Nighttime On The Hill

Update: March 2018

Welcome to “Nighttime On The Hill. A look at our institutional architecture bathed in warm colorful light. It’s a fact, night images say look here, and we always do. Enjoy!

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This image is called Political Glow and it sure gets our attention. You should know that night images get more attention every time. I’ve gathered some after dinner images of the buildings on Parliament Hill.

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The Peace Tower during the Canada Day Fireworks celebrations on July 1st.


The West Block of Canada in front of the Peace Tower, on Wellington Street


The Centre Block and the Library of Parliament, after hours


The Confederation Building towers during magic hour


The Canadian Parliament Centre Block during the festive season


During magic hour, the Justice building, on the corner of Wellintgon and Kent Streets


View of Gatineau from Parliament Hill fence


A silhouette of the Peace Tower, the Library of Parliament and the East Block at sunset


The Parliament Centre and East blocks bathed in warm red sunset and blue Christmas lights


Canadian Police and Peace Officers’ Memorial behind Parliament


Overlooking the Centre Block from Major’s Hill park during sunset


The Parliament Centre Block during the Mosaika sound and light show


An Inuksuk overlooks Parliament Hill at sunset

I hope you’ve enjoyed this after-dinner look at our stunning institution that is Parliament.

See the 250 Parliament photo collection for more nighttime images.

Michel Loiselle – loiselle2@bell.net – 819-246-4103

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Knowing our Parliamentary Precinct

Update: March 2017

Parliament Hill

Today, I’m taking you on a visit of the main buildings that make up the Canadian Parliamentary Precinct. They’re based on gothic architecture and have so much to offer and interesting information to read along the way. We’ll see the Library of Parliament, the Confederation building, the East Block, the West Block, the Centre Block and Langevin Block.

The Confederation Building

Canadian Parliament photos by Michel Loiselle
The Confederation building corner of Wellington and Bank streets. Its interior was renovated in the 1970s to mark a shift from accommodating departmental staff to housing a number of government Ministers and Members of Parliament with their staff. Read the Confederation Building article to know more.

The East Block

Angry East Block
The East block, sits on the East side of the Centre Block and mainly houses Parliamentarians and Senators. Find out about this very interesting building in downtown Ottawa just above the Rideau Canal.

The interesting part of this structure is that it looks different from the front and the back.

The Library of Parliament

The Library
The Library of Parliament, also part of the Parliament Precinct, houses all the important documents needed for MPs to do their jobs. It is wonderful with originality and pride. It’s an amazing building set in the High Victorian Gothic Revival style by Thomas Fuller and Chilion Jones. It opened in 1876. Directing a staff of 300, Sonia L’Heureux was appointed Parliamentary Librarian on June 22, 2012. Read the photo essay on this incredible structure. The Library of Parliament was the only building left standing after the fire of 1916 destroyed most of the Centre Block, because an employee remembered to close the iron doors of the Library before leaving on February 3.

The West Block

Canadian Parliament photos by Michel LoiselleThe West Block of Canada. Sitting just West of Centre block.  It houses Ministers, Members of Parliament, their staff, committee rooms, and an important ceremonial space. It is presently being renovated. In 2019, it will be the temporary space for the House of Commons Chamber when the Centre Block closes for renovations.

The Langevin Block

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The Langevin Block, corner of Elgin and Wellington streets spanning to Metcalfe street, and takes a whole block in front of Parliament Hill. This building is mainly used for the Prime Minister’s Office (PMO) business. It was the first federal government building to go up after Centre, East and West blocks on Wellington Street.

The Centre Block

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The Centre Block, what most people relate to when thinking of the Canadian Parliament with its 4-sided clock is recognized worldwide and is the number one tourist attraction in Ottawa year-round. It stands proud every day with its gargoyles at the entrance representing England and Scotland. There are tours specifically for schools to help our children better understand the architecture and legislative side of this incredible architectural wonder. Let’s not forget the history that goes behind the Parliament Centre block with all its Prime Ministers, Ministers, Members of Parliament and of course the Pages working to help Members accomplish their daily tasks. Here, we’ll take you on a seasonal tour of the Canadian Parliament Centre Block. Enjoy!

I hope you’ve enjoyed visiting the Parliamentary precinct and all its buildings. The images from these blog articles are from the Canadian Parliament photo collection. A 200+ collection of our Parliament buildings in scenarios such as Canada Day, inside, evenings, silhouettes, gargoyles, night, seasons, Christmas and much more. Have a look at the collection and I’m sure you’ll find something for your next project. Images start at $5 and are available for immediate download.

Thank you for visiting and have an excellent day!

Michel – Website

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OTHER POSTS BY MICHEL LOISELLE

Knowing our Parliamentary PrecinctTulips on Parliament Hill The West Block of Canada 7 Year Parliament Project – Politically Speaking Canada in One Photo –  Design and ImagingHaunted CastleNight ShotsHey That’s My ImageMy Canadian Pride Is ShowingCanada Day on Parliament HillImages in Color and in Stereo5 Reasons to Use PhotosGargoyles on Parliament Hill Christmas on Parliament Hill — Live Music is Always Best — The Confederation Building — The Supreme Court of Canada

Hey, That’s My Image!

The CERC Annual Conference. Photo by Michel Loiselle

Update – March 2018

“In fact, most clients never know that I’m the photographer for their project”.

Here is how photographers find out who is using their images. Did you know that you can search for an image by using a photo instead of a keyword?

Read my Ghost Photograher blog post to find out how.

See the Canadian Parliament photo collection for yourself.

Thank you for dropping by and have a great weekend!

