Project 365 – Day 177: A key sculpture and storm clouds over Montreal

June 25 2012

On the way downtown today, I passed through the McGill university campus. On the steps of the M.H. Wong Building is the Key sculpture by Montreal sculptor Jacek Jarnuszkiewicz. Constructed of brass, copper and stainless steel the work represents the keys to knowledge. The material chosen is quite apt given the Wong Building is home to the Departments of Chemical Engineering and Mining and Metallurgical Engineering.

Part of the Keys sculpture by Jacek Jarnuszkiewicz

Part of the Keys sculpture by Jacek Jarnuszkiewicz
ISO 100 – 16mm – f5.6 – 1/200 sec (-2ev/0/+2ev)

On the next images, you can see the design on the closest key is a reference to the homes on Le Plateau.

The Keys sculpture at the M.H. Wong Building, McGill University

The Keys sculpture at the M.H. Wong Building, McGill University
ISO 100 – 10mm – f5.6 – 1/400 sec (-2ev/0/+2ev)

The Keys sculpture at the M.H. Wong Building, McGill University

The Keys sculpture at the M.H. Wong Building, McGill University
ISO 100 – 10mm – f5.6 – 1/400 sec (-2ev/0/+2ev)

The Keys sculpture at the M.H. Wong Building, McGill University

The Keys sculpture at the M.H. Wong Building, McGill University
ISO 100 – 10mm – f5.6 – 1/250 sec (-2ev/0/+2ev)

Other works by Jarnuszkiewicz are located at Atwater Market, the Pointe-à-Calliere museum in Old Montreal and the Cartier metro station.

While still in the McGill University campus I shot the entrances of two of the wonderful old grey stone buildings on the Eastern side of the campus.

Entrance steps to the Macdonald Engineering Building

Entrance steps to the Macdonald Engineering Building
ISO 100 – 17mm – f5.6 – 1/1000 sec (-2ev/0/+2ev)

Macdonald Harrington Building entrance

Macdonald Harrington Building entrance
ISO 100 – 17mm – f5.6 – 1/800 sec (-2ev/0/2ev)

There were some great cloud formations today, so the last couple of shots were taken up near avenue du Parc and Des Pins where I tried capturing some of the clouds over downtown. Despite the stormy look in some, it didn’t actually rain – amazing considering that today was a public holiday ;-)

Storm clouds over Religieuses Hospitalières de St Joseph

Storm clouds over Religieuses Hospitalières de St Joseph
ISO 100 – 70mm – f6.3 – 1/1600 (-2ev/0/+2ev)

Storm clouds over Religieuses Hospitalières de St Joseph

Storm clouds over Religieuses Hospitalières de St Joseph
ISO 100 – 122mm – f6.3 – 1/2500 sec (-2ev/0/+2ev)

Storm clouds over downtown Montreal

Storm clouds over downtown Montreal
ISO 100 – 70mm- f6.3 – 1/2500 sec (-2ev/0/+2ev)

You will probably have noticed that the shutter speeds on many of the pictures were pretty high. The reason I went for high speed was due to bracketing and not having my tripod had to take handheld. I found that using a high shutter speed together with continuous shooting mode helped keep movement between the shots to a minimum. I was perhaps a little on the high side still though.

To view images in gallery format, simply click on one of the images below.

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Thanks for stopping by. Until next time.

Martin

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6 Comments

  1. Lucie the Happy Quilter June 26, 2012 at 1:27 am #

    As usual superb shots. I love the keys! I’m thoroughly enjoying you photos.

    • Montreal in Pictures June 26, 2012 at 8:32 pm #

      Thank you Lucie for the kind comment and for staying the course ;-)

  2. Ellis Pictures June 26, 2012 at 1:50 am #

    Great post today Martin, as mentioned above I like the key structure (both colour & B&W), great processing on the storm clouds its really brought the details out, Well done !!

    • Montreal in Pictures June 26, 2012 at 8:35 pm #

      Thanks Steve…I wasn’t sure on the cloud processing – thought I had “over-cooked” them – but glad you liked :-)
      As an aside…Looks like we both posted pics from underground today :-)

  3. smackedpentax June 28, 2012 at 2:26 am #

    fantastic pictures…I remember staying with an aunt who lived in Montreal when I lived in Canada (when I was young)…I loved the city and these bring some of it back…I enjoy your blog very much!

  4. Montreal in Pictures June 29, 2012 at 8:42 am #

    Thank you Smackedpentax…glad I can bring back some old memories. Maybe you are due a revisit ;-)