Category Archives: Skyline Photography
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.
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.
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!
A beautiful way to start the day…watching WestJet flights arrive and depart in front of Calgary’s picturesque skyline on a winter day.
Saskatoon’s nighttime skyline and illuminated weir from atop the Canadian Pacific Railway Bridge – it was a cold night, but getting this shot made it perfectly all right!
This picture places an emphasis on the ice formations using a High Dynamic Range (HDR) effect, which was created using a bracketed series of pictures taken simultaneously at seven different exposure levels. Featured in the background are several Federal Government of Canada buildings, including the head offices for Canada’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs, and the National Research Council of Canada.
During my last trip to Toronto I took a walk through the York Cemetery to observe and respect how the York community honoured its dead. During my walk I came across a hill, and so I decided to climb it to see what I could see from the top. At first the hill did not seem like much given my angle of accent, but when I reached the top I came across a most inspiring sight, as before my eyes were two polar contrasts far from ordinary in the everyday: in the foreground was peace, serenity and tombstones, while in the background stood just a small sliver of Canada’s largest and most populated city bustling with bumper-to-bumper action. Granted most people do not take photographs in cemeteries, which itself is far from ordinary, I thought this moment to be especially creative as a wonderful tribute to those who have left this world with a built city behind them.
Two words: WOW and POW!
Holy Smokes, Mickey and crew came through on New Year’s Eve 2013 with simply the most powerful, awe inspiring, bang, bang fireworks show that I have ever seen. Not just one, but two ultra massive firework shows lit the night sky up on December 31, 2013…and the event just totally gun boat Ottawa’s Canada Day Fireworks shows right out of the water…LOL…when I look at these photos I almost feel like crying from the electric energy and excitement flowing through the tens of thousands of people enjoying a sound and light show gone wild in the night…
The city of Istanbul, Turkey is located on both the continents of Europe and Asia. This picture shows one of two suspension bridges that span the Boğaziçi (Bosphorous Strait) to connect Europe and Asia. Named after Fatih Sultan Mehmete (an Ottoman Sultan), this picture and bridge angle was taken from the European Side (or Hisarüstü region). I crossed this bridge by Bus to visit Ankara, and while in Istanbul, the home of my friends that I stayed with literally faced the highway and very begging of the European side of this Bridge.
Night time photography with my brother aboard the Captain Matthew Flinders cruise ship on the northern shore of Lake Ontario – Go, Go, Toronto, Ontario!
Ottawa Travel Photographer | The National Gallery of Canada and the Royal Alexandra Interprovincial Bridge Skyline
Cruising aboard the Lyubov Orlova – a Russian class ship – in Canada’s high arctic waters. Equiped with Zodiacs and a stellar crew, it was a real pleasure crusising aboard this ship. Yet, for the record, my body never got use to the rocking motion of the open seas. So, if I ever set sail again I’ll be sure to bring some high powered meds to avoid sea sickness and keep my food down…LOL
Length: 100m (328 feet)
Draft: 4.65m (15 feet)
Engines: Twin diesel 3,884 kW (2640 hp each), twin propeller with bow thrusters
Cruising Speed: 12 knots
Passengers: 122 max
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