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a month in chilly Ottawa

Thought I'd post some pictures I took while back there in chilly, windy, snowy Ottawa.
It's a random mix. A Christmassy shot, a couple of sunny day snaps, a dog I didn't know and a handful at the cottage (in Quebec).



This image was taken at night (d'ah), hand held while leaving my mom's building. They're just lamps outside a two story duplex. I like the effect the cold/light/auto setting on the camera made.
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I ventured out one sunny cold afternoon into the backyard and found this veiny leaf w/berries parked on the snow's crusty surface.
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My sister threw a few Christmas balls and a string of garland around the dining room chandelier.
I thought it looked cool enough to shoot.
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Shot this as we were driving through down town Ottawa along Elgin Street on the way to the cottage (and into white-out conditions on the highway into Quebec!)
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At the intersection of Elgin and Rideau Street is the National War Memorial. (it's too bad that they've added some gawdy decorations since I've been gone!) I was shooting through the windshield as we headed up Elgin and kind of liked the old fashioned feel of the exposure I ended up with.
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After a white knuckle ride between racing snow plows and the total white-out conditions through Hull/Gatineau, Quebec, we passed this what seemed like an abandoned barn on the way to the cottage.
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Once we'd parked and hauled all our booze supplies into the cottage, we strolled around a tiny bit of the property and watched a neighbour's dog who looked pretty intent on burrowing his way home through the snow.
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That lump of snow is an overturned boat. The smooth expanse of snow behind is the lake the cottage faces. There is a deer track running along the water's edge.
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I would like to be sitting on this swing at dusk in the middle of August. Maybe I will...
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I'm really happy how this shot came out. It's the look back down the lane we drove up to get to the cottage. I love the light laying across the tracks we made coming in.
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These next two are sort of the same view of the lake but in different lighting conditions and at different distances. The cottage faces a lake - it has an island in the middle of it. This is the view they have.
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This is actually taken from inside the cottage through the big picture window.
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Would anyone be interested in seeing any of the Notre Dame and Beechwood cemetery photographs I took while I was in Ottawa or have you had enough?

Comments

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chicksrus
Jan. 14th, 2009 01:55 am (UTC)
I want more. Great pictures!
chootoy
Jan. 14th, 2009 11:26 pm (UTC)
Hello you. Thank you so much! It's been a while since I've felt like posting anything. Comments like this just make my day!!!
paperdollkisses
Jan. 14th, 2009 04:28 am (UTC)
More pictures please! These were all great. I especially liked the bike one and the dog one.
chootoy
Jan. 14th, 2009 11:27 pm (UTC)
Oh, thank you, thank you, thank you! That bike one was taken as we drove by it.
I was surprised it didn't just come out as one big blur.
kittehkat
Jan. 14th, 2009 06:34 am (UTC)
More, more!!! :DDD
chootoy
Jan. 14th, 2009 11:29 pm (UTC)
OMG! Thank you. :o) I think I might put up a handful of my cemetery shots tonight. (yes, I take pictures of tombstones. I don't know why, but I love them)
sometimescrazy
Jan. 14th, 2009 06:57 am (UTC)
Aww love them! I need more!! :)

chootoy
Jan. 14th, 2009 11:30 pm (UTC)
You crazy kid! Would you find a handful of snowy tombstones be interesting?
(I love shooting graveyards, don't ask, I just do)
sometimescrazy
Jan. 15th, 2009 09:19 pm (UTC)
Totally. Remember I don't get snow here very often. ;)
turps33
Jan. 14th, 2009 09:31 am (UTC)
Those are gorgeous. You have such a good eye for pictures.
chootoy
Jan. 14th, 2009 11:30 pm (UTC)
Oh, darlin'! That is so nice of you to say! Thank you so much. You've made my day.
bossymarmalade
Jan. 14th, 2009 09:48 am (UTC)
Whenever I look at your photographs I feel as though I'm seeing something secret, something almost hushed and blessed; that's triplefold here, with the soft silent snow blanketing everything. My god do you ever have talent for this -- I am so glad that your equipment lives up to your innate skill now!!

Obviously, I'd love to see more. *mwah*!
chootoy
Jan. 14th, 2009 11:33 pm (UTC)
::tackles:hugs::
I love how you interpret my images. "hushed", "blessed".
You make them even cooler than I thought they were!!

I'm going to post a handful of snowy tombstones later.

I would love to collaborate on a picture book with you.
My images + your words = WIN, don'tcha think.
onlineoffline
Jan. 14th, 2009 01:45 pm (UTC)
Those are lovely .. especially the first one of the lights, the bike, and the swing .. you have a good eye for composition.

Post more .. I always like looking at photos.
chootoy
Jan. 14th, 2009 11:37 pm (UTC)
You humble me. I was breathless when I looked at the images you've posted in your journal! You saying that I have an eye for composition means A LOT to me.
Thank you so much for your kind, kind words.

(ps, we're from the same decade)
alittleblue
Jan. 14th, 2009 04:57 pm (UTC)
Oh, these are beautiful. I would love to see more!
chootoy
Jan. 14th, 2009 11:25 pm (UTC)
Oh, thank you Blue. You're such a sweetheart!
ms_nerd
Jan. 15th, 2009 10:19 pm (UTC)
You are so good. You should look into selling these to an image bank or something. ::loves you so much::
chootoy
Jan. 16th, 2009 02:53 am (UTC)
::hugs tight!:: OMG! Thank you! Do you think someone would seriously buy my stuff, for serious? Hmmmmm, must consider this. [The 30th baby! Can't.Wait!!]
chrismm
Jan. 18th, 2009 12:55 am (UTC)
These are stunning--so gorgeous.
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