Photo Essay #17: No B&W here

I recently had the good fortune to visit Bermuda for the first time, and couldn’t help but marvel at the strikingly simple geometry and gorgeous colours of Bermudian architecture.

They say you’re not supposed to shoot after 10 and before 4 to avoid the harsh daytime light. Consider that rule broken.

All shots from my Fujifilm X-T2 and X100F, in Velvia or Classic Chrome, with only a very few minor adjustments in Lightroom.

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People watching in Quincy Market

During a recent visit to Boston, I got some time to myself in Quincy Market when my family decided to check out the giant Sephora store there. I don’t do Sephora.

So I decided to hang out (in the shade – it was hot!) and watch the world go by. Quincy Market is an interesting 80/20 blend of tourists and Boston locals at any given time (although I’m pretty sure it was 90/10 when I was there). A historic place, to be certain, but one that has been coopted by the forces of rampant commercialism that seems to have taken over the world in the last several years.

It was a glorious, sunny day, with all sorts of great light bouncing around from the nearby modern office towers and the plate-glass of the Sephora and other stores.


Smile, honey! - This is going to be AWESOME! Look at that light! What a perfect day...
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Smile, honey!

This is going to be AWESOME! Look at that light! What a perfect day…


Waitasec... - Who's that guy in the background? Why is he in our shot? Dammit!
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Waitasec…

Who’s that guy in the background? Why is he in our shot? Dammit!


Smile, honey! - We got this one.
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Smile, honey!

We got this one.

Now of course, not everyone was taking selfies… some were posing for their beau.


Yeah, there's a smartphone in those meathooks somewhere.Yeah, there's a smartphone in those meathooks somewhere.

Yeah, there’s a smartphone in those meathooks somewhere.


The lovely couple.The lovely couple.

The lovely couple.


Seems a little young to be worrying about his 10,000 steps.Seems a little young to be worrying about his 10,000 steps.

Seems a little young to be worrying about his 10,000 steps.


Some people pull "it" off better than others.Some people pull "it" off better than others.

Some people pull “it” off better than others.

Photo essay #16: Seeing Red in Boston

It’s been almost a week since we got back from vacation, and I’ve only just gotten around to culling and processing the far too many shots I took. A few days in Boston followed by a 7-day cruise to Bermuda and back.

Our time in Boston was blessed with sunny, warm days and great light with no haze.

Not a huge believer in traditional holiday snaps of all the touristy sites, I opted to do a little street shooting instead. Tremont Street, Quincy Market, Boston Common and the North End. Click to enlarge.

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A natural capital

As soon as you leave the ceremonial areas of Ottawa (think: Parliament Hill, the Supreme Court etc.) and get away from the other obvious touristy areas (ByWard Market, The Canadian Museum of *.*, etc.) it’s VERY easy to forget you’re in the national capital of a G7 country.

Ottawa is easily one of the most modest capital cities you’ll ever come across, and it’s one that’s very much in touch with nature and outdoor living. We are the second-coldest capital city in the world, which means when summer comes, we enjoy it. We do everything we can to extract the most out of summer, and depending where you look, it can be easy to forget you’re smack in the center of a city!

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