Canadian Parliament Photo Sampler

Update – March 2018

Looking for political or parliamentary photographs? Consider the Canadian Parliament photo collection. It includes 200+ images of our institution in scenarios such as Canada Day, Inside, Silhouettes, Christmas, Evenings, Seasons and Night shots.

View the Canadian Parliament photo sampler for inspiration! Images start at $12 and are available for immediate download.

Thank you for visiting and have an excellent evening,

Michel – Website

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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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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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Terry Fox Anniversary

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Update – March 2017

He Was a Great Person

Canadian Parliament photos by Michel LoiselleApril 12, 1980, Terry Fox embarked on his cross Canada run on one leg called the Marathon of Hope to raise money for cancer research.

Terry Fox statue in front of the Centre Block Tower at noon.
See the Canadian Parliament collection at mostphotos.com.

Have a nice day.

Michel

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SHOWING OFF!

Canadian Parliament photos by Mchel Loiselle

Update – March 2017

Now here’s a man who wants to show his stuff in downtown Ottawa and on Parliament Hill. Every year on Canada Day, he dresses in flags and goes out walking all day and stops to pose with tourists.

I love his attitude and the obvious pride he has for our country. He agreed to pose for my collection of stock photos. I call it Captain Canada. It would make an ideal image to include in documents and reports.

Here are more proud Canadians!

Have a look at the Portfolio to see more Canada related photography. If you’re feeling patriotic, see the 200+ Canadian Parliament photo collection. Images start at $12 and are available for immediate download.

Thank you and have a great day!

Michel

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The Parliament East Block

Uptade: March 2017

A beautiful work of art

Canadian Parliament photos by Michel Loiselle

When we think of Parliament in Ottawa, the Peace Tower comes to mind. It certainly is one of the most original buildings in our capital city. The Parliamentary Precinct features many buildings. We’ll take a look at the East Block from the Canadian Parliament collection of over 250 images.

Still following the gothic revival style, the East Block has a feel all its own. It is featured above, Fall East Block seen from Major’s Hill park surrounded by autumn. Notice that part of the copper roof is still new and brown. Within 20 years or so, it will acquire the green hue that comes from chemical oxidation as seen on other parts of the roof.

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The Canadian Parliament East Block seen with an angry cloudy sky in Ottawa.

This image, I call “Angry Politics”. Notice the tower contains circular windows, and if you look hard enough, you can almost make out a face in the architecture. Check it out, 2 eyes and a mouth.

Canadian Parliament photos by Michel Loiselle

Construction on the East Block commenced by the end of 1859, at the same time as work on the Centre Block and West Block began. By the time it was completed in 1866, the building was four years behind schedule and costs had risen to $706,549, when $150,000 had originally been allocated. As the home of the office of the governor general and the offices for all the Cabinet ministers, the East Block was immediately occupied by the Viscount Monck and his prime minister, John A. Macdonald, who occupied the room at the south west corner of the second floor; the same room was also used by Lester B. Pearson when he was Secretary for External Affairs.

Canadian Parliament photos by Michel Loiselle

Here, we see the image, East Block Canada in its glory with lights and the Centennial Flame. Located on the east side of Centre Block, it houses many parliamentarians including Senators of Canada. Behind, we see the Fairmont Chateau Laurier Hotel just a walk away.

Canadian Parliament photos by Michel Loiselle

This is an original view of the East Block tower with its waving flag. It is seen from the Unicorn Gargoyle’s point of view at the entrance of Centre Block. The far building at right is the Langevin Block which is the office of the Prime Minister of Canada.

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Seen here on the East Block lawn, a statue of Sir Wilfrid Laurier, the first francophone Canadian Prime Minister (1896-1911). Joseph-Émile Brunet, a young artist from Montréal, created the bronze sculpture. He would later become one of Quebec’s foremost figure sculptors.

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Both East Block images above, show the same scene in different seasons. This can be helpful when writing season-specific articles.

Canadian Parliament photos by Michel Loiselle

Canadian Parliament photos by Michel Loiselle

I Hope you’ve enjoyed visiting the East Block. Have a look at the Canadian Parliament collection of 250+ photos. It contains all the major buildings of the Parliamentary Precinct. Images start at $12 and are available for immediate download. See the complete Portfolio at mostphotos.com.

Canadian Parliament photos by Michel Loiselle

Thank you and have an excellent evening!

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Bridges To Discover

Update – August 2019

Enjoying City Bridges

Ottawa can sure hold its own when it comes to beautiful cities. Today, we’ll take a look at some of the bridges you will encounter when visiting. The first photo, Urban Bridges is Minto bridge (2 of 3), only minutes from the Prime Minister’s residence on Sussex Drive. A walk on it during autumn is a must.

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Below, we see the Minto (bridge 1) during the winter season.

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Stock photos by Michel Loiselle Crossing the river to Gatineau resides a quaint stone arch bridge straight out of olden days. The images here are available as stock photography for your document design projects. You can see the portfolio on mostphotos.com.

