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

9 PM Politics

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

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Tulips on Parliament Hill

Update: March 2017

Parliamentary Seasons

I’d like to take you on a season-specific view of Parliament Hill. Before I begin, let me say that I specialize in photographs of our Canadian Parliament, so business professionals and creatives can use them in documents, reports and presentations.

Canadian Parliament photos by MIchel Loiselle

I return as often as possible to photograph Parliament Hill in different conditions, seasons and times of day. During the Tulip Festival in Ottawa, I made my way to various locations, to see how the tulips and the parliamentary architecture play together. As you can see, the opportunities for photography were plenty. The image above, 9 PM Politics, was taken from the Canadian Museum of History across the Ottawa river. It’s a beautiful image that would work well as a report cover.

Canadian Parliament photos by Michel Loiselle

In Major’s Hill park I came upon this scene and had to include Tulips Canada, in the Canadian Parliament collection. Including the statue of Colonel John By adds that perfect touch to a powerful visual.

Canadian Parliament photos by Michel Loiselle

A short walk from the Parliament Peace Tower, we find the “Confederation Building. Featured here, a low vantage point of red tulips complements the entrance. Just walk around the Hill and you’ll find tulips throughout the Parliamentary precinct.

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Wow! Taken behind Parliament, at Major’s Hill park, these giant tulips were created by students from schools across Canada. Celebrating “TulipFest”, they really capture the positive feeling of spring. These bigger than life treasures make a yearly appearance in May. So set your clock forward and enjoy!

Canadian Parliament photos by Michel LoiselleLet’s not forget that spring also brings the beauty of Lilacs. Parliamentary Lilacs is now part of the collection.

Below, see the spring additions to the Canadian Parliament photo collection.

Canadian Parliament photos by Michel Loiselle

Canadian Parliament photos by Michel Loiselle

Canadian Parliament photos by Michel Loiselle

Canadian Parliament photos by Michel Loiselle

Canadian Parliament photos by Michel Loiselle
I hope you’ve enjoyed these few spring Parliament photos. Other springtime photos were added. The 250+ collection includes Seasons, CanadaDay, Silhouettes, Christmas and the Library of Parliament. Photos start at $12 and are available for immediate download. Extended and multi-user licenses are options. All photos are magazine quality and noise-free.

Thank you for reading and have a nice 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

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

Four Seasons on Parliament Hill

Finding season-specific Parliament Photos

Update – March 2017

Why are photos of Parliament mostly summer shots? What about the other seasons?

Canadian Parliament photos by Michel Loiselle

Winter Parliament photo by Michel Loiselle

The Canadian Parliament stock photo collection by Michel Loiselle includes images of all seasons to help Designers better communicate season-specific projects. This winter image, Path to Politics is also an evening shot making it that much more enjoyable.

Canadian Parliament photos by Michel Loiselle
Autumn Parliament photo by Michel Loiselle

Consider this image, October Politics and how it gives a new feeling to the subject. It’s alive with color and truly inviting. Graphic Designers can get at least one photo of each season to help with specific campaigns.

Canadian Parliament photos by Michel Loiselle

Spring Parliament photo by Michel Loiselle

This Spring Parliament photo certainly says spring with pride and energy. See how CERC has used the image for an online magazine article.

Ensuring that all seasons are included in the Canadian Parliament portfolio makes the collection more valuable to clients.

The fact that this image is on an angle also helps attract attention to your story and get your message across more readily.

Keeping the Designer in mind when creating images is important. Clients want choice.

The Political Glow image below certainly says summer with attitude! It’s a great image to have when you really need to say CANADA in your message.

Canadian Parliament photos by Michel Loiselle

Summer Evening Parliament photo by Michel Loiselle

The Canadian Parliament collection is an important national resource for the creative community in Canada.

See the Portfolio on mostphotos.com.

Thanks for reading and 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

Winter Moments

 

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Update – March 2017

The Winter Collection by Michel Loiselle

I’m always amazed at how winter photography looks so much different than any other seasonal photography. What’s interesting is how everything is about contrast. There’s white, and there’s everything else. The whiteness is the base that gives everything a feeling of clean and pure.

This slideshow features winter images from the Seasons Collection of stock photography available to publishing houses, communications firms and design agencies. You’ll agree that they all have a certain peacefulness about them. Winter is here so take your camera for a walk this winter and shoot away. I trust that you will be pleasantly surprised at what you can capture.

Enjoy your walk and have an excellent day!

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OTHER POSTS BY MICHEL LOISELLE

Tulips 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 Stereo