Haunted Castle

Update: March 2018

The Château Laurier Hotel – A Photo Essay

Ottawa photos by Michel LoiselleThe Château Laurier is a grand hotel with 429 guest rooms in downtown Ottawa, Canada, located near the intersection of Rideau Street and Sussex Drive and designed in the French Gothic Châteauesque style to complement the adjacent Parliament buildings.

Ottawa photos by Michel LoiselleThe Château Laurier Hotel was commissioned by Grand Trunk Railway president Charles Melville Hays, and it opened in 1912. Featuring original Tiffany stained glass windows and hand-moulded plaster decorations, Château Laurier Hotel was named after Sir Wilfrid Laurier, then Prime Minister of Canada.

This historic landmark plays host to royalty, heads of state, political figures, celebrities and members of Canada’s elite. R.B. Bennett lived in a suite during his term as Canadian prime minister, from 1930 to 1935.

Changing Hands

Ottawa photos by Michel LoiselleThe hotel was operated by Canadian National Hotels until the chain was purchased by Canadian Pacific Hotels in 1988. In 1999, it was renamed the Fairmont Château Laurier after they bought the Fairmont hotel chain.

In addition to guests, the Château Laurier served as the home of two important Ottawa institutions. From 1924 to 2004, the seventh and eight floors were dedicated to the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation’s local radio stations. Yousuf Karsh, one of the world’s most renowned portrait photographers, maintained his studio and residence at the Château Laurier for many years.

Perfect Location

Ottawa photos by Michel LoiselleThe hotel is just metres away from some of the capital’s most important landmarks including Parliament Hill, the Rideau Canal, the National Gallery of Canada, the Byward Market, the National War Memorial, the U.S. Embassy, and the Rideau Centre. Given its proximity to these buildings and the fact that it has served as a home and meeting place for many notable political figures over the years, the hotel has often been referred to as “the third chamber of Parliament”.

Ottawa photos by michel LoiselleIt was the inspiration for the “Hotel du Canada” at the Canada (Epcot) pavilion in Orlando, Florida. In 2000, the Royal Architectural Institute of Canada chose the building as one of the top 500 buildings produced in Canada during the last millennium.

Haunted Castle

Ottawa photos by Michel LoiselleThe Château Laurier Hotel is said to be haunted, with numerous guests reporting
to have seen the ghost of Charles Melville Hays and experiencing paranormal
activities. Stories of the haunting began when Charles Melville Hays died on his
return voyage on the RMS Titanic from Europe 12 days before the hotel’s opening. Stories suggest that Hays’ ghost rests within the hotel due to its significant importance to his life, and the fact that he never witnessed the grand opening.

Guests have also reported seeing the ghost of a small child, and have experienced the
feeling of “being watched” the moment they enter the hotel. Other guests have reported eerie sounds and unexplained shaking. In 1978, my wife and I stayed in the Château Laurier Hotel on our wedding night and it was incredible. I must admit that we didn’t feel a ghost presence at all; and we’re still together today.

Essay Images

Ottawa photos by Michel LoiselleThe visuals in this essay are from my collections represented here by mostphotos.com. Images start at $12 and are available for immediate download. Extended and multi-user licensing are an option. I invite you to see the photo blog and get to know the image styles.

Ottawa photos by Michel LoiselleI hope you’ve enjoyed visiting the Fairmont Château Laurier hotel. Thank you and have a great day!

Photos: Michel Loiselle
Source: Wikipedia

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Night Shots

Update – March 2018

After dinner photography.

Canadian Parliament photos by Michel Loiselle

Let’s face it, night photos are exciting and demand to be noticed. This image of the Canadian Parliament with full moon and lights certainly gets our attention. When you need drama on a cover page, consider using a night shot. It could go a long way to deliver the right message to your targeted reader.

Stock photography by Michel LoiselleTake a look a what dark images can accomplish. This small town church does not have the same impact during the day. The stark contrast between black and colored light is amplified bringing more definition to your subject.

Stock photography by Michel LoiselleRemember that night shots portray different moods and can wake up feelings in people’s minds. A night photo says, “look here now” and we always do. Also, viewing a night image always seems to be done in slow motion, as we want to get it all in and study every light pattern and beautiful colors.

Evening, Dusk, Dawn and Twilight

Stock photography by Michel LoiselleLooking here, notice that it’s not quite nighttime. The sky isn’t black yet and lights seem to be more intense against the blue sky. At dusk or magic hour, images take on an unrealistic feel and seem to say so much more.

Stock photography by Michel LoiselleThis example, taken at dusk is also a conceptual image making it that much stronger. Conceptual photos let people imagine what the visual is portraying. Photos like these are ideal for editorial content when you want to deliver drama. A visual for a prison story for example. Below, we see the Zakim bridge in Boston, also at dusk. It was inspiring to see the lights along with the blue sky. Photos like these are always pleasing and fun to take. So grab the camera, find a subject and head out an hour before sunset and watch the magic begin!

