Month: January 2018

Quebec City: Where to Stay and What to See

Quebec City is one of Canada’s most historical and fascinating cities and is famous for the Saint-Jean-Baptiste Day celebration, the Summer Music Festival, and the Quebec Winter Carnival.

Old Quebec City

Old Quebec is a UNESCO World Heritage Site, with some of the oldest streets in North America. The quaint, walled city with cobblestone streets is the only one of its kind that’s north of Mexico. Attractions that you must see are:

  • Chateau Frontenac
  • Rue Saint Jean
  • Place Royale & Petit Champlain
  • Old Port

Chateau Frontenac is a 100 year-old hotel and photographed more than any hotel in the world. Dufferin Terrace has spectacular views of the Old City. Rue Sainte-Anne and Rue Saint-Louis are lined with hops and restaurants. Rue Saint Jean is a charming street of historic buildings, concert venues, boutiques, and dining. Place Royal is the location of North America’s olest stone church, Dame-des-Victoires. The Old Port offers scenic views of the St. Lawrence River. The streets around the Old Port have antique shops and galleries that are fun to browse.

Valcatier Vacation Village

The theme park is the largest of its kind in Quebec, and a fun destination in summer or winter. The park features a wave pool, two rivers, and 35 water slides. In the winter, the park has skating paths, 17 lifts, and snow rafting.

Parc de la Chute-Montmorency

The Montmorency Falls is a spectacular waterfall that’s 30 meters higher than Niagara Falls. Climb the stairway or cross the suspension bridge over the river for for amazing views of the falls. Montmorency Falls is only 15 minutes from Downtown Quebec.

Accommodations in Quebec City

Whether you want to stay in a contemporary, chain hotel, or want the Old-World charm of a boutique hotel, Quebec City has accommodations for every taste and budget. In addition to hotels and motels, there are bed and breakfasts and tourist homes throughout the city. Here are some of the best neighborhoods in Quebec City.

Parliament Hill

This neighborhood features a lot of green space and is near the luxury neighborhood of Mont Calm. The accommodations here are excellent for travelers with rental cars and thoe ttending special events.

Upper Town, Vieux-Québec: Haute-Ville

The hotels in this neighborhood are ideal for the visitor who wants the charm of European accommodations. Hotels near Chateau Frontenac are more expensive than in some other areas but are worth it for the experience.

Lower Town, Vieux-Québec: Basse-Ville

This region is an excellent choice for tourists who love small hotels with luxurious amenities. During the off-season, the neighborhood is tranquil, with few tourists.

Vacations in Quebec City can be customized for a weekend or extended stay. Whether you love nature, cultural events, regional cuisine, or historical attractions, Quebec city has something for every lifestyle.
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How to Get Great Pictures with a DSLR Camera

Perhaps the holidays have led you to acquire the prized possession of a DSLR camera. The only problem? You’re not exactly sure how to use it.

There are several factors that lead to producing impressive images for your friends and family to admire. Here are a few steps that will help you begin to master the use of your new device:

Understanding ISO

This is the ratio of how sensitive your camera is to various forms of lights. There are low and highly sensitive environments the change what type of exposure you will need for your picture. Low sensitivity is ISO 100 and the scale ranges to the highest sensitivity of 6400. Basically, the lower your lighting conditions the greater ISO number you will need to compensate and magnify what light you do have available. At high noon, outdoors on a gorgeous summer day you are fine with a lower 100 ISO. However, if you are shooting a nighttime party or get together you will want to increase the ISO number accordingly. On average, for an event like this the ISO would be around the 3000 range.

Focus, Focus, Focus

We all know that focus is a key element to a successful picture. Knowing which options to use for stills versus actions shots is going to make a huge difference in your results. A DSLR camera has two very handy features. AF-S-autofocus-single and AF-C-autofocus-continuous. Autofocus-single is utilized for landscapes, architecture and portrait shots. Autofocus-continuous is for actions shots like sporting events, fast moving objects and busy moments with lots of movement.

Proper Framing

Here is another tidbit of information that DSLR cameras are especially useful for. While preparing to shoot your image you want to make sure it is properly framed. Too much space below or above the subject in the picture can through off the entire balance of the photo. The DSLR helps you with this by giving you a suggested framing for every image as you are taking the picture. Be conscious of the lines that appear on your device while you are preparing to shoot your images. It will give you suggestions when you are about to venture out of proportion.

Learn to Edit As You Go

Yes, you can edit your images after you have taken them on a computer or other device but it is much easier to edit as you go. The functionality of a DSLR camera is one you should take full advantage of. Every image has a myriad of options that can be used to adjust or enhance your photo on the spot. You can change the lighting, the framing and the imperfections with a few taps of a button. Take the time to get familiar with all the editing features of your device.

Digital photography has put the potential to create beautiful, flawless images into your hands instead of having to rely on a professional. Take the time to get comfortable with your device and explore the world of options now at your fingertips!