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
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