100 Strangers Project: Stranger 4/100 – Bob

Stranger 4/100 – Bob

Bob, following a Western Grebe on the far side of the Ottawa River.

Bob, following a Western Grebe on the far side of the Ottawa River.

I was out by the Ottawa River near home again on a morning walk, photographing the fall colour. I turned a corner on the shoreline and there was Bob and his bird scope on a tripod. For several days he and some birder colleagues had been tracking the movements of a Western Grebe which was visiting our part of the Ottawa River to feed before continuing its migration. My 70-300mm lens was at home but it wouldn’t have helped – the Western Grebe was about 100 metres from the opposite shoreline of the river. Bob allowed me to look through his scope and I was just able to make it out. However Bob told me that about eight of his colleagues were upstream on the Quebec shore waiting and hoping to get a closer look as it passed by along its preferred feeding route.

We talked for about 15 minutes, periodically scouting the nearby trees for other birds of interest. Bob clarified that he is not so much a bird watcher, but rather a bird lister. Somewhat analagous to the train spotters in the United Kingdom who collect engine numbers, Bob collects a list of birds that he’s seen. Bob is a retired federal government employee who worked in IT with Old Age Security Data. He now dedicates much of his retirement time to birding and compiles reports from local birders and summarizes them in a regular contribution to the Ontbirds archive.

This picture is #4 in my 100 Strangers Project. Find out more about the project and see pictures taken by other photographers at the 100 Strangers Flickr Group page.

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Aerial Views of the Ottawa Skyline from Lebreton Flats

Six images from my recent kite aerial photography session at Lebreton flats are new to my Getty Images portfolio:

Aerial Views of the Ottawa Skyline from Lebreton Flats

These aerial pictures were taken from a camera rig suspended below a kite (Kite Aerial Photography – KAP).

Aerial view of the city of Ottawa skyline and Gatineau on the left. - Kite Aerial Photography

Aerial view of the city of Ottawa skyline and Gatineau on the left. - Kite Aerial Photography

Aerial photograph of the O Train station at the Bayview Transitway Station. Looking down Scott Street on the left and the bus transitway on the right. Tom Brown Arena is at the top left. - Kite Aerial Photography

Aerial photograph of the O Train station at the Bayview Transitway Station. Looking down Scott Street on the left and the bus transitway on the right. Tom Brown Arena is at the top left. - Kite Aerial Photography

Aerial photograph of the City Centre building near Lebreton Flats. - Kite Aerial Photography

Aerial photograph of the City Centre building near Lebreton Flats. - Kite Aerial Photography

Aerial photograph of Gatineau skyline, Chaudiere Falls and the Canadian War Museum.  - Kite Aerial Photography

Aerial photograph of Gatineau skyline, Chaudiere Falls and the Canadian War Museum. - Kite Aerial Photography

Aerial view of the city of Ottawa skyline and Gatineau on the left. - Kite Aerial Photography

Aerial view of the city of Ottawa skyline and Gatineau on the left. - Kite Aerial Photography

Aerial view of the city of Ottawa skyline and Gatineau on the left. - Kite Aerial Photography

Aerial view of the city of Ottawa skyline and Gatineau on the left. - Kite Aerial Photography

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Ottawa River Parkway Looking West towards Westboro Beach – Kite Aerial Photography (KAP)

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Ottawa River Parkway Looking West towards Westboro Beach.

This picture was taken from a camera rig suspended below a kite (Kite Aerial Photography – KAP).

Ottawa River Parkway Looking West towards Westboro Beach, Ottawa, Ontario, Canada.

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KAP 2011-16 – Lebreton Flats at Bayview Transitway Station – October 30, 2011

This session was planned to take advantage of the late afternoon light shining on the Ottawa Skyline. The view is always great when driving along the Ottawa River Parkway towards the city over the rise at the level of Lemieux Island and the Bayview Transitway Station. So I made the goal of this outing to make low-level aerial images of the nicely lit skyline with the Ottawa River Parkway providing lead-in lines. The wind was great for the FLED with fully remote rig. I took advantage of the location to also take shots of the Bayview Transitway Station, Lemieux Island and the old Prince of Wales Railroad Bridge, and the transitway in two directions: leading into the city and also leading away from the city alongside Scott Street (but shooting more or less into the sun).

