"Okay, so it's a building's façade. What about it?" I can see how one may react this way, but on the contrary, it was a rather challenging image to make. Where would be the fun in this if it was just a click away?
Let me show you what it looke [...]
Sometimes, a situation conspires to make things impossible for you. When this happens, a part of you starts to worry that the image you have in mind simply won't be feasible—but a challenge is also stimulating, and the most difficult images are often the [...]
There's a lot of talk about whether things should be done "in camera" or "in post-production", and photographers often find pride in the idea of nailing a shot at capture time, requiring as little post-production as possible. "We'll just fix it in Photos [...]
I was meeting a friend at a small country house, up north, for some portraits. When we arrived at the location, I realized it was a place that could have found its way in Shelby Lee Adams' work—a rather unattractive setting, to say the least. It didn [...]
I love it when portraits have a warm/cold duality in the light, but it's tricky to find a location where the lights are naturally balanced and positioned to create this look. Easier is to find (or set up) a location where a warm ambient light (a lamp [...]
Back in 2009 I made a series of head shots of some of my friends.
The first picture I made was a happy accident—the result of fooling around with lights. I immediately liked what I saw: light that made the subject look very serious and gloomy. T [...]
This is a picture I made back when I was testing out Speedlite (small, battery-powered flashes) setups outside . An easy way to get away with the power limitation of those units is to shoot in a darker environment where you don't have the full power [...]
I had been wanting to take a picture of my friend Mathieu for Movember , as he traditionally sports an impressive moustache, but the timing wasn't right. I ended up bringing my equipment to his place a few weeks later to make a tongue-in-cheek portrait o [...]
When I first learned that Canon had created a 17mm adjustable lens , I instantly knew I'd have to add it to my camera bag eventually. When I finally got a hold of it, even though I had been working with both versions of the TS-E 24mm lens for quite some [...]
One way to give an exterior portrait a moody look is to use flash—even during the day, when the sun is still out. But how much power do you actually need to beat the sun at its own game? As a proof of concept, I decided to go out with a bunch of small, ba [...]
I'm always keen in a photo outing, such as on that perfect winter day when I had a chance to go walk around the Mont-Saint-Hilaire with a group of photo enthusiasts. This was a rare opportunity, because the skies were clear, yet the temperature was very m [...]
The area surrounding the Saint-Michel Environmental Complex has a number of buildings that have proven interesting for my Monoliths project. The first structure I approached stands taller than the pack and has an odd element protruding—an element that, [...]
When I embarked on the Monoliths project, the main challenge was not technical, it was finding appropriate subjects (according to my long list of criteria ). Not only was it complicated to find monolithic buildings—facing the right angle for sunlight, wh [...]
While I was working on the original four "Old Port Monoliths", one of the images was this shot of Silo no.5:
Pressed by a time constraint, I had been forced to get the shot on rare days when the weather was "ok." You can see, in this shot, that [...]
Part of the initial four "Old Port Monoliths", the Clock Tower shot was not the easiest to capture. For one, being a tower, the structure is much taller than wide, so thought must go into the framing in order to fill the frame in an interesting manner, no [...]
Going back home, after a drive looking for interesting buildings to shoot, I noticed that large apartment building on Sherbrooke street. Frankly, had I not been on the lookout, I would never have noticed how much potential it had. It—normally—looks like j [...]
I had been taking a walk around the Old Port and, like tons before me, wanted to take a closer look at the Five Roses mill, which is located a bit farther west. The sky was not amazing that day, but I thought it worked perfectly to deliberately give [...]
The temperature was nice that March evening, so I decided to bring my camera for a walk. I had nothing specific in mind, just the hope that I'd capture some nice architectural photography, would I be inspired by what I found.
Since I happened to [...]
In late August, I had the privilege to go on top of a mythical Montreal landmark, Silo no.5. Like tons before me, I had shot that structure from the Old Port , never imagining I could one day see it from that angle.
The only issue is that we ha [...]