June 6th, 2016 – PVRIS Concert

PVRIS (pronounced Paris) is an American rock band from Lowell, Massachusetts formed by members Lyndsey Gunnulfsen, Alex Babinski, and Brian MacDonald. The band formed originally under the name Paris but later changed it to PVRIS in the summer of 2013 citing legal reasons. (Taken from Wikipedia.)

The Corona Theatre is one of Montreal’s premier concert venues. Located in the bustling Sud-Ouest borough, the theatre hosts events by top local and international artists. (Taken from Corona Theatre website.)

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January 14th, 2017 – Hockey Game

A beer league (North American English) or pub league (British English) is a form of sports league primarily funded by sponsorships from pubs, taverns and bars. The bars often provide funding for a team’s uniforms and equipment, and often a free drink for each player, in exchange for advertising the establishment on the uniform and usually naming rights to the team itself. Beer leagues can be of virtually any sport but are usually amateur and recreational in nature, not being tied to a larger competitive league system, and contested by adults. The consumption of alcohol is often encouraged during the contest, as the actual competition is secondary. (Taken from Wikipedia.)

Ice Hockey is played between two teams of skaters on a large flat area of ice, using a three-inch-diameter (76.2 mm) vulcanized rubber disc called a puck. This puck is often frozen before high-level games to decrease the amount of bouncing and friction on the ice. The game is played all over North America, Europe and to varying extents in many other countries around the world. It is the most popular sport in Canada, Finland, Latvia, the Czech Republic and Slovakia. Ice hockey is the national sport of Latvia and the national winter sport of Canada. Ice hockey is played at a number of levels, by all ages. (Taken from Wikipedia.)

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January 12th, 2017 – Downtown Montreal

Located in the borough of Ville-Marie, the district is situated on the southernmost slope of Mount Royal. According to the strictest definition, it is bounded by Sherbrooke Street to the north, Saint Hubert Street to the east, Guy Street to the west, and Notre-Dame Street to the south. Wider definitions may extend to Atwater Street to the west, Papineau Avenue to the east, and Avenue des Pins to the north.

The Bell Centre, used for ice hockey and other events, lies in the central/southern portion of Downtown Montreal. Place Des Arts is located in the eastern part of the city’s downtown, between Ste-Catherine and de Maisonneuve Streets, and St-Urbain and Jeanne-Mance streets, in an area now known as the Quartier Des Spectacles, the complex is home to the Montreal Symphony Orchestra, Les Grands Ballets De Montreal, and the Opera de Montreal. Percival Molson Memorial Stadium lies just to the North of Pine Avenue at the edge of Downtown Montreal. (taken from Wikipedia.)

Photo of Montreal’s lightbulbs outside the Bell Centre, taken by Sam Stewart-Leierdowntownblog

July 24th, 2016 – HDR Practice

High-dynamic-range imaging (HDRI) is a high dynamic range (HDR) technique used in imaging and photography to reproduce a greater dynamic range of luminosity than is possible with standard digital imaging or photographic techniques. The aim is to present a similar range of luminance to that experienced through the human visual system. The human eye, through adaptation of the iris and other methods, adjusts constantly to adapt to a broad range of luminance present in the environment. The brain continuously interprets this information so that a viewer can see in a wide range of light conditions.

HDR images can represent a greater range of luminance levels than can be achieved using more ‘traditional’ methods, such as many real-world scenes containing very bright, direct sunlight to extreme shade, or very faint nebulae. This is often achieved by capturing and then combining several different, narrower range, exposures of the same subject matter. Non-HDR cameras take photographs with a limited exposure range, referred to as LDR, resulting in the loss of detail in highlights or shadows. (Taken from Wikipedia.)

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Photo of Jack layton Park in Hudson, QC taken by Sam Stewart-Leierjacklaytonhdr