These images were taken from a camera suspended below a kite line, a method known as kite aerial photography or KAP for short.

Aerial view of the city of Ottawa skyline and Gatineau (Hull) on the left.

Aerial view of the city of Ottawa skyline and Gatineau (Hull) on the left.

Aerial view of the transitway (left) leading into the Ottawa city skyline. Albert Street/Wellington Street on the right.

Aerial view of the transitway (left) leading into the Ottawa city skyline. Albert Street/Wellington Street on the right.

Aerial photograph of the O Train station at the Bayview Transitway Station. Looking down Scott Street on the left and the bus transitway on the right. Tom Brown Arena is at the top left.

Aerial photograph of the O Train station at the Bayview Transitway Station. Looking down Scott Street on the left and the bus transitway on the right. Tom Brown Arena is at the top left.

Aerial photograph of the City Centre building near Lebreton Flats. Bayview Transitway Station in the foreground.

Aerial photograph of the City Centre building near Lebreton Flats. Bayview Transitway Station in the foreground.

Aerial view of Lemieux Island and the Prince of Wales Railroad Bridge and me.

Aerial view of Lemieux Island and the Prince of Wales Railroad Bridge and me.

You can see additional pictures in the Kite Aerial Photography Gallery – Lebreton Flats at Bayview Transitway Station – October 30, 2011.

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KAP 2011-15 – Ottawa River Parkway at Westboro – October 29, 2011

I launched this session in the Westboro area of the Ottawa River, where Churchill Avenue almost touches the Ottawa River Parkway. I then walked along the shoreline as far as possible eastwards towards the Champlain Bridge. I could have gone closer if I was prepared to get my feet wet to get past a tree with the kite line. This was a relatively low-wind session where I used my autokap rig suspended below my FLED kite. Autokap stands for Automatic Kite Aerial Photography whereby a light weight camera rig is used with the capability to automatically shoot pictures at 8-10 second intervals after turning about 10 degrees between shots. The angle of the shot has to be set before launching. Therefore in this situation I do not have the benefit that I would normally have with my heavier fully remote-controlled rig where I can control pan and tilt and firing. I also do not get a video downlink to see if I have good composition or whether in fact I have even hit the target.

My goal with this session was to pick up some of the late autumn colours and to get a different angle on the Champlain Bridge to my previous attempts.

These low-level aerial images were taken from a camera suspended below a kite line (Kite Aerial Photography – KAP).

Ottawa River Looking East Towards Champlain Bridge.

Ottawa River Looking East Towards Champlain Bridge.

Ottawa River Parkway Looking West towards Westboro Beach.

Ottawa River Parkway Looking West towards Westboro Beach.

Semi-wild shoreline and habitat along the Ottawa River. Includes kite flying photographer and kite line.

Semi-wild shoreline and habitat along the Ottawa River. Includes kite flying photographer and kite line.

You can see additional pictures in the Kite Aerial Photography Gallery – Ottawa River Parkway at Westboro – October 29, 2011.

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Downtown Ottawa, Ottawa River Parkway – Kite Aerial Photography (KAP)

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The approach to Ottawa from the Ottawa River Parkway which runs into Wellington Street. The Portage Bridge is out of the picture on the left hand side.

This picture was taken from a camera rig suspended below a kite (Kite Aerial Photography – KAP).

Downtown Ottawa - Kite Aerial Photography (KAP)

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Cross Country Skiing on a Frosty Day in Ottawa – Postcard

Here’s my new postcard design of a woman in red jacket cross country skiing. Trees with hoarfrost in the background. This photo was taken in Ottawa, Ontario, Canada along the Ottawa River Parkway.

The postcard is offered for sale in my Zazzle store. Click on the postcard to go straight to page.

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