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Winnipeg from on high

Today is the last “official” day of my vacation. I still have the weekend, but on Monday it’s back to the grind. To say I’m languishing in laziness would not be an understatement. So for today’s image I took the easy route. I went to the 10,000 miles well and pulled up another favorite shot from the Fall 2010 trip.

Winnipeg from on high

Though we were only there for a short time, we really liked the Winnipeg vibe. Oh, and the yellow train engine you see is the front end of Via Rail’s “Canadian.” An hour after this shot was taken we were back on board heading towards Vancouver.

Canon G11 catching the view from on high.

Quebec City mix

It’s Friday and I’m beat, so anything goes…. Here’s a shot I took during our 10,000 Mile trip of a mixed modern/old view of Quebec City. The structure with the aged copper roof is the Service Canada which is just across the street from the Gare du Palais (a VERY nice train station where we whiled away quite a few hours).

Quebec City color

There’s very little processing on the image, though I did crop a bit to tighten the frame.

Canon G11 overlooking a fave North American city.

Adventure with the Golden Boy

Happy New Year!

On our way back west during the Canadian train trip we had a several hour layover in Winnipeg, Manitoba. Winnipeg is a lovely city and the Manitoba Legislative Building is a must see if you’re ever there. Perched atop the structure is the Golden Boy. Unfortunately, the G11 zoom doesn’t have the reach to get up close and personal with the impressive statue, so I had to settle for jaunty shots of the edifice. I like this one.

Administrative building in Winnipeg

It has the look of an HDR image, but this is a single shot straight out of the camera with black and white tweaking done in Nik Silver Efex Pro.

Canon G11 admiring the form.

Solar blast

More holiday Nik Silver Efex Pro play. I took this shot during the brief stop in Portland, Oregon on the last leg of the 10,000 mile train trip. Obviously, the sun rays bursting out from behind the clouds caught my eye. The original camera image was decent considering the highly contrasting elements, but I prefer the effect of flipping it to black and white, letting the foreground elements drop out, and boosting the dynamic range of the sky.

Petaluma Bridge

Canon G11 overlooking a Portland skyline.

B&W grooving on a rainy day

It’s a very rainy Christmas day here in the SF Bay Area–meaning no outdoor photo opportunities. So it’s back to the 10,000 mile collection. Here’s two I think work well in black and white (à la my new Nik Silver Efex Pro Photoshop plugin):

This was the Saskatoon station in the early morning on our way east. Like I said before, not all Canadian train stations are palatial.

Saskatoon train station in the morning

And a couple of thousand miles up the tracks, this is different view from our first room at the Hotel Belley in Quebec City (it was obviously rainy, but I was looking out from our cozy, dry hotel room).

Scene from our window at Hotel Belley

Canon G11 exhibiting the memory of an elephant.