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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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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Fortress You Say?

A Castle in Ottawa!

Stock Photography by Michel Loiselle

A few minutes from the Canadian Parliamentary Precinct, facing Major’s Hill park and neighbour to the American Embassy, you’ll encounter a beautiful castle. Complete with turrets and stone walls, the Connaught Building is a solid and impressive Gothic Tudor style structure. What could this building be? I thought. Then I saw the sign:

CANADA REVENUE AGENCY HEADQUARTERS

So, next time you wonder if our tax dollar is safe, remember the CRA castle Headquarters and you’ll be just fine. Only in Ottawa!

History

Built in the style of Modified Norman and designed by David Ewart, Connaught was opened in 1915 and named after the Duke of Connaught, third son of Queen Victoria and Governor General of Canada 1911-16. Designated as a “Classified” federal heritage building, primarily for its architectural significance, the structure is considered to be the “Crown Jewel” of the Canada Revenue Agency (CRA) the occupant of the building. The Minister and Commissioner of the CRA have offices in the building. Due to security and operational considerations, access is limited to the MacKenzie Street lobby area.

Stock Photography by Michel Loiselle These photos are available from the Michel Loiselle stock photography Portfolio. Also, a 200+ collection of Canadian Parliament images starting at $5 and available for immediate download. Have a great day and enjoy your refund!

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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.

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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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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Gargoyles on Parliament Hill

Parliament Hill Carvings

Canadian Parliament photos by Michel Loiselle

Update -March 2018

The Lion and Unicorn gargoyles at the entrance of Parliamentare symbols of the United Kingdom. They are part of the Coat of Arms of Canada since 1921. The Lion stands for England while the Unicorn stands for Scotland. The traditional legend of enmity between the two heraldic animals is recorded in a nursery rhyme.

The lion and the unicorn

Were fighting for the crown

The lion beat the unicorn

All around the town.

Some gave them white bread,

And some gave them brown;

Some gave them plum cake

and drummed them out of town.

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The Peace Tower

Canadian Parliament photos by Michel Loiselle Four of the many grotesques that can be found in the gothic architecture of the Peace Tower are made from Wallace sandstone from Nova Scotia, Canada. They are each approximately 42″ by 22″ wide. They remind me of certain scenes in the Batman movies. Here is a closer view of one of them. Also, note the tourists looking back at us from inside the observation deck. Interesting!

Gargoyle photos by Michel Loiselle

Strange Characters

Canadian Parliament photos by Michel Loiselle These grotesques are seen half-way up the clock tower. One is hooved and playing the lute, the other must be the town crier. It gives the feeling of a mysterious gothic presence on Parliament Hill.

Canadian Parliament photos by Michel Loiselle More grotesques, on the right, kneeling and holding a bow, while his pig-like friend is playing the accordion.

Canadian Parliament photos by Michel Loiselle

Note in the centre of the tower, a soldier holding a rifle. Just beautiful work.

Canadian Parliament photos by Michel Loiselle You can also see more sculptures just above eye level, along the main Parliament entrance. Have a look at these pretty faces. We see fictitious people, lions, dragons and owls.

This interesting character belongs to the Justice building. He’s holding a lantern and a key; perhaps to a secret room!

Canadian Parliament photos by Michel Loiselle

Here, we see the Unicorn gargoyle profile looking to the East and Langevin blocks. When all is counted, approximately 370 gargoyles, grotesques, carvings, friezes and bosses can be found on the Peace Tower.

I Hope you’ve enjoyed a quick look at some of the gargoyles and grotesques. There are many more carvings and sculptures to see all around the Hill and a visit is a must.

Meanwhile, see the Canadian Parliament collection of more than 200 photos of our beautiful gothic architecture. Images start at $12 and are available for immediate download. Also, have a look at the complete Galleries with categories such as people, animals, colors, seasons, Christmas and Ottawa.

Thank you and have an excellent day!

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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.

Christmas photos by Michel Loiselle

The Parliament Centre block at Christmas during the magic hour.

See more winter Parliament photos of the East Block below.

Canadian Parliament photos by Michel Loiselle

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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.

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

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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.

Classic Rotunda

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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