Author Archives: Jeffrey Meyer

Forillon National Park | Canada 150+

Forillon National Park

Forillon National Park

First Minsters’ Meeting with the Premiers of Canada | Ottawa 2017

There are so many reasons why I love being a photographer, but chief among them would certainly be the opportunity to experience great moments occurring in my community, and capture them for both participants and history.  Case in point, earlier today I had the wonderful honour of beginning my morning by photographing all the current Premiers of Canada at the Château Laurier.  And, to add an extra layer of symbolism to the event, I photographed them in the same room that me and Stéphanie held our wedding party in two years ago this month – the ever so beautiful Québec Suite.  Fast forward a few hours later, I experienced yet another opportunity to quickly photograph all the Premiers again along with the Prime Minister of Canada, as he delivered an opening account to begin a round table First Ministers’ meeting in Ottawa.   Connecting with other photographers, videographers and media next to me along the way was also pretty enlightening, and it felt so nice to see everyone working hard and fast to make things happen and our society work well.   For my photography and blog friends, you know that I think all forms of photography bring their own unique challenges, but today I was reminded first hand of the challenges (and total excitement) that our full-time media based photographers face everyday to not only get the picture, but to share it almost as quickly as they captured it!    All-in-all, an awesome day of fast pace event photography!

A round table meeting of the Premiers and Prime Minister of Canada

 

The Honourable Justin Trudeau – the 23rd Prime Minister of Canada – hosting a First Ministers’ Meeting in Ottawa

 

 

Québec Suite, Château Laurier – with the flags of Canada

Official residence of the Lieutenant Governor of Prince Edward Island | Architecture Photography

This picture was taken from inside the Government House of PEI, using my Canon TS-E 17mm tilt-shift lens.

 

This picture was taken from inside the Government House of PEI, using my Canon TS-E 17mm tilt-shift lens.

This picture was taken from outside the Government House of PEI, using my Canon TS-E 17mm tilt-shift lens.

 

Featured here is the Government House of Prince Edward Island, and the official residence of the Lieutenant Governor of PEI.   On this beautiful summer day my wife and I really enjoyed learning some eastern Canadian History, and the opportunity to capture some awesome photos of Canadian heritage at 150!   In the spirit of continuous learning, after my trip I further learned that the Prime Minister of Canada, Justin Trudeau, in September of 2017 announced the appointment of Antoinette Perry, as the next Lieutenant Governor of PEI.

As for the photography, working with a Canon TS-E 17mm tilt-shift lens can be technically challenging, but once you master the science and art of perception control there’s simply no better wide-angle lens on the market to frame wonderfully accurate and straight corners.

 

Maple Plains | Prince Edward Island

Maple Plains, Farming on Prince Edward Island

Maple Plains, Prince Edward Island

Ah, my favourite time of year…when nature rewards us with deep yellows and oranges, as a thank you no less, for our earlier long summer days of hard work in the green.

 

 

Confederation Bridge | Canada

Cape Jourimain National Wildlife Area

Confederation Bridge

 

Photographed from the New Brunswick side, near the Cape Jourimain National Wildlife Area.    The bridge itself is 12.9 km long, so even with this elevated shot I’m still only getting a small slice of the PEI, ah, I mean pie.    A simply impressive marvel of human work…totally impressive.

Rocher Percé | Gaspé Peninsula, QC

Rocher Percé, Gaspé Peninsula

Rocher Percé, Gaspé Peninsula

I’m pretty sure I could make the swim,….but to keep things warm and dry, I just pull out the trusty telephoto and snap this one a few hundred meters back.   Wonderful exercise; just wonderful!   😉

Halifax Public Gardens | Canada 150+

Enjoying a super relaxing afternoon at the Halifax Public Gardens with my wonderful wife, some warm sunshine, and a fully charged camera. 😉

Halifax Public Gardens, Canada 150

Halifax Public Gardens, Canada 150

Halifax Public Gardens, Canada 150

Halifax Public Gardens, Canada 150

Halifax Public Gardens, Canada 150

Halifax Public Gardens, Canada 150

 

Waterlily Dahlia | Halifax Public Gardens

Waterlily Dahlia, Public Gardens of Halifax

Waterlily Dahlia, Public Gardens of Halifax

The beauty of details and colours in photography…

 

Flower Power Halifax Public Gardens

Halifax Public Gardens

Halifax Public Gardens

The beauty of details and colours in photography…

Incurved Cactus Dahlia | Halifax Public Gardens

Incurved Cactus Dahlia

Incurved Cactus Dahlia, Halifax Public Gardens

The beauty of details and colours in photography…

 

