Vieux Québec or Old Quebec is one of the most beautiful inhabited parts of Canada and one of the oldest in North America. Walk around inside the fortified walls of the city and you feel like you are in Europe with all the narrow cobblestone streets, stone masonry, copper roofs, outdoor cafes and American tourists in Hawaiian shirts. Ok ok there aren’t that many Hawaiian shirts! But there sure are a lot of tourists and if you go to Quebec City you’ll understand why. Good food, beautiful surroundings (like the Chateau Frontenac pictured above) and friendly people are just a part of it, add to that the museums, parks, festivals in the summer and carnival in the winter and you’ll see why Quebec City is world renowned for it’s joie de vivre.
One of the fun things about night photography in busy places such as this is that when using a tripod and long exposures, the people who are walking in front of your camera as you expose basically vanish in the photo so long as they keep moving. This image of Chateau Frontenac required 5 initial exposures with the longest being 30 seconds. You’d be amazed at how many people were actually walking back and forth in the street while I took this shot. A nice part about taking so many long exposures is that people will come and talk to you while you’re standing there next to a big camera on a tripod. I guess it must look like I’m really not doing anything while the camera is doing it’s thing for the 90 seconds or so that it takes to shoot the different exposures. On this occasion I ended up talking to a really nice guy from New Jersey (not wearing a Hawaiian shirt) who just loved Quebec City. He was just raving about everything he had seen and told me about the previous times he had visited the area decades ago. It made me feel proud to be Canadian and Quebecois knowing that people feel so welcome here and come back again and again.
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