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Ottawa Stock Photos by Michel Loiselle

Dawn, the beginning of twilight is also a great time to take photos as seen here with the National Gallery of Canada and the Notre-Dame Cathedral Basilica in Ottawa. You’ll agree that it warrants a second look. Now we’ve seen night, dawn and dusk. But there’s more.

Canadian Parliament photos by Michel Loiselle

Don’t forget about black & white photography. Besides being a night image, this Canada Day shot is also very powerful as a greyscale photo. Do consider including black & whites in your reports. I invite you to see the Canadian Parliament collection for more wonderful gothic architecture photography.

The photos in this blog are part of the Portfolio offered by Michel Loiselle. Images start at $12 and are available for immediate download. You can also obtain Extended and Multi-user licenses.

Stock photography by Michel Loiselle

Thank you for visiting and have an excellent day! uh night!

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Fall Photo Collection

Update – March 2017

Appreciating Autumn

Stock photography by Michel LoiselleWelcome to the fall edition. Today, we’re looking at portraying fall in documents and reports. You will need visuals for your project, so let this post suggest a few ways to go about it. Have a look at these images for inspiration.

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Conceptual photos can help get your message across. Sometimes an image speaks to you even though it’s not what you were looking for. Fall images are all about intensity, color and light. Things that seem insignificant, now become centre stage. Take this 3-rocks image. Because the rocks spell an odd number, they now demand attention. Use conceptual photos to portray complex scenarios. Just find a connection with your project.

Canadian Parliament photos by Michel Loiselle

The Canadian Parliament image here, October Politics does two things. It satisfies the season aspect and portrays Canada in a powerful way. Below, another look at this angle, a year later and the image is still fresh and colourful.

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Stock photography by Michel LoiselleSubjects for this time of year are rich and inviting such as this one where you can almost picture a silhouette of someone walking through the tunnel.

Stock photography by Michel LoiselleWhen choosing photography, ensure that the visual tells a story. In this photo, it’s time to put away the garden; One photo, one message.

Stock photography by Michel Loiselle

The photography in this feature is from my Seasons collection. Photos start at $12 and are available for immediate download.

Stock photography by Michel LoiselleI hope you’ve enjoyed your visit. Thank you and have a great evening!

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Design and Imaging

Stock photos by Michel Loiselle

UPDATE: March 2018

Creatives are searching Stock Photo Agencies for the perfect shot. Making images for the design community is challenging. You must consider copy space, landscape and portrait orientations, rule of thirds, composition, focus, etc. We’re seeing more collaboration between the photo and design communities. Read my blog post “Designers and Photographers – Working Together” to get a feel for how images are created while keeping the designer and reader in mind.

Michel Loiselle – http://loiselleblog.com

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Political Institution

No matter the political party — We all respect the institution.

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Every Day Canadians

Update – March 2017

Photographing Canadians

Stock photos by Michel LoiselleEvery year, I visit Parliament Hill  on Canada Day. It’s simply wonderful! There are at least 100,000 people at any given moment and the free entertainment is incredible. You can see and hear musicians, buskers, circus acts, face painters, uni-cyclists, and anything else you can think of.

I photograph people who dress specifically for Canada Day on Parliament Hill and who want to show their pride and be different for a day. All of the people you see here were more than happy to pose with tourists and talk to everyone from around the world.

Got a minute? Have a look T the “People” photo collection and do visit the Portfolio for the complete collection.

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Reality is Also Art

Update – March 2017

Imagine my surprise when I saw the scaffolding at the National Gallery of Canada. What is it? An art exhibit? I had to go back and take the shot. Even the renovations are artful. Those workers look like LEGO characters. It’s great!

Ottawa Stock Photos by Michel Loiselle

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Great Hall Windows Replacement

2013 marked the 25th anniversary of the National Gallery of Canada’s building on Sussex Drive, which although still magnificent is now in need of some maintenance.

The building underwent some crucial repairs, including the replacement of all windows enclosing the Great Hall and the  reconstruction of thirteen roof assemblies within the skylight.

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The $9-million project was urgently needed maintenance. The 25-year-old building , for years had leaks in the hall’s vast interior. In fact this project has turned into a work of art after all. For now, gallery director Marc Mayer will only say that the blue tarp made to cover the project is a “surprise,” that will somehow be connected to Sakahan, the big summer exhibition of Native art from Canada and around the world.
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Here are some pre-construction images for you to enjoy! The Ottawa photos here are part of a collection starting at $5 and available for immediate download. Have a look at the Portfolio on Mostphotos.com.

