skyline of Montréal showing the chapelle Notre-Dame-de-Bon-Secours ["Our Lady of Good Help" - Virgin Mary], which dates from 1771 and which was built over the foundations of the first stone church in Montréal. this first church, which was constructed between 1657 and 1678, marked the beginning of the oldest site in Montréal that has retained its original purpose. in the 19th century, the chapel came to be a pilgrimage site for the sailors who arrived in the Old Port of Montréal; they would make offerings to the Virgin in gratitude for her "good help" for safe sea voyages. in 1849, the chapel was given a statue of the Virgin as Star of the Sea, which was placed atop the church overlooking the harbour. emphasizing the connection of the chapel and the port, the chapel is often called the Sailors' Church.
about the shot - nothing sophisticated, I simply liked the silhouette of the statue against the beautiful sky. therefore I did not bother to further bring out the details from the shadows, it's that silhouette what matters for me in this shot.
ISO 100, 93mm focal length, spot metering and auto white balance.
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mikolaj_kawa (0) 2008-06-12 4:50
Hello Kristine! Very interesting composition. Nice lightness. Beautiful colors. Good capture. Well done!
cfreire (11741) 2008-06-12 5:35
Interesting POV and I think that was a good idea to framing the picture like this, because the silhouetts against the beautiful sky with the softness clouds behind on them presented some spiritual mood. Colors, lights and contrasts are well presented, too. Good work. Regards from Brazil, Consuelo
belido (19934) 2008-06-12 6:31
very nice architecture shot! Clever idea to emphasise the sky and its beautiful clouds formation. Fine details and light management. I would call this "ballet of the clouds above Montreal skyline" :) Great job!
PS: what about Kristaps?
aadilj (18102) 2008-06-12 6:39
The clouds seem to floatt and sweep across the skies and the silhouettes are well handled and shot. great composition
fulvio52 (8314) 2008-06-12 7:03
Wonderful skies and superb light management, Kristine. I still got to catch up with the rest of your Montreal shots, which I will soon, but it already and definitely looks like this trip was a GOOD one!
Floydian (30970) 2008-06-12 10:26
The light below is not that spectacualr, but that clouds above..WOWWW, those are the clouds i am looking for when doing landscape. I love these high layer clouds, they give wonderful contrast and a great effect in a landscape. But, as you prove here also in a cityscape...amazing, really good..!!!
Take care and give my regards to that working beast Kristaps ;-)
bracasha75 (24583) 2008-06-12 10:28
The city of Montreal is very lovely presented here but this sky is simpley beautiful
Thanks for sharing
archimatica (20325) 2008-06-12 13:56
The sky is fantastic and i really like the silhouette!
Un caro saluto
gneufeld (15890) 2008-06-12 16:07
I am impressed with the architecture of this shot, but really it is the amazing clouds in the sky that catch my attention. I like it alot and TFS. Gerald
andante (7092) 2008-06-13 18:13
Love this kind of pictures with a lot of sky, they give me a sense of peace. Those clouds are insane! can't take my eyes off of them. Great capture,
trekks (14348) 2008-06-13 19:09
You have luck to find nice weather and what better moment for a sky backdrop than this one to show your spire and architecture? This composition has a way that you show the rising level of the roof tops to the cross and place it at thirds. Good planning execution of your shot.
Wanda1 (14982) 2008-06-13 23:59
Those wispy clouds are simply stunning and really for me make the shot. Good composition with the towers on the one side of the image, and I like that each tower has its own unique piece of detailing at the top, and these stand out against the marvelous sky.
PixelTerror (0) 2008-06-14 2:40
That's very interesting clouds you have spotted here, their movement and shapes dynamizes the sky a lot. It was also a good idea to frame the top of the skyline with those religious elements to be seen, it adds extra suggestion of direct communication.
Have a nice week end and tell Kristaps he'll be more efficient if he takes a small photo break ;-)
gunbud (34066) 2008-06-14 6:56
Wow! what a special sky you have captured here it makes a brilliant canvas for the lovely Montreal skyline.
The wispy clouds against the beautiful church steeples gives this one a heavenly feel.
Philippe (11836) 2008-06-14 8:51
Hi, Kristine. What a fantastic sky. These clouds are a real delight to the eye. The church is well placed in your compositon and stands well out against the sky. Excellent light management and good colours.
Have a nice weekend,
mikeo (12129) 2008-06-14 11:59
POV and composition of your shot are really interesting but I agree that the full job is made here by these amazing clouds. They are simply great.
So another proof you always steal the best clouds to take a good shot;)
ElAprendiz (30) 2008-06-14 13:03
A beautiful view, showing the importance it has given to heaven, with clouds of that game 'capricious' occurring in the deep blue.
The church has been very well located within the composition, with a perfect frame and beautiful tones in front of the existing lighting.
