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One last batch of Canada Day photos. Things just kept on getting prettier as the sun set and the city lights revealed themselves. From the top: The CMHR was looking pretty slick with its tower lit up in Canada Day Red; the fireworks, as always, were fantastic (although every time I try to photograph fireworks I’m frustrated with the results); a close-up view of the signage at the top of the Inn at the Forks; a look at some of the highrises on the opposite side of Main Street; the Children’s museum and the new(ish) Buhler Welcome Centre; and finally, one last shot of the CMHR, along with the skyline and the Canada Day crowds.

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More Canada Day photos at The Forks. These photos, by the way, were all taken from the rooftop of the Inn at The Forks.

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Here’s the first of a series of posts of photos from this past Canada Day. From the top: A couple of photos of the CMHR and the skyline. Note that in the second of these photos I used a neutral density filter, which allowed me to slow down my exposure to achieve a motion blur of the mob of people. Over the next few days, I’ll have lots of photos of this CMHR view as the light changed over the late afternoon and evening, as well as a couple of fireworks shots and other miscellaneous shots.

Rounding out this post: The Hotel Fort Garry (Broadway Avenue); The Nutty Club Buildings (Westrbrook Street); and a look at some of the Osborne Village highrises, with new construction on Assiniboine in the foreground.

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Parcel 4, The Forks. I don’t usually title photos, but these ones I’ve called Pluck A Duck and Monster Bag of Cotton Candy.

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Some shots centered around the contentious Parcel 4 at The Forks. I was very happy to see the recent development plan for the site (as well as the neighboring lot). It’s urban yet green, and provides a crucial link between The Forks and the rest of Downtown. Pictured above: The yearly fair at The Forks (which will be displaced by this new development, not that I’m complaining); looking west down Mahatma Gandhi Way (who knew?); and of course, the Canadian Museum for Human Rights, which is scheduled to open in September of this year.

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Some views from Alexander Docks. From the top: The under-appreciated north side of the Canadian Museum for Human Rights (scheduled to open September 2014); St. Boniface Water Tower (Tache Avenue); and Cibo Restaurant (aka, the former Harbourmaster Building, Waterfront Drive).

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Can’t say I made it out to the winter trails too many times this winter (once to be exact). Kind of a shame, because the trails are such a beautiful way of experiencing the city. But it was the coldest winter since 1898, after all.

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Main Street. Not sure how I feel about the recently renovated Northwest building (although I can’t say I was a big fan of the building before the renovation either).

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Two previously unedited photos from 2008. Esplanade Riel (built 2004): At the time, I was more interested in capturing the entirety of the bridge, and I chose to work with some of those wider shots. Looking back now, I see that I overlooked this detail shot (especially now that Sal’s is gone from the bridge). Richardson Building (Portage and Main, built 1969): Not sure why I didn’t do anything with this back in 2008. I suspect it was because I couldn’t do anything with the colour balance with the software I was using at the time. Lightroom and Photoshop just keep getting better and better—and that’s part of the reason I like to revisit these old photos.

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The Forks.

So as to not appear overly cranky, I’ve always been somewhat reserved in my criticism of the yearly warming huts design competition run by The Forks, and the resultant structures that have adorned the Red and Assiniboiine rivers for the past several winters.

In theory, the competition is a great idea. It’s a kick in the pants to the design community to be creative about Winnipeg in the winter, about the cold, about ice, about the rivers. This is a winter city, after all; people do want to experience the ice, and to see the city from the unique vantage point that the river trails offer. But it can be bloody cold. The marriage of good urban design and this real-world problem seems like a match made in heaven.

But every year the winners of the competition are chosen, and every year they disappoint. Design after design overlooks the key challenge.

To keep us warm.

I understand that the budgets on these structures is limited, and given that they are temporary, design flexibility is also limited. But still, i have to scratch my head when winning entries have no capacity whatsoever to warm people.

Frank Gehry’s design from a couple of years ago achieved the pinnacle of badness for the competition. Not only did it not keep us warm, but its primary building material—ice blocks—had all but melted a few days after completion into a soupy mess. Not exactly The Guggenheim.

It’s not all bad. Many of the works are admittedly great pieces of sculptural art. And the competition does gets people out of their warm living rooms and on to the ice. On a milder weekend the ice trails become quite the scene. It’s thrilling to me to see people in this winter city enjoying the winter instead of complaining about it.

But only if they had somewhere to warm up.

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Get lost in the Downtown jungle, just off of Main Street near The Forks.

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Every time I go to a Goldeyes game (once or twice a season), I’m sure to bring my camera along; one of my favorite views of the city is from the ballpark. Highlights, of course, include the wide angle view of the skyline as well as a nice perspective on the Canadian Museum For Human Rights (with an expected opening date of 2014).

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Some of you might have noticed that my recent photos look a bit different from my older ones. These recent photos were all shot with my backup camera—a Sony RX100—as my regular camera (Pentax K5) was in the shop being repaired for almost two months. The RX100 is a little miracle worker. Amazing image quality, great colour rendering, and incredible detail in low-light situations. The best part: It’s literally a pocket camera that will fit inside almost any jacket pocket, or even a jeans pocket. These days I pretty much bring the RX100 with me everywhere I go. I’d been waiting years for a camera with this kind of mage quality and portability. Amazing little camera.

These photos were taken in early April—tail end of the Neverendingwinter. From the top: The Canadian Museum for Human Rights (expected opening, 2014); a shot of the skyline from off Westbrook Avenue; The Buhler Welcome Center (The Forks); and the Inn at The Forks.

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Always a popular winter destination (the Forks).

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Assiniboine River, near The Forks.

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