Project 365 – Day 130: Montreal in miniature, skyline and a shy raccoon

May 9 2012

On my way home this afternoon I noticed storm clouds building to the north, so decided to head up Mount Royal in the hope that a thunderstorm would provide some good photo ops. By the time I got to the lookout the storm clouds had vanished into thin air. Still, having made the trek, I shot some HDR skyline images and a few shots for some tilt-shift experimentation.

First the tilt-shift results. With Photoshop 6 having a tilt-shift feature in the filter options, the biggest problem I find with tilt-shift is actually finding good view points to shoot from. For the following shots, I found an open area on the escarpment path that winds round from the voie Camillien Houde lookout.

Montreal in miniature

Montreal in miniature

Tilt-shift experiment

Tilt-shift experiment

Molson Stadium in miniature

Molson Stadium in miniature

For the HDR landscape/skyline shots, I decided to process in black and white.

View of Montreal East from Mount Royal

View of Montreal East from Mount Royal

View of Montreal East from Mount Royal

View of Montreal East from Mount Royal

The Big O from Mount Royal

The Big O from Mount Royal

View of Montreal East from Mount Royal

View of Montreal East from Mount Royal

View of Montreal East from Mount Royal

View of Montreal East from Mount Royal

Here’s a color version as a reference to show the tree foliage is now pretty much out. The warm few days last weekend and Monday, followed by yesterday’s rain made the mountain turn from brown to green in a matter of just a few days…Next year I should think of doing a time-lapse😉

Montreal East color version

Montreal East color version

Along the escarpment path I came across these flowers growing in abundance. As I have pointed out in a previous post, my flora knowledge isn’t that good and I have no idea what flowers these are, so feel free anyone with green fingers to post the name in the comments.

Flowers on Mount Royal

Flowers on Mount Royal

Flowers on Mount Royal

Flowers on Mount Royal

I spotted this shy little guy looking out of his house. Unfortunately he was a tad camera shy and didn’t want to come out any further…but now I know where he lives, I will be keeping an eye out for him when in the area to try and get a better shot. There’s supposedly a large population of Raccoons on the mountain, but this was the first I saw close up.

A shy Raccoon

A shy Raccoon

To view images in gallery format, simply click on one of the images below.

Thanks for stopping by. Until next time.

– Martin

4 thoughts on “Project 365 – Day 130: Montreal in miniature, skyline and a shy raccoon

  1. superb! those clouds! racoon, the miniatures!!
    and strange how nature seems more prominent in the black and white skyline.

    as you say, green seems to pop up-kinda out of nowhere after the rain
    after all our anticipation march and april.
    your vision is gold!

    • Thanks Steve. I was hoping for stormier clouds, but happy I made the trip up the mountain in the end…the raccoon was a bonus, but he wouldn’t stick his head out despite my polite asking😉

  2. Great set of shots Martin, I do love the Tilt – Shift effect myself, as you may have seen a few of my recent posts, always a challenge to get a good vantage point though!!

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