Photography 101: Water

For day three, we want to see your interpretation of water — how might your image reveal more about you?

After you snap your picture, rotate your camera and take a second shot from the other orientation — horizontally if you first took the picture vertically, and vice versa. If you’re aiming for an establishing shot, what orientation works better? How does a vertical shot affect your scene? Which version do you prefer? – The Daily Post

My new morning activity now is to get a photo (or two) in for this daily challenge.  Today wasn’t so hard because I usually take photos both ways to see which way gets a better effect.

Today’s story includes the morning sunny autumn day over the Old Port and the rundown old Grain Elevator No.5. In the front in the shadows is also the Bota Bota spa on water.  The vertical shot catches the spa really little in the frame.  A contrast of old and new maybe?



old montreal


I almost just took pictures of puddles.  But who can resist a calming morning walk along the Old Port boardwalk right before work?

Weekly Photo Challenge: The Golden Hour

This week’s photo challenge is The Golden Hour! Their description is this:

In photography, the “golden hour” is the first and last hour of sunlight of the day. Photographers venture out on sunrise hikes or sunset treks to capture a magical shot, due to the quality of the light during that time of day.”

The chances of me ever catching the first hour of sunlight is close to impossible since I love sitting in bed even if I wake up before the sun rises.  Another reason is that ever since I was little, my mom has injected thoughts that make me feel like I live in a horror movie and if I were to go out in those crazy hours, what happens to those morning joggers in Criminal Minds will possibly happen to me.  Well, better to be safe than sorry, right? One day, I’ll gather one or two friends and do the sunrise shots.  For now, the closest I get is capturing the 2nd to 3rd hour after sunrise when we head out to dragonboat festivals/races. Last Sunday, I did not participate but I did wake up early to catch the very first race which my team did their 2km final at 9am.

As we were driving there at 7:30am-ish, the sky had streams of light peaking through the clouds.


Now, if we talk about the sunsets.  That last hour of sunlight before it gets all dark.  Well, I’ve done that before after a hike in Hong Kong last November on Lamma Island.  It possibly had one of the best shooting experiences of my life 🙂

Lamma Island

Lamma Island on the docks preparing to get on the ferry

Lamma Island

Leaving on the Lamma Island ferry to go back to Central

Lamma Island

The Lamma Island scenery from the ferry as the sun disappears behind the mountains…

As much as my morning shot wasn’t very golden, it did have golden streaks which aren’t very apparent in my shot but it does get a bit closer to “The Golden Hour” and having  a special quality of light in those sunsets shot! 🙂

A very special Weekly Photo Challenge this week! Check it out HERE and join in if you have some shots showing The Golden Hour!

Weekly Photo Challenge: Sun

The sun!  I was so happy to see this challenge topic last Friday so that I could go out and take some nice pictures of it and enjoy some sun.  Unfortunately, I had to resort to using old photos as since then, its been everything but sunny.  We seriously had a bit of snow and a whole lot of rain and wind.  The forecast is supposedly going to be like this till the coming weekend at least, I believe.  So much for the 18C forecast for last! We even hailed a few days ago..seriously!!  Today during lunch, the sun did reappear for a little bit…about 30 mins or so.

Here’s the picture of today’s sun that I caught in the little time I had:

And here’s a few more pictures in hope that the sun will shine a bit more frequently:

Mont-Tremblant in Autumn

Magog in February

Macau in November

On the way to Granby Zoo in September