Michel

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OTHER POSTS BY MICHEL LOISELLE

Knowing our Parliamentary PrecinctTulips on Parliament Hill The West Block of Canada 7 Year Parliament Project – Politically Speaking Canada in One Photo –  Design and ImagingHaunted CastleNight ShotsHey That’s My ImageMy Canadian Pride Is ShowingCanada Day on Parliament HillImages in Color and in Stereo5 Reasons to Use PhotosGargoyles on Parliament Hill Christmas on Parliament Hill — Live Music is Always Best — The Confederation Building — The Supreme Court of Canada

Politically Speaking

Update – March 2017

Parliament Hill Like Never Before

Canadian Parliament photos by Michel Loiselle

Since 2006, I’ve turned my camera into a politically speaking machine. I don’t need to say much as the photos speak volumes about the Parliamentary Precinct and all its gothic architecture.

Canadian Parliament photos by Michel LoiselleI sell stock photography to Graphic Designers working for Communications and Advertising firms. I’ve found a niche in the photography of Parliament and want to share this beautiful imagery with the business, political, diplomatic and creative communities in Canada. This night image, Political Glow is an example of the type of photography you can expect from the Canadian Parliament collection. With more than 250 images, this collection covers all the political buildings on the Precinct. They include, the Library of Parliament, the Confederation Building, the Centre, East, West and Langevin blocks.

Canadian Parliament photos by Michel LoiselleIt’s all about Canadian pride. People who license images are business professionals looking to improve readability and give depth to the story with rich photography that says pride, history and freedom.

Canadian Parliament photos by MIchel LoiselleHave a look at the Canadian Parliament collection. Images start at $12, and are available for immediate download. You can also get a “comp” image (free small photo) for design approvals before actually purchasing.

I hope you’ve enjoyed your visit on Parliament Hill and thank you for reading.

Have a great evening!

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OTHER POSTS BY MICHEL LOISELLE

Knowing our Parliamentary PrecinctTulips on Parliament Hill The West Block of Canada 7 Year Parliament Project – Politically Speaking Canada in One Photo –  Design and ImagingHaunted CastleNight ShotsHey That’s My ImageMy Canadian Pride Is ShowingCanada Day on Parliament HillImages in Color and in Stereo5 Reasons to Use PhotosGargoyles on Parliament Hill Christmas on Parliament Hill — Live Music is Always Best — The Confederation Building — The Supreme Court of Canada

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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OTHER POSTS BY MICHEL LOISELLE

Knowing our Parliamentary PrecinctTulips on Parliament Hill The West Block of Canada 7 Year Parliament Project – Politically Speaking Canada in One Photo –  Design and ImagingHaunted CastleNight ShotsHey That’s My ImageMy Canadian Pride Is ShowingCanada Day on Parliament HillImages in Color and in Stereo5 Reasons to Use PhotosGargoyles on Parliament Hill Christmas on Parliament Hill — Live Music is Always Best — The Confederation Building — The Supreme Court of Canada

Exploring Langevin Block

The Langevin Block

Update – March 2017

Canadian Parliament photos by Michel LoiselleAnother visit to Ottawa, and this time, the Langevin Block in front of Parliament Hill on Wellington Street.

ent photos by Michel LoiselleWhat many people don’t know is that it is mainly used for the Prime Minister’s office (PMO). Built between 1884 – 1889, it was the first federal government office building constructed outside the Parliamentary Precinct. It is made of sandstone obtained from a New Brunswick quarry.

Canadian Parliament photos by Michel Loiselle

As you can see in the aerial view below, It occupies a prominent place between Metcalfe and Elgin streets, adjacent to the National War Memorial, Fairmont Chateau Laurier, Government Conference CentreRideau Canal and the National Arts Centre. The Langevin Block is distinctive in Ottawa for its Second Empire style (or Napoleon III style, for the French elements in vogue during the era of the Second French Empire).

Canadian Parliament photos by Michel LoiselleThese images are part of the 250+ Canadian Parliament collection of photos now available on mostphotos.com. They are ideal for documents, reports, computer Wallpaper and PowerPoint presentations. Images start at $12 and are available for immediate download.

Mike Loielle - Novice - Looking Through - Parliament Arch

Canadian Parliament photos by Michel Loiselle

Canadian Parliament photos by Michel LoiselleSee the complete Michel Loiselle Portfolio of images featuring People, Mammals, Christmas, Parliament, Seasons and more.

Thank you for dropping by and have an excellent evening!

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OTHER POSTS BY MICHEL LOISELLE

Knowing our Parliamentary PrecinctTulips on Parliament Hill The West Block of Canada 7 Year Parliament Project – Politically Speaking Canada in One Photo Senators. Listen Up! Design and ImagingHaunted CastleNight ShotsHey That’s My ImageMy Canadian Pride Is ShowingCanada Day on Parliament HillImages in Color and in Stereo5 Reasons to Use PhotosGargoyles on Parliament Hill Christmas on Parliament Hill – Live Music is Always Best – The Confederation Building – The Supreme Court of Canada

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.

Angry Politics

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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OTHER POSTS BY MICHEL LOISELLE

Knowing our Parliamentary PrecinctTulips on Parliament Hill The West Block of Canada 7 Year Parliament Project – Politically Speaking Canada in One Photo Design and ImagingHaunted CastleNight ShotsHey That’s My ImageMy Canadian Pride Is ShowingCanada Day on Parliament HillImages in Color and in Stereo5 Reasons to Use PhotosGargoyles on Parliament Hill Christmas on Parliament Hill – Live Music is Always Best – The Confederation Building – The Supreme Court of Canada