Photo(s) of the day: Instagram walks in downtown Ottawa

by DaniGirl on August 20, 2015 · 2 comments

in Photo of the Day

I have been trying to get out and walk on my lunch hour as much as possible, or, on the recent days when it has been stupidly hot, early in the morning. I keep meaning to bring my camera, but my iPhone and Instagram seem to be filling the niche. And then when I get home, I completely forget to share them on the blog, so I’m catching up.

This is my favourite. I am in love with Parks Canada right now, between the PEI National Parks discovery programs and an awesome local program I just learned about and will tell you about soon. I never get tired of watching the Parks employees hand-cranking the locks, and especially loved the shapes and clean lines of this overhead action shot.

A #ParksCanada employee cranks the locks by hand at the #Ottawa lock station. Never get tired of watching them do this! #RideauCanal #CanadianCreatives

It was the movement in the water and how it played with the reflections of the “Puzzle Palace” on the Rideau Canal that caught my attention in this shot. I may have gone a wee bit overboard with the filters. It was so hot my filter filter got fried.

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Is this not the definition of summer? Again, heavily processed, but I like that sometimes.

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I wish I had had my big girl camera with me for this. I was walking by the War Memorial on Elgin Street and happened to notice that one of the Ceremonial Guards was wearing a turban, and his army-green turban had the same insignia of the hat of the guard standing behind him. I loved what it said about being Canadian, and multicultural. I debated between moving closer so you could see him more clearly and framing the shot so you could see the entire Cenotaph, and eventually noticed the angle that included the black-eyed susans in the foreground. I was crouched down taking this shot with my iPhone when a guy with a much bigger camera and a pro lens squatted down beside me and said, as he looked through the viewfinder, “Nice choice on this composition!” I would love to see what he ended up with, but I’m pretty happy with this version.

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Here’s a bit of a zoomed-in version:


It makes me so happy being able to get out and exercise my body AND my brain. I never forget to be grateful that we live in such a photogenic city.

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1 allison August 20, 2015 at 9:09 pm

It’s great that you do this, when so many people just wander around obliviously. Also, filter filter, *snicker*. Also, I think heavily processed is cool sometimes too.

2 DaniGirl August 21, 2015 at 5:12 am

You know that if you laugh at my jokes, I’ll follow you around like a puppy and never leave you, right? 😉

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