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.

Canadian Parliament photos by Michel Loiselle

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

Terry Fox Anniversary

Aside

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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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

Exposing Parliament

Update – March 2018

I’m exposing Parliament Hill. See it for what it really is – beautiful gothic castles in the middle of downtown Ottawa. Of course, many locals take the architecture for granted as it’s there everyday.

This image, Corner Politics, taken from Wellington and O’Connor streets, concentrates on the West Block with the Peace Tower in the background. It’s not an angle you see every day. Below, the same scene is depicted at night to give you design choices. For more on this building, read my post The West Block of Canada.

Canadian Parliament photos by Michel Loiselle

Canadian Parliament photos by Michel Loiselle

Many of the photos here are ideal for canadian documents. They can lend some authenticity to your written word by giving substance. Adding photography to reports slows the reader while lending a more positive experience.

Canadian Parliament photos by Michel LoiselleHere, we see the roof of the Library of Parliament. Its original architecture is so unique, you can’t help but want to see it up close. What goes on inside is a complete research service for parliamentarians. Read about it in my Library of Parliament photo feature.

Although I am a local myself, I’ve been looking at Parliament through the eyes of a tourist and photographing my findings in a collection since 2006. I’m always amazed at how wonderful the architecture is during any season and at any time of day. I’ve found some interesting angles and different themes to help with your page layouts. For more on different views of Parliament see my post 7 Year Parliament Project.

Canadian Parliament photos by Michel LoiselleConsider original images such as this one, East Block Tower, seen from the unicorn gargoyle’s point of view. Again, not an everyday photo. These types of images give variety and originality to your reports.

Canadian Parliament photos by Michel LoiselleLooking behind Parliament, here we see part of the Library of Parliament, the Peace Tower and the statue of Thomas D’arcy McGee. The flag is ever present and the late-day sun is shining  just right on the gothic architecture.

Canadian Parliament photos by Michel Loiselle

Meanwhile, on the Peace Tower, we can see many grotesque and gargoyle sculptures. If you’re curious about these beasts, read my post Gargoyles on Parliament Hill to get the story.

Canadian Parliament photos by Michel Loiselle

Featuring the Parliament during different seasons is a great way to add varations to your documents and reports. Here, hundreds of tulips complement our institution. I invite you to read my post Tulips on Parliament Hill to see how nature and architecture get along in Spring.

The images in this blog are taken from the Canadian Parliament photo collection. It contains over 200 parliamentary images in categories such as Canada DayChristmas on the Hill, Silhouettes, IndoorsEvenings, Nights and Seasons. Images start at $12 and are available for immediate download. Multi-user licensing is available.

Thank you for reading.

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

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.

Conceptual photos by Michel Loiselle

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

OTHER POSTS BY MICHEL LOISELLE

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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

Working With Designers

UPDATE – March 2018

Anatomy of a Parliament photo

The Canadian Parliament in winter at dusk in Ottawa, Canada. Photo by Michel LoiselleI provide stock photos to art/creative directors, graphic designers and business professionals. When creating images, I think of what the designer may need even before I take the shot. As a graphic designer myself, most times, I’ll need to add text and title such as for this coffee table book project.

Consider this image: Path to Politics, from the Canadian Parliament photo collection. It’s ideal for a Powerpoint title page or report cover. Simple is key. The Parliament is lit just enough without having blown highlights and the magic hour is just starting; not too dark, not too light. The rock creates tension and reinforces a low perspective view. The winter season brings a crisp, cool feel to the piece. Finally, a beaten path shows that many people walk here, while the sunset is placed to promote left-to-right viewing. See what I mean with this visual.

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The shot was taken with designers in mind. There is plenty of copy space on top and bottom; the image works well. When shooting, I’m thinking of these concepts to help creatives achieve their communications objectives.

Canadian Parliament photos by Michel LoiselleHere is a fictitious layout to help us visualize a project. Once we see the possibilities, it becomes easier to select cover photos, not just for their attractiveness, but for their overall functionality.

Even with text, the piece doesn’t feel crowded or overdone. With a few tweaks, this could work out quite well.

The Canadian Parliament in winter, seen from Major's Hill Park in Ottawa. Photo by Michel LoiselleProviding Options

Designers need variety, so I like to create a series on a same theme. By providing similar scenes, you get more options, like this vertical image of the same location in the morning. Same principle here, space for text on top and bottom. Horizontal and vertical photo solutions just make sense. Taking this a step further, another photo shows the rock in summer. As a photographer/designer I ensure that these choices are available.

Taking it Further

Now we’veCanadian Parliament photos by Michel Loiselle gone full circle and finished the product in the new layout. We did not resize any of the elements; just a few positioning adjustments and the job is almost done.

In these situations, the landscape cover could be used for Powerpoint while the vertical version is ideal for a report cover or poster. This way, consistency is preserved and the pieces take on a more branded feel.

When I’m photographing, I sometimes picture the textual information in my mind in order to get the perfect cover page image.

See the Canadian Parliament photo collection for more turn-key visuals.

Thanks for visiting and have a great evening.

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