Photographer's Note

There's something about this picture that captivates me. Last October I was just walking downtown Vieux Montreal, and of course, the Cathédrale had to be a stop. But to be honest, I wasn't ready for what I was going to witness.

Nôtre Dame is one of the most magnificent Chatedrals in America. Although it closely resembles Paris' Cathédrale Notre-Dame, Montreal's is unique, both warm and inviting, and majestic at most.

I had no tripod at hand that particular day, but a picture was inevitable. Using a Flash would have ruin the shot, so I had to go for long exposure to gain enough light. In order to take the shot, I used one of the last seats to settle the camera. I held my breath and put the auto-shutter to work. And this shot was made.

The next day I went again to Nôtre Dame with my tripod and took several other shots in order to improve this one (specifically, I wanted to eliminate the seats that runs in the lower part of the picture). But in the end, this was the best shot among those I took.

I didn't intend to make a composition with the Church's elements... I think that I was so overhelmed by the atmosphere, that I just wanted to make the moment eternal in this shot.

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