Saturday, June 12, 2010

(Day 162) The (political) hot seat of Canada

I had the opportunity today to show a couple of visitors from the Netherlands around Canada's capital. We gravitated to the seat of the federal government - Parliament Hill. Ironically they had never been inside the parliament buildings of their own country. Here are just a few of the many images made there today.

(50mm  f1.4  1/100 sec  ISO200)

hallway arches - Central Block, Parliament Buildings















(50mm  f4  1/2500 sec  ISO200)

Senate library roof overlooking the Ottawa River





















(50mm  f1.4  1/400 sec  ISO200)

interior dome of Senate library
















(18-55mm  f5.6  1/800 sec  ISO200)

Central Block, Parliament Buildings - Ottawa, Canada

24 comments:

darlin said...

So that's what it looks like inside. That's mighty kind of you to be a tour guide Rick and the bonus is that you got to capture some magnificent photos!

Scott said...

Sorry I've been so busy lately and have not had a chance to drop by. I did get caught up tonight though on what you've been doing and I'm glad I did. You're keeping up your great tradition.

Barefoot from Heaven said...

Hi there Rick, feelig sick and almost ready to go to work....zucht zucht steun kreun,...I'm just hopping over to see what you've been up to. And it looks great to me...what a stunning building. I love arches like these.
Thanks for sharing and I hope the dutch folks had fun with you as their tourguide.
Hugs D.

Katherine said...

I love buildings like this Rick...full of character & history! Architecturally amazing!
Looks like you had a lot of fun...the photos are just wonderful!

Chad said...

The first photo with the arches,and the different colors of soft light streaming in,really like it. Looks like a building full of great photos.

imac said...

Wow Rick, such beauty in these buildings.

M. Hassan said...

Now I know whom I should ask to lead me through Canada when I go for a visit.

Great photos and lovely environment!

That's one amazing piece of architecture!

S. Etole said...

You caught some pretty amazing images ...

Julia said...

Those were some great shots dad!!!

Rick said...

@darlin - it was my pleasure; now you know where your tax dollars are going! ;-)

Rick said...

@Scott - thanks for taking the time to stop by and comment Scott - always appreciated. Thanks for your positive words. I know what it's like right now to run out of hours in the day - I'm in the same boat.

Rick said...

@Barefoot from Heaven - hi Dag, nice to hear from you. Sounds like you're a bit under the weather - hope you're back to your 'chipper' self soon. Ik geloof dat de Hollanders zich best tevreden hebben gevonden. We hebben heel wat gezien.

Tot schrijfs. Fijn weekend!

Rick said...

@Katherine - thank you Katherine. Again, lots of photo ops. and I agree that these types of buildings always have a story to tell.

Hope your weekend is going well.

Rick said...

@Chad - thanks Chad - there were so many great opportunities to shoot arches - I chose this shot for that reason - the lighting.

Rick said...

@imac - thanks mac; yes, only difficulty I had was choosing just a few images to post.

Rick said...

@M. Hassan - ha ha - come over and have a look sometime - there's so much to see (but I think every country has something to offer!).

Thanks M - it is a beautiful building.

Rick said...

@S. Etole - thank you Susan!

Rick said...

@Julia - thanks Julia - have you had a tour ?

Krista said...

Rick, these are gorgeous! I love LOVE the lighting in the first shot. Simply incredible!

Rick said...

@Krista - thank you Krista; shot with my (fairly new) Sigma 50mm f1.4 - it does a great job indoors!

CarreraCaballo said...

Impressive architecture :-)

Greetz,

Joseph

Rick said...

@CarreraCaballo - thank you Joseph - and the tours are free - well, for you anyway - my tax dollars pay for it ;-)

Jeanne Klaver said...

perspectives and textures...you've got an eye for both.

Rick said...

@Jeanne Klaver - thanks Jeanne; it was such an interesting place to make photos.