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While in Gatineau, you’re also presented with the “Lady Aberdeen bridge”. Built in 1894, it takes you through to the downtown area. It was named in honour of Lady Aberdeen, the wife of then, Governor General of Canada, John Hamilton-Gordon. I am from this very area and, as children, we knew it as the green bridge; in both languages (Pont vert). Life is funny that way. This photo was taken from the belvedere in Rockliffe Park, Ottawa.

Canadian Parliament photos by Michel LoiselleBridged Parliament certainly speaks volumes featuring the Royal Alexandra Interprovincial bridge in the foreground. This specific angle is not seen anywhere else and is an example of Mr. Loiselle’s dedication to originality in his photography. You can see the Canadian Parliament collection of over 250 original photographs. Below, two other views from different perspectives.

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Stock photos by Michel Loiselle

In the heart of the city is the famous Rideau Canal — the longest skating rink in the world. One bridge in the downtown core is the beautiful Laurier Street bridge. Featuring an iron construction archway spanning the Rideau Canal and overlooking the Fairmont Chateau Laurier Hotel and the Convention Centre at dusk.

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Staying downtown, spanning the “Rideau Canal”, the Plaza bridge joins Wellington and Elgin Streets. It is neighbour to the “Fairmont Chateau Laurier Hotel”, the “Government Conference Centre” and “Parliament Hill”. Sitting atop the Plaza is the “Canadian National War Memorial”. It is walking distance to the famous Ottawa “Sparks Street Mall”.

Autumn stock photos by Michel Loiselle Taking a walk on the pathways of the Kingsmere Estate, you will come across many log bridges like this classic during the gold and orange glow of autumn.

Ottawa photos by Michel LoiselleMoving east down Rideau Street, we encounter Cummings bridge to the suburb of Vanier. It contains beautiful arches and is reminiscent of certain bridges in Central Park.

Stock photos by Michel LoiselleTurning to the Rideau Canal once again, we meet up with the Patterson Creek bridge shown here during summer. Canoeists use it all the time… it’s such a peaceful place.

Stock photos by Michel LoiselleMaking available various seasons of the same subject is a good idea as it can help your document layout be more season-specific when needed. The creek spills into the Rideau Canal making it one of the prettiest bridges on the canal. Skaters just slip underneath and enjoy the winter.

Stock photography by Michel Loiselle The Pretoria Bridge is a vertical-lift bridge in Ottawa, crossing the beautiful Rideau Canal. It was built in 1915, and is a vertical-lift bridge, meaning that the central portion of the bridge can be elevated to allow boats to pass underneath.

Photos by Michel LoiselleThe Bank Street bridge, seen here at dusk spanning the Rideau Canal, where live bands perform outdoor concerts. Strollers stand on the bridge and listen to live music while watching the canoes go by.

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Take a walk south  and you’ll come upon this beautiful structure on O’Connor Street, featuring a gorgeous Weeping Willow. It’s surrounded by parks, water and in the middle of the Glebe, one of Ottawa’s oldest and prestigious neighbourhoods.

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The O’Connor Street bridge does what it does best: welcome canoeists under it, making it a joy to paddle and appreciate the Rideau canal. Ask any canoe enthusiast the feeling of going under bridges, and you’ll hear many different tales of fun!

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Who doen’t like a red covered bridge? It’s always fun driving through a taste of history. This one, just west of Ottawa, is definitely a classic.

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When in Quebec, near Wakefield, stands this specimen including an inside view. Walking it is as much fun as driving through it. You can peer out the “windows” to see young ones swimming while older boys and girls are jumping off the top. Who hasn’t done it?

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Heading west Ottawa, to the Carleton University train station, we see the O-Train delivering students. A steel bridge strictly for rails that spans the Ottawa river. BTW! I must say, this train is certainly well designed. Bravo OC Transpo!

Another bridge I’ve had the pleasure of photographing, is the “Lagoon” structure in Boston Common Park, Downtown.

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Bridges take us places. An adventure may lie just ahead, cross it, you never know! While vacationing in Cuba, this bridge was begging to be photographed. I’m glad I did, now it’s part of the collection.

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I couldn’t resist including the gorgeous Zakim suspension bridge in Boston. Went there for the HOW design confence and took this shot. One thing that surprised me was how much the bridge shook with traffic, making it harder to stay focused.

 

As the search continues for memorable bridges, I visited the 5 Arch Stone Bridge in Pakenham, Ontario, an hour west of Ottawa. Built in 1901, it spans the Mississippi River and cost $14,500 to build. The arches are 40 feet wide and 8 feet thick. Pakenham is a quaint village, reminiscent of old days gone by. Perfect for a day trip for the whole family.

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I hope you’ve enjoyed a tour of some of our bridges and please have a look at the photo collections. Images start $12 and are available for immediate download.

Thank you for reading. Have a great day!

Michel

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OTHER POSTS BY MICHEL LOISELLE

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Winter Parliament

Update: March 2017

Parliament During White Season

Canadian Parliament photos by Michel LoiselleThere’s something to be said about this beautiful Parliament Hill of ours during the winter season. Stripped of all vibrant colors, the structure itself seems to reach out to us. This image, Evergreen Parliament framed inside the evergreens is somehow enchanting and quiet. Perhaps winter has something to do with that.

