Sunday, May 22, 2011

Ottawa's new Convention Centre

Ottawa's downtown has a dramatic new landmark, the  Ottawa Convention Centre.  The front of the building faces the Rideau Canal, the National Arts Centre, and the Parliament Buildings, and is made of glass shaped to look like crystal.
Ottawa Convention Centre

The curves and dramatic shapes and lines of this building are quite fascinating.  I'm sure this building will be a focus for visitors to the capital throughout the summer.

Spring leaves in front of the Convention Centre

Even on a cloudy day, the building is fascinating to look at.

Reflecting the sidewalk

. . . Rob Williams

Monday, May 16, 2011

Mercury in hi-res

As well as being a photographer, I am also an astronomy enthusiast.  I studied Astrophysics in university as a 3rd year Physics course, not a small task when I was a full-time Mathematics student.  I don't own a telescope, but I've spent more than enough time reading about it and wondering if I could stay up past midnight watching the stars, and still be up at dawn for landscape photographs.

Today I came across a beautiful hi-res photograph of Mercury, a fantastic composite of over 30 photographs from the MESSENGER spacecraft in 2008.  Full marks to Gordon Ugarkovic who created this photograph.  Here is his Flickr stream, and here is the link to his Mercury photograph at 500x500, from which you can take a look at the hi-res version (5000x5000).

. . . Rob Williams