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The Olympic Torch Relay In Ottawa (2/2)

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.

There was a lot going on: music, autograph signing from the athletes, various “winter Olympics” activities…Canadians, young and old alike, were all wrapped up in warm clothes and everybody had a lot of fun.

 
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.

 

 

Waiting For The Show
Waiting For The Show
Party Is Here!
Party Is Here!
Funky Coke Bottles
Funky Coke Bottles
Gloves and Canadian Flag
Gloves and Canadian Flag
Queuing for... Coffee!
Queuing for... Coffee!
Warming Up Around The Centennial Flame
Warming Up Around The Centennial Flame
Cheering
Cheering
Practicing Hockey
Practicing Hockey
Parliament Hill
Parliament Hill
Good Vantage Point...?
Good Vantage Point...?
Drumming
Drumming
Graffiti Wall
Graffiti Wall

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