Piano-Cité on Mount-Royal

Still looking for inspiration on what to shoot, I decided yesterday to head on up Mount Royal. With the mornings feeling a little cooler these days it is evident that autumn is just around the corner. Although the odd tree is beginning to show a change of season, the mountain is still pretty green – and given the number of bites I received, even the mosquito’s are still out in force.

Something that I planned on doing was some abstract blur shots of the light in the trees – more on that another day :-).

Upon arriving at the chalet, I was pleased to see that there was a public piano at the Kondiaronk belvédère. I thought this might be related to the Piano des villes, pianos des champs event on Le Plateau, but this one is organised by the Ville-Marie borough under the name of Piano-Cité that has piano’s in 5 parks across the borough until the end of September.

Piano on the mountain

Piano on the mountain
ISO 100 – 70mm – f4.5 – 1/320 sec

Piano on the mountain

Piano on the mountain
ISO 100 – 70mm – f4.5 – 1/500 sec


I just wish I had been a bit later when the light had faded and the lamp next to the piano was turned on – that would have made for a great shot. Maybe I will try and visit before/after sunset tomorrow given that it is The Weather Channel’s Sunset Day over on Google+ and so hope to go and shoot the sunset- weather cooperating.

The location of the 5 pianos are:

  • Belvédère Kondiaronk (Mount Royal)
  • Boulevard De Maisonneuve Ouest (Corner of rue Guy)
  • Parc Serge-Garant (Beaudry metro)
  • In front of the Frontenac metro
  • In front of St. James United Church

While I was at the lookout I couldn’t leave without taking at least a couple of shots of the view across downtown…

rue de la Montagne

rue de la Montagne
ISO 100 – 145mm – f4.5 – 1/400 sec (-2ev/0/+2ev)

rue de la Montagne

rue de la Montagne
ISO 100 – 70mm – f4.5 – 1/400 sec

Downtown Montreal

Downtown Montreal
ISO 100 – 86mm – f7.1 – 1/1250 sec


On my way to the staircase, I took a shot that was pretty much the same angle as one I shot way back in January 2012

Light and Dark

Light and Dark
ISO 100 – 70mm – f7.1 – 1/80 sec

Fingers crossed for a great sunset tomorrow ! Currently the forecast looks promising, 20+ degrees, sunny with some cloud moving-in late afternoon 🙂

Thanks for stopping by. Until next time.

– Martin

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  1. By Sunset and Piano Cité under a street lamp on September 25, 2013 at 5:39 pm

    […] Royal in the hope to catch someone playing the piano located at the Kondiaronk Bélvèdere which I shot last week during the day. In that post I mentioned it would likely make a cool shot at night as the piano is […]