Wednesday, 16 December 2015

My Christmas Lights 2015

When I moved here I brought my lights with me and then figured I had lost them in the move. I bought some more lights, and put a string at the back facing the road and another string in the front. That was last year. This year I went looking for the lights I bought last year and found the lights I thought I had lost. So, Yay!

I purchased a few other items and have improved my Christmas lights display. The following pictures are my show and tell.

I purchased to packs (6) cup hooks from the Tire and that let me hang
the lights. These are the lights I thought I had lost in the move.

The dollar store had cheaper extension cords but travelling there
would have used more money in gas than what this one cost. I will
probably add a timer to this, but that can wait.

It took about five minutes to install the
cup hooks. Six cup hooks cost $2, cheap.

Last year I had one string of these lights wrapped on the railing.
This year both strings are on there. So more joy this year.

Another view of the front lights with timer.

The timer is a heavy duty outdoor jobbie. It most likely uses more
energy than the strings of lights use, but society requires the light
to be off during daylight hours, so I conform. The rubber bands are
there to keep the unit upright and keep water out of the outlets.

The lights at the back from  inside.

The lights at the back from outside. The camera has compensated. To
the eye, none of the porch or railing detail can be seen and the
contrast between the dark and the lights is greater.

Lights at the front.

Another view of the lights at the front.

Night time photography like this requires standing still and holding
the camera very steady. The shutter takes much longer to expose the
picture than it does in bright daylight.

Sunday, 4 October 2015

Rideau Carleton Raceway Horse Sculpture

At the main road entrance to Rideau Carleton Raceway on Albion Road North of Rideau Road stands a race horse sculpture. The statue has no plaque and I cannot find out when it was made or who made it. I can't categorize it as a commemoration so it won't go into my blog site on memorials in Ottawa. I like it and I'll share my photographs of it here.









Monday, 28 September 2015

Some NIght for Night Photography

Let me start with a definition of terms. In movies many night sequences are shot during the day and then modified to appear as tho
ugh shot at night. This is called, "day for night." There are two things that give it away. One is the presence of a lot of colour and the other is a pale sky. "Night for night" happens when night sequences are actually shot at night. The colours are usually muted and the sky is black.

On Monday, September 28, 2015 at about 4 p.m. The electricity went off for a second. Later at about 8:30 p.m. the electricity went off again but it didn't come back on right away. After a few minutes I went outside to see the limits of the power outage. I found crews from the Hydro company working on some wires. I went back home and got my camera. I found out later that at around 4 p.m. there had been a car accident that had taken out the pole and that otherwise the people involved were all OK.

I took the following pictures of the work at night without a flash. The exception is the second picture. I took it with a flash and then decided not to use it. Some of them are blurry. That's because at that light level the shutter speed is slow and the camera needs to be held very steady. Ideally it should be on a tripod. The pictures are in the order taken and I have not taken any out of the sequence.

I went home after all the trucks left. The power came on less than a minute after arriving home.





















Monday, 24 August 2015

Le Parc de l'Imaginaire

Le Parc de l'Imaginaire occupies a place in the west end of Aylmer in Québec where rue Principale turns northward. In this cultural park several whimsical art pieces surround a gazebo, which could serve as a band stand or stage.
































LE PARC DE L'IMGINAIRE

LE PARC CULTUREL A ÉTÉ INAUGURÉ À L'ÉTÉ 1987 PAR
CONSTANCE PROVOST, MAIRE D'AYLMER.

CONTRIBUTION À SA RÉALISATION

CONCEPTION: L'IMAGIER ET LA VILLE D'AYLMER
CONTRIBUTION D'UN TERRAIN: YVETTE ET PIERRE DEBAIN
PLAN D'ENSEMBLE: LA SOCIÉTÉ D'AMÉNAGEMENT DE L'OUTAOUAIS
L'URNE: LA COMMISSION DE LA CAPITALE NATIONALE
AMÉNAGEMENT: LA VILLE D'AYLMER
CONTRIBUTION FINANCIÈRE:
LE MINISTÈRE DES AFFAIRES MUNICIPALES
LA VILLE D'AYLMER

THE CULTURAL PARK WAS INAUGURATED IN THE SUMMER OF
1987 BY THE MAYOR OF AYLMER, CONSTANCE PROVOST.

CONTRIBUTION TOWARDS ITS ACHIEVEMENT

DESIGN: L'IMAGIER AND THE CITY OF AYLMER
LOT CONTRIBUTION: PIERRE & YVETTE DEBAIN
GENERAL PLAN: LA SOCIÉTÉ DE L'AMÉNAGEMENT DE L'OUTAOUAIS
THE FOUNTAIN: NATIONAL CAPITAL COMMISSION
PLANNING: CITY OF AYLMER
FINANCIAL CONTRIBUTION:
QUEBEC MINISTRY OF MUNICIPAL AFFAIRS
CITY OF AYLMER