Project 365 – Day 187: Windows, doors, stairs and balconies on Le Plateau

July 5 2012

First off, I was very honored to have been freshly pressed today – it was nice knowing the sand sculptures got a lot more views in their limited life as a result :-) So welcome new followers to this little corner of the web and a daily visual tour of Montreal. For those who are not local, I hope you will come to love Montreal as much as I have over the last 13 years and, if you have the opportunity, come visit the taste of Europe in North America in person soon.

Today I was thinking of either catching a couple of sets down at the Jazz fest, or go watch the film U-571 which is showing at the old port on an outdoor screen. The free outdoor cinema (Horaire de Ciné-Maritime) will be showing maritime genre films (Jaws, Das Boot) each Thursday night until 23rd August – although I’ve seen them all at least once  before :-(

I ended up doing neither. Instead during a late afternoon walk around the Plateau I decided to photograph some of the colorful doors, windows, staircases and balconies along avenue Laval (my favorite street on Le Plateau) and avenue Henri Julien.

The image of the day actually was an accident. While taking a handheld 3 exposure HDR, during the final long exposure I moved the camera before the shutter closed, resulting in a misty effect and some strange diagonal flaring. I processed it nevertheless and actually quite liked the result :-)

Misty stairs on Le Plateau

Misty stairs on Le Plateau
ISO 100 – 70mm – f4.5 – 1/3 sec (-2ev/0/+2ev)

Back to the more standard (but all HDR) shots of doors, stairs, windows and balconies on Laval and Henri-Julien streets.

Doorway on Le Plateau

Doorway on Le Plateau
ISO 100 – 24mm – f5.6 – 1/25 sec (-2ev/0/+2ev)

Doorway on Le Plateau

Doorway on Le Plateau
ISO 100 – 75mm – f6.3 – 1/40 sec (-2ev/0/+2ev)

Overgrown red door

Overgrown red door
ISO 400 – 70mm – f5.6 – 1/80 sec (-2ev/0/+2ev)

White on Purple

White on Purple
ISO 100 – 18mm – f5.6 – 1/15 sec (-2ev/0/+2ev)

Door on Le Plateau

Door on Le Plateau
ISO 100 – 28mm – f5.6 – 1/25sec (-2ev/0/+2ev)

In need of some paint

In need of some paint
ISO 100 – 40mm – f5.6 – 1/10 sec (-2ev/0/+2ev)

The blue window

The blue window
ISO 100 – 24mm – f6.3 – 1/8 sec (-2ev/0/+2ev)

Green curtain

Green curtain
ISO 100 – 105mm – f6.3 – 1/50 sec (-2ev/0/+2ev)

Balcony for 2

Balcony for 2
ISO 100 – 75mm – f6.3 – 1/13 sec (-2ev/0/+2ev)

The green house

The green house
ISO 100 – 34mm – f6.3 – 1/20 sec (-2ev/0/+2ev)

The funny thing that happened. While I was out shooting a guy came over to talk to me and pulled out a post card of Le Plateau with pictures of homes and doors and wanted to know where he could find them. Luckily I had just shot one of them so could tell him exactly (for one at least). Perhaps I should consider organizing photo walks for tourists ;-)

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

Thanks for stopping by. Until next time.

Martin

16 thoughts on “Project 365 – Day 187: Windows, doors, stairs and balconies on Le Plateau

    • A legion of door whores…I will have to check that out ;- There are so many great doors in Montreal, I think I will be doing a few more posts in the future dedicated to them. Thanks for the share.

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