Tag Archives: Winter Photography

Istanbul, Turkey | Blue Mosque & Sultanahemt Park, Snowfall

Flash blizzard in Istanbul, Turkey — Blue Mosque, Sultanahemt Park

Enjoying the ultra-spectacular sights and sounds of prayers resonating from the Blue Mosque and its minarets. And making this moment extra special for me was the opportunity to enjoy it from Sultanahmet Park under a relatively heavy and rare snowfall. Wintertime is indeed picturesque! This mosque was constructed between 1606 and 1616, and is located next to the equally impressive Aya Sofya.

Winterlude 2014 | Ice Sculptures in Ottawa

Reef Secrets

Reef Secrets

Sculpted by Peruvian ice carver Anthony Schmatz and American ice carver Stephan Koch

Winter landscapes in Ottawa | Squirrel

A Squirrel hunches next to a tree on a cold winter day

A Squirrel hunches next to a snow covered tree

Winter landscapes in Ottawa | Hog’s Back Falls

Hog's Back Falls in Ottawa, Ontario | Winter Time

Hog’s Back Falls in Ottawa, Ontario | Winter Time

A lone tree perched solidly on a snow covered rock face divides two rushing currents

Winter Landscapes in Ottawa | Hog’s Back Falls

Hog's Back Falls in Ottawa, Ontario | Winter Time

Hog’s Back Falls in Ottawa, Ontario | Winter Time

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.

Ottawa Travel Photographer | Flash blizzard in Istanbul, Turkey

Flash blizzard in Istanbul, Turkey

Taking a picture outside the Rumelihisarı Muzesi (The Fortress of Rumeli) in a blizzard…LOL…next the Bosphorus

Ottawa Travel Photographer | Aircraft deicing fluid, Airbus A330

An Airbus A330 being deiced

My first time observing the wings of a plane getting de-iced….I loved the moment, but after missing three connecting flights from the delay, and experiencing the same process at three different airports in a single trip, my camera eventually stopped coming out for these moments…LOL It’s good to laugh, and to recognize the extra wait was for the better good…

Ottawa Travel Photographer | St. Petersburg, Russia

St. Petersburg, Russia

Just a walk in the park with some amazing architecture all lit up! In fact, just about every building in St. Petersburg was lit up. I can only imagine the power bill…but no self respecting photographer would ever complain about it! LOL

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 | Love in the Red Square, Moscow, Russia

Moscow, Russia – Winter Romance in the Red Square

It may have been a cold day, but this couple found a way to warm it and the Red Square up!

Ottawa Travel Photographer | Museum of the Great Patriotic War in Moscow, Russia

War Art – Museum of the Great Patriotic War

March into Red Square…

Ottawa Travel Photographer | Museum of the Great Patriotic War in Moscow, Russia

War Art – Museum of the Great Patriotic War

World War II depictions from “The Great Homeland War” between Nazi Germany and the Union of Soviet Socialist Republics.

Ottawa Travel Photographer | Museum of the Great Patriotic War in Moscow, Russia

War Art – Museum of the Great Patriotic War

World War II depictions from “The Great Homeland War” between Nazi Germany and the Union of Soviet Socialist Republics.

Ottawa Travel Photographer | Russian Orthodox Church in St. Petersburg, Russia

St. Petersburg, Russia – Russian Orthodox Church

The Naval Cathedral of Saint Nicholas and Epiphany featured with a setting sun in the winter time…

Ottawa Travel Photographer | Navel Cathedral of Saint Nicholas and Epiphany in St. Petersburg, Russia

The Naval Cathedral of Saint Nicholas and Epiphany in the Winter

The Naval Cathedral of Saint Nicholas and Epiphany — Featuring its Elizabethan baroque styles in winter glory! I spent a full hour enjoying a setting sun in this park just before attending my first Russian ballet at the nearby Mariinsky Theatre. Consecrated in 1762.

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 | Hot air balloon ride in 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 | Church of the Resurrection in St. Petersburg, Russia

St. Petersburg, Russia – Church of the Saviour on Spilled Blood, Winter

The Church of the Saviour on Spilled Blood, or, as it is more officially known, the Church of the Resurrection. Just an all-out amazing display of details and colours from every possible angle! Taken during a very cold winter night, with the lamp posts and snow making the moment extra beautiful. The city of St. Petersburg, Russia easily gains a spot in my personal “top 5 most amazing cities” that I’ve ever seen! This place packs a serious amount of cultural capital! And, as I have heard some say: it stands as the star jewel of Russia…

Ottawa Travel Photographer | St. Basil’s Cathedral in Moscow, Russia

Moscow, Russia – St. Basil’s Cathedral in the Winter, Red Square

St. Basil’s Cathedral, pictured from inside the Red Square of Moscow, Russia. This moment marked one of the most enjoyably difficult pictures I’ve ever taken of a building during the winter time! 🙂

On this mighty fine day the wind speeds were blowing briskly between 20 to 32 km/h over a “pleasant” temperature of -24 (just one degree shy of matching the all-time record low of -25 recorded for February 2nd in 1999). 🙂 Safe to say, even for a diehard, winter loving Canadian, it was cold! Actually, colder than cold! LOL Yet, I managed to find the strength to wrap my fingers around my camera before they both froze up. To add some further complexity, my eye also felt a bit confused on how to frame and expose this picture given the very beautiful and intricate diversity of colours and angles present (which by design were not always symmetrical) under a blanket of brighly reflecting snow.

I wasn’t totally sure how my photographing buildings in this area would be received by the locals, and more importantly the heavy police presence. But all told, the people I met in Moscow were super nice — with only the weather being cold. I eventually found a way to buy a permit to photograph inside and outside this and other buildings without worry, and I ultimately came home with all of my camera gear!!! This structure was built between 1555 and 1561, and featured in the bottom left is a statue of Kuzma Minin and Dmitry Pozharsky (The Butcher and Prince).