Category Archives: Skyline Photography

Peggy’s Cove | Nova Scotia

Peggy's Cove, Nova Scotia

Peggy’s Cove, Nova Scotia

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!

Beauport | Ville de Québec

Beauport, Québec

Calgary Skyline | From the Calgary International Airport

A beautiful way to start the day…watching WestJet flights arrive and depart in front of Calgary’s picturesque skyline on a winter day.

Calgary Skyline from the Calgary International Airport

Saskatoon Skyline & Weir

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!

Saskatoon Skyline

Nunavut Coastline | Great Canadian Views

Nunavut Coastline

Nunavut Coastline

Sunrise over the Davis Strait…

Winter Landscapes in Ottawa | The Rideau Falls

Winter landscapes in Ottawa | The Rideau Falls

Winter landscapes in Ottawa | The Rideau Falls

A winter picture of the Rideau Falls from that vantage point of Green Island in Ottawa, Ontario. This “big picture” was taken under the presence of a two o’clock sun with my tilt-shift lens. The “frostbite weather” outside was hovering around minus 23 degrees Celsius, but “it felt like” minus 34 degrees Celsius with the wind blowing a brisk 17 km/h – ah, my warm love for extreme photography at its best!

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.

York Cemetery | Toronto, Ontario Skyline

York Cemetery and Toronto Skyscrapers

York Cemetery before a Toronto Skyline of Skyscrapers

Everyday creativity, as so eloquently noted by Dewitt Jones – an Academy Award nominated director and long-time National Graphic photographer – can be found by making the ordinary extraordinary.

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.

CN Tower | Toronto Skyline

The CN Tower, From Bathurst and Front Street West

The CN Tower, along with some rail lines and residential buildings, featured under a “blue jay” coloured sky!

New Year’s Eve 2013 | Fireworks over Cinderella Castle, Magic Kingdom Park

New Year’s Eve 2013, Fireworks show over Cinderella’s Castle, Magic Kingdom Park

New Year’s Eve 2013, Fireworks show over Cinderella’s Castle, Magic Kingdom Park

New Year’s Eve 2013, Fireworks show over Cinderella’s Castle, Magic Kingdom Park

New Year’s Eve 2013, Fireworks show over Cinderella’s Castle, Magic Kingdom Park

New Year’s Eve 2013, Fireworks show over Cinderella’s Castle, Magic Kingdom Park

New Year’s Eve 2013, Fireworks show over Cinderella’s Castle, Magic Kingdom Park

New Year’s Eve 2013, Fireworks show over Cinderella’s Castle, Magic Kingdom Park


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…

Ottawa Travel Photographer | A hot air balloon and the sun rises over Göreme, Turkey

Hot air balloon silhouette, Göreme, Turkey

Early one morning I decided to run a few clicks and climb some fairy chimneys to watch the sun rise over Göreme, Turkey. To my great surprise both the sun and a hot air balloon rose before my eyes, which altogether was a really nice moment to experience and perform one of my favorite photography effects – silhouette photography.

Ottawa Travel Photographer | Hot air balloon ride over Göreme, Turkey

Hot air balloon ride, Göreme, Turkey

Celebrating my birthday with an early morning hot air balloon ride – my very first one – over the snowcapped landscape and fairy chimneys of Göreme, Turkey

Ottawa Travel Photographer | Hot air balloon ride over Göreme, Turkey

Hot air balloon ride, Göreme, Turkey

Celebrating my birthday with an early morning hot air balloon ride – my very first one – over the snowcapped landscape and fairy chimneys of Göreme, Turkey

Ottawa Travel Photographer | Skyline from the Citadel in Ankara, Turkey

Ankara, Turkey – Skyline from the Citadel

A very small sliver of Ankara’s skyline from atop the Ankara Citadel.

Ottawa Travel Photographer | The Bridge that Connects Europe and Asia in Istanbul, Turkey

Istanbul, Turkey – Fatih Sultan Mehmete Bridge

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.

Ottawa Travel Photographer | Skyline from Cerro Santa Lucia Hill in Santiago, Chile

Santiago, Chili – Skyline from the Cerro Santa Lucia Hill top

This picture was taken in 2008 from the beautiful Cerro Santa Lucia Hill top, with the Andes (and some smog…LOL) featured in the background.

Ottawa Travel Photographer | Lighthouse off the coastline of Colonia, Uruguay

Colonia, Uruguay

This picture was taken in 2008 on my way to Uruguay from Argentina by boat.

Ottawa Travel Photographer | Skyline from Mount Royal of Montreal, Québec

Montreal, Québec – Skyline

Ottawa Travel Photographer | Harbourfront Skyline of Toronto, Ontario

Toronto, Ontario Harbourfront – Skyline

Beautiful downtown Toronto, Ontario, at night from the shore of Lake Ontario…

Ottawa Travel Photographer | Harbourfront Skyline of Toronto, Ontario

Toronto, Ontario Harbourfront – Skyline


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

The National Gallery of Canada – Ottawa, Ontario, Skyline

Cruising through a Fjord with the Lyubov Orlova | Arctic Canada Photography

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Arctic Canada, A Fjord from the Bow side of the Lyubov Orlova

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Arctic Canada, A Fjord from the Stern side of the Lyubov Orlova

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

Official Specs:
Built: 1976
Renovated: 2006
Length: 100m (328 feet)
Draft: 4.65m (15 feet)
Beam: 16.22m
Engines: Twin diesel 3,884 kW (2640 hp each), twin propeller with bow thrusters
Cruising Speed: 12 knots
Tonnage: 4,251
Passengers: 122 max
Crew: 63