Project 365 – Day 198: Reflections and a nebula cloud after the rain

July 16 2012

After a fairly long dry spell, we got a short (yet heavy) storm cross over Montreal this afternoon. Since I hadn’t been out to shoot my daily image, I headed out once the rain had stopped to Old Montreal to see if I could find some nice reflections in puddles.

On my way I spotted this cloud that reminded me of the Pillars of Creation in the Eagle Nebula. I hadn’t spotted the cross at the time, but thought it added nicely to the vision I had when I took the picture. I actually now see a teddy bear breathing fire and an evil looking claw reaching for the cross – but maybe that’s due to me having stopped smoking today😉

The image is processed from 3 handheld exposures in Photomatix with some adjustments and slight cropping (removal of top of building) in Lightroom.

Nebula Cloud

Nebula Cloud
ISO 100 – 70mm – f5.3 – 1/1000 sec (-2ev/0/+2ev)

Due to the heat (still 30c+), most of the rain water on the streets had evaporated by the time I made it down to  rue Saint Paul. Thankfully I found a few puddles still gave me some opportunity to shoot reflections – here is the best of the crop:

Reflected parasols on rue Saint Paul

Reflected parasols on rue Saint Paul
ISO 100 – 52mm -f5 – 1/80 sec (-2ev/0/+2ev)

This next building reflection I’ve shot before, but I thought I would share anyway – I think the previous one was a lot better though.

Building reflection on rue Saint Paul

Building reflection on rue Saint Paul
ISO 100 – 38mm – f4.5 – 1/100sec (-2ev/0/+2ev)

Marché Bonsecours reflected on rue Saint Paul

Marché Bonsecours reflected on rue Saint Paul
ISO 100 – 48mm – f4.8 – 1/125 sec (-2ev/0/+2ev)

Marché Bonsecours reflected on rue Saint Paul

Marché Bonsecours reflected on rue Saint Paul
ISO 100 – 48mm – f9 – 1/40 sec (-2ev/0/+2ev)

Notre Dame de Bon Secours Chapel reflected on rue Saint Paul

Notre Dame de Bon Secours Chapel reflected on rue Saint Paul
ISO 100 – 22mm – f3.8 – 1/125 sec (-2ev/0/+2ev)

Notre Dame de Bon Secours Chapel reflected on rue Saint Paul

Notre Dame de Bon Secours Chapel reflected on rue Saint Paul
ISO 100 – 24mm – f3.8 – 1/125 sec (-2ev/0/+2ev)

City Hall reflected on rue Notre Dame

City Hall reflected on rue Notre Dame
ISO 100 – 35mm – f9 – 1/15 sec (-2ev/0/+2ev)

There were still some nice clouds overhead together with some great soft lighting as I passed through Place d’Armes, so took a few shots of the majestic buildings surrounding the square, including the Notre-Dame Basilica.

Notre Dame Basilica with storm clouds

Notre Dame Basilica with storm clouds
ISO 100 – 18mm – f4.5 – 1/500 sec (-2ev/0/+2ev)

Hotel Place d'Armes

Hotel Place d’Armes
ISO 100 – 34mm – f4.5 – 1/320 sec (-2ev/0/+2ev)

Hopefully it won’t be raining tomorrow night as Montreal plays host to the Greek firework team – so hope to be sharing more firework shots tomorrow.

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

Thanks for stopping by. Until next time.

– Martin

8 thoughts on “Project 365 – Day 198: Reflections and a nebula cloud after the rain

  1. Hi Martin, great creative use of the puddle reflections here, and have to say your firework shots were a great post, some fantastic shots you come away with, hope all is well overseas ?

      • Hi Martin,
        Im not quite sure about going to the Olympics, I think its going to be such a effort getting into London (its bad enought as it is!!) I am going on holiday to Devon shortly so I hope to get some great shots while im there though😉

        • I imagine London will be totally crazy, so I understand you heading down to Devon…I used to go to Cornwall every year as a kid and would love to visit again sometime – great scenery down that way and look forward to seeing your pics.

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