Castles In The Air

David McMahon

Melbourne, Australia

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It’s got beautiful copper turrets. It’s got slender stone towers. It is more than a century old.

And while it might look like a magic castle, it is actually a hotel – the Fairmont Le Chateau Frontenac. It towers over Quebec City by day and its floodlit façade is a beautiful nighttime guardian for a graceful city.

It always pays to look for fresh perspective when you are photographing famous sights. In mid-September 2005, I was utterly captivated by Quebec City, even though it rained for most of the two days that I spent there. The fortified city was founded almost four centuries ago and is designated by UNESCO as a World Heritage treasure.

This shot was taken late in the afternoon of my last day, just as weak patches of blue sky started to appear through the grey, overcast conditions. I was on the historic wooden boardwalk overlooking the St. Lawrence River when three American tourists stopped me to ask if I would take a photograph of them with their own cameras.

After I had done so, I realized that I was actually standing just under the extremity of the roof of the Lorne pavilion. By moving back a few feet, I found I could actually capture an interesting perspective of one of the city’s most imposing buildings – the Chateau Frontenac. The light wasn’t great, but by shooting from inside an area of deep shadow, I was able to create an angled motif-in-silhouette for a “different” depiction of one of the city’s most famous symbols.

And consider this: if the view is this good in bad weather, just think how stunning it must be under a clear blue sky.

Fairmont Le Chateau Frontenac

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