Ottawa Stock Photos by Michel Loiselle Here is the National Gallery of Canada in all her glory and the Notre-Dame Cathedral on Sussex Drive. If you visit Ottawa, it’s a must and, free on Thursdays. Now that’s a great deal! Source — The National Gallery of Canada Web site, The Ottawa Citizen. Thank you for reading and have a great evening.

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Images in Color and in Stereo

Update – March 2018

Hi, I wonder what you may be thinking about the title of this blog. Images in color? Yes, but images in stereo? Okay, let me explain. First, let me back up and give you some background.

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Autumn Parliament photo by Michel Loiselle

I sell stock photos to Graphic Designers, Publishing firms, Advertising and Communications agencies and Print houses. Knowing what type of images these professionals need is always a challenge. So, I try to stay ahead of the game by providing tailored photography.

Images in Color

Canadian Parliament photos by Michel LoiselleHaving an image in color supposes that there are other types. Because these photos are architectural, they also look great in black & white. We don’t see too many monochrome images these days, so once in a while, convert some images to black & white on your Web site for an interesting effect. Someone may even notice.

Images in Stereo

Canadian Parliament photos by Michel LoiselleIt’s from a song called “En Stéréo et en couleurs” by franco-ontarian singer/songwriter Paul Demers that I’ve applied to images. What it really means is that I create 2 versions of certain scenes to give designers more choice. For example above, Political Glow and Lunar Politics, are photographed in both landscape and portrait orientations to solve any layout problems a designer might have with space on a page.

Canadian Parliament photos by Michel LoiselleThese images, Confederation Towers and Night Politics show the same scene but in both day and night flavors. This way, you can use both files in a document and get more mileage out of the look.

Canadian Parliament photos by Michel LoiselleHere, we’re dealing with similar images, Canadian Silhouette and Political silhouette, but in different colors, the designer is able to closely match the image to the project color theme. When you’re working with photography in reports and documents, you need to have all the tools at your disposal, and these images will help to accomplish this.

The photos featured in this article are from the Canadian Parliament collection of over 200 images starting at $12 and available for immediate download. The collection includes, Christmas, Seasons, The Library, Indoors and Canada Day.

Canadian Parliament photos by Michel LoiselleFinally, let’s look at working with different seasons. These photos, Library View and Inside Politics are an example of being there at the right time and the right season.

Parliament images by Michel LoiselleThe Rideau Canal photos show our Parliament during summer and winter. As you can appreciate, building a seasonal photo collection takes time, but in the end, it’s all worth it.

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Here, we’re presented with the Inuksuk, in both seasons. If someone is writing an article on Inuit practices and lifestyles, purchasing both photos makes sense as you get variety, authenticity and more interest for the story. So now, you can work with images that are tailored for your season-specific projects.

You’ve learned a new term, “In Color and in Stereo”, and nobody but us will ever know what it means. Hope you’ve enjoyed reading and discovering new photography.

P.S. Visit the Canadian Parliament photo collection – Over 250 images.

Have an excellent day.

Michel

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Our Gothic Parliament

Update – March 2017

The Canadian Parliament is a statement in Gothic Revival architecture

Canadian Parliament photos by Michel Loiselle

The political lines to follow inside Parliament are evident by the beautiful gothic revival style that is the Rotunda. The workmanship and detail make the visit worthwhile as soon as you enter.

Canadian Parliament photos by Michel Loiselle
The love of gothic architecture continues outside on Parliament Hill with stone walls, turrets and gargoyles.

Canadian Parliament photos by Michel Loiselle
These images are part of the 250+ Canadian Parliament collection by Michel Loiselle. Photos start at $12 and are available for immediate download. Images are edited for color accuracy and noise, making them ready for publishing online or in print. The intended audience includes web and print designers, advertising and communications agencies and publishing houses. The audience also includes corporate business, Parliament Hill, diplomats and creatives.

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When your project needs to portray Canada, this important collection will serve you well. See the portfolio at mostphotos.com.

Thank you and have a great day!

Michel

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Parliament For Everyone

Update – March 2017

Our Canadian Heritage… Parliament Hill

Canadian Parliament photos by Michel LoiselleIntroducing the Canadian Parliament photo collection by Michel Loiselle. There are more than 200 images of our institution in scenarios including Canada Day, Christmas, Silhouettes, Seasons, Inside, Evening and Night shots. Read my article “Canada in One Photo” to see how this gothic architecture can be used.

The collection is now available to all who wish to add canadian imagery to PowerPoint presentations, reports, documents, articles and Web sites.

Images start at $12 and are available for immediate download. Multi-seat licensing is available for direct network access from you and your work colleagues.

Visit the complete portfolio at Mostphotos.com.

Thank you and have a great evening!

Michel

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