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Quebec Travels – Architecture

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The other weekend Mr. Bean and I had a whirlwind trip to Quebec, where we spent a few days in Montreal, visited my sister and spent a day in Quebec City.

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I’ve always wanted to go to the old city in Quebec City as I love that style of architecture from the 1700′s with stone buildings and colourful wooden windows. Let’s just say that my inner 14-year-old was incredibly happy the entire time we wandered around.

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Architecture-4My favourite thing to do when visiting a new city or place is walk around and look at stuff. Then I get to see everything up close and I can pretend that I’m a local (plus, the exercise helps even out all the tasty food I inevitably eat. Priorities!)

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Another one of the things I wanted to see was the Plains of Abraham, where the Battle of Abraham took place in 1759 where the British defeated the French, essentially setting Canada up to be an English-speaking county. Not that I’m a nerd or anything. :)

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360° view at Dusk

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View from the Citadel

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We stayed in a really sweet hotel called the “Chateau des Tourelles“. It’s a pretty sweet setup as the hotel is a bunch of adjacent flats combined and renovated. We had one of the studio rooms, which was on the top floor (our bathroom window is the mini pseudo circular window under the gable – how cool is that?). They even had a deck on their roof, which looked over the newer parts of Quebec city. I would definitely recommend this place if you’re ever going to go to Quebec City!

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Where have you always wanted to visit?

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It’s Fall and There’s Love in the Air…

This weekend was a busy one. As I mentioned previously, last Friday I went out to the mountains with my brother and his new fiancé to take some engagement photos.

We first went out to Moraine Lake by Lake Louise, then headed to Vermilion Lakes near Banff. Many of the trees have turned to a wonderful shade of yellow, something I wanted to take advantage of.

We had beautiful weather – it was warm if way a bit too windy.  It was pretty sunny for the whole day and with the sun at such a high position in the sky, I know many photographers aren’t keen to go out shoot. Sure, some of the photos may not be as flattering as if it had been beautifully diffused light, but I’m a fan of the notion of trying to make the best of the situation and using the light available to you.

Please learn from us: it’s important to remember to have your emergency brake on when you park your standard so that your car doesn’t start rolling away when you sit on the bumper.

After the photo session, we headed back to Calgary. As I was heading out to my friend’s bachelorette party, I noticed the evening sun peaking through the trees. I seriously need to go take photos of people in the evening now as the light has been amazing recently. Any takers?

What do you think about taking photos of people in direct sunlight?

All these shots are Straight Out Of the Camera and shared at this week’s Fall themed Good to Wow: Shoot and Edit.

 

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Brother and Fiance Edits

Thank you all who left wonderfully nice comments for my brother and his new fiancé! It’s very kind of you and much appreciated.

This week with my edits, I tried to do a clean edit and something a bit different with most of the shots. After all this talk about presets, I made a few of my own. The above is one called “Pretty B&W.” It’s based on the Creamtone B&W Creative option in Lightroom.

This one is “Bean Bleach w/o Grain,” based on PSKiss-Bleach 01.

The preset on the right is “Vintage Sunshine RAW” by Frog – Photo Blog.

To see all the other edits for the Teen/Adult Portrait for this week’s Good to Wow: Shoot and Edit, check out Ashley’s blog!

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Some Exciting News!

Guess what? Our family is about to gain another member!



Yep, that’s right – my younger brother proposed to his girlfriend over the weekend! They went hiking out to the mountains and he proposed in the snow. Can I hear a collective “awwww…”?

I’m super excited for them and their future – and the fact that I get to go and take photos of them in the mountains on Friday!

What’s something exciting that’s happened to you this last week?

The Straight Out Of the Camera shots are my entries for this week’s “Teen/Adult Portrait” themed Shoot and Edit. For the rest of the SOOCs, check out Jill’s blog!

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This is My Backyard…

My Dad and I hiking on a ridge by Sunshine Meadows in the Rockies - our greater backyard!

What’s yours?

My selfie for this week’s “In your backyard” Selfie Saturday.

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