Festival d'Été de Québec
hub, mich and I went to Québec City this weekend. I mainly wanted to go see Violent Femmes, which turned out to be awesome, but going to the Old City once in a while is just a plain cool idea!
I asked my good friend Jean if he could lend me his 70-200mm/f2.8L USM lens. He offered to lend me a month ago or so but had to retract his offer because he had forgotten that he was going to need it for the Formula 1 racing in town, but I was just thinking that this would be a perfect lens for some concert photography. So I asked him.
He ended up lending me his Mini Trekker bag filled with the 70-200 lens, but also the 24-70mm/f2.8L USM lens, an ImageTank G2 and Joëlle's Canon EOS 10D. So Jean and Joëlle are probably going to make it to my very good friends list. ;-)
We first walked around the Old City a bit and went to eat some crêpe with cider (as hub tells us is the tradition, and is indeed an excellent idea, as the cider seems to diffuse when it contacts the hot food, try it!) at a wonderful place called "Casse Crêpe Breton", then we headed out to the show.
The show turned out to be excellent, with the previous band, Tarmac (from France, founded by a couple of the guys from Louise Attaque, but I'm not linking because their web site is evil) joining them for one of the encores, doing a spontaneous song in french (with Gordon singing, not one of the Tarmac guys!). I didn't take much pictures of the show at all after all, letting hub have some fun with the 10D and the 70-200.
Photo: Violent Femmes (shot by hub).
After the show, and pretty much running the 10D out of batteries, we switched to film for some night photography. I don't think this will yield too interesting stuff, but we had some fun walking on top of the Old City's fortifications (trivia: Québec City is the only fortified city left in North America), and we ended it up with a nice cool-off beer at a pub, where we had an extra-cheerful waitress.
The next day, we went to the Montmorency Fall Park. We had some pretty good weather, and decided to climb up the staircase leading to the top. Now, while all this fancy photo equipment Jean and Joëlle lent me is awesome, it is also equally heavy. I usually like to travel light, so this was quite the change, and I've got a few aching muscles now to remind me of how stupid carrying this much equipment up a cliff is.
Photo: Montmorency Fall.
Thankfully, after crossing the suspended bridge over the fall and amazing mich with the amazing powers of a polarizing filter, we awarded ourselves some ice cream. As the we heard some thunder in the distance, we thought it would be a good idea to get back down and not be stuck in a rainstorm.
Before getting back to the car, I wanted to give the platform that is right next to the bottom of the fall a try, so I left my stuff to hub and mich, and went there. Boy, that's a lot of water, I should have wore my swimsuit!
Photo: Escaping from the roaring waterfall (shot by hub).
We gave Orlean Island a try, but the weather was proving to be difficult and there was a lot of traffic headed out of the island's narrow bridge, so we didn't really stay long, just drove around one half of the island. It started pouring like crazy while we were waiting in traffic.
We tried going to the Place de la Capitale shopping mall, which is one of the largest in Québec, but silly us, we got there at 6 PM on a Sunday, it was closed. Back to the Old City for some good food at the St-Patrick Pub, followed by some wandering around town, mostly along the fortifications. We then left mich to head back to Montréal (the bastard is starting his vacations just now!)...