Ice heart on Deux-Montagnes Lake. While i was coming back from a flight in the Estrie area, this wonderful heart appeared to me like a gift from heaven. The aerial photography requires quick reactions because the motion is fast. The winter’s bluish light gives the image all its nobility.
Autumn’s harvest near Quebec city. Everything about this picture seems peaceful…The shadows, the lonely tractor. Plus, the light of the fading sun is stunning. The diagonal shooting adds balance to the scene. I used a 1DS mark 2 Canon with a shutter speed of 1/500 sec.
The majestic Champlain bridge overhanging the city of Montreal in background. The morning light allows to distinguish the city’s building as the exposed side of the bridge gives depth to the image. Overflying Montreal requires a very strict planning and approvals from the aerial control. I used a 1DS mark 3 Canon with 24-70mm F 2.8 Canon lens for this photograph.
Night view of Montreal. This photograph gives a lot of charm to the city. The biggest challenge here, besides aerial control, was to avoid the blurry effect to the shooting. In the end, only 1 or 2 photos out of 10 are good, because the shutter speed is below 1/500 sec. Night aerial shooting requires to enhance the ISO (light sensibility) which causes the image’s fragmentation , commonly known as noise. Still, with a Canon professional equipment, the photo is excellent and gives a classy look to the city of Montreal.
Ice hockey in the city of Vaudreuil-Dorion. A really representative photo of Quebec with its ice fields as far as our eyes can see. The morning light gives long shadows on the snow which contribute to the photo’s relief. A shutter speed of 1/800 sec. allows to fix the moment without any blurry effect.
The St-Jean-sur-Richelieu hot-air balloon festival. The orangey light of the fading sun creates wonderful shadows on the ground. The framing of this photo captures the event’s core with, in the background, hot-air ballons preparing to take off. I used a Canon 24-70mm F 2.8 Canon lens to capture this scene.
The Château Frontenac in old Quebec city. Overflying this city requires a strict aerial control approvals. Vertical photo shooting forces us to tilt the aircraft to a 45 degree angle for a few seconds, which doesn’t leave a lot of time for the shooting. A 300mm F 2.8 Canon was used to capture this image.
Sleigh ride in the Drummondville area like we used to do in the good old time. The shadows on the snow are due to the sublime orangey light. The biggest challenge here was to avoid blurry effect because I was unintentionaly moving. The slightly diagonal framing gives relief to the image.
Beautiful icebreaker on the St-Laurent river near Trois-Rivières. The biggest challenge of winter shooting is probably the intense cold in the cockpit while the windows are opened. Batteries quickly discharge, equipment and lens might endure severe damages, therefore they need special protection. The strength of the picture resides in the framing allowing us to see the side of the boat in addition to its movement on the ice.
Loneliness in Monteregie. Only aerial photography allows us to witness such a scene. I am always pleasantly surprised when I notice that farmers bypass trees instead of cutting it for their harvest. It shows the respect embraced for any life form. Its giant shadow on the ground brings harmony and nobility to the picture.
Trois-Rivières bridge out of the fog. This unique scene presented itself to me on an autumn morning during a flight to Lower North Shore. Like I said earlier, you must always be ready to capture unique images, and here is the perfect example. We would have arrived there ten minutes after and the bridge would have been cleared from the heavy fog. The poor lighting forced me to shoot at a slow shutter speed, which involve the risk to move. Luckily my F 2.8 Canon bright lens and the execution speed of the 1DS Mark 3 Canon made the shooting possible. .
Thousands of snow geese in La Pocatière. The impressive number of birds made the strong image possible. The colour contrast between the birds and the sea adds a dramatic aspect to the photo. The shutter speed of 1/800 sec. avoids any possibility of a blurry effect.
The crater of Nouveau-Québec (Pingualuit), Nunavik. This crater , large of 4 km, was created a million years ago by a meteorite impact. We flew up to 10 000 feet above the earth (3000 meters) to be able to shoot it. At this height, it was essential to have a clear sky, otherwise the shooting wouldn’t have been possible. I used a 1DS mark 2 Canon with 35 mm. F 2.8 Canon lens.