Montreal skyline from île Sainte-Hélène

After the little diversion yesterday created by Stromae’s stunt at Place des Arts, I’m back today sharing some images taken on île Sainte-Hélène Thursday morning.

There were some great cloud formations early in the morning (as you may have seen from one of the Biosphère shots). I didn’t notice at the time I took the shot below, but – if you squint hard enough – you can make out what almost looks like two tornado funnels in the centre. The wide angle lens worked well on this shot making the clouds appear as if they were originating from this area. Just a trick of the lens, as there were no tornadoes in Montreal Thursday, as far as I know anyway.

I took this shot from the lookout just below the Lèvis tower. The skyline is somewhat hidden from view by tree foliage in the summer and is a better vantage point in the winter months.

Montreal skyline from île Sainte-Hélène

Montreal skyline from île Sainte-Hélène
ISO 100 – 13mm – f10 – 1/125 sec (-2ev/0/+2ev)

I added a tilt-shift effect for the next shot to help pull out the detail of the Old Montreal district.

Montreal skyline from île Sainte-Hélène

Montreal skyline from île Sainte-Hélène
ISO 200 – 110mm – f8 – 1/400 sec

An interesting building on île Sainte-Hélène is the old Light House next to La Ronde car park (below the Stewart Museum). I shot here last winter when the weather was a lot different to Thursday.

Montreal skyline from île Sainte-Hélène

Montreal skyline from île Sainte-Hélène
ISO 200 – 10mm – f8 – 1/400 sec (-2ev/0/+2ev)

Montreal skyline from île Sainte-Hélène

Montreal skyline from île Sainte-Hélène
ISO 200 – 20mm – f10 – 1/250 sec (-2ev/0/+2ev)

The following shot is made from 2 images (shot landscape) stitched together to produce a panorama.

Montreal skyline from île Sainte-Hélène

Montreal skyline from île Sainte-Hélène
ISO 200 – 70mm – f10 – 1/1000 sec

Montreal skyline from île Sainte-Hélène

Montreal skyline from île Sainte-Hélène
ISO 200 – 116mm – f10 – 1/1000 sec

Close to the pont de la Concorde there is an outcrop of rock where birds congregate. The trees on the left hand side are on Parc de la Cité du Havre – another great spot for shooting the Montréal city skyline.

Montreal skyline from île Sainte-Hélène

Montreal skyline from île Sainte-Hélène
ISO 100 – 85mm – f3.5 – 1/1000 sec

 

Montreal-skyline-from-île-Sainte-Hélène

Montreal-skyline-from-île-Sainte-Hélène
ISO 100 – 85mm – f11 – 1/100 sec

Just below the pont de la Concorde, you can walk out quite a way over a rocky outcrop which can provide some nice points of view to shoot from.

Montreal skyline from île Sainte-Hélène

Montreal skyline from île Sainte-Hélène
ISO 100 – 10mm – f11 – 1/100 sec (-2ev/0/+2ev)

Montreal skyline from île Sainte-Hélène

Montreal skyline from île Sainte-Hélène
ISO 100 – 10mm – f11 – 1/100 sec (-2ev/0/+2ev)

A recent addition to the eastern Montreal skyline is the new CHUM (Centre hospitalier de l’Université de Montréal) building – the large grey building on the right. I cannot say I am a big fan of the design, from whichever way you view it, but looks particularly out of place from this angle.

Montreal skyline from île Sainte-Hélène

Montreal skyline from île Sainte-Hélène
ISO 100 – 110mm – f11 – 1/125 sec

A key landmark on île Sainte-Hélène is L’Homme (Man, Three Disks) by Alexander Calder that was installed in 1967 for the World Expo. The area was a lot less busy than it is each Sunday throughout the summer when it is the venue for Piknic Électronik.

 

Man, Three Disks (L'Homme) by Alexander Calder

Man, Three Disks (L’Homme) by Alexander Calder
ISO 200 – 10mm – f10 – 1/1000 sec

 

Another sculpture remaining from Expo 67 is La Ville Imaginaire by João Charters de Almeida located next to the ferry dock.

 

La Ville Imaginaire by Charters de Almeida

La Ville Imaginaire by Charters de Almeida
ISO 200 – 10mm – f10 – 1/1000 sec

La Ville Imaginaire by Charters de Almeida

La Ville Imaginaire by Charters de Almeida
ISO 200 – 10mm – f10 – 1/250 sec (-2ev/0/+2ev)

There are 9 (I believe) sculptures from Expo 67 that can be seen on île Sainte-Hélène and île Notre-Dame. I have photographed a couple more of them in the past which you can see here.

I crossed the short bridge over to île Notre-Dame to get a few additional skyline shots from beside the Gilles Villeneuve race circuit.

 

Montreal skyline from île Notre-Dame

Montreal skyline from île Notre-Dame
ISO 100 – 70mm – f13 – 1/500 sec

Farine Five Roses from île Notre-Dame

Farine Five Roses from île Notre-Dame
ISO 100 – 170mm – f10 – 1/160 sec

 

There was the G1 Tour event taking place on the circuit, although you could still access most of the track despite Audi R8′s, Lambourghini’s and Ferrari’s whizzing past. The cost of $800 for 2 laps was a bit dear for me, so I made-do with photographing a few as they sped past. The pics were nothing great, but here are a couple, more as a record of the event taking place while I was there.

G1 Tour at Gilles Villeneuve

G1 Tour at Gilles Villeneuve
ISO 100 – 125mm – f10 – 1/160 sec

G1 Tour at Gilles Villeneuve

G1 Tour at Gilles Villeneuve
ISO 100 – 20mm – f5.6 – 1/400 sec

G1 Tour at Gilles Villeneuve

G1 Tour at Gilles Villeneuve
ISO 100 – 220mm – f7.1 – 1/640 sec

I still have a few more pics from my trip across the Saint Lawrence, but they will have to wait until tomorrow.

Thanks for stopping by. Until next time.

- Martin

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