Project 365 – Day 187: Windows, doors, stairs and balconies on Le Plateau

July 5 2012

First off, I was very honored to have been freshly pressed today – it was nice knowing the sand sculptures got a lot more views in their limited life as a result :-) So welcome new followers to this little corner of the web and a daily visual tour of Montreal. For those who are not local, I hope you will come to love Montreal as much as I have over the last 13 years and, if you have the opportunity, come visit the taste of Europe in North America in person soon.

Today I was thinking of either catching a couple of sets down at the Jazz fest, or go watch the film U-571 which is showing at the old port on an outdoor screen. The free outdoor cinema (Horaire de Ciné-Maritime) will be showing maritime genre films (Jaws, Das Boot) each Thursday night until 23rd August – although I’ve seen them all at least once  before :-(

I ended up doing neither. Instead during a late afternoon walk around the Plateau I decided to photograph some of the colorful doors, windows, staircases and balconies along avenue Laval (my favorite street on Le Plateau) and avenue Henri Julien.

The image of the day actually was an accident. While taking a handheld 3 exposure HDR, during the final long exposure I moved the camera before the shutter closed, resulting in a misty effect and some strange diagonal flaring. I processed it nevertheless and actually quite liked the result :-)

Misty stairs on Le Plateau

Misty stairs on Le Plateau
ISO 100 – 70mm – f4.5 – 1/3 sec (-2ev/0/+2ev)

Back to the more standard (but all HDR) shots of doors, stairs, windows and balconies on Laval and Henri-Julien streets.

Doorway on Le Plateau

Doorway on Le Plateau
ISO 100 – 24mm – f5.6 – 1/25 sec (-2ev/0/+2ev)

Doorway on Le Plateau

Doorway on Le Plateau
ISO 100 – 75mm – f6.3 – 1/40 sec (-2ev/0/+2ev)

Overgrown red door

Overgrown red door
ISO 400 – 70mm – f5.6 – 1/80 sec (-2ev/0/+2ev)

White on Purple

White on Purple
ISO 100 – 18mm – f5.6 – 1/15 sec (-2ev/0/+2ev)

Door on Le Plateau

Door on Le Plateau
ISO 100 – 28mm – f5.6 – 1/25sec (-2ev/0/+2ev)

In need of some paint

In need of some paint
ISO 100 – 40mm – f5.6 – 1/10 sec (-2ev/0/+2ev)

The blue window

The blue window
ISO 100 – 24mm – f6.3 – 1/8 sec (-2ev/0/+2ev)

Green curtain

Green curtain
ISO 100 – 105mm – f6.3 – 1/50 sec (-2ev/0/+2ev)

Balcony for 2

Balcony for 2
ISO 100 – 75mm – f6.3 – 1/13 sec (-2ev/0/+2ev)

The green house

The green house
ISO 100 – 34mm – f6.3 – 1/20 sec (-2ev/0/+2ev)

The funny thing that happened. While I was out shooting a guy came over to talk to me and pulled out a post card of Le Plateau with pictures of homes and doors and wanted to know where he could find them. Luckily I had just shot one of them so could tell him exactly (for one at least). Perhaps I should consider organizing photo walks for tourists ;-)

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Thanks for stopping by. Until next time.

Martin

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16 Comments

  1. joiedevivre74 July 5, 2012 at 11:55 pm #

    Gorgeous!

  2. Lucie the Happy Quilter July 6, 2012 at 12:12 am #

    I love the overgrown red door. Seeing Montreal thru your camera lense is really great. I’ve now seen things I didn’t know existed. Thank you.

    • Montreal in Pictures July 6, 2012 at 9:10 am #

      Thanks Lucie…I want to revisit the red door as when processing I noticed the nice door knob and dripping black paint and want to get a close-up shot. Hope to find lots more hidden gems ;-)

  3. adrianpym July 6, 2012 at 7:03 am #

    Reblogged this on The Legion of Door Whores and commented:
    Some great Montreal Doors

    • Montreal in Pictures July 6, 2012 at 9:15 am #

      A legion of door whores…I will have to check that out ;- There are so many great doors in Montreal, I think I will be doing a few more posts in the future dedicated to them. Thanks for the share.

  4. alessandro ciapanna July 6, 2012 at 8:23 am #

    great, cheerful set – love it :)

    • Montreal in Pictures July 6, 2012 at 9:18 am #

      Thank you Alessandro…It was a little overcast today, but seeing all these colorful doors brightened up my day :-)

  5. Lynne Ayers July 6, 2012 at 9:54 am #

    Reblogged this on The Legion of Door Whores and commented:
    This is my home city and these are fabulous shots – had to share.

    • Montreal in Pictures July 7, 2012 at 12:09 am #

      Thank you for the share…I really need to get over and check out these door whores, sounds like I may fit in ;-)

  6. Lynne Ayers July 6, 2012 at 9:57 am #

    …. except now I see Adrian got to it first – like I said, great doors!

  7. graciamc July 6, 2012 at 1:41 pm #

    I love doors. Thanks!

    • Montreal in Pictures July 7, 2012 at 12:10 am #

      I really must take more door shots ;-) Thanks for stopping by.

  8. Aateka Shashank July 6, 2012 at 3:23 pm #

    i’ll be in Montreal this August and that photo tour sounds nice! =P

    • Montreal in Pictures July 7, 2012 at 12:11 am #

      Well let me know if you need some ideas on where to go, what to see :-) I’m sure you will love it here !!