Wednesday, July 29, 2015

It Really Does Help To Look Up

Every once in awhile photographers look at things in odd ways. This is one of the elevator banks in the C.D. Howe building downtown, which I showed you in my Doors Open posts from 2014 when it offered access to the rooftop garden (this year there was no such luck). The building's mostly government offices, but down here on the basement floor there's a spot by these elevators with couches. Most people would sit here to read a newspaper or chat with someone over coffee. Photographers, on the other hand, lie on the couches and snap shots of the ceilings. We are a silly lot, after all, and quite peculiar.


A busy weekend ahead here in Ottawa and Gatineau- the Buskers Festival starts tomorrow, and the Civic Holiday is on Monday. I'll be out and about taking shots.

40 comments:

  1. You're right. It's great to look up.

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  2. Great angle...and how convenient that you had a couch to lie on!

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  3. Fabulous !
    So happy that someone thought to put the sofas there,

    cheers, parsnip

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  4. Yes we are a weird mob. And now I am dizzy ;)

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  5. How are you right! Enjoy your holiday!

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  6. You are so right! Like the lines in the image.

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  7. That really is a great shot. I'm no photographer, so I don't think of these things until afterwards...

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  8. I always enjoy looking up. Glad you did here, it's very impressive to see those elevator banks from this angle.

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  9. It is always worth to look up everywhere, you can see the strangest things.

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  10. You're right; photographers are a silly bunch! Neat view.

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  11. Well, at least you are being totally honest here. Right?

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  12. Looking up almost makes me as dizzy as looking DOWN! Can't wait for the buskers photos.

    Janis
    GDP

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  13. @Cloudia: thanks!

    @Whisk: it certainly is.

    @Kay: I don't think I'd want to lie on the floor, even though it's kept spotless.

    @Robert: thank you!

    @Parsnip: it is a good use of space there- plus there's a water feature right by this area, though photographically speaking, not so easy to photograph.

    @Debs: I've been in those elevators only once, for the Doors Open event last year. It's quite a view from the top.

    @MB: I liked the lines of the elevator, so I thought why not take a shot.

    @VP: it'll be a very busy weekend!

    @Lauren: thank you!

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  14. @Mike: it's a little thinking outside the box!

    @Halcyon: it's a building I'm quite used to- I pass through it often enough. It has retail and restaurants on the lower and ground levels, and then everything above it are government offices.

    @Marianne: one can even see the shape of a middle finger being raised below one of the elevators.

    @Gnome: thank you!

    @Birdman: I am, yes, I'm one of the silliest and most bonkers.

    @Sharon: thank you!

    @Janis: I have to check their schedule to see who's coming into town.

    @Luis: thanks!

    @Marleen: and proud of it!

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  15. Wonderful shot, William. That's indeed a great object to play around for a while with your camera.

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  16. I wonder what people thought of you!!

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  17. Oh that's a great shot! Before reading the post, I thought it was part of some sort of machinery. Now I see the elevators going up and down!

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  18. Taking a look at something from another point of view is always beneficial. To lie in the grass and watch the clouds gives a totally different perspective. Nicely done.

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  19. Great perspective on the inside elevator. I had to look twice to figure out what it was before I read it.

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  20. Love this one and probably would have had the hardest time guessing what it was!

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  21. very cool. i always feel i do look at things a bit differently than others. i think it gives your photography a different look than every joe schmo out there. ( :

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  22. @Jan: it is- it gives the shot a dreamlike quality.

    @RedPat: who knows!

    @Tamago: and they're double-decker elevators, which I find curious.

    @Red: thank you!

    @Tex: thanks!

    @Denise: I thought it made for a different kind of photo than what I usually go with.

    @Ciel: I wonder what might have been if I had left this wordless.

    @Beth: it certainly does.

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  23. Neat shot William, where would we be without a little silliness...

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  24. I'm glad you explained. I'd still be trying to figure out what it is!

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  25. I agree with Norma. Looking up can change one's perspective.

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  26. such an interesting and cool photo.

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  27. Excellent, William. Yes, we can be weird. You got that right.

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  28. Yes, but peculiar is not always a negative trait.

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  29. Nice shot! Well worth the effort!

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  30. I love it when photographers don't act like most people. ;))

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  31. Of course we're a silly lot! I built a dock to get some good photos!

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