It was a beautiful prairie evening Tuesday and, while watching the sun slowly lower west of my balcony and paint the various buildings in my neighbourhood, I decided to grab my Nikon D300 and 300mm f/4 lens (which doesn't get a lot of use these days). A block away to the north of me is a wonderful French Canadian style Catholic church called St. Joachim's and adjacent to it's south facade is the old rectory building now called The Oblats Maison Provinciale, built in 1935. I usually only pay attention to the beautiful, formal facade of this building when walking by it. On this fine evening, with the 300mm, I was able to get a unique perspective of the cupola that sits on the roof the side lighting of the setting sun provided a nice warm pastel accent complimenting the overall blue cast. The cupola is blocked by numerous elm tree branches so I opened the aperture up to f5. This is where an F2.8 lens would work perfectly for better blurring of the branches but I had to use what was available and the results are decent.
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