Canadian Parliament photos by Michel Loiselle

This Path to Politics image is also set in winter but because it is an evening photo the lighting says a lot more. The yellow windows inside Parliament seem to say it’s nice and cozy here.

Canadian Parliament photos by Michel LoiselleThe panoramic feel of this photo, Political Landscape, really says winter in Ottawa, Canada.

Christmas photos by Michel Loiselle

Featuring the Rideau Canal, Parliament is set in downtown Ottawa surrounded by exciting night life and eclectic restaurants.

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The Parliament Centre block at Christmas during the magic hour.

See more winter Parliament photos of the East Block below.

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7 Year Parliament Project

Update – March 2018

Capturing Parliament Hill with a creative eye

Canadian Parliament photos by Michel LoiselleI’m Michel Loiselle, Graphic Designer/Photographer from Ottawa. I’ve been capturing our Canadian Parliament digitally since 2006. The collection took 7 years to complete. (Part-time, while working at the House of Commons on the Hill). It was evident from day one that this Parliament had many faces and personalities. Because of its configuration and architecture, you get a different view whenever you change angles. Here is the view most tourists see from the main gates on Wellington Street in Ottawa. It’s a great view!

Canadian Parliament photos by Michel Loiselle

Moving north across the river to Gatineau will give you a totally different Parliament with the Library and the Royal Alexandra bridge. It’s fantastic! This photo, Bridged Parliament, taken during magic hour, also features the World Exchange Plaza with its original ball clock on the roof.

Canadian Parliament photos by Michel Loiselle

From the east side during fall, yet an entirely different view of Parliament Hill. Every angle and season offers something new. I photograph Parliament year-round and am thankful for the experience. There’s something about taking your time with a photo while listening to mellow jazz on the iPod and giving in to the beauty. The gothic architecture simply takes me away every time.

Canadian Parliament photos by Michel LoiselleAgain, we cross the river at night with a full moon to see the true spectacle that is our Canadian Parliament.

I hope you’ve enjoyed your visit on Parliament Hill, and please drop in and see the 200+ Canadian Parliament collection of images on sale at mostphotos.com. The collection includes Canada day, Christmas, Inside, Silhouettes and Seasons. Images start at $12 and are available for immediate download. All files are quality checked for color accuracy and are noise-free.

Thank you for reading and have a great day!

Michel – http://loiselleblog.com

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Conceptual Imaging

Concepting with stock photography — by Michel Loiselle

Update: March 2017

Stock photography by Michel Loiselle

The conceptual image is one that lets you interpret the scene in many ways. Someone thinks one thing while someone else’s idea is the opposite. See the process with this photo. Here we have colorful tents lined-up (to accommodate different schools visiting a water park). Someone else says it reminds them of crayon tips in the sky. Another thinks of the circus, etc. It could mean the 5 elements of your company Vision Statement. The many interpretations make it a strong candidate for conceptual imaging.

Conceptual photos by Michel Loiselle

When graphic designers need inspiration, they turn to conceptual imaging to communicate complex ideas. The Lakeside Chairs image fills that need. You may want to portray teamwork or total zen, no matter, it will communicate strongly. The key is to keep the image generic and let the viewer fill in the blanks.

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Of course this is a whole new look at duets. The mom and daughter team could be used for parties, events, office gags, etc. A conceptual photo can generate so many different feelings and ideas.

Conceptual photos by Michel Loiselle

This image, Barbed Wire Life – from the Colors collection does the same thing. An ideal candidate for editorial tie-ins like for a prison life feature article. That’s why creatives and business professionals come back to conceptual imagery for their special projects.


These golf balls are a perfect example of a conceptual image. Although it only shows coloured balls, the different one invites all kinds of concepts. You’re probably thinking of one now. Here is a caption that could work: “There’s One In Every Family”. Other scenarios could be “Standing Out In A Crowd”, “Be original”, “Star Employees Always Stand Out!”. Finding conceptual photos gets easier with practice.

Conceptual photos by Michel Loiselle

This image is powerful on its own, but when we add the cancer logo to this Boxing Gloves image, it makes it stronger. No words needed here! We don’t have to be complicated. Some photos are so visual and poweful, your mind takes milliseconds to decipher the message.

A monochrome shot of hanging boxing gloves.

 

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No matter how you look at this “flags” lineup, it’s a striking example of a conceptual image that demands attention. Here are possible scenarios that the concept can communicate.

“All Eyes On Canada” – “Canada & Friends” – “Canada Is Hosting The World” etc.

So, conceptual images need to be simple and powerful. You’ll know one when you see it. The ideal place to study photos for potential candidates, is a stock photo agency. There, you can take your time and find the right photo. You can also type “concept” in your search to get those images that have been tagged conceptual.

Conceptual photos by Michel Loiselle

Practice looking beyond the image for tie-ins to your projects

Look at images and concept them for yourself, it’s fun and gets easier with practice.

Conceptual photos by Michel Loiselle This image I call Freedom as that was my intent when shooting it and I also know that my cousin Gary can’t go swimming until the leg is off! For him, it’s the freedom to swim.

Thank you and have an excellent evening

Michel

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