Wednesday, April 27, 2011

...Montreal street scenes...

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Good Friday evening we were on our way into Montreal to meet my middle daughter and her husband for a meal at a popular little resto called "Les Trois Petits Bouchons" on rue Saint Denis.  The sun was shining but the temperatures were still cool.  Sunshine in this 'land of  ice and snow' is always a clarion call to get out and walk about.

We had no time to get out of the car and walk, so I snapped pics as my husband drove through the streets of Old Montreal heading for the popular meetings places further north on the famous rue Saint Denis.  I am not the greatest photographer (yet!) and these photos where encumbered by movement and dirt and reflections from the car windshield.  So I made poor photographs into what I hope look like paintings.  See what you think:

Textures, filters, layer mask and levels adjustments make the
most of sunlight on a brick wall.

Streetside bistros place tables right out to the curb of the street. 
People are still wearing jackets and scarves to cope with cool temps,
but will not be deterred from enjoying a few rays.

As our car rolls along St. Denis Street, I get another quick
shot of the same resto/bar.  The waiter wears only his
t-shirt, perhaps being able to warm up every few minutes
in the kitchen.

Back in Old Montreal this man sported a long black coat reaching
almost to his ankles.  I wanted to get a shot of the coat flapping
in the wake behind him, but forgot my zoom was still
on from the previous pic.  So  we get to enjoy only his
profile as he and his family take an early evening stroll.

I don't know for sure, but imagine that this boy is the son
of the man in the previous image - lagging the required
distance, for any self-respecting pre-teen (teen?), behind his parents.

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  1. They turned out beautifully!! Love the Bistro shots the best.

    Oh how I love the character and history of Montreal/Old Montreal. We had the best time there a few years back. And I so love your textured pictures. wow
    Love to you always

  3. Great pictures -- I really like the treatment. Nothing like making lemonade out of lemons!

  4. wow!! great texture! i love those photos!!!
    you're very talented!!

    have a great day!


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