It was a dark & stormy night…

Oh, Canada. Here we are, almost 6 full weeks before the official start of winter and it’s already begun anew.

Delays.

De-icing.

Despicable.

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A Sunny Saturday in Ottawa, SOOC

Every Saturday this past October has just been spectacular. I don’t know who to thank for this (or who needs paying off) but WOW. Can we have some more, please?

On this particular Saturday—October 26, 2019, to be precise—I had about an hour to kill around midday, and I can’t think of a better way to kill time than to shoot it (with my camera, of course).

If you’re not a photgraphy geek, just skip the next bit and go straight to the pictures.

Normally, I always post-process my shots in Capture One, taking the RAW files and applying a variety of presets and settings to get to the look that I want. The awesome JPG files generated by my Fuji X-T2 go unused (but not unloved), because I find that I just have more latitude working from the RAW files.

This time around, i thought I’d try working JPG only. After having come across Ritchie Roesch’s awesome Fuji X Weekly blog and his incredible collection of vintage film simulation recipes, I settled on his Kodachrome II recipe and decided to shoot everything that Saturday using only this emulation.

Here’s some of what I saw around Lowertown and the ByWard Market on that lovely Saturday. All images are Straight Out of Camera (SOOC) and have only been straightened or cropped in Capture One. If I was less cockeyed, I could have bypassed Capture One altogether.

So why do I spend all this time post-processing my images? Great question…

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Tempus Fugit

My oh my how time flies. September and October were a blur—in my mind Labour Day was just last weekend—and by all indications, November and December will zip by just as quickly.

From my perspective, September and October are arguably the absolute BEST months of the year in these parts (Ottawa, nicely sandwiched between Toronto and Montréal) and it’s a shame they’re gone. Because November and December just SUCK. Badly.


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Care to guess when each of these two shots—same place, different PoV—were taken?

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There’s a reason why it’s not called Yesvember.

I was lucky enough to get out and shoot lots of pictures during September and October; we were blessed with a particularly spectacular start to the autumn and it’s definitely been hard not to shoot. On the flip side, it’s been (for me, at least) a particularly busy time, and I’ve neglected processing and sharing some of what I was able to capture.

So, for the next few days and weeks, I’m going to be digging into my backlog (none of it is old enough to call an archive) and creating a few posts that highligh just how visually awesome this autumn has been.

In the meantime, here’s a random sampling of what things looked like around home, in Ottawa and in Montréal in October.

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À bientôt!

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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L’affaire est ketchup

Went back to Québec City for a family thing last weekend and had a few hours to kill in the St-Roch district on Sunday morning; I couldn’t help myself and snapped away like a kid in a candy store.

FYI, “l’affaire est ketchup” loosely translates as “it’s all good” or “everything’s cool” from québecois joual.

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