Friday, September 1, 2017

City Daily Photo Theme Day: Photographing The Photographer

The first day of each month is a theme day for members of City Daily Photo, and for September, that theme is Photographing The Photographer. Have a look at how other members are taking on the theme here.

Last December, I went over to Gatineau to take in a Christmas fair at the Canadian Museum of History, formerly the Museum of Civilization. I photographed the Christmas tree placed overlooking the Grand Hall, and held one back for this theme, as it featured another photographer and her model.

On New Year's Day, I came up to Parliament Hill, which had been the scene of a big party the night before. A CBC reporter and videographer were prepping a story. I decided that the video camera still qualified as photographing a photographer.

I took this in January during a visit to the Ottawa Convention Centre. A photographer and a model were on the ramp leading up from the ground to the second level.

This is taken in Confederation Park during Winterlude, on the first day of the event in February. Videographers were positioned at the time from several stations, though the reporters themselves were absent. I expect this was set up to do quick spots between one of the officials and various reporters in turn.

The shelters you see in the above shot are set up for the ice sculptures. Those sculptures are irresistible to the photographer. A worker was busy with light set ups on the ladder when I took this shot of another photographer capturing the moment for posterity.

This was another Winterlude shot, taken in the evening. Web cams were set up at various spots along the length of the Rideau Canal skateway at the time, and you could go to the site and have a look at each spot. I decided to photograph one of these cameras while down at Dow's Lake. It looms like a ghost out of the night.

Also at Dow's Lake, I took these shots in May during the Canadian Tulip Festival. Photographers can always be expected to be found around the colourful tulip beds here in Commissioners Park, one of the major sites for the spring festival.

And this one was on the grounds at the Museum Of History, where a photographer was in the background while I was photographing these planters of tulips.

Here are two shots from Glowfair, an annual street festival held in the downtown core in June, a mix of art, music, and entertainment. That included lit up artificial trees that were a magnet for photographers, especially if they had someone to pose for them.

And I finish with this. Fortissimo is an event held on Parliament Hill on a weekend each July for over twenty years now, a military beat retreat sunset ceremony involving several marching bands, including two from other countries. I'll be showing this event in a post in a few days, but the photographer close by among the onlookers made this shot ideal for the theme. The group of soldiers marching out are from a reserve unit out of Hamilton.


  1. Isn't it fun looking at how other photographers get their shots? Nice selection for theme day!

  2. Great photos and theme
    You were at the right places, at the right time.

  3. Sometimes, it is fun to take photos of other photographers at work. Beautiful photos!

  4. Surprised to see a Christmas tree at the first of September haha.. Nice collection for the theme's day, William.

  5. ...William, I'm not ready for those cold winter scenes.

  6. I love the Glowfair pics.
    Great captures for the theme day. Makes me wish I'd participated. It is so nice to be part of the CDP community.


  7. @Kay: thanks!

    @Maywyn: I was!

    @Nancy: it is!

    @Marleen: a good surprise!

    @Francisco: thank you.

    @Tom: cold is good for you!

    @Janis: I agree.

  8. Hello, fun photos. The ice sculptures are pretty. I am not looking forward to winter, what happened to summer? Great series of photos.

    Happy Friday, enjoy your day and weekend!

  9. wow, you were jumping around through all the season ... i enjoy Christmas and spring with the blooms. happy weekend. take care ... have a blast! ( ;

  10. Nice plays on the theme though I was hoping for a selfie :)

  11. Quite a collection of nice photos for the theme!

  12. You had lots of opportunity to get this shot at all the events you attended.

  13. What a great theme! I love photographing photographers: seeing behind the scene!

  14. Beautiful and exciting series, William!

  15. All photos perfect for the theme----and where is William?

  16. This works so well for the CDP theme! So many busy clicking & posing!

  17. @Eileen: winter isn't far off!

    @Beth: I was already on this theme quite awhile!

    @Cloudia: alas, no.

    @Lois: thank you!

    @Sharon: I kept looking for opportunities.

    @Jennifer: so do I.

    @Linda: thanks!

    @MB: behind the camera, of course!

    @Christine: there were plenty of chances for this one.

  18. Great choices for the theme. I really love the 3rd picture!

  19. Wonderful examples William. I like your series and that is one huge Christmas tree. :)

  20. It's amazing how often we get an opportunity to take photos of the photographer William, a super selection here ✨

  21. You have certainly been saving up for the theme!

  22. These are fun to look at! Love that shot of the model on the ramp. This brings to mind a few photos I have of other people taking photos (people I know), and the contorted positions they are in to get that perfect shot! Ha!

  23. Makes me think of the great variety of photographic equipment out there.

  24. @Tamago: I figured it would be popular.

    @Bill: it really is!

    @Grace: thanks!

    @RedPat: I actually have some shots set for the December theme that I already took last December!

    @Wendy: very contorted at times!

    @Revrunner: there's a lot.

    @Norma: me too.

  25. Well done, the third photo is my favourite, great perpective.

  26. Fun grouping, but the one night shot was too difficult to make out anything but dark, black, evening.

  27. Whew. Thank goodness this is Theme Day. I was afraid they were already putting up Christmas trees in Ottawa.

  28. Wow! You really plan ahead! I enjoyed all your photos of September's theme. But I'm even more impressed by your organization that allows you to find these photos to post now. Bravo!

  29. @Wilf: I assumed that one would be popular.

    @Mari: I should have gotten there a half hour earlier.

    @Stuart: only the card shops here are already getting ready for Christmas!

    @William: thank you!

    @Susan: it does help to check the list well ahead of time!

  30. These were so good to see and such fun.
    Wasn't that a great looking Christmas Tree.

    All the best Jan

  31. You have photographied many photographers. Good job!

  32. Golly. I showed two images and felt glutinous. Nice collection, William.

  33. The third one is my favourite. I took a series of photos of my daughter once for her sewing blog which required a few uncomfortable poses for both of us.

  34. A few nice captures here. Congrats.

  35. Good idea for great post William.
    I think I'll look around on my computer for some of the same type of photos.
    Hope you are having a nice weekend.

  36. @Jan: the museum has a great deal of space, and that's an ideal spot for a tree.

    @MDP: thank you!

    @Jack: most days I post eight to ten shots. Sometimes more. This was quite an easy theme, and I'm pretty much set for the October and November themes. The December theme I've already got some shots in, and will have ideas for more.

    @LDP: that model was really vamping for the camera. Just a matter of being in the right place at the right time.

    @Klara: thank you!

    @Pat: I had an exceedingly busy weekend. Glad it's behind me.