sometimes snap out of it, 
but rarely... 
Such was his nature, 
I guess... 
He was not a happy fellow. 
Something about the mouth and eyebrows reminded me of that. 

Sunday, September 28, 2014

EARLY ONE MORNING at the OLD PORT of MONTREAL (270/365 DAYS, 4.0)

I take you on a stroll this morning between the Old Port and Old Montreal, 
along de la Commune Street. 
As the rising sun was promising this day would be a scorcher, 
even if we are now in Autumn... 
You can see there a few sculptures by Ju Ming


"JU MING's TAICHI SCULPTURE (1) [OLD PORT of MONTREAL, 2014]" 


"JU MING's TAICHI SCULPTURE (2) [OLD PORT of MONTREAL, 2014]"


"JU MING's TAICHI SCULPTURE (3) [OLD PORT of MONTREAL, 2014]"


"JU MING's TAICHI SCULPTURE (4) [OLD PORT of MONTREAL, 2014]"


"JU MING's TAICHI SCULPTURE (5) [OLD PORT of MONTREAL, 2014]"


"JU MING's TAICHI SCULPTURE (6) [OLD PORT of MONTREAL, 2014]"


"JU MING's TAICHI SCULPTURE (7) [OLD PORT of MONTREAL, 2014]"


"JU MING's TAICHI SCULPTURE (8) [OLD PORT of MONTREAL, 2014]" 

While these are quite imposing, 
their presence is serene 
as they line up to greet the sun. 
TaiChi anyone!?!
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