Barachois-de-Malbaie, Québec | Route 132

Barachois-de-Malbaie

Barachois-de-Malbaie, Québec

Peggy’s Cove | Nova Scotia

Peggy's Cove, Nova Scotia

Peggy’s Cove, Nova Scotia

Sunset Boardwalk | Rimouski, Québec

Sunset in Rimouski, Québec

Sunset in Rimouski, Québec

Parc des Chutes | Rivière du Loup, Québec

Rivière du Loup, Québec, Parc des Chutes

Rivière du Loup, Québec, Parc des Chutes

Devon Matsalla | National Capital Region Bagpiper

Devon Matsalla, Bagpiper, National Capital Region

This past weekend I had the great pleasure of meeting, and hearing, Devon Matsalla – a bagpiper based in the National Capital Region. A bagpipe is always a great way to highlight a special moment, so if you’re looking to add the sounds of a traditional wind instrument to your event then I’d recommend giving Devon a call.

 

Long Ma, In Ottawa | La Machine

Long Ma, La Machine, taking flight through the streets of downtown Ottawa after regaining his magical wings from Kuma, and being cheered on by tens of thousands…Oh YEAH!!! This is Canada 150, #onthisday!!!

 

Long Ma in Ottawa

Long Ma in Ottawa

Long Ma in Ottawa

Kumo, In Ottawa | La Machine

On this spectacular afternoon I joined up with tens of thousands on the streets of downtown Ottawa to watch Kumo, La Machine, being chased by Long Ma

Kuma, La Machine

Long Ma, In Ottawa | La Machine

Long Ma. La Machine

Atari and Dragons…what a golden age to remember!

Kumo, In Ottawa | La Machine

Um, yeah, best leave sleeping spiders sleep, and use my telephoto lens for this one.

Kumo, La Machine,

Long Ma, In Ottawa | La Machine

Long Ma – the half-horse, half-dragon cosmic creature assigned to watch over humanity – check’n out the ByWard Market in Ottawa, Ontario.
Rumor has it the impressive beast was out-and-about look’n for the best Fish & Chips in town.

Long Ma, la machine, in Ottawa 2017

The Bluenose II Sailing past le Château Frontenac | Canada 150+

RDV2017 | Bluenose II sailing past le Château Frontenac et le vieux-Québec

On July 23, 2017, my wife and I had the great pleasure of waking up with the birds to photograph the Canadian iconic Bluenose II (a replica of the original 1921 Bluenose that was featured on a Canadian Stamp in 1928 and on the Canadian dime in 1937) sailing along the St. Lawrence River and past the equally Canadian iconic Château Frontenac (1892).

This picture was taken from atop la Terrasse du Chevalier-de-Levis, and making this photo even more special is the top left hand corner where in 2015 I kneeled down on one knee to propose to my beautiful wife and soul mate on la Terrasse Dufferin. So, yeah, I’d say this picture would be easily among one of my all time symbolic favourites.

USCGC Eagle Sailing Past le Vieux-Québec | RDV 2017

The USCGC Eagle sailing past Vieux-Québec

Class A, Barque 3, 89.7 metre, U.S. Coast Guard Cutter, built in 1936. Originally operated by Nazi Germany to train cadets for the German Navy, the ship was taken by the United States as a war prize after World War II.

The Picton Castle & Appledore V sailing past le Château Frontenac | Grande Voiliers

Les Grande Voiliers, Québec 2017

HMCS Toronto FFH 333 sailing along the St. Lawrence | Pont de Québec

HMCS Toronto sailing nearby le Pont de Québec and le Pont Pierre-Laporte

One of my all-time favourite mottos in life is: “the early bird gets the worm”, and while most normal people would safely pass on getting up at 3:00 a.m. to find early morning photography moments, on this mighty fine day I had the great pleasure of photographing the HMCS Toronto FFH 333 sailing in the St. Laurent with le Pont de Québec and le Pont Pierre-Laporte in the background – a spectacular photography angle!

The HMCS Toronto is a Halifax-class frigate that was commissioned in 1993 and its motto is “Excellence with Vigour” — something any early bird can certainly appreciate! The HMCS Toronto is a general purpose warship with a particular focus on anti-submarine capabilities, but in times of peace it’s a real beauty to photograph!

Porte Kent, 1878 | Les Lumières de Vieux Québec

Porte Kent, Québec