Back when I visited Ottawa for the first time in several years this past September I lugged along my 4×5 camera, and while I wasn’t too pleased with every shot, I made a point when I was there this past weekend to really focus, slow down, and work with the 4×5 primarily and put the smaller formats away. The results were a much stronger set of images that I am incredibly proud of and do plan on getting these into the darkroom to print.
Details of the National War Memorial
The Connaught Building – National Headquarters
The National Gallery – as seen across Major Hill Park
Pacemaker Crown Graphic – Fuji Fujinon-W 1:5.6/125 & Schneider-Krueznack Symmar-S 1:5.6/210 – Kodak Plus-X Pan (PXP)
Kodak Microdol-X (Stock) 8:00 @ 20C
The Iron Curtain, The Red Scare, Nuclear War, Ruskies, Commies, Berlin Wall, Spies…Sounding Familiar? Even Canada was affected, so much so that our Prime Minister at the time, John Diefenbaker ordered the construction of a series of bunkers that would house the civilian government in the event of Nuclear War, they were collectively known as Diefenbunkers. Only one got completed, and in 1962 Canadian Forces Station Carp went online. The other 49 were either not finished or partially completed. When the cold war ended in 1994 with the collapse of the Soviet Union the station was decommissioned, it reopened in 1998 as a Museum and is open today for public tours to teach about Canada’s involvement in the Cold War. Pictured (sort of) is the entrance blast tunnel, the actual bunker entrance is several meters down. However the meter I selected is I think, on the way out so it’s really just the lights, but still gives a creepy look eh? The Bunker is well worth a visit if you’re in the area or passing through to and from Ottawa, check out their website: diefenbunker.ca/!
Pacemaker Crown Graphic – Schneider-Kruzenack Angulon 1:6,8/90 – Kodak Tri-X Pan (320TXP)
Meter: Gossen Pilot
1″ – f/32 – ASA-800
Kodak Xtol (1+1) 9:45 @ 20C
Parliament Hill standing tall above the rush of the Ottawa River. While many a photographer would choose to shoot this building head on from the front, it took me a bit to find a proper vantage point from my favourite angle, the one that faces the Ottawa River mostly so that you can get a glimpse of the Library of Parliament, that round conical structure. My first choice was from across the River in the park surrounding the Museum of Canadian History (Museum of Civilization), but that wasn’t it, okay well how about in the heights on Nepean Point…so I lugged the gear across the bridge, up the hill and no still wasn’t what I was looking for. Finally the little observation point just on the Ontario side of the Alexandria Point Bridge, and there it was. My camera actually ended up being a little bit of a tourist attraction with several people posing with it pretending to use it and the such. Now the Centre Block for the most part is not original! The original structure completed in 1876 (construction started in 1859) was slightly different, specifically the tower at the front. This building, save the Library, was destroyed in a fire in 1916. The new Building seen today was completed in 1919, and the Peace Tower was completed in 1927. The Library was saved by the swift actions of the librarian at the time in closing the metal doors protecting the Library. I’d also like to introduce the latest addition to my Large format kit the Schneider-Kreuznack Symmar-S 1:5.6/210! While I still have my wonderful Kodak Ektar 203mm lens this gives me a modern portrait lens with a PC sync socket to use off camera flash units.
Pacemaker Crown Graphic – Schneider-Kreuznack Symmar-S 1:5.6/210 – Kodak Tri-X Pan (320TXP)
Meter: Pentax Spotmeter V
1/4″ – f/45 – ASA-320
Kodak Xtol (1+1) 8:30 @ 20C