The driver


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It’s finally happened. She decided it was time to practice for her driving test.

Almost two years of cajoling to get to this stage. I thought it would never come.

Now I get to shoot from the passenger’s seat.

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Retread

Just about everything associated with cars is messy, dirty, polluting, toxic, and usually pretty ugly.

Unless the light is right.

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All shot with the Fujifilm X-T2, the superlative Fujinon XF56mmF1.2 and sprinkled with some Acros pixie dust in Capture One

Light Therapy

During the long, cold winters in Ottawa, it’s always nice to get out to the National Gallery of Canada, if anything just to take in the natural light of a crisp day without having to wear more than a t-shirt.

Many have criticized the Moshe Safdie-designed building as being too cold and severe, but I disagree: it’s flooded with natural light, both in the atria as well as the inner galleries which are lit with skylights and mirrored shafts.

Just what the doctor ordered when the days are short and the temperatures low.

Colour


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Black and White

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The Peanut in Acros

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We have this great peanut-shaped lamp in our living room; a study in minimalism, it has clean lines and gives off a nice, diffuse glow.

I’ve always wanted to shoot it, but there are only so many ways it can be shot with visual interest. Then it hit me: what about a double exposure?

These are all in-camera Acros double exposures on my X-T2, straight out of camera.

(Click on an image to see it in a lightbox)

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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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