Weekend Wanders

by Abigail Gossage February. 22, 2021 405 views

Beautiful weather this past weekend so I wandered a bit around downtown. My first stop was at Parliament Hill as I have wanted a decent shot of the West Block which is the new temporary home of the Chamber of the House of Commons.

The Centre Block is under intensive upgrading for the next 15 - 20 years and is blocked off, thus denying tourists the usual iconic shot of Parliament with the Centennial Flame.

Is this the new iconic shot for the next 20 years? The new temporary Chamber has been dropped into the inner quadrangle of the West Block. It is very cleverly designed to be lifted out when the Centre Block is completed, allowing the West Block to resume its original heritage construction.

I cannot decide if I prefer the colour to the bw - thoughts?

After Parliament Hill I wandered down Metcalfe Street past the Ottawa Public Library nestled in its cocoon of highrise buildings.

Then over to the canal...

The Corktown Bridge is festooned with padlocks - manufacturers of padlocks must love the world-wide fetish for adorning iron railings with 'love' padlocks!

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Craig Casterline 2 days, 21 hours ago

I love the blue skies of #2. They add a vibrant contrast to the grey stone.

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Berckmans Peter 3 days, 3 hours ago

Strange coming from me but I go with the color one here. There is a bit of work to do on the B&W. The facade has to be a bit lighter I feel

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Abigail Gossage Replied to Berckmans Peter 3 days, 3 hours ago

Yes, you are right.  What I need to do is to plan a walk earlier in the day when the sun is more frontal.

3 days, 3 hours ago Edited
Paul Moreau Replied to Berckmans Peter 3 days, 2 hours ago

Me too, and I'm never slow to go B&W or desaturate. The first one maybe has better light for the conversion. Nice collection :-)

3 days, 2 hours ago Edited
Jonathan Gossage 3 days, 4 hours ago

I prefer the color shot of the West Block. For me, color dominates structure in this picture, so color works better.

3 days, 4 hours ago Edited
Liz Mackenzie 3 days, 6 hours ago

I like the coloured shot of the west block. The drab building needs the blue sky, the flag is a nice flash and the decorative red stone tracing the window arches is apparent- resident geologist says it is Potsdam red sandstone and wikipedia concurs . (en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Canadian_Parliament_Buildings)

3 days, 6 hours ago Edited
Abigail Gossage Replied to Liz Mackenzie 3 days, 4 hours ago

Good to know, thank the resident geologist for me🤪🍺

3 days, 4 hours ago Edited
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