Tag Archives: black and white photography

Photos from Cuba

During our trip to Cuba, which you can read more about here, I did not set time aside to take photographs! I was completely in vacation mode. If we had gone to Havana then I would have for sure. Here are just a few shots of the market which was beside the resort.


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Initially this building reminded me of the church from the movie Vertigo. However, since watching the movie last week I would have to disagree with myself now. Regardless, the building is beautiful and now I regret not spending more time taking closer shots. Next time…

Ottawa in the Fall

Love the way these oak leaves have fallen on these steps. I took this photograph with my very patient friend on a walk in Ottawa. I must have taken about 20 photographs of leaves on stairs! When I think of fall I think in these colours. The way the leaves are free to land where they please warms my soul as fall is my favourite season for this reason! (Really did not mean to rhyme there).


I also have this one in black & white to highlight the textures and shadowing.

Happy Fall!

Fall in Toronto

In 2009 I was still a firm believer that black & white photography was the only elegant or stunning form of photography. I do not believe this to be the case anymore. However, the result is that these photos were taken in black & white and I do not have any files in colour. At this point in my photography journey it saddens me a little that I can’t look back on the colour that was present at the time of taking these photos. Although, I continue to take pride in the pictures that follow. I took these in the Beaches of Toronto.

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On our way to visit the Cabot Trail we spent a day in Chéticamp; and we were very glad we did! Once we were settled into our room at Laurie’s Motor Inn (a great place to stay!) we headed to Seaside Whale and Nature Cruises.

I wish I had brought my camera on our whale watching tour. I would have liked to get images of the landscapes of Cape Breton Island since taking photos of whales are impossible–especially if we only see one! That being said I would still highly recommend the tour! Even despite the fact that our tour guide read from pages he had printed off the internet as well as a fact books about whales he purchased a years ago– we still quite enjoyed ourselves. I wish I could remember his name because our tour guide was awesome and we remember him fondly when we reminisce about our trip. He wasn’t trying to be funny, but all things considered he is something to talk about!

Like I mentioned, our tour guide tried to tell us all about whales since we were on a whale watching tour. However, you could tell he did not know a lot about whales as he read from the sheets he printed from the internet. When we would see (or thought we had seen) a whale he would quickly tell us the species even though I think a true expert would have difficulty with this. We did appreciate his effort. After seeing only one whale he needed something to fill in the rest of our 3 hour tour. This is when he began to talk about the town of Chéticamp– something he really did have great knowledge about! He tried to get us to buy waterfront property which he said goes for under $100 000. That night my husband and I started planning our retirement, thinking about purchasing a property in Chéticamp and found out that the tour guide was right on the mark! Our tour guide also talked about when we do take the Cabot Trail we should be sure to walk the Skyline hiking trail. He was right! It was an absolutely beautiful hike and we actually saw a moose up close! In addition, the tour guide recommended great restaurants for dinner. On his recommendation we went to Le Gabriel Restaurant & Lounge where we had an excellent lobster dinner and enjoyed live local music! Our whale watching tour guide also recommended we visit the local church before leaving town; Saint Pierre. Since he was right about so many things we decided to go on his recommendation. More of that to come in the next post. The whole tour was unprofessional yet great at the same time! Instead of using the speaker to talk to us as a group, the guide went around to each set of individuals and repeated the same speech (a total of 7 or so times) each time he wanted to discuss a new topic. The captain also allowed  the children on the tour to steer the ship– and you could tell they were actually steering! If we had to do our trip over, we would still go with Seaside Whale and Nature Cruises.

Now for the photos I did take it Chéticamp:


A Typical Morning in Chéticamp

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Chéticamp use to be one of the centres of the fishing industry. These photos show what is left or how things are now.

I had to take this one as it carries my namesake:


More Peggy’s

As I mentioned in my last post, I made my husband stand around while I took many photos of the same thing in Peggy’s Cove. Here are some more shots I would like to share:

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More lobster traps of course! As well as lighthouse views in B&W:

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I liked the way the net was draped over the side of this boat. In colour the net is green, but I find it accents the boat much nicer in B&W:

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That’s it for my views of Peggy’s Cove. Next stop, Chéticamp!

Peggy’s Cove

Like many travelers in Nova Scotia, we made sure to stop in Peggy’s Cove. It is a very homey village where I will be sure to visit again!

We parked our car at the Traveler’s Centre and walked into the town. As we made our way along the side of the road I couldn’t help but stop and take pictures of everything! Here is where I have to admit I have a great husband who continues to support me even though he does not share my love of photography. I should clarify here that he loves my photographs, but doesn’t enjoy standing around while I spend 10 minutes taking 30 pictures of the same thing! Here is one example:


After my obsession with lobster traps we continued to make our way toward the famous lighthouse; stopping to take more pictures. . .



. . . and visiting shops along the way.

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I fancy this one in B&W and in colour!

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We finally made it to Peggy’s Point Lighthouse:

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When we go back to Nova Scotia (in the far distant future) I would like to spend a few days just in Peggy’s Cove so that I can take more photographs at different points of the day therefore trying different lighting and angles. In these shots I am trying to avoid the other hundreds of people who are also enjoying this sight with me.

Before we left for the day we made sure to stop by Dee Dee’s Ice Cream Shop. We could smell the scent of freshly made waffle cones from the street! I enjoyed some maple walnut ice cream which reminds me of my late opa. My husband had a local berry flavour. Both were delicious! It was nice to sit on a nearby bench and enjoy our ice cream amongst the beautiful scenery.

Peggy’s Cove is a must-see for any traveler! I look forward to sharing more pictures in my next post!