Montreal – An Eastern Circumnavigation Video

This is a time-lapse video of a car trip I made around the eastern half of Île de Montréal in December of 2009.

The music track is “Comme des Enfants” by Cœur de Pirate  from her 2008 self-titled debut album. It and her recently released sophomore album “Blonde” are available on iTunes.

This video was shot with Canon 5D mark II using a 28mm f/1.8 lens and a MacGyvered/ghetto rig that involved my Induro tripod, Manfrotto head and using my laptop bag as a mounting weight. Here’s a picture of the setup:

Montreal Circumnavigation Camera Rig

Montreal Circumnavigation Camera Rig

You can trace my route around Montreal on this Google Map:

Map of route

Some of the geographic highlights:

A & O – Start and End points of the journey dominated by the large yellow house on the North-East corner of Gouin & Saint-Laurent

D – Gouin Est & 28e Av features a float-plane parking lot on the north side

F – Is the Rue Bureau Cul-de-Sac at the eastern tip of Montreal

J – Caserne Letourneux – a beautiful Frank Lloyd Wright-style building at the corner of Notre-Dame and Letourneux

K & L – Passing under the Jacques-Cartier Bridge and heading into the Ville-Marie Expressway Tunnel

N – Schwartz’s – home of the world’s greatest sandwich

“Happy (belated) Canada Day!” – Unintentionally patriotic gallery patron, #AGO, #Toronto – #photo #cameraphone #iPhoneography #Canada #flag #mapleleaf #red #plaid


So, not only did I not post on June 30, I've left today's post so late that it is actually NOT Canada Day anymore. I'm extra disappointed about posting late because I've been waiting to use this photo for almost a year!

I took this image at the Art Gallery of Ontario in September and immediately knew it would be my July 1st, 2010 Daily Mobile posting.

Oh well, better late than never.

By the way, this image was not a "happy accident". I had just finished looking at this magnifying glass art piece when I saw a plaid-wearing gallery patron making the rounds. I staked-out my spot for about a minute before he finally walked past and I snapped this shot.