After shooting the torch relay, I decided to stay downtown and to have a look at the night festivities on Parliament Hill. By the time I got there, I learned from two ladies (pictured below) that they would only start after sunset… I wasn’t going to sit on the cold waiting, like them, for a few hours. I headed to Chapters and grabbed a hot coffee.
By the time I could feel my toes again, the sun had set. I walked to Parliament Hill and realized that most of Ottawa had apparently showed up — it felt just like Canada Day, only 40C colder.
The lights on the Parliament were beautiful, especially with the thick blanket of snow that fell a few days earlier. Snow, however, it not cool when you try to set up a tripod — trust me.
Taking picture 1) at night 2) in the crowd 3) with frozen fingers isn’t easy, but I’m quite happy with the shots I got.