I ventured downtown yesterday, just so glad that the temperatures were above freezing mark for I think the first time this year. I brought along my little Fuji X-E2 and decided to try to see how quick my camera would focus on its own. So I was shooting from the hip. As I went along, my aim got a little better but in the end people just walking around in an urban setting is not one of my favourite things and I started to look for more interesting compositions. Actually there was one guy who I thought looked quite interesting as he was standing on the corner with his skates slung over his shoulders. Typical of Ottawa, it looked like he was going to skate home from work however when I asked him for his photo he declined...
What better way to start off the New Year with a day trip to the 1000 Islands... alright a 10 day sojourn in Jamaica might have been better ;) I was trying out my new Fuji 23mm 1.4 lens and I must say good photographic opportunities can be found even close to home. Here are my favourite pictures from the day. I contemplated briefly putting them in black and white but I think colour is more effective at conveying the cold which it was.
Yesterday with somewhat mild temperatures we ventured out to the Fallowfield Tree farm to get out Christmas tree. Since it was Saydee's birthday we wanted to bring her along as well. I think getting the Tree and then decorating it is my absolute favourite Christmas Tradition. Saydee wasn't too sure about it, but I loved the Clydesdale horses that pulled the wagon out to farm area. It just all seemed so Canadian: hot chocolate by the fire pit, horse drawn sleigh rides, and lumberjack looking guys :)
Once again this year the city's top bureaucrats and politicians showed up for the Hope Live gala evening in support of Fertile Future. People show up when Canadian TV personality Rick Mercer is hosting the event. Here are some of my favourite pictures of the evening some of which were published in a recent edition of Hello magazine.