Excellent, as always.
molla (7127) 2008-06-14 13:55
well composed and a nice direction in the picture where the clouds seems to move towards the ? saint, that holds up her hands like it was for resistans.
marietom (34609) 2008-06-15 0:42
Suite de la visite de Montréal. J'aime bien ces silhouettes, et ce ciel superbe, avec des nuages presque graphiques !
Bon week -end
danyy (0) 2008-06-15 14:14
beaucoup de très belles photos dans ta galerie, j'en choisis une et pourquoi pas la dernière.
Le ciel est la vrai vedette dans cette photo dans laquelle tu lui as donné une place prépondérante.
Photo très nette et parfaitement exposée.
Greg1949 (9011) 2008-06-15 16:17
Kristine, another nice shot, the sky is awesome for sure and the colors are great. I am nt sure but it might have worked better for me if we had seen the ground level; those chopped off buildings in the fg don't work so well for me. Anyway the shot is sharp and colorful and the off set church tops work well. Nice note too.
wishlist (4133) 2008-06-15 23:55
I understand your intent and I totally agree with you; it doesn't bother me at all the lack of detail in the shadow area because I'm enjoying an incredibly beautiful sky which looks almost painted; the clouds formation is what makes the difference in the compo and the compo you created around it is simply beautiful to look at. A great eye and a great job, as always.
Have a great day!
Clementi (52514) 2008-06-16 0:35
Very interesting composition.
Wonderful sky and superb light management,
albertz (2468) 2008-06-16 4:04
The cloud in its orchestral formation seems to be sympathetic with the spiritual elements in the foreground. The quality of this shot is superb, no noise at all.. impressive shot.
Wandering_Dan (3449) 2008-06-16 18:42
Hi, Kristine -
As you say, nothing sophisticated, just a nice shot of the sky. And it is. But I thought I would try a touch of cropping - more sophisticated, you see. Hope you like.
Elaine_Blath (8509) 2008-06-17 0:45
simply wonderful sky! You used it at its best, well done!
Take care, Ivana
robertosalguero (246) 2008-06-17 8:16
Es una foto muy interesante y muy bien compuesta. La silueta realmente le da un elemento muy efectivo a la vista. Ademas pienso que las nuves difusas crean un paterno muy atractivo en el cielo azul. Buenos colores y nitidez con un punto de enfoque fuerte en la virgen. Gracias.
japiey (10163) 2008-06-17 12:32
Sometimes we wonder, watching places, events, people, things, etc..
Nature adds the delight many times...
But, it's when the juxtaposition melts to ONE, the concept turns mesmerising..
Well captured moment.
Painted poem of nature and man.
ricochet (9696) 2008-06-17 16:08
Un très joli point de vue sur la skyline avec une belle mise en valeur de cette architecture servi par une excellente luminosité et ton ciel est du plus bel effet, bravo à toi j'aime beaucoup!
AiresSantos (56155) 2008-06-18 5:06
Amazing sky with nice clouds. Nice POV and details.
I also like the architecture in the context
TFS and greetings
zmey (7335) 2008-06-18 7:55
hey, really. the sky is marvellous. and how did i miss that part when i was looking at these towers? :) just playing with a sheet of paper on my monitor here. hmm. i guess, i would have gone for a vertical frame centering on the statue. but then again, i would have lost the beautiful sky expanse on the right. never mind my mumbling. i like it the way it is :)
zeca (19762) 2008-06-23 21:12
You've choosed a nice framing, well positioning the tower. Its a nice and different presentation of Bon-Secours! The sky helps a lot with its soft clouds!
Angshu (56232) 2008-06-28 22:43
How do you always manage to get such amazing cloud formations? The light must have been pretty harsh...even with polariser, the sky appears cyan rather than blue. The semi-silhouette of the statue looks good against the sky. Good work Kristine!
Waylim (25368) 2008-07-01 21:34
Under the not so pefect light situation, you manage to get the best details and texture of the buildings. Off course, the sky is the Main show here. Great POV. Big open and beautiful sky and cloud formation. Just refreshing, Thanks for taking us outdoor. The workshop version actually composistion really good but I still like to see more sky, so you got the right one up front.
npecanhuk (67544) 2008-07-15 8:29
What I mostly like in this one are the detail of the towers on the left side of the photograph and, of course, the wonderful shapes of the clouds in the bluest sky!
A pleasure to my eyes!
TFS - Congratulations!
Greetings from Brazil,
- Copyright: Kristine KL (avene) (12675)
- Genre: Places
- Medium: Color
- Date Taken: 2008-05-25
- Categories: Daily Life, Architecture
- Camera: Nikon D 200, Nikkor 18-200 3.5-5.6G IF-ED AF-S DX VR, Nikon CircPolar II 72mm
- Exposure: f/9.5, 1/125 seconds
- Photo Version: Original Version, Workshop
- Date Submitted: 2008-06-12 4:27